15 Cool Gifts for Musicians

Musicians share their musical stylings and talents with all of us. So when it comes time to give a gift to the musician in your life, get creative, pull out all the stops, and give something both unique and useful. Here are 15 gifts for the musician in your life, from the practical, like a guitar strap, to the more creative, like a sound waves wall print, I’ve got you covered.

One of my favorite quotes is from composer Roy Ayers. He says, “The true beauty of music is that it connects people.” Music is magical and that level of creativity, artistic mindset, and dedication deserve to be recognized. Since musicians rock our world, rock theirs with one of these perfect gifts that hit all the right notes. 

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12 Ways to Honor Veterans

Veterans Day is November 11 and honors all those who have served this country as members of the military. It began as Armistice Day, marking the end of the Great War (WWI). Eventually, it became a national holiday and was later renamed Veterans Day by President Nixon in 1971 to honor veterans of all wars and conflicts. (Not to be confused with Memorial Day which recognizes those who have lost their lives in the service of the nation.)

Even if you don’t personally know any veterans, you have benefited from the service of the military and the freedoms they provide. It’s important to acknowledge the sacrifice of military servicemen and their families each and every day to protect us. We have 12 ideas for you to honor veterans this Veterans Day. 

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Celebrating Retirement After 45 Years as a Nurse

Nurses have always been impressive frontline responders in hospitals and clinics around the world. The pandemic has further revealed their dedication and skill, as we grew to rely on them to fight COVID-19—and to keep everything else running despite it. Without our intelligent, compassionate, and brave nurses, each illness or injury would spell disaster. 

Denise is one of these impressive nurses, giving 45 years of her life in nursing service. As a registered nurse and diabetic educator, Denise helped countless patients and colleagues with her compassion and expertise. 

For her 2021 retirement, family and coworkers combined efforts on a group retirement card to honor her work as a nurse. 

Here are a few of our favorite posts: 

Your knowledge, empathy and dedication to diabetes education is exemplary. I hope to emulate these strengths during my career. I have learned so much from you, words cannot describe.

Chantal

The completion of a satisfying work career is not the end. It is only the beginning of a new phase in life, one in which you can enjoy more of the things you wished you had had more time for.

Simone

Friends and family uploaded lots of photos from different stages of Denise’s life, including sweet memories of weddings and work events. 

You are one of a kind and your patients are lucky to have had you as part of their team. I feel that you have given me a great foundation and I will try my best and will build on the knowledge you have given me. I will ask myself W.W.D.D. (what would Denise do?)

Kyla

Handwritten cards were uploaded as images to the group Kudoboard to preserve them forever. (Perfect for old school greeting card lovers.)

Check out Denise’s incredible retirement Kudoboard here. 

Thank you for your service, Denise, and thank you for allowing Kudoboard to be part of your journey. We appreciate your permission to highlight this exemplary retirement Kudoboard and wish you the absolute best in retirement! 

When Should You Offer Condolences?

When a person in your life loses a loved one, it can be hard to know when to offer condolences. Not only is the timing a difficult thing to understand, but the way you deliver a condolence message can be complicated as well. You want to find the best time and place to let a bereaved friend or family member know that you are thinking about them. What is the best way to offer your condolences? Some of the best practices or places to provide a message of condolence could be:

  • with a sympathy card
  • at the funeral 
  • with a sympathy gift
  • sending a condolence letter
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Inktober Artist Spotlight: Drew Bardana

Drew Bardana

One of the things that set Kudoboard apart is the amazing custom artwork you can choose as your board background. Instead of a mass-produced greeting card or generic group ecard, Kudoboard allows you to make a board that fits the personality of the recipient. 

Each week Kudoboard adds brand new custom backgrounds designed by talented and experienced artists, creating unique options for every taste and occasion. We’re incredibly proud of our artists, and today we’d like to spotlight one of our premier designers, Drew. 

Drew is an illustrator from Portland, Oregon, and he specializes in bold colors and shapes. His work is popular in magazines, children’s books, and advertisements, as it’s so eye-catching and happy. You’re about to fall in love with his use of texture and pops of color in his illustrations. 

His love of art began young when he practiced recreating comics and Pokémon cards. He graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art with a BFA in Illustration and Design. 

One of my favorite illustrations I've created with Kudoboard is this cat in a field of wildflowers. It's so fun to get lost in all the little details. With the cold months ahead and more time inside, it's nice to rest your eyes on this peaceful moment.

Another of my favorites is a personal illustration I made to celebrate Halloween. I drew a shy little ghost making the rounds through the neighborhood, trick-or-treating on Halloween. 

Drew’s advice for aspiring artists is all about patience. 

Patience is key. Developing art skills, a portfolio, a clientbase - it's all an uphill climb and it doesn't come together all at once. Continue to make and make and make. Enjoy each step of the process.

When he’s not making art, Drew can be found in the kitchen making delicious food. He also loves to hike with his dogs, Chicharron, Lillie, and George. 

Happy Inktober! 

The 12 Best Ecard Options for 2021

Folks been migrating their paper-based activities online for a while now, and then the pandemic really sped things up. Goodbye, graduation parties. Nice try, office birthday party. Instead, we were home and looking for ways to mark the special occasions in our lives when we could no longer pass around that grocery store greeting card. 

Ecards have come a long way to allow us the full expression of our thoughts and feelings on those special days. Whether it’s a sympathy card, group birthday ecard, or a simple “Thinking of You,” sending an electronic greeting card is easier than ever—and you have options. 

We’re breaking down the 12 most popular and useful ecard options out there (in no particular order), including their pros and cons, so you can determine which will best meet your needs. 

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Ways to Use Words of Affirmation

Are you looking for ways to improve your relationships with others? Whether it be a romantic, familial, friendship, or work relationship, words of affirmation can be a great way to start. Keep reading to find several ways you can use words of affirmation in any relationship.

What are Words of Affirmation?

Have you ever heard of the 5 love languages? It is the thought that people show and receive love in different ways. The love languages include physical touch, acts of service, words of affirmation, quality time, and gifts. The idea behind love languages is that if you can find your love language (how you give and receive love), then you can connect more deeply and grow closer in your relationship.

Maybe you love to hug and cuddle with your partner, that would mean that your love language is physical touch. Words of affirmation as a love language are any words, either spoken or written down, that make your partner feel good, supported, and uplifted. Before we get into some examples of words of affirmation, let's first discuss how to know if your partner’s primary love language is words of affirmation. 

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What to Write in a 50th Birthday Card

The big 5-0! Turning 50 can be an exciting time for some or a scary time for others. A truly thoughtful birthday card is such a great gift to give to the people in our lives. You may be wondering what to write in a 50th birthday card to show them how you really feel. There are so many different ways to send happy 50th birthday messages and styles to choose from!

Types of Messages 

Offering happy returns and a 50th birthday greeting on such a special day is an easy way to show you care for another. When figuring out what to write in a 50th birthday card, you can take some of the following approaches. You can be:

  • Sentimental 
  • Loving 
  • Funny 
  • Reflective
  • Encouraging 
  • Looking towards the future 

Deciding the message you want to include in a 50th birthday card will depend on the type of relationship you have with the person whose birthday it is. Whether you are writing to an aunt, dad, wife, mom, a dear sister, loved ones, or just a wonderful person there is a great way to give that happy birthday message.

Not sure what to give them with your card? Check out our 50th Birthday Gift Guide!

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What to Write in a 50th Birthday Card For Men

If you wonder how to wish a man a happy 50th birthday, we have you covered! 

If the man is your significant other, you could go the sentimental route. A spouse or partner may love to read messages of love and happy times on their birthday card. 

Example:“I am so grateful that you were born 50 years ago today. We have built an amazing life together, and I am excited to see it grow. Happy birthday to the man I love.” 

You could also write about the memories you have together. If you have known this man for a long time (i.e., your son, brother, dad), listing out specific memories could mean so much to him. Memories are such a great piece of your own personal history. Sharing one in a card will make that card even more special because it is shared between just you and him. The birthday boy will cherish this card.

A sentimental message could mean a lot to a man on his 50th birthday. 50 years is a big birthday to celebrate, so sharing a message of love and encouragement could mean a lot to the man whose birthday it is.

For example, you could write: “There have been so many amazing moments in the past 50 years. Let’s make 50 more years of amazing moments. I hope you have a great birthday on this milestone day. Happy 50th birthday!”

If the man turning 50 is a good friend, you may consider going the funny route. Calling him “old man” or making jokes about how he is “over the hill” will make for a humorous, light-hearted message. Most people love to have a good laugh. So what better way to bring humor to a birthday than writing a funny message in a card?

Consider writing to your brother: “Congrats on getting over the hill, old man! Happy 50th birthday brother.” 

If you are unsure how to tell a coworker happy 50th birthday, you can stick to a neutral greeting.

Perhaps you could try something along the lines of: “Congratulations on celebrating your 50th birthday! What a special birthday this is. I hope you have an amazing year. Happy birthday!!” The recipient of your card will appreciate the sentiment and will be grateful for your 50th birthday wishes. 

For Women

Some women may feel nervous about getting older. You need to consider the mindset of a woman when thinking of telling her happy birthday in a card on her special day. Is she excited about her birthday? Is she nervous about growing old? Is she in a solid, committed relationship? If she has children, are they older? 

Suppose the woman has reached a place in her life where she has grown children and maybe even grandchildren. This could be your wife, sister, or someone you have love for. In that case, you may want to consider a sentimental happy birthday message that reflects on the past while looking at her future. 

For example, you could write a message such as: “Happy 50th birthday to a woman who has accomplished so much in her life! With this amazing milestone, enjoy being an empty nester. You have raised amazing children who are now raising your incredible grandchildren. What a great journey you have been on! I hope all of your 50th birthday wishes come true!” She will love to hear these words on her special day. You will definitely help give her a happy birthday.

Perhaps the woman you are celebrating has a great sense of humor. You could play on her age and looks, in her 50th birthday card.

You could write the following happy 50th birthday message: “Happy birthday, you beautiful woman. You don’t look a day over 30!”

On the other hand, some women do not appreciate joking about age and may feel self-conscious about growing older. In those cases, you may want to stick to a more sentimental or reflective message when figuring out 50th birthday wishes to write in a 50th birthday card.

Funny

There are so many options if you are looking to be funny when wishing someone a happy 50th birthday in a card. Of course, calling the recipient “old” may come to mind, but there are other great ways to get across age without calling someone old. A funny birthday greeting may be just what the recipient needs. Offering a funny 50th birthday wish is an easy way to tell someone to have a wonderful 50th birthday.

Do you remember cassette tapes?! A 50-year-old will remember cassette tapes.

You could write in a birthday card: “I wish I could make you a mixed tape for your 50th birthday. Happy birthday my dear friend!”

There are many ways to bring in aging without just calling someone old. The recipient of your card has most likely experienced things like VHS tapes, records, corded phones, and even typewriters. You can bring up any of these to get a laugh out of your friend.

Being funny in a birthday card could also mean recalling fun memories. What a great gift to give to someone by reminding them of a funny time that you have shared together. If you have known the person you are giving the card to for a long time, you may share several memories.  

There are also funny birthday quotes you can find to include when wishing a happy 50th. Of course, you could take the approach of just calling them old!

“Happy birthday, you old fart! Hopefully, your eyesight is good enough to read this card. Happy 50th birthday!” 

Sentimental

50 years is such an accomplishment. What a fantastic age to reach. Letting the person you are giving a card to know how great this birthday is for them will mean a lot. Your message of sentiment will depend on how well you know the person you are giving the card to. 

There are many people that we cross paths with in life. Perhaps someone that has helped you at some point in your life is about to turn 50. If you are not sure what to write in a 50th birthday card for someone who has helped you, you should consider saying thank you. People love being told thank you. If you have the opportunity to thank someone, what better time than with a birthday message. Offering congratulations while saying thank you in your 50th birthday wishes will be much appreciated.

Your message could be: “Happy 50th birthday to the person that has helped me in countless ways over the years. Thank you so much for being there and helping me along the way. I hope you have an amazing day!”

Memories are such a great way to be sentimental with those you care for. If you have had great experiences with the person whose birthday is, consider sharing them in a 50th birthday card.Turning 50 is a time of reflection for many people, and there is no better way to reflect on time than going back over events from the past. So many people hang on to cards that they are given; it would be a great keepsake for the recipient to have a card that has the story of a beloved memory in it.

Going over future plans or hopes is also a great sentiment to share when writing 50th birthday wishes. If the card is for a person who plays a vital role in your life, you can share future plans.

For example, your sentiment could be: “You have had an amazing 50 years! I am so excited about all of our plans to come. Your future’s so bright, and I am so excited for you on this amazing birthday!”

Sending 50th birthday wishes inside of a card will be sentimental no matter what the situation. You are showing the person you care by taking the time to say happy birthday to them. Even using birthday quotes is a great way to express 50th birthday wishes. Offering congratulations on the amazing life that some one (like your wife or dad) has built is such a great sentiment to give.

Check out another great way to create a unique online birthday card here! 

Deliver the Card

Now that you have an idea of what to write in a 50th birthday card, you need to go get that card! Head to your favorite local store and pick out a card and add your birthday wish to it. You can include a gift or even their favorite treat when you deliver the card. 

After learning that there are different ways to approach your birthday message, you will pick the perfect thing to say to the recipient of your card. No matter which direction you take with your message, the person will love that you remembered their birthday and that you were so thoughtful to go out and get them a card (or create one!). 

If there will be a 50th birthday party for the recipient you could deliver at the celebration.. A 50th birthday celebration will be the perfect occasion to celebrate such a big day. Celebrating a wonderful birthday with a birthday cake and your happy birthday message will make for such a wonderful day. The person whose birthday it is will love your card and any of the 50th birthday sayings they will receive in other cards. Let's hope that the 50th celebration rocks!

Whether you choose to be funny, sentimental, or reminiscent, the person receiving your card will love it because it came from you. Figuring out what to write in a 50th birthday card may have seemed hard at first, but you are well prepared to give them the gift of your card. There are also so many birthday quotes and happy 50th birthday wishes that you can include in your card. What a fantastic thing to help celebrate a milestone birthday!

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7 Ways to Celebrate National Boss’s Day (even if you’re remote)

“The most sacred thing I do is care and provide for my workers, my family. I give them money. I give them food. Not directly, but through the money. I heal them.”

Michael Gary Scott

It’s approaching—the day we celebrate the bosses in our lives, and show appreciation that they’re not quite as terrible as Michael Scott. (Please tell me your boss isn’t worse than Michael Scott.)

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What is a Memorial Slideshow?

As you plan a memorial service, you will want to showcase the life and accomplishments of the deceased. Whether it’s with photographs, videos, important possessions, or symbolic items, you can bring the personality of your loved one into the funeral or memorial service. 

The most effective and impressive way to do this is with a memorial slideshow that honors your loved one. Today we’ll explain everything you need to know about memorial slideshows and how to make them. 

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