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Founder, Print Buyers International (PBI)

Margie's Buyer Insights

By Margie Dana

About Margie

Margie Dana, a former print buyer, is the founder of Print Buyers International (PBI) and its member-based organization, Boston Print Buyers. These professional organizations cater to print customers worldwide through education, an annual buyers conference, Print Buyer Boot Camps, and networking opportunities.

Margie's perhaps best known for her weekly enewsletter, Margie's Print Tips, which she's published weekly since 1999 in an effort to build bridges in the industry. For years, Margie has been a popular speaker at industry events here and abroad. Her clients include print company executives who rely on her to help steer their marketing campaigns and make their online efforts more customer friendly.


Dear Santa, Please Bring Me Print

I don’t ask for much over the holidays as far as gifts go. In reality, I have everything I want—and then some. But if you asked me what sort of holiday gifts I’d love to find beneath our tree this year, here’s a sampling:

1) Printed photobooks of my mini poodle Charlie. No one loves you like your dog. I’d pay good money for a book that includes pictures of Charlie chronicling his (good) life with the Danas.

2) Exquisite holiday cards. Never a fan of e-holiday greetings, I am capable of tackling the postman to get holiday cards all month long. Send me the real McCoy, please. Nothing moves me like letterpress, BTW.

3) Signed books by authors I admire. Novelists such as J. M. Coetzee or Julian Barnes. Industry geniuses like Frank Romano or Dr. Joe Webb. Local columnists like Brian McGrory or Dan Shaughnessy. I want their books to display on my bookshelves. Treasured trophies, every one.

4) Hardbound cookbooks. Last Christmas I was given “Flour” by Joanne Chang. Such fabulous recipes from her Flour Bakery Café in Boston! Holy moly. What could top that one?

5) Gift cards to favorite retailers.
Even a $5 coffee card to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts makes me happy. Those little guys get tucked in my wallet untill I’m ready to treat myself. I like giving them, too.

6) Subscriptions to favorite magazines. This one’s harder, since I treat myself to great magazines all year long. But surely there are one or two more I’d love, but hesitate to splurge on. What a great gift!

We’re a pretty “with-it” household, don’t get me wrong. We have Macs galore, including two iPads. Plus, we have one Kindle, three smartphones and digital subscriptions to a variety of publications. Yet nothing takes the place of print completely. I dare you to find one person who wouldn’t love getting a book as a gift.

What about you? Is something printed on your wish list this season?



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