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Cute Stationery for Your Lists, Thank-Yous, Birthday Cards, and More

Cute Stationery For Every Situation
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Etsy
Sep 28, 2022

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In a world of endless scrolling, swiping, and charging it’s easy to forget about the joys of actually putting pen to paper. Not to mention, it’s a solid way to express gratitude, send a loved one a sweet note, or write a quick ‘just thinking of you’ card. So we rounded up our go-to stationery picks for your every need. We’re talking birthday cards, personalized letterheads, thank-you notes (we’re looking at you, wedding season), and more. Because let’s face it. A handwritten note is so much better than a text message. Time to push the envelope.

Thank-you notes

Simple cards you can customize…

Sometimes you just want a minimal, basic thank-you card so you can really let your words shine. This ombre set comes in a combination of dusty blues, creams, and taupes. They’re embossed in gold foil. You can keep them as is or add a custom message when you order them. They're perfect for wedding thank-yous too. Expressing gratitude = the gift that keeps on giving. ($20/8 cards, PapeInCo via Etsy)

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Tropical-themed thank-you cards…

These Hallmark ones are clad in flamingos, lemons, flowers, and greenery. They make us smile just looking at ‘em. Perfect to have on hand just in case. ($10.10/40 cards, Amazon)

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A gratitude-themed set…

For anyone obsessed with the uber-popular Five Minute Journal. This kit comes with 52 thank-you notes (one to send each week) and a guided journal where you can write even more about your gratitude practice. It also comes with tips on how to write meaningful messages. The goal is to write a note to someone every week no matter how big or small the action. Saying ‘TYSM’ goes a long way. ($30, Uncommon Goods)

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Variety packs that have it all

A greeting card set for every occasion…

If you’re starting from square one and want a set that does it all, you need this. This box has tabs that organize all 12 cards by occasion. There are thank-you notes, birthday options, and general cards that can be used for anything. Being prepared = never having to rush out to buy some stationery last minute. It’s a yes from us. ($32/12 cards, Maisonette)

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A heartwarming postcard book from one of our favorite artists…

If you haven’t followed Mari Andrew on Insta yet, what are you waiting for? Her work feels like a hug and is just so relatable. This collection is divided into sections based on the message you want to send. From there, each one is covered in Andrew’s recognizable illustrations along with a sweet message. One HQ’r sent tons of these out to friends and family during the pandemic to show some love — and trust us when we say they were a huge hit. The best part? They also double as mini art prints so your recipient can display them up on the fridge after opening. Buy the whole set as a housewarming gift or send them out on a rainy day. Your choice. ($16.99/50 postcards, Amazon)

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A letter writing set that doubles as a time capsule…

Because you deserve notes from yourself too. This set of 12 letters has guided prompts, so you can journal and reflect over time. It comes with stickers too so you can seal them up and read ’em when you’re ready. So sweet. ($14.95, Uncommon Goods)

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Birthday cards

A bulk set of birthday cards so you’ll always be prepared…

Because there’s nothing more annoying than having the gift, but needing to buy a card last minute. This assorted watercolor and gold foil set comes with 100 cards (yes, you read that right) and envelopes in five different designs. Stock up now, feel put-together later. ($29.99/100 cards, Amazon)

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A vibrant set that’s blank inside…

So your birthday wishes can take the center stage. These colorful cards are not only the perfect companion to a last-minute gift, but they’re also great on their own. Plus, they come with scene-stealing gold metallic envelopes that’ll make any giftee excited. It’s the thought that counts. ($22/8 cards, Amazon)

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A variety set that comes with a durable storage box…

So you can leave it out on display in your office or keep this collection protected in storage. This kit has 32 birthday-themed cards, each with their own unique design. Pick the one that reminds you the most of your giftee. A handpicked and handwritten card? Heart = warmed. ($15.99/32 cards, Amazon)

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Blank cards and stationery to use for any occasion

Personalized stationery that’s entirely unique to you…

Because what’s better than note cards with a tiny cartoon portrait of yourself? You can pick the font, your outfit, hairstyle, accessories, and so much more. It’s like Polly Pocket for adulting. Snail mail just got so much cuter. ($65/20 cards, Rifle Paper Co.)

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Double-sided, watercolor paper and envelopes…

Jazz up that boring white paper with this cloud-like set. You truly can use it for everything. This set comes with 50 sheets that are lined on one side and blank on the other. These are great for sharing recipes, adding stickers or for anyone who loves to draw on their notes to friends and family. Plus, it comes with 50 matching envelopes to accompany your words. Time to stock up. ($12.99/50 cards, Amazon)

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Pastel cards for the floral lover…

For when you love color, but also want to keep things sophisticated. These 12 flat notes from Rifle Paper Co. come in a muted pink, peach, mint, and blue. Plus, the corners are covered in an elegant gold foil floral design. With a blank canvas like these — the sky’s the limit. You can use them for baby shower place cards, “just because” notes to your friends, a love letter for your long distance partner, and so much more. Fancy and fun? That’s you. ($25/12 cards, Amazon)

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Trendy notecards that’ll have everyone asking ‘Where’d ya get those?’...

Your overly formal stationery deserves an upgrade. This mostly blank design from Papier has a funky scalloped design and comes in nine bright hues. You can add your name or your favorite phrase to make things feel even more official. You’ll be writing your nearest and dearest  memos in no time. ($31/10 cards, Papier)

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Holographic-inspired foil stationery that’ll make the perfect gift…

Unsure what to get your bestie if she truly has everything? Enter: these colorful, shimmery cards. Pick from periwinkle purple, rose, aqua, and green and add her name. When she opens her gift, she’ll be calling you gift giver of the year. Because you definitely are. ($32/10 cards, PatrinasPaperie via Etsy)

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A spunky set with an uplifting message…

Fact: This is not your grandmother’s stationery. And in reality, she’s probably wishing she had these too. Made with heavy cardstock, these flat notes have a black marble print on one side and a hot pink message on the other side. Plus, they come with 10 matching envelopes. Anyone who receives one of these is bound to have a smile on their face. Your letter writing game? It’s strong. ($20/10 cards, Effiespaper via Etsy)

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Notepads and stickies

A customized notepad to leave on your bedside table…

Your legal pad just got a major upgrade. You can personalize this one with your favorite colors and monogram. All you have to do is pick how many pages you want and the size. Leave it out on your counter or on your bedside table to jot down anything you don’t want to forget. Notes app, who? ($23.50+, Joycreativeshop via Etsy)

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Bookmark notes to keep you extra organized…

List lovers, this ones for you. If you constantly find your random to-dos, grocery lists or sticky notes crumpled at the bottom of your bag, you need these. These sturdy, lined sheets have a perforated tab that perfectly nestles over pages in your fave books, planners, and journals. Now, your handy list or collection of thoughts will never get lost. And if you’re a bookworm, these are great for annotating too. ($15.95/90 cards, Ban.do)

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A Julia Child-inspired pad that’ll add some flair to your grocery lists…

A product that makes your everyday chores more enjoyable? It’s a yes from us. This happy notepad featuring our fave chef, Julia Child, is the perfect vessel to meal plan, write your next dinner party menu or jot down the items you need to restock your fridge with. Bon appétit. ($9.95, Feliz Modern)

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