I am definitely biased* but I think that snail mail is one of the best ways to show people your love. We all know how rare it is to get something personal and fun in the mail. And a note just makes you feel special, knowing that someone was thinking about you and went to the effort to show it.
I’m currently recovering from a broken ankle and have just started feeling more alive after spending four weeks stuck on the couch (day and night) elevating my leg. And I still have another four weeks before I can walk again. Anyway, I got this card and a care package (including the most perfect “Kept Going” everyday bravery pin) from my friend Joanna in New Zealand and it was exactly what I needed at that moment. I was so discouraged and feeling sorry for myself after surgery, but when I got this in the mail I cried because it meant so much to know she cared and was thinking of me.
What I’m trying to say is this: sending snail mail is a great way to be an awesome human and to show how much you care about friends and family. Obviously any card or letter (even handwritten on lined paper) will get the job done, but some cards are better than others.
And because all I want in life is to help you be better, I have collected the very best cards out there and put them all in one place for you. This place is called pinterest. There’s probably a better format for a collection like this, but forgive me. I’ve only been half-conscious with the pain meds and all that. And because I’m such a good friend, I even put them in categories for you.
Check out these awesome cards:
- Love & Friendship
- Moms, Dads, & Grads
- Congrats (General)
- Adulting: Weddings, Babies, & New Homes
- Including Adoption & Infertility
- Empathy, Sympathy, & Encouragement
- Specifically the Loss of a Pet
- Thank You
- Just for Fun
- If you like a specific card, but don’t want to pay to ship just one item, you can always look for it in a brick and mortar shop near you! Click on the link to the shop and take a look at their stockists page (sometime called “retailers” or “stores” etc) for a list of local options. Then you can shop local and support a small business! Win win.
- Birthday cards are always good to have on hand for obvious reasons, but I like to keep quite a few empathy/sympathy/encouragement cards on hand too. Birthdays and holidays are easy to plan for, but you never know when a friend might get bad news or lose a loved one or need some encouragement. And if you have a few cards already, you can be quick to respond and show your support.
- I’m confident that you’re going to like what you see here, so when you find a favorite, be sure to click on the link and check out the stationer’s other cards. And then follow them on the social meeds! The stationery world is a beautiful and positive place. Enjoy.
- And lastly, paper goods = stationery with an E. S-T-A-T-I-O-N-E-R-Y.
* Why am I biased? First, I’m just obsessed with stationery. I keep a significant collection of cards on hand for all occasions. Second, my sister runs a stationery business – Odd Daughter Paper – which I highly recommend.
P.S. If you’re wondering if this post is a not-so-subtle ploy to get people to send me snail mail…ABSOLUTELY IT IS. Send me a card. Please. I’m going to be immobile for another month. Send me a little something to brighten my day. But also, I’m really good at sending cards in return. I promise.