Archive for January, 2013

You Make It, They’ll Love It: Sweeten Her Valentine’s Day With the Perfect Gift

January 18, 2013

Ah, Valentine’s Day: the chocolates, the champagne, the dozens of roses. They go so quickly, don’t they? Jewelry lasts — but so do thousands of other, less expensive (and more casual) gifts, like a custom photo card or personalized clothing.

There are infinite ways to be romantic, funny and touching. With that in mind, we have a huge array of Valentine’s Day gifts for every kind of valentine, from family and friends to partners and even pets (it’s true).

Over the coming days we’ll be highlighting our favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for her, for him, for pets — and for anyone who’s anti-Valentine’s Day. We’ll start with the ladies.

For a lasting, memorable gift for her, remind her how much you love her every day (or more often, if she’s addicted to caffeine) with the All You Need Is Love mug:

Love is all you need coffee mugs
Love is all you need coffee mugs by poupoune

Encase her iPhone 5 with a memento of your love and devotion — the Falling Hearts iPhone case:

falling hearts iPhone case- choose your background iPhone 5 Case
falling hearts iPhone case- choose your background iPhone 5 Case by blossomandvine

Or enliven her home, her place of refuge and comfort, with an iconic image of adoration — an inspired design based on Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”:

KLIMT VISION 2 POSTER
KLIMT VISION 2 POSTER by giuliorossi

To go with your perfect gift, we also have thousands of Valentine’s Day cards to choose from, from the sweet to the hilarious.

It doesn’t take diamonds or even champagne to show her you love her — the personal touch goes a very long way.

Coming up next, the perfect gifts for him.

Foto Friday Pics

January 18, 2013

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.

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Products featured:
Red Scooter T Shirt
Iced Animal Cookies T-shirt

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Seller Spotlight:ThePoetryStore

January 17, 2013

Silvi, The Poetry Store poet, has been a writer all of her life. She’s always been fascinated with how words and images can be blended together. A huge fan of the Beat Generation poets of the ‘50s, Silvi got a typewriter for free and serendipitously found a writing desk on the street one day. Even though she had a full time job, she made a goal to sit and write for at least three minutes a day with a timer. Little poems trickled out, and soon she found herself pairing the poems with images and products on Zazzle. Silvi has written and sold thousands of poems throughout the Bay Area and beyond (including Antarctica!).

"just my type..." canvas bag
“just my type…” canvas bag by ThePoetryStore

I’m deeply fascinated with the tiny moments of observation in life. With writing poetry, it’s all about creating art through words. When I get requests for poems, I try to meet people in the moment, the way they are asking to be seen. People often share intimate details with me and I’m honored that I can give them words for something they don’t know how to say. I find myself writing about subjects that people don’t always feel comfortable discussing outloud.

I get a lot of requests for poems and the two most popular topics are love and grief. These are the topics that people don’t know how to talk about and tend to be the most hushed. I strive to take these private moments and make them public. I love that other people find that my words resonate with their feelings and help make them feel less alone. My last series was about loss — I find that what I experience directly in my life influences what I produce in my work.

whale songs mug
whale songs mug by ThePoetryStore

My typewriter also influences my work. With a typewriter, everything is tiny and close together — it forces you into an intimacy with words and images. It’s the same thing with grief. It forces you into an intimacy with yourself that you can’t have at any other time in your life. It’s hard to get away from yourself and you have to experience exactly what’s going on in the moment to survive the grief. My art has always been about healing, seeing people right where they are and offering something back. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

"hearts rooting" greeting cards
“hearts rooting” greeting cards by ThePoetryStore

You’ll notice the frequent use of birds in my images — I gravitate toward birds and wings. Birds have the ability to feel grounded on land, yet free and fearless in flight. To me, birds are fearless and they don’t even know it. I believe that people were made to exist this way, but we often forget and let fear get in the way. As a poet, it’s hard not to look at something that flies without some awe and wonder.

because it should be said stretched canvas print
because it should be said stretched canvas print by ThePoetryStore

I’m fascinated with subjects that inspire mystery and awe. With whales, it’s all about trying to understand a life that exists in a completely different world than what I can conceptualize in my mind. I’m an earth-bound creature — water and ocean are just not my thing. There’s a whole other world in which human beings don’t have access.

whale songs greeting cards
whale songs greeting cards by ThePoetryStore

Duct Tape is in (and Zazzle’s on The Today Show)

January 16, 2013

Duct tape has had a storied history, ranging from its first uses as a water-repellant, World War II military tape to its present day forms: home fix-its, DIY craft material and even prom dresses. With duct tape, the possibilities are endless.

It’s no wonder that duct tape is undergoing a resurgence and is one of the hottest trends out there right now.

Two hit duct tape products on Zazzle were on The Today Show (“Do It Yourself Today”) this morning. Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief of HGTV Magazine, showed off these two duct tape creations:

Bright Eye Heart I Love Duct Tape Drink Coaster
Bright Eye Heart I Love Duct Tape Drink Coaster by super_shop
duct tape binder
duct tape binder by ErasEd37

In case you missed the segment (or if you’re just into the duct tape craze), check it out here: Do It Yourself Today 

Also, here are some of our other favorite duct tape products:

Duct Tape, I can Fix anything T-shirt
Duct Tape, I can Fix anything T-shirt by jamierushad
Duct Tape Love iPhone 5 Cases
Duct Tape Love iPhone 5 Cases by RedneckHillbillies

2013 Custom Postage Price Changes

January 15, 2013

Soon the USPS will be changing the price of postage, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new rates for 2013, and price changes will be seen on Sunday, January 27.

Here at Zazzle, we culled a tidy round-up of all of the price changes to prepare you before your next mailing:

  • Postcard: $.33 (1 cent increase)
  • 1 oz, first class: $.46 (1 cent increase)
  • 2 oz, first class: $.66 (1 cent increase)
  • 3 oz, first class: $.86 (1 cent increase)
  • 1 oz, first class large envelope: $.92 (2 cent increase)
  • 3.5 oz, first class letter: $1.06 (1 cent increase)
  • 2 oz, first class large envelope: $1.12 (2 cent increase)
  • 3 oz, first class large envelope:$1.32 (2 cent increase)
  • 4 oz, first class large envelope: $1.52 (2 cent increase)
  • 5 oz, first class large envelope: $1.72 (2 cent increase)
  • 6 oz, first class large envelope: $1.92 (2 cent increase)
  • Priority: $5.60 (45 cent increase)

You can purchase all of the postage denominations above on our site on January 17th. Custom postage come 20 per sheet, in three sizes for all types of cards, envelopes and mailings. If you have need custom postage for a rate not shown on the above chart, please contact us with your special request.

Also, custom postage prices on Zazzle will increase on January 17th to reflect USPS’ changes. While you’re checking out what new custom postage you’re going to need, here are some of favorites:

Love with a bright pink heart postage stamp
Love with a bright pink heart postage stamp by JustWeddings
Rose White Postage
Rose White Postage by CyrScenesStamps
Vintage Save the Date Stamp Stamps
Vintage Save the Date Stamp Stamps by seasidepapercompany

Foto Friday Slideshow!

January 11, 2013

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.

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Products featured:
Back to School (Boy) Scrapbook Custom Binder
Back to School (Girl) Scrapbook Custom Binder

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Seller Spotlight: Kate Tapley

January 10, 2013

Designer Kate Tapley has always been a doodler. From an early age, her father (an artist) encouraged her to draw and be creative. One day, she was perusing some greeting cards in the store when she decided that they were just…”a little too saccharine.” She started making her own cards for her friends with her signature doodles, and they were a hit. Kate took some time to talk about her epic doodles, Ninja Princess and the popularity behind Vladamir.

All of my friends love my doodles, so much so that they encouraged me to put them on products. I’m so glad I found Zazzle – it’s so user-friendly and I love all my options.

I started with just a couple of simple things on cards — just to see if anyone was interested. My humor is a little random and a bit irreverent. One of my first hits was my “Pregnant at Christmas” ornament, which has sold very well during the holidays (including this past season). A baby’s first Christmas is great, but what about all of the pregnant moms? I’ve been pregnant at Christmas and no one ever gives you ornaments for it. Being able to eat anything you want without guilt deserves some commemoration.

Pregnant at Christmas 2012 Christmas Ornaments
Pregnant at Christmas 2012 Christmas Ornaments by katetapley

When I’m dreaming up designs, usually the captions and art come into my head at the same time. For Vladamir, the design came first. I was over saccharine birthday cards and a friend requested something a little different. Vladamir is a dog smoking a Russian cigar, wearing a hat. It’s very popular — a lot of people love random weirdness and it makes them happy.

"Wery Happy Birthday" Card
“Wery Happy Birthday” Card by katetapley

There’s a bit of a story behind this next card. One of my good friends was diagnosed with cancer right after she turned 30. While most of us were stammering, another girlfriend just said flatly: “Well, this sucks.” And it was exactly the right thing to say. Because it did suck and sometimes people don’t need to hear words of encouragement — they just need to know that they’re not alone in hating their situation.

It's what you're feeling. cards
It’s what you’re feeling. cards by katetapley

“If Snowboarding Was Easy…They’d Call It Skiing”

January 9, 2013

The mountains are groomed and ready for shredding, and we are we are pumped for some powder and winter rays. With snowboard season in full throttle, we’ve been culling our thousands of snowboard products for the most enticing gift options — we’re all over it like a grooming machine on fresh tracks.

Maybe you forgot a certain holiday gift this year, or you need something for the snowboarding fiend in your life? We’ve got you covered.

Suit them up in an awesome Shred T-shirt:

shred. teal. t shirt
shred. teal. t shirt by asyrum

Show off their new iPad Mini — and their love of epic terrain — with a beautiful Cool Snowboarder Cover:

Cool Snowboarder Cover For The iPad Mini
Cool Snowboarder Cover For The iPad Mini by Incatneato

And for the fiesty snowboardess, bedeck her board with a “Girls can’t WHAT?” (scratch-resistant) sticker:

Light Girls Snowboarding Round Stickers
Light Girls Snowboarding Round Stickers by girlscantwhat

Go tear it up, and maybe we’ll catch you in the powder.

Time to Hit the Slopes

January 8, 2013

We’re counting down to the next weekend to hit the mountains, and can’t resist browsing our thousands of fun and handy ski products for everyone at the chalet. Skis and boots don’t go on sale until end of season, so who can resist some smaller-scale gear in the meantime?

Après-ski is even more heavenly with a fuzzy hoodie to pull over your thermals while tucking into nachos and a crisp ale (or hearty stout) — see this snazzy Ski Nevada Hoodie:

Ski Nevada Hoodies
Ski Nevada Hoodies by magarmor

On the runs, keep your iPhone 5 warm and toasty with the gorgeous Extreme Skiing Case so you can easily snap those photogenic moments and keep tabs on your buddies:

Extreme Skiing iPhone 5 Case
Extreme Skiing iPhone 5 Case by OceanBlueStudio

And when you have to be back on flat land, at least you can tote your non-skiing gear around in the stylish Ski Blade Army Messenger Bag:

Ski Blade Winter Sport Stripe Army Messenger Bag
Ski Blade Winter Sport Stripe Army Messenger Bag by pixipig

Here’s to high-speed chairlifts and the next big dump of snow.

Foto Friday!

January 4, 2013

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.

cool shirt

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!


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