As I sit here, writing this post, I can hear the radio and the rain and the traffic on the street and construction noise. You've probably noticed that the world is a noisy place. Some of the sounds are lovely -- the rain, for example -- and some are just plain ugly, like jackhammers and car horns.

Some of the ugliest ones, of course, are sounds no one else can hear. They're the little whisperings in your head, the ones that tell you that you should be more or do more or accomplish more. They're the ones that tell you that you're not good enough, or that you don't make enough money, or that you're a failure. 

Those voices are there and they are mean, and here's something I don't think I really understood until recently:

EVERYONE HAS THEM.

EVERYONE.*

One of the reasons that I love the saying printed on the cutie-patootie wooden sign in the photo is this: it reminds you that you don't have to listen to the mean whispers. You can be reassured that you are, in fact, enough. Right now you are enough. Right this minute you are enough. 

The mean whispers would tell you that there is happiness out there, if you could only get your act together enough to find it. 

The sign says that happiness lives right here, right where you are, if you can allow yourself to embrace it. 

We carry these signs -- and a lot of other positive, fun, pretty products -- because we want the world to sound differently. We can't change the whole world with one store (or CAN we!?) but we CAN offer a different soundtrack to the angry, mean one that plays out in the news and on the radio -- and in our heads. Those voices -- the ones that separate us as people, the ones that cause tension and rage -- are very loud. Our voices might not be as loud. But there are a lot of us who want the world to be a kinder, gentler, happier place, and in order to change that outer soundtrack, we have to change the one inside our heads first. 

So remember: You are fabulous and wonderful and enough. Right now. Right where you are. You don't have to do more or be anyone else. You are amazing. Happiness starts right now, with you. 

Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. Not even yourself.

*(Well, I can think of ONE guy who might not have them. But that's an entirely different issue.)

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AuthorDanielle Hayes

You know how you have these daydreamy, picture perfect memories of summers from your childhood, when it seemed that almost every day had perfect blue skies, the trees and grass were the most gorgeous shade of green that you had ever seen in your entire life, and the hot temperatures were relieved by perfect breezes? 

Yeah. So far, this July has been ... EXACTLY LIKE THAT. Add in how pretty and fun downtown Dover is and it's sort of like living in a movie set. At some point, I expect to be walking down the street and suddenly "Don't Stop Believing" will start playing and my other pedestrians and I will break into some sort of choreographed production number. It's been THAT amazing. 

However, since there hasn't been some kind of musical malarky outside yet (though we do frequently burst into song here in the store), I guess that I'll just have to tell you about what's new and awesome in the store.

  • PINEAPPLES ARE FABULOUS

I used to live in North Carolina, where pineapples are a thing during the holidays because they are a symbol of hospitality. They are also, as you probably know, super delicious. I can't pinpoint the moment when pineapples took over the world -- they were VERY SNEAKY about it, as only a sweet and yet spiky fruit can be -- but they have done it. We have all kinds of pineapple-y goodness, including but not limited to the completely adorable sign below.

Too cute, right? 

  • PLANNING PERFECTION

I know, I know, school JUST got out and you're thinking, "Plan, schman." But hear me out. The best time to start thinking about how much you are going to rock it next year? Is before you start next year! And the BEST way to do that is with one of Bloom's AMAZING Vision planners, that help you to set goals, think about how you will achieve them, and remind you to stay in touch with the wonderful, unique, phenomenal person you are. We have them in three different styles and you really, REALLY need one. (I, ahem, might have nabbed one the day they came in. They're THAT cool!)

  • POUR A PERFECTLY PRIDEFUL PINT...

... or glass of wine ... or both! Our NH and ME pint and wine glasses are fully stocked up and just waiting for you to fill them with your beverage of choice, whether that be a local craft beer, a perfect glass of sangria, or lemonade! (Like we said, it's your beverage of choice ... you do you!)

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  • AND SO MUCH MORE!

As you know, this only scratches the surface of everything going on in Pear Tree at the moment. So stay tuned and check in next week ... you never know what we'll be Pondering next!

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AuthorDanielle Hayes

There were several spontaneous acts of kindness in the store yesterday. My favorite may have been when one of my favorite customers came in for our Bee Silk lotion, which she LOVES (and rightfully so, because it is TRULY amazing); while she was here, she ran into a friend of hers who is moving to France on Sunday. The customer looked at the Bee Silk she was holding and asked her friend, "Have you ever tried this?"

"No," her friend said, "Is it good?"

"I'm buying you some to take with you. It's AMAZING. Plus, then you'll think of us when you use it." 

It was incredibly sweet and moving. I keep thinking about it. 

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These days, it's very easy to look out the window -- or on the news -- and see a lot of unpleasant things. In some ways, the unpleasant, the angry, the unkind? Those have become the standard. When we witness an act of kindness or selflessness, it stands out because it's unusual.

We should change that. 

It's not hard. It might feel weird at first because we're not used to it. I asked someone if I could hug her yesterday because she looked like she needed one. (I am not naturally a huggy person.) However, this lady looked like she needed some comfort, so I asked her if it would be okay, and she said yes. I hugged her and she hung on for a minute, taking the solace I had offered her. 

It was nothing, but it was also everything. How easy would it have been to walk by her and pretend I didn't see that she was struggling? How many people do we pass every day  -- people who visibly need a hand -- without bothering to even ask if they are okay?

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We're about gift giving here. Of course we are, we're a gift shop. But some gifts cost nothing, and others very little. A note of kindness left on a coworker's desk. A warm scarf when someone needs it. An offer of help. A letter of condolence. 

A hug.

A thoughtful sharing of a beloved product. 

None of these seem like revolutionary acts, but they are and they will be until they become the norm. Let's get behind more kindness than meanness. Let's be the ones who lead the kindness charge. 

Need some ideas on how to bring more light and joy into the world? Come on in. We'll be happy to help!

 

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AuthorDanielle Hayes

If you're anything like us, you had a moment (or two ... or seven) when you thought summer would NEVER get here, but this week it seemed to arrive with a vengeance! (If you hate the heat, though, you shouldn't worry -- this is New Hampshire that we're talking about, so the temperatures will surely drop back down for a few days any day now.) The good news, though, is that whether the thermometer says ninety-five or sixty-five, we've made it out of the snowy months and into the beautifully green summer ones. Yay!

The OTHER good news is that the bridge construction on Central Ave is halfway done! One side of the bridge has been fully repaired and re-paved, offering a smooth (and much safer) driving experience. The other side ... well, let's say that it's not nearly as pretty, but it surely will be when it's completed. (This second phase is scheduled to be done by the end of August, and then normal parking and traffic will resume on Central Avenue. Hooray!)

As you have read on our Facebook page, all of the downtown businesses have struggled during the bridge construction as people have been tending to avoid this area. We would like to thank everyone again for their support and patronage during this time and ask that you keep on coming in and supporting the businesses that you love! It would be no fun to have a wonderful new bridge but no familiar faces or businesses to visit. 

If you haven't been in recently, than you haven't seen some of the new items we have in stock. "But wait," you ask, "What new items would those be?" Hang on, we'll tell you. (We'd tell you IN PERSON if you came in, nudge nudge.)

  • Finch + Hare cards. Sometimes, you want a card with a beautiful sentiment. Other times, you want to be a little snarky. Luckily for you, Finch + Hare covers BOTH of those with their snarkily sentimental, sarcastic and sweet cards. From the outside, they are pure snark. Open them up, and they are sooooo sweet. For example:

Adorable, right? 

  • Fly Paper Products makes some of the niftiest cards and journals we've ever seen, but it's their desk signs that really take the cake -- and the company is aptly named because they are FLYing out of here. The desk signs range from sarcastic to silly and make an excellent addition to any desk or office. This one is my personal favorite, but then, I'm just kind of like that:
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  • Designworks Ink makes GORGEOUS notebooks and journals, but it's their bullet journals that are truly amazing. If, like us, you've tried bullet journalling but became a bit overwhelmed, then these are the journals for you! They come with a template so that you can get going (and keep up with it) easily and neatly, but also? They are just REALLY cool. How cool? THIS cool:

I mean, look at it. It even has a space to hold your pen! It's SO COOL! 

In addition to all of these super awesome items (and the many others that we have recently put out onto the sales floor!) we also continue to have your favorite things. For example, if you love Bee Line (Bee Kissed, Bee Silk, Bee Cool, etc) we JUST restocked those products so that you can snap up your Bee essentials! For our customers who just plain love Dover, our selection of Dover map coasters has also been totally restocked (and if you are more of a general New Hampshire fan, we have those as well). Need a beautiful card? A funny card? A card that is both beautiful AND funny? We have you covered! 

So come on down. Enjoy the summer weather, enjoy the "almost there" construction, and enjoy some quality time spent at Pear Tree, where we'll help you find the perfect card and gift, wrap it up, and make sure that your shopping experience is as stress free as possible. That's what we're here for!

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AuthorDanielle Hayes

I recently had an exchange with a very frazzled mom. She had stopped into the store to find a birthday gift for a family friend -- a little girl, about to turn twelve -- and had no time.

I know this because she kept saying, "I have NO TIME!"

She was in between appointments, her parking meter was about to run out, she wasn't sure what a good gift for a twelve year old girl might be, and the party was TONIGHT. The look on her face was not one of happy anticipation regarding the party. The look on her face was one of "Please, just push me in front of a bus so I can get this over with."

She needed help.

Fortunately for her, she was in the right place.

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Gift-giving is an activity that speaks of community and family. We give gifts to commemorate occasions big and small, we give them to make holidays and birthdays special, we give them to say thank you and I love you and I'm sorry and get well.  Giving someone a gift lets them know that you were thinking of them, that you wanted to make them smile, and that you care. Giving a gift shows the recipient that you think s/he is important. It's an indication of affection, and -- this is the important bit, so pay close attention -- it should be something that makes both the giver and the recipient happy. 

That's right, y'all. Giving someone a gift should bring you joy. For real! Making someone else's day with a thoughtful gift should make YOUR day! Making someone smile should make YOU smile! It's the circle of life, only with wrapping paper and without creepy hyenas. 

Gift giving SHOULD be enjoyable. 

So how come so many people are so frustrated by it?

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The answer is, of course, that everyone is so busy. SO BUSY. Too busy to take the time to select a gift, select a card, wrap the gift, and consider any of this process to be super fabulous. When you're under a timeline, squished by pressure, and feeling like you are two seconds away from getting a parking ticket, getting someone a gift is not a pleasurable exchange that will make your life richer and more interesting. It's a freaking CHORE. 

Number of people who really love chores: 0.

And so giving gifts becomes an obligation and annoyance rather than an act of caring and generosity. 

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This brings me back to Frazzled Mom. As I said, she was in the right place at the right time because, unbeknownst to her, Pear Tree has a mission: to make gift giving a happy activity again. We want to eliminate the frustration and irritation from the process, and help our guests to feel like they've been heard, they've been helped, they've found just the right thing, and they are leaving with something truly special. 

You see, we do really believe that giving gifts with pleasure and pride is an indication of a healthy and happy community. Because of that, we try to make it simple. We can match you up with the right selections for your gifting occasion. We will gift wrap for you. We can help you find just the right card -- and if you don't know what to write in the card? We can help with that, too! 

We can't eliminate all of the stress and busy from your life -- we're not that magical (at least, not yet!) -- but we can take the aggravation out of shopping for a gift, and we can make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. That's what we're here for. That's what we do. Just ask Frazzled Mom, who ended up leaving with a nicely wrapped, carefully chosen gift and, just as importantly, a smile on her face (which in turn, put a smile on mine).  

Happiness, you see, is a gift that we can share with each other. That's what we're here for!

 

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AuthorDanielle Hayes

If you've ever been on a plane, you've gotten the safety instructions. You know the drill. The flight attendant points at the emergency exits, noting that the one nearest to you may be behind you. You are reminded that smoking is prohibited on flights, and that disabling the smoke detector in the bathroom is a CRIME! And you will be punished! Also, your seat cushion is a floatation device! Oh, and if there is a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will come from the ceiling and there will be a flow of air to assist your breathing... and pay close attention now, because this is VERY important:

Secure your own mask before assisting others.

If you've followed along this far (and I so hope you have) you are probably wondering two things right now:

1) Why is that so important?
and
2) What does this have to do with Pear Tree Paper and Gifts?

(You ask the best questions!)

To answer the first question, it is important to secure your own mask before assisting others because, though it seems selfish on the surface, the truth is that you are better equipped to help other people when you are in the best, healthiest, most protected state you can be in. Having oxygen masks fall onto your noggin mid-flight would be super stressful and possibly asthma attack inducing, and so you NEED that airflow for yourself to be happening so you can think clearly, assess the situation, and provide the best possible assistance to the people around you.

Which brings us to the second question and Pear Tree. You see, here at Pear Tree we feel that people don't take enough time for self care. We know from experience that taking good care of your mind, body, and spirit allows you to be more present and able to care for the other people in your life. 

Because of that, we carry a variety of products to assist you with self-care. Essential oils. All-natural cosmetics and lotions. Aromatherapy wraps to snuggle up with and ease sore muscles. Tea and pretty cups to drink it out of. Journals and pens that will let you get your thoughts in order. All those and more, designed to make you be the best, most positive you that you can be. 

You might be thinking, Well, that's all very lovely, but I don't have TIME for these things! We understand. You're busy! That's why we have a staff that wants to care for you and help you to find what you need as efficiently as possible so that you can be on your way. And hey, if you can take the time? Linger! Browse! Don't be afraid to treat yourself and discover something new and amazing that helps you to remember that life is beautiful. YOU are beautiful! Beautiful, wonderful, and deserving of care and good things. 

So as you go through your day, just try to remember: Secure your own mask before assisting others. 

Oh, and the nearest exit may actually be behind you. 

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AuthorDanielle Hayes

The mornings have gotten chillier and it makes us want to curl up with a blanket, grab a book, and light a autumn-inspired candle. We carry an amazing line of dye-free soy candles from My Country Story (based out of Dover, NH), which are sure to get you craving fall mornings, too! 

This fall, My Country Story brought back the ever popular Pumpkin Bread candle! It truly smells like you have a loaf of pumpkin bread baking in the oven. Come and smell for yourself and you'll see why it's a customer favorite. 

If you prefer the smell of crisp apples, you will want one of their Macintosh Apple candles. It smells like you've just taken a juicy bite of an apple at the orchard. 

For those cider lovers, My Country Story has also created an Apple Harvest candle. It's like you've put apple cider, cloves, and cinnamon into your crock pot. The way it warms your house, and the smell it infuses into the air? That's this candle. 

Come into the shop soon and smell some of these for yourself and let us know what you think! We even have these scents - and many more - available in dye-free soy wax melts!

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AuthorJennifer Blosser

. . . just like we do! Joyo is a Boston-based company run by a husband and wife, and we fell in love with their creations the moment we saw them at a gift shop in northern New Hampshire. Their jewelry is earthy and delicate, fun and colorful, plus it fits into any budget. Studs start at $19 and necklaces range up to $49. And their wooden belt buckles are swoon-worthy! You can find some Joyo pieces on our online store, or pop into the shop to view the entire collection!

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AuthorJennifer Blosser

Here at Pear Tree we often have to remind ourselves to slow down and take a breath. Maybe that's why we carry so many products that help us to do that! Some of the companies we work with, like Compendium and Chronicle Books carry wonderful cards and journals that inspire us to be a little more thoughtful in our daily lives. 

From Compendium, we love the Pop-Open Cards and the Year of Gratitude Kit. It's a beautiful line of products designed to get us to slow down and become more thoughtful. These are great gifts for someone who many be going through a tough time, or for the person in your life who enjoys being introspective and thoughtful. 

The Pop-Open Cards (30 per box) can be opened once a day for a month, or given out to make someone smile. Each card has a different quote relating to the theme of the box, such as Love, Be Happy, Dream, or Hope. At only $6.99, these are great small gifts to let someone know you're thinking of them. 

For those in your life who love to show their gratitude (or if you do!), the Year of Gratitude Kit is a wonderful and easy way to keep track of your thanks over the course of a year. It comes with 52 thank you notes, and a gratitude journal so you can keep track of whom you have sent notes to, with a section in the back for your own gratitude journaling.

 

Chronicle Books has a line of journals that we use for daily reflection and to remember to be grateful every day. Some of our favorites includes Mindfulness, a book of quotations and instructions to get more out of every moment of your life. Living Well One Line a Day encourages you to write down one thing that's happened to you each day over the course of five years - it's fun to look back at past years to see what's happened! Gratitude is a journal with prompts of things you can write about that you're grateful for, and Inspiration is a journal with prompts and instructions for ways you can be more inspired in your daily life. These are great gifts, or little treats for yourself!



I think we all know a few people who could use a reminder to slow down and be grateful (including ourselves), and Compendium's products inspire just that. Stop into Pear Tree today, or shop online

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AuthorJennifer Blosser

We’ve all been there, granted some more than others. It’s the day before (or perhaps the day of) a baby shower we’re supposed to attend and we haven't purchased a gift yet. Although the mama-to-be may be registered at a Big Box Store, you might want to find a gift that is a little more meaningful and unique. Take a risk, go off registry, and have fun! These are some of our favorite baby shower suggestions We also have a selection of cards and gift wrap.

Welcome Baby Keepsake Book for baby's first year, Locally Handmade Drooler Bib & Burp Cloth, Owl Headband. Total = $46.94

Welcome Baby Keepsake Book for baby's first year, Locally Handmade Drooler Bib & Burp Cloth, Owl Headband. Total = $46.94

Bandana Bib, Handmade Pacifier Clip (both from local artists), Amber Teething Necklace. Total = $38.99

Bandana Bib, Handmade Pacifier Clip (both from local artists), Amber Teething Necklace. Total = $38.99

Handmade Baby Blanket, New Parent Apology Cards (hysterical), Jellycat Stuffed Animal. Total = $57.98

Handmade Baby Blanket, New Parent Apology Cards (hysterical), Jellycat Stuffed Animal. Total = $57.98

We also have a large selection of nursery decor (mobiles, prints, wooden signs), hats and mittens, sweaters, games, rattles, and more!

Source: http://www.peartreepaper.com
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AuthorJennifer Blosser

I am ALWAYS a last minute Mother's Day shopper. My mom can attest to that. She's often surprised when she gets it the day after Mother's Day. So with the holiday creeping up, I'm sharing my favorite five items to pick up at Pear Tree so you're not scrambling last minute like me.

Recipe Box & Recipe Cards

For a mom who likes to cook - or one that could use some new recipes - I think this is the perfect way to say I love you ... and can you cook for me? It's also a really sweet way to revive some family recipes that may have gotten lost. Copy them onto some recipe cards, tuck them in the box, and this just became one very thoughtful gift.

SHOP: Recipe Box | Recipe Cards

S Formulators Lotion Decanter

My mom is a Bath & Body Works junkie (sorry, mom). So if I want to get her something different and unique, this is really the way to go. Not only is this a wonderful candle, but the soy wax burns at a low temperature and can be poured into your hand and used as a lotion. No joke! It's amazing and makes the skin so smooth!

SHOP: Bee Illuminated Lotion Decanter

Cosmetic Bag, Red Staggerwing

For a mom who has lots of odds and ends or a counter full of cosmetics, these bags are amazing AND made right here in New Hampshire. Her fabrics are curated from artisans in Africa and the inside of each is made with fun prints in PVC coated cotton so they're easy to clean.

SHOP: Come in store because prints are unique and limited.

Lightweight Summer Tunics

With warmer weather around the corner, giving mom something new to wear is perfect to kick off her summer wardrobe. My mom is in Florida, so these tunics are perfect. Now, which colors to get?!

SHOP: Lime Tunic

Wine, Charms, and Custom Glasses

This is my FAVORITE of all five of my picks. Alysun Grondin does beautiful work painting our wine glasses and I love that she takes custom orders. I will say I've purchased quite a few sets from her and I have loved every single one. Paired with a set of wine charms from Heidi Pauer and a bottle of vino from Dover Wine and Brew it's the perfect sit back and relax gift for mom.

SHOP: Stop into Pear Tree or email us to order a custom set of Alysun's glasses ($30 for a set).

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CategoriesGifting Ideas