30 Ideas for Letters to Write and Send

This month I'm participating in the #write_on campaign with the goal of writing a letter a day for the month of April. It was really fun to see all the activity on Instagram this week, and I'm so happy to have a bunch of letter writing compatriots this month. If you're not convinced about the benefits of writing more letters, then check this out. If you are, but you're short on inspiration or just looking for some ideas for what to write, then read on. I've got a month's worth of letter-writing inspiration for you.

1. Write to a friend whose kiddo has an upcoming birthday. Tell her she's doing a great job.

2. Drop a couple of stickers / a bookmark / a journaling card (i.e. something light and flat) into an envelope with a little note and send off a mini-gift to a friend.

3. Send a note to someone you admire online (look for a PO Box on their website or email them and ask).

4. Write to a niece / nephew / friend's kiddo. Kids don't get enough mail!

5. Cut a recipe out of a magazine (or print one online) that you recently made and send it to your mom / aunt / grandma and let them know you thought they might like it.

6. Write a note to your kiddo's principal / teacher / head of school. Those folks get a lot more criticism and complaints than praise.

7. Write a note to your mail carrier and tape it to your mailbox. Do you know your carrier's name? I met ours (Terry) this winter, and now he always knocks if he's delivering something fun.

8. Write to someone far from home: traveling or living overseas, in the military, Peace Corps, on mission, etc.

9. Write to a grandparent with updates on your life.

10. Write to a friend you haven't seen in awhile.

11. Send a joke to your sister / brother / friend.

12. Buy a postcard in a local shop or drugstore and mail it to someone who's moved away to let them know your city / town misses them.

13. Write a note to your significant other and hide it in their car / bag / coat pocket. It took Nick like four days to find the last one I wrote him!

14. Send a note to celebrate an anniversary (figure out who in your family knows these dates!).

15. Check your calendar on Facebook - it should list your friends' birthdays. Send a card to someone this month who isn't expecting it.

16. Write to a family friend who knew you as a child. Let them know what's happening with you - maybe even enclose a recent photo of your family.

17. Send a note to a friend and enclose a stamped, addressed envelope or postcard to be sent back to you.

18. Write a note to someone you know who's pregnant and wish her well.

19. Celebrate a friend's recent accomplishment (running a half marathon, getting a promotion at work, etc).

20. Send another thank you for a gift you (or your kid) received letting the gifter know you're still using and loving it.

21. Write a thank you note to a doctor / dentist with whom you recently had a check-up thanking them for the visit.

22. Along those lines, write a note to a doctor you had to see awhile ago. Send them an update (Moms: I'll bet your OB would love to see a recent pic of that baby they delivered a few years ago!).

23. Send a note to your elementary school letting them know where you are today and what you're up to, or send a note to a specific teacher if they're still at the school.

24. Write to a co-worker or friend congratulating them on a recent professional accomplishment.

25. Send a new mom a note of encouragement.

26. Write (or email) someone who recently wrote an article or blog post you enjoyed.

27. Mail an old photo to someone - #tbt via snail mail (if they know what tbt is, then tell them to open it on Thursday!).

28. Buy a $5 gift card to a coffee shop and mail it to a friend.

29. Take one of the cards / pieces of stationery that has been sitting in your stash forever and send it to your best friend from high school.

30. Write a note to yourself. List all the things you want to have done this year. Seal it and write "open on new year's eve 2015" on the outside of the envelope. Tuck it in your night stand and put a reminder on your calendar for that day to check it. #motivation

Be sure to check out the write on campaign if you're interested in participating or my 350 letters project if you're new here. Are you up for writing more letters this month? Do you have any ideas for letters to write and send?