This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
I adore the ease of email and despair at the rising cost of postage (60p for a first class stamp!), but my heart still yearns for the days when I regularly sent and received proper letters through the post. Of course, I type so often (and handwrite so rarely) that whenever I do put pen to paper the resulting scrawl is an offence to the eyes. Which is where beautiful stationery comes in… With these sets, at least something about my missives will be attractive.
1. Postcards from Penguin; 100 book jackets in one box. Even if you don't have time to write a letter, you must have time to dash off a quick postcard. The set includes 100 different designs including the classic orange Penguin covers for The Great Gatsby and My Man Jeeves. £9.59 from Amazon.
2. Shaped like nesting dolls, these note cards come in five different sizes and designs. They are cheerful, pretty and a little bit different; perfect! Masha And Friends: £9.60 from MappaMundi.
3. This Nautical stationery box is perfect for lovers of vintage ephemera. The set consists of envelopes, letter paper, cards, notelets and a notebook with assorted sailing motifs such as anchors and galleons. Packed in a handprinted, reusable box, and printed in the UK using traditional techniques. Available from Pretty Dandy for £14.95.
4. These daisy cards by Caroline Gardner are bright and happy-making. The set of ten cards comes in a sturdy cardboard box (with the daisy pattern on the outside and a stripy lining) and would make a lovely gift. £11.50 from Caroline Gardner.
5. Gorgeous Botanicals stationery from MappaMundi. There are sixteen sheets of writing paper (in four designs), sixteen envelopes, and three sheets of labels packed into a Kraft box, tied with twine. The colours are vibrant, and metallic inks add a touch of luxury but, luckily, the £12.50 price tag is a little less extravagant.