New Year’s Resolution Ideas

New year's resolution ideas
Toss up metallic confetti, wear festive top hats and blow crazy horns, because it’s time for celebrating! It’s a new year filled with goals and wishes waiting for you to make them come true. Every year, we are all guilty of making some of those ordinary resolutions that you see slapped across ads, such as “lose 10 lbs.,” “drink less caffeine,” “save more money,” “eat healthier,” etc. Although those are all fine ideas, this year why not try something different and craft resolutions that will make you a better version of yourself. Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas to get you started!

1. Be Connected
It’s too easy to lose touch with friends and family. Make a commitment to connect with them throughout the year. Don’t just send a text (even tough we are all guilty of it). Actually take a few minutes to write a personal note and stick it in the mail. Or make that extra effort to meet up. Why not host a get-together with distant friends? Take the initiative to rekindle those relationships.
New year's resolution ideas

2. Be Giving
It’s not always about giving money (although, that’s generous too), but about giving your time to help others. This year, rather than just writing a check, go through all of your closets and donate clothes, volunteer at the humane society or send care packages overseas. If you’re crafty, make blankets or hats for those in need, and if you’re sporty, organize a basketball tournament to collect donations. Give back by using your own special talents. Make a difference in people’s lives by giving. Continue reading

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New Year's Card Idea
We love this New Year’s card idea! The details of the photo shoot come together so perfectly and the Amazing Year New Year’s Card adds the right amount of sparkle and shine. It’s beautiful, from the white and gold poms and paper chain links in the background, to the matching tie on the young boy and the matching gold headband and shoes for the little girl. Ironically, the photo wasn’t intended for a card at all.

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Commemorate Christmas 2014 with a Personalized Ornament

As you pack up the Christmas ornaments and put away stockings and garland, think about how much fun it would be to have a keepsake from Christmas 2014 to hang for Christmas 2015. Our two-sided metal ornaments make fabulous mementos to commemorate a special year.
Personalized ornament Personalized ornament

Whether you are newlyweds or new parents, grandparents or the proud parents of a high school grad, you most likely took a few photos over the holidays to remember it by. New babies, kids, pets and family photos all would make a fun ornament to hang next year. It’s a fun gift idea for newlyweds or new babies, too! Pear Tree makes personalized ornaments easy to order, and you’ll have them in just a few days to pack and keep for next year.

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It’s Never Too Late for New Year’s Cards

Christmas has come and gone but if you didn’t get a chance to order your holiday cards, don’t worry. There’s plenty of time to send New Year’s wishes. In fact, there are no real rules about when you can or can’t send them, but we’ve gotten New Year’s cards right up until we start getting Valentine’s Day cards! Both are good options for sending greetings to friends and family without having to worry about it during the busy holiday season.
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It’s a joy to get a photo card in the mail any time, and having your card arrive outside the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season makes it all the more special to receive. Check out some of our new 2015 New Year’s card designs and get your year started off on a bright note!

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Working at the Pear Tree “Boutique”

Here’s one of the things I love about working at Pear Tree: I know what every single one of us is doing for Christmas.

As a customer I’ve always loved the boutique shopping experience. Don’t get me wrong—I wouldn’t be able to function without Target and Trader Joe’s to keep us provisioned, and if there wasn’t a Home Depot nearby, our house would still be quite the fixer-upper.Pear Tree team picture 2014

But boutique shopping is different, as anyone who’s browsed our site or bought a wedding dress or splurged on that expensive baby crib (Hey, safety and comfort matter!) knows. The employee walking through the kids’ section at Target while I’m Christmas shopping may be friendly, but he’s got the contents of an entire store to memorize and dozens of customers to help. How’s he supposed to know what my particular four year old might like? How can I expect him to listen for ten (or even two) minutes to a description of my son and the toys he likes playing with?

Boutiques are great because we do have the time, or, at any rate, are committed to making the time. For us, whether or not our customers are satisfied is the central question. Regardless of whether the site is effective and easy to use (it is) or whether or not we get the product to our customers on time (trust me, we will), if they’re not satisfied with what we give them, we’ve failed. And we take that seriously.

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5 Best-Selling Save the Dates

Save the Dates continue to be a growing trend among engaged couples. They are a great way for couples to announce their engagement to family and friends, as well as inform them of the date and location of the wedding so the guests can plan accordingly. We have lots of unique save the date cards for couples to choose from, as well as different formats like postcard save the dates and save the date magnets. Each of our formats is represented in our 5 best-selling save the dates!

1. Big Date Save the Date Postcards are our #1 best-selling save the date cards! This card features your favorite photo along with the date on the front. On the back you can personalize with your text and choose the background color you want. Postcards are a great option for couples as they save on time (you print your return address on the card) and money (cheaper stamps).
Best-selling save the dates

2. Pop Up to Perfection Save the Date Cards definitely deliver the wow factor and engage your recipients to flip open each of the three panels to reveal your date. You also get to add a total of four favorite photos and include a little detail about the proposal for your guests to experience the excitement with you.
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These proud grandparents had a lot to share, and their Christmas card shows it. So many beautiful grandkids! And they managed to get them all together in one great photo, which we know isn’t easy to do. Kudos to them, both for the photos and for finding the perfect card to show them off. Janice, the industrious grandmother, explains how they managed to get everybody together.

“We scheduled a photographer to meet us during a family reunion in Park City, Utah. She photographed us in two nearby locations, first, using an old barn as a backdrop and second, in a horse pasture with the mountains as a backdrop. The hardest part has been keeping the photos “under wraps” until the Christmas cards were mailed, so it’s exciting to finally be able to unveil our wonderful family pictures.

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Ready or Not… The Holidays are Here!

Holiday card wording ideas
We know the holidays are a busy time of year with baking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, cooking… and the list goes on. Sending your Christmas cards can get lost on the long list of to-dos, but we know you still think it is important to send a greeting to your loved ones. We wanted to help by sharing wording ideas that we think could be fun to put on your card, even if it is late. And don’t forget to have fun with your photos, too! Below are 10 holiday card wording ideas plus 10 cards with editable text for you to write whatever you wish!  Continue reading

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Ideas for Displaying Christmas Cards

‘Tis the season for your mailbox to be filled with beautiful Christmas cards from loved ones – it truly is our favorite time of the year! With all these beautiful cards, we love coming up with ideas for displaying your Christmas cards to add to the holiday decor in your home. Here are 3 ideas for displaying Christmas cards in your home.

1. DIY Inspired created this idea using chicken wire and clothes pins. She uses an old frame, chicken wire, and some cute ornaments as added decor. The bigger the frame, the more cards you can fit! Visit her blog for the full tutorial.
Ideas for Displaying Christmas Cards

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