I LOVE these write me back cards! They are seriously one of my favorite snail mail and letter writing gifts ever. Great for best friends, boyfriends, grandkids . . . And it's simple and sweet too! #letterwriting

Write Me Back – A Simple Gift Idea

Write me back cards are a great way to stay in touch with friends and family! And they are so incredibly simple to make.

My friend, Steph, has the gift-giving gene. Every time I receive a present in the mail from her I get as excited as a little kid at Christmas. And every time I open one of those boxes, I’m met by things I instantly love (and sometimes didn’t even know existed!)

One of my favorite gift ideas of all time—Write Me Back cards. Everybody loves real mail! Read more at jenniemoraitis.com

For my birthday last year, she gave me write me back cards—a present that is so perfect I have to share it with you. She took 12 pieces of card stock and 12 vibrant envelopes and put one card into each envelope.

Then she stamped each one and added her own address to the envelope. She packaged the stack of 12 envelopes into a beautiful gold butterfly envelope and included some simple instructions:

I was to write or draw a little message to her once a month and send the pre-stamped card to her. She would write or draw a message on the back of the card and send it back to me. And by the end of the year, I would have a series of 12 cards with our musings and drawings as a memento.

One of my favorite gift ideas of all time—Write Me Back cards. Everybody loves real mail! Read more at jenniemoraitis.com

I love writing letters and receiving mail so this was such a perfect thing for me. Admittedly, I have almost completely stopped writing letters with the advent of email and free long distance calling on our cell phones. I used to write tomes to my family and friends. Now, not so much. So I’m excited (and inspired!) to get back into letter writing with this card pack.

This would be a great idea for kids to write their grandparents, wouldn’t it? You could customize your card set however you want—if twelve cards seems daunting and you’re afraid you’ll never see them again, then start out with one or two. Since the card is so small, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed with writing a huge message. I did a little research and found these brightly colored cards on Amazon.com that would work well.

Another idea would be to theme your cards. You could make them holiday-themed so you would potentially receive a card around different holidays. You could write a question in sharpie across the top of each card as a writing prompt. You could also go ahead and fill out the first card as a surprise.

Above all, I recommend that you keep it simple and sweet. You don’t have to be an Artist to draw a bit about your day. Stick figures work great here! The whole point is communication and love, right? Not to mention how fun it is to receive real old-fashioned mail!

Get this bundle of letter writing goodness! Stationery, tutorials, an address book, and more! Print out the stationery and get back into letter writing. Snail mail is the best!

If you need some inspiration for letter-writing, try these prompts. You will also like my The {10 Minute} Letter-writing Retreat Bundle which is packed with prompts, stationery, and tutorials to get you inspired to write more letters.

Have a lovely {and creative} day!



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27 responses to “Write Me Back – A Simple Gift Idea”

  1. Lani Avatar

    I love to send and get real letters and cards, it seems nobody does it anymore. I love this idea.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks! It has been fun sending and receiving ‘old-fashioned’ cards again.

  2. April Avatar

    I LOVE this idea!! We’re moving several hours away from our families due to job changes and I know it’ll be hard for our kids to be away from their grandparents for the first time. This is the perfect solution to make it easy to keep in touch via mail! Thank you for sharing this!!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re so welcome! Your kids’ grandparents are going to LOVE receiving mail from your kids. 🙂

  3. Lisa D Avatar
    Lisa D

    I love this! I’m definitely using this idea with my friend! We both love snail mail and try to keep up with it. I think this will help!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Yay! It’s been so much sending & receiving these little cards. Have fun!

  4. Betsy @ Happily Ever After Etc. Avatar

    This is such a cute idea, I love writing letters but (like you) rarely ever do! Your friend was so sweet to think this up for you! I should run off and make a couple for my besties! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You should! It is so fun to receive REAL mail again. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Gert Avatar

    Wow, what an amazing idea!! I love getting mail (don’t we all?) and try to write to friends and family. But certainly not as often as before! I will be sending some of these out in hopes of having my mailbox full!

    Thank you!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re so welcome! I love getting mail too and these little write me back cards have been awesome to send back and forth…I hope your mailbox is super full of REAL mail this year! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Lea Avatar

    What a fabulous idea! I love getting mail that isn’t bills (who doesn’t?!). I do try to keep up with writing letters along with the text messaging, fb posts and tweeting. I saw another gal doing a Mailbox Monday thing for her 2015 goal, to write a letter to someone every Monday. I love all these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re welcome! I love that idea about writing a letter once a week for 2015. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Jenny Avatar

    I love this so much!! I used to write letters and cards all the time. Remember PEN PALS? How exciting was that to get letters from pen pals…I had them from all over the world when I was a teenager (back in the 70’s) Fun fun fun

    1. Jennie Avatar

      YES! I remember having pen pals. I used to write novels to my friends who moved away and to my family when I was in college. I love getting real mail! My mom’s letters are my favorites–little drawings and details about her day that are just so nice. (even though we talk on the phone all the time, letters are just cool! :))

  8. BrendaLea Avatar

    What a wonderful idea. I love writing letters and still do. This would be perfect for so many occasions. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re so welcome! I thought it was such a fun gift! 🙂

  9. Erlene Avatar

    This is such a great idea. How fun and something that you can keep to create a fun album. Thanks for sharing this on the Merry Monday party.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks, Erlene! It has been a treat writing and sending these all year long. 🙂

  10. Cari Avatar

    Love this!

    Thank You for sharing. With Nieces & Cousins living interstate, and my Sister-In-Law living at the other end of the same State, this is going to be a wonderful gift to give them so we all get some nice mail in the letterbox next year!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Awesome! It’s such a fun gift to look forward to each month. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  11. Anitra Avatar

    Awesome idea. I’m actually going to help my son do this with a friend. We moved away recently and it’s been hard for him. I’m certain this will help a great deal.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      What a great idea, Anitra. There’s something about the connections we create and keep going through sending mail that is really special. Take care!

  12. Gina Howren Avatar
    Gina Howren

    I have friends who live across the country. There are 4 children in the family and I am going to do this for them, We keep up with each other sporadically and I think this is a perfect way for us to communicate with each other and stay involved in each other’s lives. Thanks so much for this clever, creative and inexpensive idea.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re so welcome, Gina! It’s a wonderful gift and is such a treasure to look forward to each month. 🙂

  13. Antonia Avatar

    I love writing letters even to friends who I can easily email! A letter is a “mail hug!”

    1. Jennie Avatar

      I love it! A mail hug! 🙂 🙂

  14. Kristen Avatar

    Great idea! Pinned this a while back. Coming in handy now that we have moved away. My son is going to make this for a birthday present for a friend. Thanks so much!

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