I’ve been writing tons of letters and lots of thank you notes lately. I’m not an expert on etiquette, but I am a huge advocate of dropping letters in the mail. It’s so easy to shoot someone an email; taking time to write a letter in your own handwriting will mean so much more to the recipient.
Tools of the trade:
Stationery (not stationary… that means not moving, but I digress)
I have accumulated a good deal of personalized stationery. I like to have different sizes, colors, monograms, and styles so that I can pick an option based on the situation. My go-to stationery is Boatman Geller. You just cannot beat the quality. But, there are plenty of fun up-and-coming companies that offer personalization too. Using the last of a style is bittersweet for me; I am so sad to see it go, but I just love picking out new ones!
Pick a sturdy pen that you feel comfortable with. Currently, I am love love loving the Sharpie pen. Just ask California Funk, Fordham Prepster, or the UPS Store guy how excited I was to find them last year! Whatever pen you choose, practice on a scrap sheet of paper. There is nothing worse than realizing (too late) that a pen bleeds or is an ugly color.
I find that if I have stamps handy and ready to go, I’ll be more likely to send a note. And it’s much more timely. Forever stamps are so great because they work even if the price of a stamp increases. California Funk and I determined that stamps are more expensive than we thought. Oh, and apparently you can buy stamps at some ATMs… I just learned this recently!
What’s the fun of writing a letter with no where to send it??? Nowadays people don’t really carry address books around. I’ve found myself having to the email the person with a little “pre-thank you,” and then ask for an address at the end of the message. It takes away a little bit of the surprise, but the person has something to look forward to!
A few other tips:
- I typically type what I want to say first, and then write it out on a scrap sheet of paper to perfect the spacing and alignment.
- Make sure the card you send is appropriate. I wouldn’t want to send the Dean of my school a letter on stationery of my dad’s alma mater.
- Always place the card in the envelope in a way so that the recipient can just pull the card out and begin reading. It drives me nuts when people put a card upside down or with the front facing the wrong direction.
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