Card & Letter Writing Ideas!

Finding the perfect card is a great way to get inspired about sending mail. But even the best card ever has blank space inside for your message. Many people have told me that they just can't think of anything to say inside of a card. My goal with this particular post is to share as many writing prompts as I can think of, so you'll get inspired. Some will be helpful. Some will be ridiculous. Let's do this.

  • I love you.
  • I miss you.
  • I'm glad I met you.
  • We should hang out.
  • I'm sorry I said something stupid without thinking.
  • I'm grateful you were there for me on a hard day.
  • Something made me think of you the other day, and I wanted to share it with you.
  • I took a fun weekend trip and I wanted to tell you about it. (Just you, not Facebook! Don't you feel special?)
  • I found an incredible recipe recently and I want you to try it.
  • I just found out I'm pregnant and I know that will be hard for you so I'm writing you a letter instead of making you find out on Facebook or in public.
  • Remember that time we did ______ and it was so much fun?
  • We just bought a house and I want you to come try out our guest room.
  • I drew you a picture. It's bad, but hopefully it will make you laugh.
  • I found something in a magazine that I think will make you smile so I'm sending it to you.
  • I found an especially pretty fall leaf and you don't have fall leaves where you live, so I'm sharing it with you.
  • Here's a poem I like a lot.
  • Here's a naughty limerick.
  • Here's a weird haiku.
  • Here are some song lyrics that felt especially poignant.
  • I'm so sorry you had a miscarriage and I know people don't usually like to talk about it, but I wanted you to know that you are loved and I'm here for you.
  • Here's a polaroid photo I took with terrible lighting. I hope it makes you feel nostalgic.
  • I found this pin/patch/temporary tattoo/postage stamp/whatever flat thing and I hope you love it.
  • I don't know what to say in this situation, but I care about you so I'm sending you mail. 
  • I got a new phone number and I thought you'd like to know what it is and if I text you, you'll say: "new phone, who dis?"
  • Did you see that crazy thing that happened in the news? What is this world coming to?
  • I've always thought you were particularly sweet/kind/pretty/brave/intelligent/interesting/etc. and I never told you. So, today's the day.
  • I'm sorry I've been so busy and haven't responded to your texts. Let's plan time to be face to face.
  • I'm enjoying getting to know you! I thought I'd send you some silly questions so we can get to know each other better. 
  • I heard that you lost your job. Here's a gift card for groceries. 
  • I heard that you got a new job! Here's my best advice for starting a new job:
  • Remember that game we used to play when we were kids? I hope the memory makes you smile.
  • I watched a new tv show that I think you'll like. I'm telling you about it so we can geek out together.
  • I'm writing to tell you about the crazy weather we've had this season. Seriously, it's been nuts.
  • I've set a new goal for myself and I want to tell you about it so you can help keep me on track.
  • It was so nice to meet you at that party/event/bus stop/coffee shop/wedding/work meeting. I'd love to get coffee some time!
  • Something you said really hurt my feelings, and I'm writing you a letter because it's really hard to bring up in person.
  • I have an idea for a business/podcast/comic book/weekend trip and I'd love to run it past you to get some feedback.
  • I've noticed you're really good at finances/art/patience/cooking/whatever and I'd love it if you could take me under your wing.
  • Hello, I'm your secret admirer. You're great. Thought you should know.
  • Thanks for sending me a letter! I'm super bad at sending letters, but I want you to know that I appreciated it.
  • I heard you're taking on a new leadership role! I'd love to assist you however I can. 
  • I can't believe your kid is already ___ years old! It feels like yesterday they were a squishy little baby.
  • I can't believe we're ___ years old! It feels like yesterday we were squishy little college students.
  • I heard about your divorce. I felt like your ex never liked me. Let's be friends again!
  • Hello, I am an alien from outer space and I've heard that humans communicate using this method.
  • Scribble scribble scribble (Make your kid write inside the card.)
  • Woof! I am a dog! Hope you're well! (Pretend to be your dog. Also works with cats.
  • I was walking in the park the other day, and I had an epiphany...
  • This card is funny, huh? Okay, bye.
  • I just watched a crazy documentary that you HAVE to watch! Here's what it's called...
  • I heard this concept on a podcast that's really helped me. Here's what I've been thinking about...
  • I would like to cordially invite you to go to an upcoming concert/movie/play/live podcast/festival/etc with me!
  • Do you like me? Check yes or no.
  • I'm taking a break from social media for a little while, but I'm still here for you. FYI. :)
  • I got a fancy new pen and I am suddenly super inspired to write letters, so here we are.
  • I just saw Hamilton and now I'm writing sassy letters to everyone about politics because I want to be A.Ham when I grow up. Here's what I think of what's going on...
  • My teacher is making me write a letter for homework. *eyeroll* Here are several artist's renderings of popular emojis. 
  • I've written a love sonnet to coffee and I've decided to share it with you. This letter has been aged in coffee so it looks old timey. Are you not impressed?
  • Let's get married.
  • I'm writing this letter to your newborn baby. Please read it to them.
  • I'm writing this letter to your new puppy, please read it to them in barks. (Also works for cats.)
  • I've had several beers and am writing you a letter. Enjoy!
  • Dearest Resident, I don't know you but I'm sending you a letter anyway. How are you? Your house is nice. Have a good summer!
  • Write a letter using only quotes from 80's sitcoms.
  • Write a letter using only lyrics from broadway musicals.
  • Write a letter using only titles of movies.
  • Write a letter using only what you remember from high school Spanish.
  • Write a letter to your past self or future self.
  • Fellow sports fan, I'd like to tell about you about my favorite sports memory. What's yours?
  • A new season has begun! I'm writing to tell you my favorite things about this season.
  • I'm sorry the last letter I sent you was so ridiculous, I took some advice from this crazy stationery designer's blog and it was terrible advice.