This Father’s Day past, I really tried to come up with something unique for Ryan. It’s not that he’s a difficult person to shop for, he isn’t an especially private or hesitant with his opinions. He’s just a boring person to shop for. I of course say this as lovingly as possible. But when it comes to buying Ryan a gift, it’s either book I’m not interested in, beer I don’t drink or practical clothing. How boring right? So this year I put my thinking cap on and came up with……………………………………bookplate stamp! A stamp with his name to put on the front flap of his books. Isn’t that much less boring 😉
It actually was a great idea. Let me tell you why. It was something unexpected, something he would enjoy as well as something I was excited to give. Perfect, right? To etsy.com I went. Oh my goodness so many search results! I looked through about 3 or 4 pages of handmade bookplate stamps before I realized all the ones I liked were made by AssPocket Productions. I knew I wanted the latin “Ex Libris” rather than the English “From the Library of” and some sort of classical graphic. Even with those narrow parameters I found a lot of options to choose from. Ultimately I decided on
Ryan thinks it’s the most badass way to tell someone not to steal his book. The designer said on her site that she was running behind on orders, but I received the proof the next day and the stamp was mailed within a week. We got the stamp and it looks great! She even sent a 10% off coupon for our next order. I first thought to get some stamp cleaner because I need some more, but now I’m thinking I want something fun for me like a return address stamp. I guess we all define fun differently.
If you’re in the market for a custom rubber stamp or unique gift idea for me or for someone else ;), I happily recommend AssPocketProductions! She has a lot of designs already in her gallery, but she says she is open to custom designs too.