The Best Letter Stationery and Note Cards for Handwritten Notes

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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.

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Papier orange tulips notecard set

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Modern Pink Paper Store monogrammed stationery cards

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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.

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Dear Annabelle gratitude notecards

Papier Bisous foiled notecards

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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

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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.

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Papier sailor stripes photo card set

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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

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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

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L'Objet Linda's lito-eye stationery set
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