Looking for an example of the transformative powers of paper? Take Tx.to, a new French service that transforms a string of text messages between you and someone else into a series of tiny paper scrolls, all minimally packaged. Each small scroll is marked with the names of the two participants involved, and the dates the conversations took place. To review your messages, simply unwind the spools and begin to read.
While long-term use and storage would seem problematic – how do you get the scrolls to remain wound once you’ve read them, for example – the idea seems packed with gift potential. Two lovers’ first messages for Valentine’s Day? Texts between two old friends? Texts between parents and grown-up offspring?
All in all, an interesting modern replacement for those love letters tied up with ribbon in the attic.