Do you know someone who has a habit of wandering into a paper goods store with an intention to “just browse,” yet somehow always manages to leave with a shopping bag stuffed with notebooks, pens, and stationery? Not to mention a certain sizzling sense of creative possibility? Or, maybe that someone is you. (It most definitely is me.)
We’ve curated this list with gift ideas for snail mail enthusiasts and people who appreciate the analog power of paper and pen. This guide includes sets of beautiful blank notecards and postcards, satisfying writing utensils, and supplies for adding embellishments.
Who doesn’t love finding a personal piece of mail nestled like a treasure amongst the junk mail and bills? To all the letter writers and mail carriers out there, we salute you!
Better than a bouquet, these floral notecards are always in season. Keeping elegant, all-purpose cards stashed away will mean you’re at-the-ready to mark all sorts of celebrations, milestones, and card-worthy occasions throughout the year. Sending a note to recognize the highs and lows of life — from birthday well-wishes to sympathy for a loss — can be a meaningful way to show loved ones that you’re thinking of them, even if you live far apart.
Bouquet Greeting Cards, Set of Four Cards and Envelopes, $26
Handmade by artist Hara Chung
Pink Dogwood Greeting Cards, Set of Eight Cards and Envelopes, $18
Letterpressed by Pioneer House
With Love, Adventure, and Wildflowers
Set of 20 Different Notecards and Envelopes, $15.95
Illustrated by Katie Daisy
With 100 postcards to choose from, these sets have plenty of pen pal potential. Use them as a springboard for starting a regular letter-writing habit (100 Day Project, anyone?) or as versatile wish-you-were-here missives to mail from a getaway or a staycation. Or, host a postcard-writing party to reach out to politicians to advocate for causes close to your heart.
These postcards also fit in a standard 4-by-6-inch picture frame, making them an easy and economical option for a home art gallery.
Sibley Backyard Birding Postcards, $20
Set of 100 postcards illustrated by David Sibley
National Parks Postcards
Illustrations That Celebrate America’s Natural Wonders, $20
Set of 100 retro postcards
Flower Box: 100 Botanical Postcards by 10 Artists in a Keepsake Box, $19.95
Greeting Card Stamp Carving Kit, $45
Perfect for someone with a DIY soul, this kit has everything needed to carve and stamp your own set of cards. The set includes three ink pads, a rubber stamp block, a carving tool with six blades, six cards and envelopes, and an instruction booklet with more than 20 designs. Once you master the process, you’ll have the know-how to print anything you can press a stamp into: stationery, gift wrap, fabric, you name it.
Happy Mail Rubber Stamp, $27.60
Made by Talk to the Sun
Nothing says “happy mail day” than this hand-carved rubber stamp that says, well, exactly that! Press it onto an envelope or a blank card for a pop of good cheer.
Custom State Return Address Stamp, starts at $21.59
Made by Paper Peach Shop
These laser-engraved rubber stamps are made to last — and to keep your mail from getting lost en route. A personalized return address stamp makes a thoughtful housewarming gift and a handy tool for letter writers. These stamps are available in a few styles: self-inking, wooden-handled, affixed to a wooden block, or unmounted. The inks come in jet black, emerald green, vermillion red, manganese blue, and sepia.
Love Forever Postage Stamps, Sheet of 20 stamps, $18.73
Add some love to your letters with these 2021 Forever stamps from the United States Postal Service. Their value will always be equivalent to the going rate for a First Class letter, meaning this love will never fade.
Blackwing Pencil Sampler, Set of Four Pencils, $18
From Essentialist Art
With their smooth written lines and vintage style, Blackwing pencils have something of a cult following among writers and artists. The company makes high-quality pencils with graphite in four grades, from soft to extra-firm. This sampler set includes one of each, so you can test them out and find your favorite.
Globe Pencil Sharpener, $10.43
This worldly sharpener doubles as delightfully retro desk decor when it’s not in action perfecting pencil points with its carbon steel blade.
20 Double-Ended Colored Brush Pens, $29.95
Each pen in this set of 20 has a fine tip and a brush tip for twice the fun. Write, doodle, and practice hand-lettering techniques with this travel-ready rainbow of inking possibilities.
These Japanese paper-based tapes come in a vast array of hues and patterns. Stick washi tape anywhere you’d like a decorative touch, including to seal an envelope with care and color.
Airmail Washi Tape, $4.80
From beve products
Mountains, Forest, Cactus, and Tropical Leaf Washi Tape Set, $12.67
From Le Box Boutique
Slim Gradient Washi Tape, Set of 20 Rolls, $6.64
From Sticky Bee Stationery
Julie Schneider is the Women’s Heath and Wellness Editor at Jumble & Flow. After spending 11 years at Etsy, followed by a few years with CreativeMornings, Julie’s now a freelance writer, editor, and journalism grad student. In addition to J&F, she covers the creative world, community, and entrepreneurship for various publications.
Julie grew up in Nashville but has called Brooklyn home since 2006. You might find her biking around the city donning big sunglasses, wandering museums, making custom GIFs, or digging through a pile of craft projects in progress.
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