Perhaps you’ve never thought about giving stationery as a gift. In this world of emails, text messages, Instagram and Facebook (to name a few), does anyone even bother to take the time to hand write AND mail notes.

Yes, some people still do and more importantly, the gift of thoughtful and unique stationery can encourage your family and friends to spend a little time writing thoughtful messages.

Start with your sister-in-law. The next time you need a gift for your brother’s wife, think stationery. Pick something that will speak to her personality. Pick something she will want to share with those closest to her.

Need some inspiration for unique stationery gift ideas? Check out some of the picks below.

Princeton Architectural Press- Woodcut (Greer, Chicago, IL)
Princeton Architectural Press- Woodcut
For nature-inspired notecards, you can’t do any better than Greer’s Woodcut notecards. Bryan Nash Gill, a Connecticut artist, uses cross sections of fallen trees around his home to create relief prints. This notecard collection includes six of his designs. There are a total of twelve notecards in this set (two each of the six designs). A Greer gift card is also available.

Pink cross-hatch with monogram folded note (Fitzgerald’s Fine Stationery, Oak Park, IL)
Pink cross-hatch with monogram folded note
For a notecard with a bit of a feminine flair, consider this pink cross-hatch with monogram from Fitzgerald’s Fine Stationery. The pink tones give it a bit of a girlie feel while the clean lines, keep it serious. If this describes your sister-in-law, this set will be perfect for her. You can also opt for a gift card if you’re unsure about colors and designs.

Moglea stationery set (Dabney Lee, Brooklyn, NY)
Moglea stationery set
This set of watercolor stationary from Dabney Lee is simply beautiful. The set includes 12 flat cards with painted envelopes. If this stationery has a handcrafted feel, that’s because they are. Each set is illustrated and printed in Dabney Lee’s farmhouse studio. Gift cards are also available.

Pucker Engraved Stationery (Bell’Invito, Dallas, TX)
Pucker Engraved Stationery
Is your sister-in-law fun, uber girlie and even a bit flirtatious? She’ll get a real kick out of Bell’Invito’s Pucker Engraved Stationery. This design brings traditional embossed stationery into the 21st century with a definite modern flair. Each of these notecards are hand-finished with a gold edge. An antique gold tissue envelope liner is included in this set.

Concerned these notecards are a bit to edgy, give a gift card instead. Bell’Invito have a design for every taste.

Charing Cross Ltd 7 by 5 inch Crossgrain Leather Desk Address Book (Sterling & Burke, Washington D.C.)
Charing Cross Ltd 7 by 5 inch Crossgrain Leather Desk Address Book
It’s great to give the gift of fun and sophisticated stationery. Perhaps just as important (when someone is handwriting correspondences) is an elegant address book. This Crossgrain Leather desk address book from Sterling & Burke is timeless. It measures 7-inches by 5-inches and contains 95 pages with space for up to 400 names. The cover has been left blank, so you can even personalize this gift. Sterling & Burke gift cards are also available.

Stationery can be a wonderful gift idea, because it forces the recipient to slow down and handwrite a note to someone important to them. With a stationery gift from one of Giftbar’s merchants, you can make a selection that’s as traditional or modern as the recipient. As always, gift cards are always an option for any one of the Giftbar merchants.

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