Nowadays, we rarely pick up pen and paper to communicate with each other. But with the new year comes a renewed opportunity to practice one of our favorite pastimes: writing cards and letters. Reclaim the timeless charm of a handwritten note. The newest options will have you quickly putting down your smartphone and reaching for a pen.
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Rifle Paper Co. Illustrated Custom Stationery
What could be a better signature set than a custom portrait? The set comes with an illustration—from 20 up to 200 of each—and your choice of lettering color, font style, and name exactly as you’d like to see it printed. Friends and family will cherish these beautiful notes from you—of you!
$165, set of 20, riflepaperco.com
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White Blossoms on Mint Stationery Set
These cards with attractive floral design are 100 percent handmade from the bark of the lokta plant, that grows in abundance in the foothills of the Himalayas. Removing only the bark of the plant promotes new growth, and ensures a sustainable, eco-friendly paper-making process.
$15, set of 10, papersource.com
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"My Post to Yours" Scallop Notes
Say thank you from the heart. Each flat white card features a metallic gold border and the words “thank you” scrawled in dusty blue cursive lettering. The envelopes are a French blue with gold foil dots lining the inside.
$24, set of 6, sugarpaper.com
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Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Greeting Assortment
Eye-catching design can go a long way in stationery, and this one hits all the right notes with a geometric design, bright colors. and gold foil stamp. And did we mention that it's inspired by one of our all-time favorite designers?
$17, set of 16 cards and 17 envelopes, chroniclebooks.com
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From Iowa-based letterpress studio Moglea comes this set of hand-painted note cards: blank 4-ply cards with minimalist blue foil and a patterned envelope with modern artistic flair.
$22.50, set of 6, shop.moglea.com
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Arpa Correspondence Sheet Set
Using centuries-old Spanish techniques, Arpa Handmade produces deckle-edged cotton-and-linen paper. They come in a spectrum of colors: blush pinks, dreamy blues, sage greens, and elegant neutrals.
Starting at $20, set of 6, orangeartstore.com
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Engraved Blue Hydrangea Note
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Katherine Watson Block-Printed Blank Cards
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Lily & Val FLORAL THANK YOU WITH COLOR
Don’t just send a card; give them a keepsake to treasure! Each note card in this set is illustrated with custom chalk-art by Valerie McKeehan. Gorgeous flowers frame the hand-scrawled lettering of “Thank you” for a beautiful expression of your appreciation.
$20, set of 8, lilyandval.com
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Vintage Cocktails Boxed Notes
It's happy hour somewhere, right? This boxed set presents a mixed batch of notecards in vintage illustrations of your favorite boozy drinks including the classic martini, the Bloody Mary, the Side Car, and a Manhattan.
$18, set of 20, papyrus.com