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Viva Las Vegas! US Postal Service Issues Elvis Stamp 8/12

Elvis stamp by United States Postal Service

This commemorative Elvis stamp was issued by United States Postal Service in 2015.

Grab your “Blue Suede Shoes”: Thousands of people are celebrating Elvis Week in Memphis August 8-16. Can’t make it? All fans of “The King” can demonstrate their “Burning Love”by getting the new Elvis Presley Forever(R) stamp. The United States Postal Service (USPS) will issue it on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, with a dedication ceremony at Graceland.

Whether you’re sending our stationery to the “Heartbreak Hotel,” a “Hound Dog” or the”Devil in Disguise,” rest assured your letter will arrive with the Elvis Forever stamp.

Elvis Stamp Works for All Giftsin24 Stationery

Our cards and notes weigh about one ounce, which fits within the USPS maximum dimensions for standard first class postage. That includes our line of oversized Chesapeake cards, as well as luxury triple-thick notes.

Purchasing USPS Forever stamps ensures you can easily send a card or note anytime. You won’t have to worry about the current value of stamps or changing postage costs in the future. And “That’s All Right!”

One Stamp, Lots of Love

Giftsin24 cards take just a single first class stamp.

Part of the fun of sending a letter is finding beautiful stamps for the envelope. Stationery from giftsin24 takes just a single first class stamp.

How much does it cost to send one of our cards or notes to a friend? Just the care and time to write it, plus one single first class stamp.

A Giftsin24 card or note, including the envelope, weighs about one ounce. Sending one through the United States Postal Service (USPS) requires just a single stamp (standard first class postage).

To keep things even more simple, purchase a sheet of “Forever” stamps at the post office, and you won’t have to worry about adding make-up postage when the rates change in a year or two.

In addition, our cards and notes, including our oversized Cheseapeake line, fit within USPS maximum dimensions for standard first class postage.

One Exception

The one exception is our Gift Enclosures, which measure less than the 3.5 inch by 5 inch minimum dimensions that the USPS requires. If you try to send a Gift Enclosure through the mail system, it will be rejected. Learn more here.

See USPS’s handy postage calculator for domestic and international letters: http://postcalc.usps.gov

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Winter Blahs-Busting Stationery

Giftsin24 offers beautiful stationery to chase away the winter blahs

Beat the winter blahs with new stationery.

When the skies are grey, temperatures plunge and daylight barely breaks ten hours, we all need a break from the drear. How about some happy stationery to perk you up and help you connect with friends?

With a good pen and a stamp, you can cheer yourself up by writing a friendly note to your old college roommate, favorite cousin or old next-door-neighbor. Won’t they be surprised to get your letter?

Three of our happiest cards and notes

Notable Note: One of our best selling notes! Your monogram appears in an ebullient, rounded script lettering style in one of ten luscious raised-ink colors. Choose fuchsia, red or purple for a pick-me-up vibe.

Blossom Note: Another exquisite design by America’s leader in social stationery! Our Blossom Note features superb embossed and creamy, triple-thick paper. Yo’u’ll enjoy writing a letter on this note. The Japanese-inspired motif features a spray of flowers deeply impressed into the paper. Below, your name appears in shiny raised ink. Choose from 6 pretty lettering styles and 10 ink colors.

Manhattan Card: This single panel card lights up an ordinary day with a ticker tape parade of polka dots, highlighted by your name in a curling script. For a real treat, choose lined envelopes in your choice of 5 patterns and 4 colors.

 

More Letter Writing Blogs We Love

Letter writing blogs

Find other people who love to write letters through letter writing blogs.

We love reading about writing! Do you? Two months ago we listed some of our favorite letter writing websites. Here are a few more; these are blogs that explore the not-so-lost art of letter-writing.

Check out these letter writing blogs

Letter Writers Alliance Their mission is to be an “An Alliance for those who enjoy letter writing and postal adventures.” Recent posts have been about pens, the US Postal Service’s consumer commission and carbon paper (remember that?).  Learn about letter writing events near you and much more. For just $5, you can become a lifetime member and receive a badge.

Mrs. Murphy’s Mailbox Magic   This website has a clean look and short, engaging articles that are fun to read. Recent posts have been about Flat Stanley, round robin letter writing groups and more.

Letters of Note  If you enjoy the historical aspects of letter writing, you’ll enjoy this blog, an “attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.” Famous events and people are examined through the lens of the pen.

Red Letter Day  This San Francisco-based blog has a modern edge and focuses on mail art and other related topics, including ink stamps, stamps and postcards–all beautifully curated and described.

Friends & Letters

Pen and paper can connect us to friends and strengthen relationships

By writing letters, we connect with friends and family in ways that are sometimes difficult to do in person.

On the 20th anniversary of the popular Friends television series, and shortly after Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History wrapped on PBS in Chicago, we’re thinking about how we connect to our friends and family, and how we sometimes do that through letter-writing.

Friends celebrated the close-knit relationships of young people living away from their families in New York City during the 90s.  Do you remember the episode in Season 4 when Rachel writes a letter to Ross; he needs to read it for them to reunite. But he falls asleep and then “fakes it” when Rachel wants to discuss it, with funny consequences.

The Power of the Pen

Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt depended on letter writing to formulate and share ideas, express their love and keep in touch, just as we still do today. The Roosevelts maintained long distance friendships through letter writing when they were called away from home by their duties as public leaders.

In the Roosevelt’s time, letter writing was more common and almost necessary. But today, as Friends demonstrates, we use letter-writing to convey our most intense thoughts with people important in our lives. Sometimes it’s easier to deliver our messages on paper, rather than verbally, especially, as in Rachel and Ross’ case, emotions are high.  Love letters. Condolence letters. Letters of apology. And even congratulatory letters. These are all cases when letters are beautifully appropriate and perfect.

Our Favorite Letter Writing Websites

Letter writing websites can inspire your own letter writing craft.

Handwritten letters from all over the world

Here at Giftsin24.com, we love to write letters. Who doesn’t love the surprise of finding a handwritten envelope at your mail slot? We’ve dug up some cool letter writing websites and blogs to inspire you.

Who knows? You may find your next pen pal.

This beautiful site takes nominations for people in need of a bundle of love letters from strangers. You can propose someone you know, or you can write a letter to someone in need www.moreloveletters.com

The London-based blog Positively Postal collects letters from all around the world. Consider sending in one of your own: www.positivelypostal.co.uk/around-the-world-in-letters

Snail Mail My Email is a worldwide collaborative art project where volunteers hand write strangers’ emails and send physical letters to the intended recipients, free of charge. http://snailmailmyemail.org

International Pen Friends supplies people with penpals worldwide since 1967. www.ipf.net.au

Thank a deployed service member or veteran through the Operation Gratitude website: www.operationgratitude.com/get-involved/write-letters/

The blog Lovely Handwritten Notes asks for letters and sends them out, no questions asked. http://lovelyhandwrittennotes.tumblr.com/contact.info

Do you have favorite letter writing websites or blogs? Include them in the comments section and we’ll consider them for our next blog on this topic.

Why letters are still meaningful in a digital age

Writing letters with pen and stationery is an important human activity.In this age of electronic mail, Facebook friends and even the first experiments with self-driving cars, writing letters with pen and paper can feel old-fashioned. After all, if you can do it with a computer faster and with less effort, then it must be better. Or so we’re led to believe.

The fact of the matter is that the human touch is still essential to our well-being. The sights, smells, sounds and textures of daily living soothe our nerves, stimulate our creativity and connect us to one another. Consider these examples:

When you gather together with friends and family, you end up in the kitchen, with all the smells and sounds of cooking.

Walking barefoot–in the sand, on a lawn or in the mud–is one of the simple pleasures of summer.

A handshake is still the best way to seal a deal.

And what college student doesn’t love a care-package, complete with home-baked cookies and a love note?

The Power of Handwritten Letters

Sitting down to write a letter, as humans have done for at least a thousand years, is another such indispensable experience.

You select a piece of paper and a pen that feels just right. Then you choose a chair, perhaps with an enjoyable view. You might listen to music or simply the breeze wafting through the window curtains.

And then you write.

You write what’s on your mind, in your heart and even sometimes what flows out of your soul.

You fold your letter, you place it in the envelope, you address it and you stamp it. Then you leave it for the mail carrier or bring it to the post office.

Your letter makes its journey…and what happens next?

Where the Magic Happens

First, there’s delight and surprise at the mailbox.

Think of the next sensations. There’s the look of the canceled stamp and the feel of the envelope, which may be a little worse for the wear.

Some people may wait to read the letter at a more leisurely time when all words can be savored and considered. Others may tear open the envelope right away.

Then there’s the sound of paper ripping. And paper unfolding.

The paper crinkles in hand as smooth sheets slip against each other.

The handwriting–so personal, so individual–reflects an aspect of personality that a typed email can never reveal. The slanting, curling letters pressed into paper, sometimes lightly, other times deeply, are as unique as the individual who made them.

It’s quiet for a while as words register in the eyes, then the brain, and the heart. Emotions, thoughts, feelings tumble about.

After the letter is read, perhaps favorite parts are re-read. Maybe at supper that evening, certain passages are read out loud to family or friends.

Later that evening, the process begins anew:  The writer selects a piece of paper and a pen that feels just right…

Digital communication can not replace the tactile joy or simple pleasures of paper and pen.

What do you think?