The Coolest Stationery Buys in Town

Livingetc's edits the prettiest for putting pen to paper

Call us old fashioned but there’s something wonderfully personal about receiving a hand written letter. Be it personalised stationery or a card that conjures up an old memory, the pen still holds its own in a text message saturated world so we’ve rounded up our favourite summer stationery buys for you to brighten someone’s day.

Illustrated elegance – we love these Pagodas boxed notecards from Architectural Watercolours (£15), bringing a little ‘Mystic East’ to your writing desk and no doubt bound to make pride of place on a mantelpiece.

Ahoy! This Anchor Notecard Set from Quill London (£22 fr a set of 6) screams nautical chic, conjuring up memories of seaside jaunts and trips across the pond. We’re particularly fond of decorative envelopes – making opening the letter all the more enjoyable.

Londoners, make a statement and send a metal postcard – yes metal! The Bookworm Postcard from Tom Dixon (£15) can be written on like a normal postcard and doubles up as a bookmark that the recipient can keep – stylish and useful!

Know someone that’s always got their head in the clouds? The cloud shaped notecards from Cath Kidston (£14 for a set) are cute and quirky with a decorative envelope that’ll stand out no matter how large the pile of post.

Romance is not dead and we have the proof. Unique & Unity‘s Parisian Couple Notecards set (£15 for set of 9) are simple and endearing. J’adore!

Shake it up with a tropical twist. The Mercato Soft Tie Notecards Box from Paperchase (£5 for a set) is fun and fruity – guaranteeing you’ll brighten someone’s day.

Flamingos are all the rage this summer but Smythson know just how to make them classy. We love these chic Flamingo Correspondence Cards (£26 for a box of 10) that could even be used as invitations to a fabulous summer garden party.

Switch your usual white background for some colour with these Ombré Flat Notecards (Rifle Paper Co, from £55 for 25 notes). Choose from pink or blue and personalise with your name at the top of every note you send.

Who said putting pen to paper can’t be fun? Get creative with Urban Outfitter‘s Lollipop Fruit Origami Note Paper Set (£7 for 10 sheets). Each sheet folds includes a guide for you to fold your note into something fun and fruity to open.

One for the fashionistas. Designers Guild nail it again with the Haute Couture Notecards Set (£16 for a set of 8). Each with a different fashion illustration and neon colour scheme, these are bound to make a statement and bring a smile to a catwalk fashion coveter.

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