The Art of Letter Writing


You know what’s super fun? Getting mail. I’m not talking about bills or solicitations or your 1200th Chinese restaurant menu. I mean real, fun, personal mail.

At the beginning of 2015, I decided to up my letter-writing game, and I kicked the year off by sending little note cards to some of my favorite friends all over the country. Some sent cards back and others didn’t, but everyone loved it.

That little project got the ball rolling, and I’m now sending and receiving cards regularly. It’s so fun!

As a culture, we’ve definitely moved towards mostly communicating digitally. I’m guilty of that too, and of course I understand the speed and convenience of it all. But really all that does is making getting something in the mail even more special and exciting.

If you want to join me in the movement to make mail fun again, here are some easy tips to get you started:

(1) Start with the basics.

So, you’re not quite ready to start up an ongoing pen-pal relationship with someone. That’s okay. It’s definitely not for everyone. How about instead of the typical “Happy Birthday” or “HBD” (don’t even get me started…) on someone’s Facebook wall, you actually take a few minutes to mail them a card? You’re message won’t get lost in a sea of exactly the same message from 200 other people, and the recipient will feel extra special on their special day.

(2) Or better yet, send something for no reason at all!

I love birthdays, like, a lot. But I think we can all agree that it’s even more thrilling to check your mail, and find a fun piece of mail on a random Tuesday nowhere near your birthday or any other holiday. Is there a friend you’ve lost touch with? Has it been a while since you talked to your mom? I can’t think of a better way to express how much you care about someone than to send them a handwritten note. And in case the written word isn’t your strong suit…

(3) Let someone else do the hard part.

I’m talking about the fine folks over at Hallmark, of course. I’m not ashamed to admit it; I have a greeting card problem (right up there with my cute notebook problem). I’ll walk into my local Hallmark shop for a birthday card…and walk out with an assortment of other just because cards and an embarrassingly long receipt. But the fact of the matter is they can sometimes say things better than I can. Fresh Ink & Ink Studios are some of my favorites for quirky cards like the ones below. And Sarah Jessica Parker partnered with them recently to create some super glam options, too. There’s really something for do you think? Do you love getting mail as much as I do? Who are your favorite people to correspond with?

*All greeting cards pictured available at

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