This card is one of my all time favorites. I came up with the content rather easily as I believe reading will, in fact, keep you from being an idiot and knew there had to be others out there that agreed. When Matthew decided to design this card I was so excited knowing his snarky sense of humor would shine through what he created, matching the tone of the card. Though this card is amazing, you might be asking yourself, “who do I send this to?” Well below are 6 people that I know would love to receive this bit of snarky snail mail next time they visit their mailbox.
1. Recent College Graduate
Realistically reading might be the last thing they want to do. It’s like suggesting a marathoner go for a jog with you the day after finishing the 26.2 mile race. BUT reading is a habit that should be kept up and worked on even after school. It improves language and conversation skills, helping the graduate land that dream job. Reading gives him or her a networking topic that is not politics, personal or related to Kim Kardashian in any way. And finally, when he or she does land that job, everyone loves the person at the water cooler that always interjects “but the book is soooooooo much better.” Be that person.
2. Birthday Lady or Gent
Accompany with a fantastic book (or four) that you think they’ll love and you have a wonderfully coordinated gift, easy breezy!
3. The Bookworm In Your Life
Duh. But for the sake of this post, I’ll elaborate: they will love it. They’ll probably frame it because it is a work of art. If he or she is in a reading slump, send it along with a list of your top 10 favorite books. Or send it right before they take a vacation with a list of the best beach reads (that’ll land you a souvenir for sure!).
4. Recent High School Graduate
Similar to #1 you might be thinking, “why would I want to suggest they add additional reading to their already crammed schedule?” Well as an avid reader who read her way through both textbooks and personal reading for 4 years and came out alive, it’s necessary. For me it was an outlet, something that I was able to do for myself with the knowledge that nobody was dictating what I was taking in and how I was spending my time. In college you need that. It also keeps the passion alive so you don’t reach the end of your college career and exclaim “I’m never reading again.” That, my friends, would be idiotic. And, as if you needed one more reason, it’s a lady-killer! At a party and have your eye on a lovely lady rocking the wallflower game? She’s an English major and will probably go weak at the knees if you open up with “have you read…”
Just pretend they haven’t been planning out every relaxing and fun moment that they’ll be spending for the rest of their life, and suggest reading as a time-filler! You can also send this along with a gardening, sailing, traveling, carpentry, dog training or cookbook and you have an awesome gift! Or just cut to the chase and send the card with this book.
6. Anyone. Literally Anyone for Anything
Did you best friend just go through a breakup? Brother change jobs? Coworker buy a house? This card is oddly perfect because it’s light and the content is self-contained so you can write about whatever you want! Read, it’ll keep you from being an idiot is great advice, then you can talk about how that best friend has more time to catch up on the latest book Emma Watson suggests we all read because #womanpower. Or you can tell your brother how proud you are of him for switching jobs and that he has clearly been reading because staying at that last job would have been idiotic! Or similar to #2, send this card and a copy of this book and you have the perfect housewarming gift. The universal message makes this a universal card!