Love Letter Bundle

[Wayback Repost] Send A Love Letter Bundle

This post was originally published on February 3, 2015. It’s reappearing today as a Wayback Repost, so you might see some old comments below. Feel free to continue the conversation!

Love Letter Bundle

Next week Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. I’m preparing for the inevitable battle waged in my social media feeds (it happens every year). On one side are the people who say V Day is a fake holiday made up by greeting card companies and therefore meaningless. On the other are people who either point out that, historically, this is not true or who say they don’t care, they enjoy the flowers and cards and candy and the time set aside with the one they love.

I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day myself, but I agree that a time set aside for you to remind the people you love that you love them isn’t wholly bad. Nor does it have to be confined toย February.

I’m not alone in this. There’s a great website/movement/project called The World Needs More Love Letters with a wonderful community of people who write letters filled with love to people they don’t know. One of the projects More Love Letters coordinates is Love Letter Bundles.

Someone in your life that needs a boost? Want to do something really, really special for them?

Consider nominating a family member, friend, or loved one for a Love Letter Bundle today. We read through the nominations every single week and pick several to post up on our website for a 2-week period.

If chosen, youโ€™ll find your story posted on our website and individuals from all over the world have the chance to mail love letters to the address you provide us with! You become the facilitator of your own Love Letter Bundle!

I love this idea. And I think this would make an excellent Valentine’s Day surprise for someone you love. It’s not possible to arrange for one through More Love Letters in time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t coordinate one yourself.

Start by choosing one or two bundle recipients. If you want to deliver by V Day, it may work out best if they live in the same city as you.

Next, make a list of people to contribute to the bundle. Folks who know and love the recipient are the obvious best choices for this. But if you have regular pen pals or far-flung friends who are excellent wordsmiths, consider asking them to participate. Perhaps they know of this loved one through the stories you’ve told and can speak to that. Or they can just write a general letter of love, as the More Love Letters participants do.

Special cards and fancy stationery aren’t required. The letters and notes don’t even have to be long. It’s just about offering an expression of love to someone who is amazing.

Ask everyone to either bring you the letters, cards, and postcards or send them to your address with a separate envelope with the recipient’s name inside. Collect them all, wrap a bit of ribbon around them all, and present them on Valentine’s Day. You may also want to gift them with a box of tissues.

This doesn’t only need to be a Valentine’s thing. I can think of at least a dozen people I would love to create a love letter bundle for right now. I may not have the energy to coordinate one every month, so I’ll just resolve to do it as regularly as I can throughout the year. Maybe I’ll even try for one through More Love Letters.

How many of you will give this a try?

image source: the world needs more love letters

21 thoughts on “[Wayback Repost] Why do letters seem more daunting than email?”

  1. Having been a letter writer for several years now, I don’t particularly find this challenge all that difficult, other than remembering to do it every day instead of when the whim takes me to write. And since I may not have a penpal’s letter to answer, then I need to think outside my normal circle of penpals and write to others. I saw this as an opportunity to reconnect with a few old penpals that had lapsed, family members that live outside of the city, friends I haven’t seen in a while, and strangers or persons of stature. I think it’s a great challenge and maybe it will even boost the joy of those who process all this mail and deliver it to us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love your post. And I totally agree.

    Email, tweets n twitters, FB comments all have their place and moment in time where they are the appropriate way to respond.

    However, sending a letter, postcard, or notecard is the only way to connect with someone on a more personal, even intimate, level.

    The act of sending a missive does take time, but more importantly it takes thought. What paper will I use? What will I add (stickers, washi, etc.)? What will I say? Combined these choices will be a bright spot in someone’s day. Added bonus? It was created specifically for them.

  3. Great article on postcard apps but you should also take a look at Postsnap’s easy to use postcard app.
    http://www.postsnap.com
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/postsnap-best-postcard-sending/id650814139?mt=8
    The app offers a number of unique features compared to the other apps reviewed including:
    – Guest checkout with Apple Pay
    – Extensive personalization options including collage layouts, stylish borders which can be adjusted in size with a slider and the option to add editable text in a variety of font types and colors and position it anywhere on the cards
    – iPhone and iPad support
    – Apple Pencil support
    – Facebook and Instagram integration
    – US postal address verification and UK postcode lookup
    Cards are printed and posted in our facilities in the UK, USA and Australia on the same or next working day and so cards typically arrive quickly. Enjoy!
    Stephen Homer
    Founder
    Postsnap

  4. I have been writing letters for several years now. My go to paper is Rhodia Premium or Rhodia Ice pads. I also Life pads too. I like them because they are not quite as slick as the Rhodia.

  5. I love Tomoe River paper for letter writing. I buy 100 sheets at a time and print my own mermaid stationery. I found an envelope that I like and ordered a mermaid address stamp and finish it off with mermaid washi tape.

  6. I too love journals to pull apart for writing. For me the most important aspect of the paper is the pattern. I love to have some colour and some design on the paper. I’ve managed to find a number of nice colours and designs at one of my local “Home Sense” discount stores in the book section. Most of the small journals are a perfect size to fit in the envelopes I use. If not I just give one edge a bit of a trim (but sometimes I really like the ripped edge look too!) ;P

  7. Hi, Christmas cards & more recently a letter (a bill) from the UK to Australia have taken 3 weeks to arrive. The exterior of these envelopes were stamped with a mark such as this from the latest envelope:
    DLC 992-4
    14:55
    26/07/2017
    The example quoted arrived at the Australian address on 28/07/2017, unfortunately it contained a bill dated 06/07/2017 which had to be paid within 14 days, by 20/07/2017.
    Why is the post so slow? What does the DLC 992-4 stamp signify? Would appreciate your feedback.

  8. My letter that I wrote was in September. The person who it was for still hasn’t gotten it and it’s now November….
    I don’t understand why it’s taking this long. I live in AZ and he lives in NY. I want answers.

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