Stationery for Guys & a Give Away!

February 3, 2015

I have a special give away today.  Information is at the bottom of this post.

“I received a thoughtful, hand written note in the mail, and it totally ruined my day,”                                                                                                                                               said no one ever

I love exchanging gifts, especially with my husband Gary. I love the exchanging part — but I sometimes spend a boatload (that’s a lot) of time coming up with a great gift idea for him. I don’t think he is any harder to shop for than other men, but shopping for men is difficult. Can I get an amen?

If you’re in the same boat (apparently, I have boats on my mind today), I have a great gift idea to share with you — men’s stationery from Oak + Ink Paper.


Now, in case you’re wondering: I do NOT receive a commission from sales resulting in clicking the link on this website. I provide the link because I love the product and the owners of the company.

Oak + Ink Paper was launched by our son-in-law Tyler in August 2014.

Tyler is a Southern gentleman. (Miss Lori made sure of that as Southern mamas do.) He understands and appreciates the value of a handwritten note. But it was not easy for him to find stationery to reflect his personality and, well, frankly, his gender. Masculine-looking stationery is a rare thing.

Sensing this was an under marketed area, and being gifted artistically, Tyler created cards and paper that he would like to use.

With a fantastic mix of vintage and modern, the stationery’s charm lies in how Tyler took inspiration from relationships in his life to create the different collections. He pays tribute to his father, brother, friends and mentors through the designs.

My personal favorite is the Gary collection. (smile)

Folded card from the Gary Collection

Yep, he designed one for the best father-in-law ever. Okay, those are my words, not Tyler’s.

When one of Gary’s clients sees a handwritten note from him with a guitar on it, they learn something about him. They already know him as a CPA, but a guitar? Hmmm… It gives Gary an opportunity to convey a bit of who he is, a piece not everyone knows.

Let’s be honest. Gary does not have a solid habit of writing notes, but he’s trying to develop it. He understands adding a handwritten note to a business transaction adds a personal touch which is often lacking in our world of computers, deadlines and busyness.

And that’s exactly why I want the link here at Leave the Dishes. The Oak + Ink designs reflect some of Tyler’s relationships, and hand written notes can enhance our relationships.

Check out the Oak + Ink site. Get to know a little more about the company and the lines offered. If you’d like to purchase some for Valentine’s Day, place orders by Monday, February 9. (The bride and groom on the home page are Caitlyn & Tyler!)

Give away:  I’m giving away a four-pack of Oak + Ink cards.  The four-pack contains one each of the following folded cards with envelopes:

Blog stationery giveaway

To enter, leave a comment on this post.  The winner will be selected on Monday, February 9, 2015.

As always, I’d love for your to subscribe to Leave the Dishes — After Dinner Conversations if you haven’t already.  You can do that at the top of the right hand column. I won’t sell or give away any of your information. I’ll only use it to email you notification of new blog posts.

Don’t forget to enter by leaving a comment.  And then go write someone a kind note. 🙂




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  • Julle Ann Siebe

    What a great company. I’ve loved watching you support this entrepreneur

    February 3, 2015 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Susan Ahlbrand

    The written word . . . so special.
    And, it can only be made even more special by being written on neat cards like this. Love them. Maybe if I gave Jason a set, he would actually start writing notes to people. 🙂
    Good luck to Tyler in this venture. So very cool.

    February 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm Reply
    • Danita

      Thank you, Susan. Gary loves the concept, but isn’t consistent with it. But then again, neither am I. I often think of people I’d like to send a note to, but often don’t follow through. Maybe this year…

      February 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Bob Dexter

    I spent several days last month looking for some appropriate note paper. I finally gave up. This is a great ideas.

    Tell Gary that mine would have to have only part of a guitar!

    Bob : )

    February 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Katrina

    I love notes in the mail! And cards, and anything personal that means someone really thought about me. I absolutely despise photo Christmas cards because it takes away the personally written part. Love your blog Danita!

    February 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm Reply
    • Danita

      Um…. I’d better rethink my Christmas cards for 2015! Good point, Katrina.

      February 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Sharisse @ sharissepieces

    Hi, Danita! So awesome for you to do this giveaway. I really like those cards! I am getting into calligraphy and hand lettering myself, plus I’m a bit of a stationary/office supplies freak. So I am loving it. 🙂

    February 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • Danita

    Thanks for stopping by again! How cool to do calligraphy. That takes a great attention to detail — not exactly my strong suit. But I’m completely with you on the stationery/office supplies!

    February 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Jen-Jen

    Neat cards. He is very talented. I’m still searching for the prefect stationary for Pastor Joe.

    February 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm Reply
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