You’ve seen my posts about giving a handmade card on Instagram. You’ve read my Thoughtfully Gifted blog post series. But if you’re not in the habit of sending letters or giving cards, you might be wondering why you should do it. Are there any benefits to mailing a handmade card? Of course, there is! So, in no particular order, here are 3 reasons why you should give a handmade card.
1. Make someone smile
Imagine you come back from work one day and check your mailbox (yes I’m talking about the physical box). You open it and see an envelope addressed to you. How does that make you feel? I know that when I get a letter, I get so excited! I’m guessing you do too.
But why? As Katherine explains in her article "Why Receiving Letters Makes Us Feel Loved," by taking the time to write a personal message inside and then sending the card, you are going out of your way to show that person that you care about them. Of course that would make them smile!
When you send a handmade card, you are making someone else smile. You are spreading positivity, joy, and happiness.
2. Be more thoughtful
How many people have you been super close to but don’t talk to anymore? Sure, it’s easy to send a text, email or interact through social media but that’s so impersonal and lazy. Be a little more thoughtful and send a handmade card! It will make them smile and feel appreciated.
How often have you talked to your grandparents? I understand that life gets too busy and you don’t have time to visit them. If your grandparents are anything like mine, they don’t know how to text or use social media. There’s no way to communicate with them besides a visit. But you’re too busy, remember? Let your grandparents know that you’re thinking about them by sending them a handmade card.
In general, by sending a handmade card, it will let someone know that they aren’t forgotten and that you do care about them.
3. Save yourself from an awkward situation
Maybe you’ve just received a new client and want to give them a personal welcome. You have no idea what they like, and you want it to be heartfelt, and make them feel special.
Or maybe it’s the holiday season, which means you need to get on that gift-giving game. The problem is, you have a friend in your friend group that you’re not that close to.
Perhaps, you have a friend that you don’t know that well but you’re invited to her birthday celebration. You’re excited to go, but you have no idea what to get her.
Either way, a handmade card is a great way to be more thoughtful and personal when you don’t know the recipient too well. If you pair it with a generic gift like flowers, it adds something special. It’s a great gift on its own also!
Ultimately, sending a handmade card is excellent for making someone smile, being more thoughtful and preventing awkward situations. I hope I have persuaded you to give more cards!
Our society is becoming more disconnected due to social media. I know you can talk to friends and family anywhere in the world through social media or find new friends; but how many times have you been talking to someone only for them to be distracted by a notification?
If we become more intentional and thoughtful with the way we communicate, we can become more connected in our daily conversations. Sending a handmade card is a way to bridge that gap.