Convenient though it may be, modern correspondence — with its typo-heavy emails and emoji-littered texts — lacks a certain romance. There's no lopsided handwriting to admire, no doodles in margins, no lipsticked kisses in place of a signature. In the era of the smartphone — when sending a message is quick, easy, and anything but mindful — we wonder whether the days of pen and paper, handwritten love letters, and non-electronic "thinking-of-you"s are really behind us.
In good-natured defiance, we're resolving to write more letters by hand in the new year. To start, we've gone in search of stationery sets, letter pads, and note cards that feel fresh, hip, and youthful — but still require good, old-fashioned stamp-licking. Use them for all occasions, any time of year (but, may we remind you, now is as good a moment as any to get a jump start on your post-holiday thank-you notes). Write on.
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Moglea's hand-bound "letterquette" comes emblazoned with the line, "To get a letter, write a letter." Inside, find 12 sheets of beautifully printed paper — with punchy, pitch-perfect envelopes to match.
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The pink-and-yellow marbling on these handmade cards reminds us of the inside of a gemstone. Tuck them into gold envelopes to complete the jewel-like effect.
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Under a black cover festooned with Rifle's trademark florals, you'll find 60 lined sheets of paper, perfectly sized for letter writing. (An additional $16 gets you 25 matching envelopes, decked out in the set's namesake butterflies.)