It's a sad reality that we can't be with every person we love all the time. The planet is pretty huge, and too often our nearest and dearest end up disappointingly far away - at least geographically speaking.
Luckily, one company has made some small inroads into solving this problem. Wisconsin-based business Cardboard Cutout Standees recognized the popularity of celebrity cutouts and came up with an ingenious idea. Now you can create custom cardboard cutouts of anyone you want. So if you're missing a faraway friend, or can't attend an important sentimental event, look no further. We've collated some of our favorite uses of this cute service.
Life is really only as important as those you share it with.And family is undeniably important - even when they're working your very last nerve.
Or perhaps your friends are your family?At least they have the advantage of being chosen by you!
But forging close relationships comes with a caveat.We live in a pretty big world - and too often, those you're emotionally close to are based at large geographical distance from you.
This can be really hard to deal with.Even with advances in technology like Facetime, many of us find ourselves missing loved ones a lot of the time.
And this can be amplified during particular moments.At big life events like marriages or births, the absence of a friend or family member can be felt even more acutely.
But this inspired one company.And spawned a totally ingenious invention which is now swiftly taking over the internet.
Because, think about it.Cardboard cutouts have existed for a long time. It's just that they tend to be for fans of celebrities to feel a little closer to their idols.
But if they work for that...Then surely, they could have another excellent use, too - right?
Well, Cardboard Cutout Standees sure thought so.
Which means one thing.
via: TwitterNow you can use their website to create your perfect cardboard cutout. Whether you're missing a friend and want them around - or think you have a friend who could do with a cutout of you - the world is your oyster.
And people have been loving it.
This one's a classic.
Or how about a trip down memory lane?
This one is truly heartwarming.
They even work as gifts.
This is a cute idea.
They even do these oversized heads.
And it isn't just relegated to humans.
While many of these custom cutouts are of loved ones ...
via: FacebookYou can also choose a celebrity option - like this brilliant Mayor Pete at Atlanta Pride.