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La Fête | Holiday Gift Guide : The Best Stationery for Handwritten Notes


Holiday Gift Guide : The Best Stationery for Handwritten Notes

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

Holiday Gift Guide : The Best Stationery for Handwritten Notes

The holidays are just around the corner, and the magic of the season lies is the love that is shared and in expressing feelings to those close to our hearts and no matter how far they might from us in physical distance, it must be done in style, of course! The details do matter and sending holiday greetings and New Year’s soirée invitations in the finest form leaves a lasting impression.

Whether you prefer pressed, engraved or monogrammed stationery, there are so many impossibly chic choices this season. Atelier Austin has letterpress options in classic black ink for a timeless touch. For a more grand gesture, Bernard Maisner’s intricate designs are opulent in the best ways—the stationery is highly labor intensive, requiring up to 8 hour press runs. If you can’t meet your love under the mistletoe this year, remind him where you wish you could be, with Thornwillow Maker’s Mistletoe greeting card. Benneton Graveur’s hand-painted dark red stag cards are perfectly festive for holiday party invites with their matching silk paper envelopes.

So now that you have your stationery, you have the [sometimes] daunting task of writing all of your invitations and greetings by hand and making sure your cursive is not only legible, but as fancy as can be. Fortunately, there are companies like Hand Noted that are now making being personal very convenient, without compromising sophistication (or your wrist!). Hand Noted takes messages, along with guest lists and addresses, and hand writes letters, invitations, and thank you notes.

As our world becomes more digital and text messages have become the norm, handwritten notes mean more than ever … —Laily



[images : snowy tree // Stupinigi Palace, Italy]

Laily Mesbah
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in NYC and began contributing to This is Glamorous in 2011 - interviewing designers for a popular series called Favourite Five. Her background ranges from studying documentary photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to founding Project Flora, a company that works with florists, event planners, and socially-conscious brides and grooms to resell flowers after events, donating a part of the proceeds to charity. She currently runs a digital media and marketing company servicing an array of clients, including Flower Girl NYC and Lushlife Nailworks. Her new column, La Fête, explores trends in the world of event design and planning.