Pen to Paper

The art of letter writing has certainly dwindled over the past decade but this Christmas, rather than sending a festive text or email to your loved ones, why not put pen to paper and send a card?

It’s much nicer to receive ‘fun’ post rather than the usual pile of bills and bank statements that land on your doormat. There is certainly a huge array of Christmas cards to choose from but with independent stationery brands and shops cropping up, it’s good to show your support for them.

I have an ever-growing pile of cards waiting to be framed and I think that if you send well-designed cards then they can be kept and transformed into artwork. Ok, so you’re not likely to have a Christmas tree hanging on your wall year-round but it could become a unique festive decoration that you dig out of the loft every year.

Here are some of my favourites to choose from this year.

Lagom Design has a beautifully curated selection of greetings cards, wrapping paper, prints and gifts. If you’ve not started Christmas shopping yet then bookmark this website or drop some heavy hints to your family! Two of my favourites are the Star card by Sussex designer Kelly Hyatt and the Rudolf card from collaborative duo Monster Riot. 

Say it with words with the Nostalgia collection from lovely online stationery and paper goods shop Quill London. I love the font and the simple understated design of these cards.

Nancy & Betty is another purveyor of beautiful stationery and paper goods and there are plenty of festive cards to choose from including the lovely Christmas box sets. There are three sets to choose from, all with different designs, which include eight cards, and if I had to pick one I’d plump for set three.

I discovered the work of Katie Leamon a couple of years ago and now she’s my go-to choice for unique cards. Her signature style features typographical and nostalgic designs in either monochrome or a muted colour palette. I’ve got my eye on the 12 days of Christmas the 12 days of Christmas collection and also can’t resist the whimsical Christmas jumper design.

You'll find a ski jumping rabbit and a tree trimming pig at Ham.

And finally, I love the hand-drawn designs that have been screen-printed on to the holiday collection from American stationery shop Maple & Belmont.

Now it’s time to put some Christmas music on, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and have an evening writing cards. Definitely my favourite way to get into the festive spirit.

PS Make sure you don’t miss the Christmas posting dates!

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