When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Opening your mailbox to find an envelope with your name written in ink can be a heartwarming surprise. It’s a special gift, reminding you that someone thought of you and took the time to send a note straight to your door! And, during times when it’s challenging to connect in person, these small gestures can mean the world.
April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, a celebration of the art of handwritten correspondence. It’s an invitation to keep in touch with the people in your life with pen, paper, and possibly a fun stamp!
A seemingly simple note can become a beautiful keepsake to be enjoyed for years to come. Handwritten notes are artful holders of our history, preserving the thoughts of anyone from a partner or family member to a friend or mentor. Each postage stamp and postmark frames a unique moment in time—and reflects our own place in the world.
We’re offering a few ideas on how you can participate in National Card and Letter Writing Month, whether you choose to send a quick postcard, capture your thoughts in a greeting card, or sit down and write a letter.
1) Mail a birthday card.
In our digital age, birthdays can feel like 24 hours of phone notifications. Opt to write your birthday wishes in a card that will light up someone’s special day.
2) Become a pen pal with a child.
Introduce a little one to the joy of snail mail. Send a note with a creative question. Then encourage them to write back soon with an answer.
3) Send fan mail.
Write to an author you’ve enjoyed, an artist you love, or a musician whose music has moved you, and let them know how much their work has meant in your life.
4) Thank a teacher.
Remind a teacher or mentor of the difference they make or the lasting impact their presence has had on you.
5) Connect with a friend with whom you’ve lost touch.
Sometimes a simple “I’ve been thinking about you” can be the start of a deeply meaningful conversation.
6) Share heartfelt words with a brother or sister.
April 10 is National Sibling Day. Jot down a favorite memory, an inside joke, or a word of appreciation and share it with your sibling to inspire a smile.
7) Write a letter to yourself.
Capture reflections from your day, personal affirmations, or thoughts you want to hold on to. Then seal your letter and hold on to it as encouragement for your future self.
Looking for cards for your writing practice this month? Explore our selection of inspiring stationery here.