Today, we rely on texts, social media messages, and email. But often, we forget how much it means to others when we send them handwritten notes—and we forget how much we enjoy receiving those notes.

Maybe it’s the delayed gratification we left behind when we entered the digital age, or perhaps it’s discovering the unexpected—a small handwritten treasure, something someone you cherish has touched and taken the time to extend their thoughts and wishes.

Handwritten note cards are a small gesture that cost little and mean a lot in any situation. Here are a few ideas for writing notes for various occasions:

A Potential Employer

Looking to get that job or a promotion? Don’t just follow up with an email. Take the time to write a heartfelt thank you note to your prospective boss. Not only is a handwritten note a good way to foster goodwill, it will keep your name at the top of mind when the interviewer narrows down her picks for a position.

  • Thank you for making the time to speak with me. I really enjoyed our visit.
  • Thank you for allowing me to learn more about your company. I would love to be part of your team.

Long-Lost Friend

We all have those friends we spent all the time in the world with throughout elementary school, high school, or college… maybe even all three. Then, one of you moved away, had kids, got busy because … life. Send them a chatty note telling them what’s going on with you and how much you miss them.

  • I know we only keep in touch through Facebook and Instagram, but I wanted to let you know I was thinking about you.
  • How are your kids? How’s life? How did we get so old all of a sudden?

A Grandparent, Grandchild, or Child

The beautiful thing about handwritten notes is anyone can write them. You can be 3, 13, 30, or 90, and put pen to paper. Give those cherished family members something to treasure by sending them mail. Even a few sentences about how you’re thinking about that person can brighten their day immeasurably.

  • I’ve been thinking about you and how much fun we had on that trip a few years ago. Want to do it again?
  • I might not say it that much, but you are always on my mind.
  • They say you don’t get to pick your family, but if I had to choose, I’d still choose you.
  • I miss you every day, and I wanted you to know how proud I am of you.

A Significant Other

Even if you live under the same roof, taking time to put sentiments down on paper is good practice in a relationship. It gives you time to reflect on what the other person means to you. Send your spouse or partner a note just because ... or because they did something noteworthy.

  • I’m so proud of you for marking two years of recovery.
  • You really make me feel loved.
  • I love this life we’ve created together.
  • Thanks for boarding this sometimes-crazy train that is our family.

Anyone, Just Because

A teacher, a therapist, a religious leader, a community member you admire. Motivational speaker and influencer Ruthie Lindsey once said: “If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.” Let those people who pass through your life know that they’re doing a good job.

At PAPYRUS, we carry plenty of boxed thank you notes and boxed note cards for you to pen all those sentiments. While we have plenty of blank spaces for you to write, you can also personalize your cards with extra-special touches.

  • Add doodles to your note. Your old college friend may appreciate a funny sketch.
  • Bling it out with stickers and jewels.
  • Get out your calligraphy pens or watercolor brush sets and practice elegant penmanship.
  • Write a poem or add an inspirational quote.
  • Or keep it simple; let your words speak for themselves.