Stuff We Like: You’ve Got Mail!
Whether it’s digitally or via snail mail, sending a letter to a loved one is sometimes the best reminder that you care. With these great new products, you can stay in touch with relatives who live far away or just slip a special note to someone close to your heart.
With the preferred method of communication being anything digital these days, what a pleasure it is to get personal snail mail instead (we’re not talking bills, either). These custom cards from Kata Golda—with hand-stitched wool-felt and letterpress printing on 100-percent cotton paper—let the recipient know you took the time not only to hand-write a sentiment, but that you chose a hand-crafted design worth saving, for the most special of occasions. ($16 for each 4.5 x 6.75-inch folded card with envelope; 14 designs available; katagolda.com)
…but the grandparents will love it—especially those who live more than a hop, skip, and jump away from their grandkids. The Telikin Touch, an 18.6-inch LCD touchscreen computer that is virtually plug-and-play, has been hailed “quite possibly the world’s easiest computer”—and for good reason. We tested it ourselves and
asked our editorial director’s 86-year-old grandmother to give it a go: The result? Enthusiastic thumbs-up. The sleek display rivals the family Mac but boasts touch capabilities that made Nanny smile, but it’s the custom interface (direct—easy!—access to weather, family photos, video chat, email, and more via the fully installed software) that steals the show. Get the kids to help with initial hookup to WiFi and after that we doubt you’ll need support, but it’s strong and at the ready via a clickable “Tech Buddy,” video tutorials, or live help. (MSRP $799; $699 at radioshack.com and in select Radio Shack stores; telikin.com for more information)
A really good love letter begs to be carried around and read again and again. This finely detailed envelope locket from Red Envelope boasts an engraved note that tucks sweetly inside a magnetic seal flap, personalizable with three lines of text—making it both the gift and the thought that counts! (Bronze with antique gold or antique silver finish; $89.95; redenvelope.com)
It’s all in the details. Let your child affix a stamp to the next birthday card you send and seal in a little love—and a smile—with these Forever stamps celebrating favorite Disney Pixar characters. The stamp sheet includes designs spotlighting Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., and Toy Story 2 (not pictured) and includes sketches of the characters in their early stages on the back of the stamp sheet. Who knows, you may even spark interest in a future collector; visit beyondtheperf.com for first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news. (Available at usps.com/shop, 800-782-6724, or at your local U.S. Post Offices)