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Through the pandemic, relying on technology to stay connected became something of a requirement. Still, all the Zoom calls and WFH-ing had an adverse effect—creating a longing for more charming, nostalgic modes of communication. Chief among them? Handwritten notes, letters, and greeting cards—whether store-bought, virtually designed, or DIY’ed. (At that point, we were well-versed in making do with whatever materials we could get our hands on.) From our separate lockdowns, these paper exchanges between frontline workers, seniors, and loved ones were a way of delivering a tangible mood boost right to the recipient, one more touching than a “thinking of you” text.
Though lost arts are often rediscovered during times of uncertainty, luxe paper notecards of all sorts have been a longtime favorite in the Vogue offices—offering the opportunity to communicate gratitude in a way that feels slow and deliberate, while also turning the written word into a keepsake that its recipient can cherish endlessly. As we emerge from the pandemic refreshed, recentered, and more gracious than ever, it’s high time to stock your home office with a fresh assortment of paper goods. Just one pro-tip before you put pen to paper: practice what you’re going to write ahead of time on a piece of looseleaf. There’s nothing worse than spoiling your final card on a spelling error or wording mishap!Classic Monogram
Monogramming is an art form that dates back to Ancient Greece in 350 B.C.—and it continues to be a key motif in today’s stationery sets. Classic typography styles (interlocking scripts, Roman Serif fonts) offer a uniformity that’s indelibly timeless, ensuring that you can add the very same style to your cart for years on end.
Papier orange tulips notecard set
Modern Pink Paper Store monogrammed stationery cards
Modern Pink Paper Store 3-letter monogram stationery set
Papier simple border notecard setModern Monogram
Generations-old papermakers (Smythson) and emerging stationery brands (Dear Annabelle) alike are placing a contemporary twist on the monogram trend—the former with etched block letters, the latter with Disco-inspired calligraphy. If you’re one to flout tradition in favor of all things new-and-now, these selects are sure to please.
Papier diagonal Rick Rack notecard set
Dear Annabelle disco notecards
Papier monogram wildflower writing paper set
Smythson A alphabet cardsAll-Purpose Thank You Cards
At Vogue, handwritten thank-you notes are an important part of the workplace ecosystem. Whether letting your colleague know that you appreciate their help on a project or sending an effusive handwritten follow-up after a big interview, the subtle gesture goes a long way—and having the right paper goods on hand for those moments when you need it most is paramount.
Dear Annabelle gratitude notecards
Papier Bisous foiled notecards
Smythson Thank You expressions card
Papier Merci in Bloom thank you card setStationery For the New Bride
Following your big day, it’s time to extend a written token of gratitude to your family, friends, and loved ones for attending. The small memento will remind them of the joyous occasion. This is your chance to tap into the overall feel of the wedding—was understated elegance and minimalism the theme, or did you and your dearest play with color and embrace creativity? Were there Hydrangeas on every table, or was “something blue” a recurring theme? Take this moment to tie it all together with similar stationery.
Rifle Paper Co. hydrangea thank you greeting card
Papier thank you corner-photo card set
Papier rainbow waves photo card set
Smythson thank you floral noteletsStationary For the New Mom
When you’re expecting, relying on those in your core circle is paramount—a kindness you could acknowledge with something as simple as a handwritten card. The options ahead also apply to baby shower thank-you’s, including the classics as well as options with a child-like, playful side—like Papier’s striped card set.
Papier sailor stripes photo card set
Book Lovers kid's thank you cards by Lottie Made Co
Classic Baby monogram thank you cards by Susan Brown
Simply Elsa note card setBest All-Purpose Cards
Introducing the ultimate correspondence hero: blank notecards. Appropriate for any and every occasion, whether a friend’s birthday or a congratulatory card, you’ll want to aim for versatility (and personality!) with these catchall options. The MoMA store’s set features an artsy mix of Louise Bourgeois works, while Smythson goes for unwavering minimalism that will suit every recipient.
Louise Bourgeois note card set
Bell'Invito Fore stationery
Dear Annebelle greetings notecards
Smythson bordered correspondence cardsWhimsical Note Cards
Putting it in writing isn’t the only way to tell a story—the stationery you choose to send your message can have its own narrative, too. And what better way to deliver good news than with a few playful motifs stamped alongside it? Dear Annabelle’s something of a master in this department, offering decals that are vacation-inspired, party-primed, and everything in between.
Dear Annabelle sun-kissed notecards
Dear Annabelle fête Notecards
L'Objet Linda's lito-eye stationery set