Write Me Back – A Simple Gift Idea

Write Me Back Cards - One of my favorite gift ideas of all time--Write Me Back cards. Everybody loves real mail! Read more at littlegirldesigns.com

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One of my favorite gift ideas of all time—Write Me Back cards. Everybody loves real mail! Read more at littlegirldesigns.com

My friend, Steph, has the gift-giving gene. Every time I receive a present in the mail from her I get as excited as a little kid at Christmas. And every time I open one of those boxes, I’m met by things I instantly love (and sometimes didn’t even know existed!)

For my birthday last year, she gave me write me back cards—a present that is so perfect I have to share it with you. She took 12 pieces of card stock and 12 vibrant envelopes and put one card into each envelope. Then she stamped each one and added her own address to the envelope. She packaged the stack of 12 envelopes into a beautiful gold butterfly envelope and included some simple instructions:

I was to write or draw a little message to her once a month and send the pre-stamped card to her. She would write or draw a message on the back of the card and send it back to me. And by the end of the year, I would have a series of 12 cards with our musings and drawings as a memento.

One of my favorite gift ideas of all time—Write Me Back cards. Everybody loves real mail! Read more at littlegirldesigns.com

I love writing letters and receiving mail so this was such a perfect thing for me. Admittedly, I have almost completely stopped writing letters with the advent of email and free long distance calling on our cell phones. I used to write tomes to my family and friends. Now, not so much. So I’m excited (and inspired!) to get back into letter writing with this card pack.

This would be a great idea for kids to write their grandparents, wouldn’t it? You could customize your card set however you want–if twelve cards seems daunting and you’re afraid you’ll never see them again, then start out with one or two. Since the card is so small, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed with writing a huge message. I did a little research and found these brightly colored cards on Amazon.com that would work well.

Another idea would be to theme your cards. You could make them holiday-themed so you would potentially receive a card around different holidays. You could write a question in sharpie across the top of each card as a writing prompt. You could also go ahead and fill out the first card as a surprise.

Above all, I recommend that you keep it simple and sweet. You don’t have to be an Artist to draw a bit about your day. Stick figures work great here! The whole point is communication and love, right? Not to mention how fun it is to receive real old-fashioned mail!

If you need some inspiration for letter-writing, try these prompts. You might also like my eBook, “The {10 Minute} Letter-writing Retreat” which is packed with prompts, stationery, and tutorials to get you inspired to write more letters.

I’m curious, do you write letters anymore?

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27 thoughts on “Write Me Back – A Simple Gift Idea

  1. Great idea! Pinned this a while back. Coming in handy now that we have moved away. My son is going to make this for a birthday present for a friend. Thanks so much!

  2. I have friends who live across the country. There are 4 children in the family and I am going to do this for them, We keep up with each other sporadically and I think this is a perfect way for us to communicate with each other and stay involved in each other’s lives. Thanks so much for this clever, creative and inexpensive idea.

    1. You’re so welcome, Gina! It’s a wonderful gift and is such a treasure to look forward to each month. :)

  3. Awesome idea. I’m actually going to help my son do this with a friend. We moved away recently and it’s been hard for him. I’m certain this will help a great deal.

    1. What a great idea, Anitra. There’s something about the connections we create and keep going through sending mail that is really special. Take care!

  4. Love this!

    Thank You for sharing. With Nieces & Cousins living interstate, and my Sister-In-Law living at the other end of the same State, this is going to be a wonderful gift to give them so we all get some nice mail in the letterbox next year!

  5. This is such a great idea. How fun and something that you can keep to create a fun album. Thanks for sharing this on the Merry Monday party.

  6. What a wonderful idea. I love writing letters and still do. This would be perfect for so many occasions. Thanks for the idea.

  7. I love this so much!! I used to write letters and cards all the time. Remember PEN PALS? How exciting was that to get letters from pen pals…I had them from all over the world when I was a teenager (back in the 70’s) Fun fun fun

    1. YES! I remember having pen pals. I used to write novels to my friends who moved away and to my family when I was in college. I love getting real mail! My mom’s letters are my favorites–little drawings and details about her day that are just so nice. (even though we talk on the phone all the time, letters are just cool! :))

  8. What a fabulous idea! I love getting mail that isn’t bills (who doesn’t?!). I do try to keep up with writing letters along with the text messaging, fb posts and tweeting. I saw another gal doing a Mailbox Monday thing for her 2015 goal, to write a letter to someone every Monday. I love all these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome! I love that idea about writing a letter once a week for 2015. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Wow, what an amazing idea!! I love getting mail (don’t we all?) and try to write to friends and family. But certainly not as often as before! I will be sending some of these out in hopes of having my mailbox full!

    Thank you!

    1. You’re so welcome! I love getting mail too and these little write me back cards have been awesome to send back and forth…I hope your mailbox is super full of REAL mail this year! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I love this! I’m definitely using this idea with my friend! We both love snail mail and try to keep up with it. I think this will help!

  11. I LOVE this idea!! We’re moving several hours away from our families due to job changes and I know it’ll be hard for our kids to be away from their grandparents for the first time. This is the perfect solution to make it easy to keep in touch via mail! Thank you for sharing this!!

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