bookish pen pal letter ideas!

Hello! I’ve been sending my friends a ton of letters in the mail in an attempt to do my part to give money to USPS, so I decided to make a post so that y’all can hopefully get some inspo and write letters yourself!


This one is almost too obvious – they’re flat and easy to send! I send my friends homemade watercolor bookmarks or sometimes I’ll buy bookmarks to send them!


I have a really cool collection of postcards that have quotes from various different YA authors on them, which I occasionally include in my letter to friends just because they’re cute. They’re also a versatile gift because you can actually use it like a postcard or you can put it on the wall or in a journal. I have a couple of cool postcards taped on my wall.


I have a bunch of Spotify playlists for different moods, but sometimes I also make a playlist if I get really invested in a book/series, as well as a Pinterest board. If the person you’re sending the letter to and you have similar tastes in music (honestly, even if you don’t like the same things), writing out a playlist could be fun! I like to write mine on a piece of scrapbooking paper and then decorate it.

comic strips

I have a stack of Spider-Man comic strip cutouts for my friends that love the Spider-man comics. I know some scrapbooking paper comes in comic book style, so sending that would work too!


Each time I go to a book festival, I somehow end up with a giant pile of pins, so I’ve started sending them to my friends. It’s hard to mail the large circular ones, so you have to stick to smaller pins to ensure you’re still meeting USPS letter size standards.

book recs

Just like the playlist, make a cute list of book recommendations!

Some miscellaneous non-bookish things to send!

  • tea bags
  • washi tape
  • stickers
  • origami (flattened)
  • colorful paper clips (I like to send galaxy themed ones)
  • sticky notes
  • flower seeds (please only do this if you live in the same region, we don’t want invasive species)

And that’s it! I hope you’ve been at least somewhat inspired to write a letter to your friends!


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9 thoughts on “bookish pen pal letter ideas!

  1. I’ve never actually thought about saving comic strip cuttings, that’s a great idea!! Actually all of these are really good ideas, thank you for this post ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. I DO! I love writing letters, I have an honest-to-god penpal and we exchange long letters, it’s very fun๐Ÿ˜ I also occasionally write letters to friends who live in other states, especially while exchanging books or such. Including handmade stuff is such an intimate gesture, and because I’m rubbish at it, I have to find other ways. Which is why I loved the comic strip idea! I’m gonna start cutting up Calvin and Hobbes strips from old newspapers ๐Ÿ˜‚


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