20 Under $20: Go-To Gifts from Read Between the Lines
Melinda Jones knows a thing or two about gifts. As proprietor of Read Between the Lines, a Dallas-based specialty shop filled with everything from greeting cards to cocktail glasses, stuffed toys to T-shirts, she can tell you just the thing to brighten someone’s day. We asked her to pick a few of her favorite things from her store and share them with you.
“Important” notebook, $15.
“In the world of paper, this is the year of the notebook/spiral/journal. Everyone is launching new collections. This gorgeous gold-foil number that reads ’Super Important Stuff’ is from Easy, Tiger for summer 2016, and we looooove.”
Texas state print, $20.
“We are huge fans of Power & Light Press. Owner Kyle Durrie is a female letterpress and illustrating phenomena. We had a fun trunk show with her in the shop last fall, and it was a hit! This letterpressed-with-love Texas map is sure to bring good vibes to your casa. We carry most other states by her too.”
“You’re a Busy Woman” magnet, $5.
“Magnets are new from Sapling Press this season, and they’re just as great as the cards!”
Champagne place cards, $7.50 for eight.
“Perfect for any occasion — just the right blend of gorgeous and modern.”
Amber & Moss candle, $18.
“Fresh, warm and kinda sexy, this is P.F. Candle Co.’s best-seller, and it’s one of ours too. Both men and women love it, and the scent never gets old.”
“Nope” mug, $16.
“Who hasn’t felt this way before the first cup of coffee, or when you realize you need a vacation?”
Metallic Gelly Roll pens, $2 each.
“These sell like hotcakes on the daily, and we have them in a million colors. Nothing soothes a boring workspace (or meeting) like fun pens.”
The Tattoo Coloring Book, $14.95.
“Grown-up coloring books are all the rage, and this one tops them all in coolness factor.”
Neon colored pencils, $14.95.
“The perfect accompaniment to the gift of a coloring book, neon colored pencils rock. I tried them out first with my godchildren, and we all loved them!”
“So Happy I Found You” card, $7.50.
“I love a modern execution of a sweet sentiment. Especially when it’s hand-painted and gold-foil stamped on lusciously thick paper.”
“Pardon My Fits I Love You to Bits” card, $6.
“This black-foil-stamp baby is new from our summer 2016 collection. Apology cards can really save the day. And friends who forgive our crazy deserve this one — and maybe a bottle of prosecco!”
“This Is Paris” washi tape, $8.
“I have a serious washi tape addiction. It dresses up any envelope, is fab for gift wrapping or securing a love note to a mirror, and we carry a zillion styles of the stuff in the shop, as well as cool Lucite washi tape dispensers. “This Is Paris” was created by children’s book illustrator M. Sasek for MT, and the vintage illustrations and happy themes are the best.
“I Already Feel Like a Better Dancer” cocktail napkins, $8.
“Our new best-selling style of cocktail napkins are in gold foil stamp. Just add a DJ or Pandora and some good friends.”
“Get My Number” cocktail napkins, $8.
“Another fun one from our summer 2016 collection. Because focus is everything when the party is on.”
Flamingo cocktail glasses, $12 each.
“Another sweet find from the National Stationery Show and new from Easy, Tiger for summer 2016. Just try and turn down gold foil flamingos on your drink glass.”
Mr. & Mrs. champagne glasses, $18 each.
“Give one as a shower gift or both for the wedding. Affordable and so much fun.”
“Honeymooners” card, $5.
“It’s wedding season, and this fresh one by Idlewild is just perfect. I love the illustration. Give me a winding road, a great man, a view and a honeymoon ahead! Wheeeeeee!”
“You Look Different In Person” calling cards, $12.
“Online dating necessitates fun accessories to keep in your purse. Even if it’s only to make you laugh before your date, so you look ‘naturally happy.'”
“Thanks Doesn’t Mean Stop” card, $5.
“Because the illustration is so awesomely odd and real and hilarious, and the sentiment is spot on. Keep on keepin’ on with the kindness, man.”
“You Should Text Him” card, $5.
“David Olenick designed this card for Ohh Deer, a British line that guarantees laughs. This in particular is G-E-N-I-U-S level. Don’t text him. Just doooon’t.”