I remembered seeing this on a blog awhile back & thought it might work for her shower. At this person's baby shower all the people painted the letters of the alphabet to put up in the baby room for decoration.
Relay for Life fundraiser - people bought a ribbon for me to wear on the back of my t-shirt. The appropriate color ribbon had the person's name on it who we are honoring or remembering. I got many compliments from this!
It's *only* permanent psychological damage... The "sticks and stones" phrase was unfortunately still popular when I was a kid, but I seriously hope it's becoming obsolete now. Words can absolutely hurt people - in fact, they're the everyday person's weapon-of-choice.