8 reasons to send snail mail today

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Letter-writing isn’t as common as it once was, yet the joy it can bring has never lessened. In fact, if anything, the joy it brings the recipient has increased over time, as the chance of receiving a handwritten letter in the post has become less common and quicker, digital communication methods have taken over. In this blog post we have collected together eight reasons why you should send some snail mail today.

1.    You will brighten someone’s day

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Imagine having a really tough day, getting home, and finding an unexpected envelope on the doormat. Not a brown one from HMRC, or a bill, but instead an envelope on which your name and address has been lovingly handwritten. How exciting! If you’d like to give that experience to someone you love, get writing today!

2.    It’s more personal

A handwritten letter is so much more personal than some words typed on a screen, and writing by hand encourages you to communicate in a more relaxed and open manner than you would if you were typing an email. Even the most basic of letters feels more personal when it is handwritten, as it is physical and has been touched by the sender.

3.    It shows you care

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Yes, an unexpected text message might be a nice surprise, but a letter is on a whole other level; a letter shows that you thought of the recipient a few days before, then took the time to sit down and write to them with a pen and paper. The fact that letter-writing is less common nowadays than it has been in the past just adds to the warm feeling the recipient will already have.

4.    It’s cheap

All you need is paper, a pen and a stamp to send a letter within the UK. If you would like to send a letter abroad, you just need a slightly more expensive stamp, but it still won’t break the bank and the joy of sending and receiving real mail far outweighs the monetary cost.

5.    Letters are keepsakes

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While digital messages get lost in ‘noise’ over time, a letter is something to keep and treasure, to be re-read in the future. I can vouch for this, as I still have letters my older sister sent to me when I was a little girl, and it is an absolute joy to read them, be transported back to that time and relive those days and that relationship as it was then.

6.    You will probably get a reply

This one isn’t so much a reason to send a letter as a lovely perk – the chances are, you will receive a reply in the post. Even more exciting than that, you won’t know when it’s going to arrive, so it will be a lovely surprise.

7.    You can get creative

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If you’re the creative type (or even if you aren’t) why not take the opportunity to decorate your letter and envelope? Let your imagination run wild, and get busy with colouring pencils, stickers, paints, stamps, washi tape, sequins, wax seals… the options are endless. You could try out some calligraphy and hand lettering skills, too. I wrote a blog post on how to jazz up your snail mail, so you’ll find more ideas there.

8.    You can include gifts

Unlike email or a text message, you can include a little gift with a handwritten letter. In fact, I wrote a whole blog post on ideas of things you could send to your pen pal! Ideas vary from a photo to a friendship bracelet, a CD or a recipe. If you are sending a letter to a friend abroad, the simplest thing that tells them something about where you live could be of real interest.

Lucy is our lead editor and has been passionate about stationery since childhood. She has a particular fondness for rollerball and calligraphy pens and is a keen advocate of snail mail.

There are 8 comments for this article
  1. chris hunt at 4:18 pm

    I have kept letters from my Dad, Aunt and Grandmothers. All have now passed away but their letters are precious and dear to me. Their hand writing is unique – another reason to value snail mail.
    I can feel them through the writing and their individual way of expressing things. All this will be lost to the digital age we now live in.

    • Lucy Author at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Chris. How lovely that you have kept letters from your loved ones. I agree – unique handwriting and individual ways of expressing things are certainly more reasons to value snail mail. I still own birthday cards from each of my birthdays!

  2. Rachel Federman at 8:51 pm

    Love this site! Huge fan of REAL letters…I write them all the time. (Hardly anyone writes back. They text or email!) Anyway – so glad to find this site. My son started a pen pals group “Swubblepenpals” —he’ll be happy to see this article.

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