Even Kids Deserve Quality Stationery

Minted Cards

I’ve professed my love of office supplies. I’ve mentioned I’m a bit “old school” and enjoy mailing out cards to friends and family. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I’m that mother who has her daughter write out thank you notes. And it was easy to say yes when Minted asked if I’d like to share why I’m a fan of their site. I’ve been a customer of theirs for years, but full disclosure means you get to know I also have a working relationship with Minted and I am using affiliate links to their site.

Minted Kids Stationery

My love of pretty writing papers started very early. I remember my grandparents bringing back fancy paper from one of their overseas trips. All for me! And I would use it to write letters and thank you notes. Nice paper was actually my gateway to learning calligraphy. I wish I kept up that skill. Beautiful papers and cards together with fanciful writing brings such joy to people.

While she doesn’t know calligraphy, I’ve made it a point to get BabyGirl her own stationery. As a tween, I think it’s even more important for a young girl. And while technology does seem to control most of our communications, a beautiful card and handwritten words are still very meaningful.

I’ve found, over the years, that many of the best places to get stationery are online. One of my favorite places is Minted. It’s relatively young, having been founded in 2007. But I love the story behind the site and that the designers are men and women who are truly passionate about creating stationery designs people will not only love to send but also receive. The cards, stationery, and gifts aren’t just a collection of the same things you find everywhere.

Minted Kids Stationery ScallopsSure, there are traditional designs that stand the test of time. But there are also modern designs and papers that kids will love. I know, you’re thinking I’m nuts about this whole kids stationery. I understand it’s not for everyone, but I’m not totally sold on technology being our only means of communication. Sure, statistics will show that letter-writing isn’t what it used to be. But, I’m not putting the final nail in the coffin.

See, I love getting mail. So does Bubbe, and Grandpa Tommy, and my sister and, well, ask anyone and they’ll tell you how happy it makes them when they get a card in the mail. But writing a card isn’t easy. Which is why starting kids early is a good idea. And what better way than to get them their own personalized stationery.

So why Minted? For me, it’s the philosophy and community. These aren’t corporate-designs you’ll find everywhere. There’s that special something with these cards. BabyGirl loves writing on them, and she takes her time to pre-write and think about what she wants to say. These cards are important to her. She knows how much they mean to the people who get them.

Next time you’re looking for holiday cards, personalized stationer, or other writing papers check out Minted. The quality is top-notch and the customization really gives you that high-end look of truly custom stationery. And if you have kids, get them started early.

And don’t forget that grandparents love pretty calendars with photos of their kids because Minted has you covered with these too. I’ve purchased these calendars for several and BabyGirl loves helping to create them and they’re always a welcome gift, especially for those few people who are really hard to buy for.

So, be honest. Would your kids be more likely to write those thank you notes if they had nice stationery? Would it make your job easier?

Disclosure: As I stated above, I have a business relationship with Minted and the links to their website are affiliate links. My thoughts and opinions were not influenced by this relationship or compensation. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sara

The Power of a Handwritten Letter

Words of Love
photo credit: DaveBinM

In this digital age, it’s easy to click, click, click our keyboards and zip out an email in 30 seconds. Sure, it may be loving and heartfelt and beautiful. But it’s still an email. It shows up in an electronic inbox. Clicking on the inbox just doesn’t have that same excitement as whipping open the mailbox and finding a special letter.

Don’t get me wrong, I get some pretty cool and exciting things in my email inbox. But I can’t read all the nuances that come with a handwritten letter. Sometimes stamped with a special stamp and you can wonder what they were thinking or why they chose that design. Or why this specific card or paper. It was chosen for me, even if it’s just a plain notebook page.

I used to write a lot more than I do now. The computer has definitely made me lazier when it comes to sending personal, handwritten notes and cards.  There are still a few people I still routinely send cards and letters. I try very hard to find something special for that person. And even though many of them start the same way, with general pleasantries, the letter always progresses to those things that are personal and unique.

I’ve always been intrigued by letters from ages past. I have letters from my mom from when I was in college and even though she’s been gone nearly 19 years, they’re still a part of her. I have letters from my grandpa too. Each of these are handwritten, with blobs of ink staining the page or misspelled words crossed through. Personal. Unique. Loving.

I remember going to an exhibit of the Titanic and seeing the handwritten letters from the survivors. The contained that something special that words can’t explain. That a printed email could never convey. I was taken back. I felt the pain and sadness that this letter writer shared. I felt the cold water and heard the screams that she did. In a letter. A yellowed piece of paper with scrawled letters.

I’ve seen scraps of paper that men and women pieced together while living in death camps during the Holocaust. I have seen card and letters from those liberated. About their experience, their love, their loss, their sadness and their hope. Nothing that an 8×10 piece of printer paper with Helvetica or Garamond or Arial 12pt could possibly ever impart.

We’re all guilty of wanting to write a letter, only to say that we’ll get around to it. And then it becomes, Someday I’ll finally sit down and write out those cards or letters. Someday. Why someday? Why not now? It doesn’t have to be long or profound or genius. Just genuine.

Join me today in pulling out a card or piece of paper and writing something special to someone you love and putting it in the mail to them. Just knowing that you took the time to write, stamp, and mail this seemingly basic paper will make someone’s day more special than a thousand emails.

So grab a card or paper. Write what feels natural and send it off to that special person. It will make you feel great. More than once.

This post is part of Mingle Monday at Add  A Pinch. Check out other great blogs!

Sara