Meaningful Handwritten Notes: From the Heart

There’s a lot of talk today about people feeling isolated, lonely and physically separated from family and loved ones. Because of this, it’s even more important to get back to the basics of communication. This means taking time out each day to let someone know you’re thinking of them by sitting down and writing a personal note, sending a personalized card or even calling them on the phone to let them know you care.

The Importance of Staying in Touch

The importance of staying in touch with others has never been more important than it is today. This means that honing skills like letter writing and personal note writing has become ever more important. Our selection of personalized stationery, note cards and other personalized items at Miles Kimball is a great way to get started. Start slowly by making a goal of writing one personalized note per week — it doesn’t have to be fancy, eloquent or expertly written. Just a quick “Hello, I’m thinking of you and I hope you have a great day,” is a great start. Tell your friend or loved one about the highlights of your week, something special that happened or something that made you smile. Has a cardinal couple been regulars to your bird feeder each morning? Did you enjoy the smell of the rain from an enclosed porch? Is a beautiful flower growing outside your window? The simple fact that an effort was made to stay in touch is often enough to make a world of difference.

Personalized Address Labels

Consider creating a basket full of personalized correspondence goodies from Miles Kimball to send to a loved one who is isolated at this moment. Include our personalized address labels, a set of new pens and some fun postage stamps that are in line with a particular interest of the recipient (such as animals, flowers or inspirational themes). Personalized address labels are a fun and easy way to add some personality to your correspondence and are easy to stick to your envelopes in seconds, saving your hand to write that personalized note inside.

Available in many different styles, colors and designs, our self-stick address label rolls are a delight to receive. Shop label and seal sets that allow you to decorate your envelopes with patriotic themes, holiday themes, religious themes to wildlife, animals and floral decorations. Adorn your envelopes with these labels, address labels, clear address labels and seals in colorful designs.

Personalized Stationery

One doesn’t need a special occasion to get a personalized note in the mail. In fact, we think that it is even more special to receive an unexpected note in the mail when you’re least expecting it. To be honest, the thought of heading to the mailbox to take out more junk mail and advertisements can often be a bit depressing. A handwritten note from a friend or a family member can uplift one’s thoughts and considerably brighten their day. Click on our personalized calendars and stationery to check out our selection of personalized paper goods and accessories, including our self-inking stamps. Add a pocket calendar to a “Thinking of You” card, add a personalized note pad or give someone a towel calendar that they can use throughout the year (and then add to their kitchen collection when the year is over).

Our personalized stationery is great to say everything from “happy birthday,” “hello,” “I miss you” or “hang in there.” Our high-quality note cards and personalized stationery products are available in many different designs and font styles — from traditional script to personalized home state note cards.

Seasonal and Holiday Cards

Of course, the holidays are a fantastic reason to send cards. Personalized Christmas and holiday cards are our specialty at Miles Kimball and our affordable personalized holiday and seasonal cards are not-to-miss sections of the Miles Kimball website. For Christmas and holiday lovers, nothing is more special that receiving and displaying their holiday cards. Luckily, we have a stunning array of holiday cards from which to choose. From religious blessing cards, nostalgic cards, whimsical cards and traditional cards to season’s greeting and nature scenery displays, there are cards that will satisfy every seasonal preference.

Office Organizers and Supplies

If you’re new to sending hand-written thoughts via the mail to loved ones, that’s OK. Getting in the groove with sending love to friends and family members takes just a little organization and will get easier with time. Until then, there are fantastic organizational tools that can help you get your thoughts, dates and supplies in order. For example, we offer a greeting card organizer book that allows you to organize a year’s worth of cards in advance so they’re ready to go each month. (Hint: Our greeting card organizer makes a terrific gift!) Other organizers and dividers can be used, such as our greeting card organizer with dividers or lined index stick-on tabs to help you stay organized, write notes to yourself about when to mail out your correspondence and more. From letter holder baskets and storage bins to magnets and multi-function pens, there is a great selection of office supplies and organization products to get you on track.

What’s Your Style to Keep in Touch?

Do you have a special tradition among friends or family that helps you all keep in touch? Has someone in your family made your birthdays special by always remembering them? What is something that is super-meaningful to you that you have received in the past that is a unique idea for a handwritten note? Whether it is informative or funny, let us know. Share your thoughts with us below.

Best-Selling Puzzle Books

Who says that expanding the brain can’t be fun? Puzzle books have been popular for decades among adults and children alike. These books contain dozens, or even hundreds, of puzzles that test a person’s knowledge and/or ability to think. In many cases, they develop critical thinking skills — all in a way that’s charming and satisfying for the reader.

But what are the best puzzle books you can own? Seeing which books are popular, and why they are, is a good place to start. Miles Kimball is here to help with this look at our best-selling Brain Games puzzle books for adults and kids. You just might find something that provides hours of entertainment while helping you get a little smarter!

Word Puzzle Books

By far, the most popular puzzle books we sell — and the most popular puzzles period, for that matter — are word puzzles. As the name suggests, these puzzles involve working with words.

The two most common word puzzles are word search books and crossword puzzle books. Despite its popularity, word searches are one of the newest puzzle forms; they were created in 1968. To complete them, one must find all words on a provided list within a grid of letters. The words usually involve a certain theme and might be side-to-side, up-and-down, diagonal or even backward. Word finds can be a real brain challenge for children but are primarily a source of amusement for adults. Alternate versions involve finding words within a picture or using the remaining letters to form a phrase.

Crossword puzzles, which were created in 19th-century England, add knowledge and critical thinking to the mix. A grid of white- and black-shaded squares is provided, and the reader must fill the white squares with words or phrases by solving the provided clues. The clues can be as simple or as complicated as you want, meaning that all ages can test themselves with the right puzzle.

Both of these puzzle types fall into the larger category of paper-and-pencil word games. There are also letter arrangement games (e.g. word scrambles) and semantic games (e.g. Mad Libs). However, these are not as popular in book form. They’re most often seen in compilation books, book sets (pictured above) or in themed books that build puzzles around knowledge of a certain subject (such as our John Wayne puzzle book).

Picture Puzzle Books

Connect the dots puzzles are the third-most-popular type of puzzle book we sell behind word searches and crosswords. This puzzle — sometimes referred to as dot-to-dot or join the dot — is a form of a picture puzzle. Each page in the book has numbered dots spread across the sheet. (Letters can be used, too.) Drawing lines to connect them in the correct order creates a certain object such as a car or tree. These are some of the best puzzle books for kids as they test a young brain’s counting and sequencing ability. As a bonus, children can then engage their creativity by coloring in the picture.

This is by far the most common type of picture puzzle book we sell. However, you can find some other versions in our puzzle compilations and collections. Comparison puzzles are a popular way of testing one’s attention to detail. They involve placing two similar pictures side by side and asking the reader to find the differences between them. Sticker-by-number books are a fun variation of paint-by-number that doesn’t make a huge mess. The Hangman guessing game combines words and pictures for a classic good time, and the book versions create a one-player version by making the letters scratch-off clues.

Keep Your Mind Working

A puzzle collection is a great way to stimulate the brain, pass the time and have fun with. Take a break from the TV or gossip sites and test yourself with the best puzzle books for ages 5 to 95. They’re also an excellent gift for a family member or friend. Miles Kimball has been trusted for generations and will help you find unique puzzle books at affordable prices.

Logic Puzzle Books

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the most challenging puzzle category comes in here. But make no mistake: these are great books for anyone to own. These adult puzzle books keep your cognitive muscles active well into old age by expanding logic, reasoning, creative thinking and more. Our top-selling Sudoku books are a great example of this. Readers are provided with a 9×9 grid that’s subdivided into nine 3×3 blocks and partially filled with numbers. They must fill the remaining boxes so that all columns, rows and blocks contain the numbers 1 to 9. This puzzle type, which became popular in the 1980s, combines memory and logic while requiring high concentration.

The deductive reasoning book Who Done It? is another great way to test your skills. The reader is presented with a variety of brain challenges with a spy theme. They might need to solve a math riddle, answer comprehension questions after reading a paragraph of text or plan a mission using certain parameters. The best part is that some of the puzzles can be solved in multiple ways, meaning you can do them again later and find improved or alternative solutions.

Personalized Gifts

Add Thoughtful Personalization


Personalized gifts continue to remain a cornerstone in the lineup of unique, fun, and decorative gifts available at Miles Kimball. Choose from our extensive selection of personalized gifts including personalized address labels that help you stay in touch, calendars and stationery to help keep your busy life on schedule, and kids’ toys that spark creativity and imaginative play. Our artists and designers are ready to personalize your gifts to make every occasion unforgettable. Add thoughtful personalization to every gift with the vast array of budget-friendly options, including exclusive products available at Miles Kimball.

Make magic happen with the help of Miles Kimball where you’ll find something for every lucky recipient on your shopping list. The expert processes including hand-painted personalization, embroidery, engraving, and direct-to-garment printing used to create your favorite items like calendar towels, pet items, t-shirts and more allow you to show how much you care with that extra personal touch.

At Miles Kimball, we give you even more ways to shop with convenient categories of personalized gifts organized by activities like entertaining, playtime, sports, and decorating where you’ll find beautiful ideas like a customized casserole dish ready for fun personalization like ‘Grandma’s Goodness.’ We also organize our vast array of personalized options by person making it easy to find items made just for kids like a piggy bank with their name, gifts perfect for him like pocket knives and wallets, and thoughtful ideas just right for her like stylish robes.

Make Miles Kimball your first stop where you’ll find everything from our broad range of personalized cards to unique solutions that go that extra mile like memorial ornaments for your pets. With our everyday low prices and every-changing special offers, you’ll find everything on your shopping list in our personalized gift categories.

Keep Ahead of Your Schedule

2019 Calendars & Planners


Make the most of your day with time-saving calendars and planners from Miles Kimball. We carry a wide range of single and multi-year calendars from desktop varieties to wall Personalized 1-Year Pocket Calendarcalendars and magnetic options that help you stay organized and ahead of your busy schedule. Choose from our extensive selection of planners like handy pocket calendars for on-the-go scheduling and our popular towel calendars with the option to personalize for an extra special touch. Whether it’s for work planning or keeping everyone in your family on schedule, you’ll find plenty of time-saving planning options for every member of the family at Miles Kimball.

Opt for the exclusive spiral bound 5-year planner available at Miles Kimball that covers the years from 2019-2023 with a full page for every month and convenient divider tabs that let you quickly flip to any month for more effective long-range planning – it’s the Personalized Desk Pad Calendarultimate tool to keep events, appointments, assignments and more organized and on track. You can also check out a personalized desk pad calendar with large blocks for jotting down important reminders and dates or the giant wall calendar with large print, large daily blocks, and the first week of the next month for handy at-a-glance planning. With these and many other budget-friendly options available, Miles Kimball helps you keep track of important dates like birthdays, anniversaries and more.

No matter what the occasion, calendars and planners from Miles Kimball offer you a cost-effective way to stay on top of every activity throughout the year effortlessly. From keeping the family organized with a well-planned schedule on the fridge with the help of one of our magnetic calendars to fun, personalized gifts like our 2-year pocket calendar offered in a variety of beautiful themes like kittens and treasured friends staying organized is no problem with the wide range of options available at Miles Kimball.