Never miss another thank you note. No really, it’s possible . The key secret to staying on top of this charming habit? Having everything you need at the ready. That’s why we turned Washington, D.C. stationer Suann Song of Simplesong Designs for suggestions on what to stock–up on to set yourself up for success. Read on and gather up these supplies. You’ll be thanking us!
–Pretty Postage. Forever Stamps can be used to mail First Class letters no matter the going postal rate. Add character with one featuring a Southerner, such as Mark Twain or Gregory Peck. (He’ll always be Atticus Finch to us.) Prices start at $9/sheet; usps.com
For extra-special correspondence use an assortment of vintage stamps. You can use postage from any era , no matter the amount, so long as the combined total equals the current postage rate. Suann recommends scoring these on eBay.
–Flat A6 stationery… That’s paper-speak for 4½ by 6¼ inches. This size, says Suann, gives you enough space to write, but saves you from feeling the need to fill up the expansive space of letterhead. While you’re at it, opt for at least 110-pound paper weight (again, paper- speak for quality cardstock) or for a thick, letterpress-ready texture, try 220-pound.
…with (SURPRISE!) A Monogram. Actually, Song suggest opting for two styles:s. One with your personal monogram and the other with your family’s last name. “This way, you have paper goods the whole family can use,” she says.. “A card doesn’t need to say THANK YOU in bold letters to express gratitude. What counts is what you actually write,” says Suann. Personalized Notecards, $250 for set of fifty; simplesongdesign.com
–Address book. A 4½- by 6½-inch notebook works to jot addresses or tape business cards within. Another no-effort way to collect those addresses: Hang on to the envelopes of cards you receive. Most will include a return address. The recyled leather notebooks (pictured above) are the perfect size for both jotting down adddresses or taping cards and envelopes within, $14, designerdarling.com$14; designdarling.com
–Return Address Stamp. Add style and avoid hand cramps with the help of a calligraphy return address stamp–more affordable than printing your return address on envelopes. Check out Antiquaria’s clever new lucite block, which lets you see exactly where the stamp will appear. Brilliant. Calligraphy Custom Return Address Stamp, $75; shopantiquaria.com
Smooth, Fine-Tip Pens. Le Pens come in all of the hues of the rainbow, $14/12; amazon.com. (For work-related thank-yous, you should always stick to standard blue or black.)
P.S. Because we could all use a few more thank-yous, Southern Living is kicking off its first ever Write a Thank You Note Day on Wednesday, March 20th. Mark the first day of Spring with a note of gratitude to a friend, relative, or even the coffee barista who always gets your order just right. For more information and a chance to win personalized stationery form Simplesong Designs visit southernliving.com.