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An alternative gift card. Me-do-dats give kindness instead of stuff. Customizable. Reusable. An enclosed log chronicles its travels.

me-do-dats

As in: "let me do-dat for you"

Have you encountered too many plastic gift cards lately? Me-do-dats are reusable bamboo cards that give kindness instead of stuff.

the ideayou give a deed, that keeps on giving
people actually connect
the gift travels, the log tells its story
no hurry, just niceness at its own pace

how it works

think of someone you would like to help, and how
get the appropriate me-do-dat deed packet
write your name and place on the enclosed log
give the me-do-dat packet to the person you want to help
do the deed

the recipient (or his partner, son, daughter, dog) thinks: 
“hey, I can do the same thing for so and so...”
writes his/her name on the enclosed log
gives the me-do-dat packet to the person he/she want to help
does the deed 

(repeat)

In other words

Think of something nice you would like to do for someone. Select the matching me-do-dat card, or order a custom deed card. Write your name and place on the enclosed travel log and give the packet to the person you are going to help. Do this nice thing for them. The recipient, or someone in their household, decides they can do the same nice thing for someone else. He/she fills out the travel log, gives it to the person he/she wants to help and does the deed. This process is repeated over and over again. The me-do-dat card could stay in your town, or travel all over the world. The log grows into a record of niceness, a quiet testimony of good will.

my goal

is to raise the funds to make 99 do-dat packages each for 7 inaugural good deeds (that is 693 total). They are:

  • sit your baby
  • make you dinner
  • sit your dog
  • buy you lunch
  • feed your cat
  • drive you there
  • get you groceries

At the $15 donation level you will receive one of the deed packages above. They are an initial limited edition and each deed is numbered 1-99. Overfunding (just being hopeful!) will make it possible to add more deeds.

make a custom me-do-dat

Starting at the $30 donation level (you get 2 me-do-dat packages), you can make your very own custom deed*. What would YOU like to do for someone?* Your deed can be up to 20 characters long. (Note that spaces count as characters.)

personalize it

Starting at the $75 donation level (you get 5 me-do-dat packages), you can further personalize your me-do-dat by adding an extra round tag, on which you can print up to three lines of text of 20 characters each*. (Note that spaces count as characters, and the longer your text, the smaller the type.)

Starting at the $150 donation level (you get 10 me-do-dat packages), you can print a picture or a symbol of your choice on the other side of your tag*.

tell your story

Starting at the $450 donation level (you get 35 me-do-dat packages) You can put your personal me-do-dat deed story on the me-do-dat web site.

ideas

  • Me-do-dats make an inspiring graduation gift.
  • Me-do-dats are a great wedding keepsake. (Start some good on your happy day!) 
  • Me-do-dats can be dedicated to the memory of a person or event.
  • Me-do-dats are a thoughtful teacher or tutor gift.

I cannot wait to see what other me-do-dat uses Kickstarter backers can think of!

the me-do-dat package

The me-do-dat card measures 3.5 x 2 x 0.25" and is made out of bamboo.
Every card is unique. The texture of the bamboo takes the engraving slightly differently each time. The enclosed log is printed both sides in environmentally responsible inks on 100% recycled paper. The card comes ready to give in a little burlap bag.

where the money will go

Purchasing the bamboo; cutting and engraving the cards; printing the travel log and tags; purchasing the burlap bags and paper tags; purchasing packing materials for shipping. Shipping costs.

Me-do-dats will only get made when this project is fully funded, so please help me help you help others (that's right!) by funding this project!

who is Jeannet Leendertse?

I am a Dutch graphic designer, who has been living in the US for the past 22 years. I usually design books for publishers and individuals on the East Coast. I have won many awards with my designs and my work has appeared in PRINT and can be found in the AIGA archives. You can find my work at http://www.jeannetleendertsedesign.com/ I have two great boys and a super husband who all have been very supportive of this project. For more info see my bio to the right.

When I’m not designing, I read, and I have to say I truly miss the old tag that used to be stamped on the first page of our library books. I love the idea that a book has been read before me and always wonder who those readers are. Then, for my last birthday, my good friend Rayna gave me a token to put in my purse. It came with a card that said "good for a lunch at the Blue Moon", our small town's favorite hangout. It was a perfect gift. I feel at times that our need to truly connect in this digital age gets neglected. The me-do-dat project combines all these sentiments in the form of a reusable traveling gift card.

thank you for your time and support!

* Please keep it nice, or your text or picture will consist of typographical beeps (&^%$!). : )

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    • you-do-dat good deed! • A chance to submit a new deed idea, that could get made if the project is overfunded.

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    • All of the above plus: A deed package of your choice from the initial limited edition run of numbered deeds. (First come first serve, submit up to three choices, receive a random deed when deeds of choice are sold out.) Worldwide shipping is included.

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    • 2 deed packages of your engraved CUSTOM DEED with a maximum of 20 characters, in any language*. • A chance to submit your deed idea, that could get made if the project is overfunded. Multiples are $15 more each. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    • 5 deed packages of your engraved CUSTOM DEED with a maximum of 20 characters, in any language* OR 5 assorted deeds. • An additional CUSTOM ROUND TAG will be printed on one side with 3 lines of up to 20 characters each*. • A chance to submit your deed idea, that could get made if the project is overfunded. Multiples are $15 more each. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    • 10 deed packages of your engraved CUSTOM DEED with a maximum of 20 characters, in any language* OR 10 assorted deeds. • An additional CUSTOM ROUND TAG will be printed on one side with 3 lines of up to 20 characters each*. • Put a PICTURE OR SYMBOL on the other side of the round tag*. • Your deed idea will be put on the list that will get made, if the project is overfunded. Multiples are $15 more each. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    • 35 deed packages of your engraved CUSTOM DEED with a maximum of 20 characters, in any language* OR 33 assorted deeds. • An additional CUSTOM ROUND TAG will be printed on one side with 3 lines of up to 20 characters each*. • Put a PICTURE OR SYMBOL on the other side of the round tag*. • Your deed idea will be on the list that will get made, if the project is overfunded. • YOUR DEED STORY (150 words) on the me-do-dat website. Multiples are $15 more each. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    99 NUMBERED deed packages of your engraved CUSTOM DEED with a maximum of 20 characters, in any language* OR 99 assorted deeds. • An additional CUSTOM ROUND TAG will be printed on one side with 3 lines of up to 20 characters each*. • Put a PICTURE OR SYMBOL on the other side of the round tag*. • Your deed idea will be on the list that will get made, if the project is overfunded. • YOUR DEED STORY (250 words) and YOUR PICTURE on the me-do-dat website. Multiples are $15 more each. Worldwide shipping is included.

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