Stylish tools and accessories for writing thank-you notes and beyond

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If your year so far has involved a wedding, graduation, birth, birthday, anniversary or even a nice gesture from an unexpected place, then perhaps you’ve been in a position to write a thank-you note. If not, then take a minute to consider the impact of a letter, handwritten and mailed. While texts may be standard fare, and email is ubiquitous, the thoughtfulness of a real notecard is unmatched. To encourage you to write more frequently, we’ve assembled a collection of charming possibilities, from pens and pencils to an adorable writing desk, all designed to make the process fun, fanciful and, we hope, just a little bit more commonplace.

Ettatorials handmade cards

Go retro with something old and new from
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Go retro with something old and new from Huntington-based Ettatorials. Each of these handmade cards features copies of original vintage photos sewn onto decorative paper, which is then adhered to cardstock. Available as blank cards, or with printed messages inside. From $3.50 at ettatorials.com

Nate Berkus Hammered Letter Sorter

Make even your most unpleasant tasks, like bill
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Make even your most unpleasant tasks, like bill paying, feel a bit more refined by sorting your mail in this golden Nate Berkus Hammered Letter Sorter. The 7-inch deep sprter features three compartments. $12.99 at target.com and Target stores

Kikkerland cupcake memo pads

Even the most organized mind needs to take
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Even the most organized mind needs to take notes from time to time. Make your scribbles a little sweeter with this Memo Pad Cupcake. Filled with 150 delicious pages, it’s the perfect topping to your writing space. $4 at kikkerland.com

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West Elm Mid-Century Mini Secretary

Somehow sleek and adorable at the same time,
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Somehow sleek and adorable at the same time, this Mid-Century Mini Secretary packs a lot of style into its 28-inch wide package. The FSC-certified enviromentally responsible eucalytus wood frame is inspired by classic 1950s and 1960s designs, and it’s just the right size to hold your laptop as well as all your writing essentials. $399 at westelm.com

Kate Spade Rotating Stamp with Pad

Sometimes you just need to rubber stamp your
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Sometimes you just need to rubber stamp your thoughts. This clever Rotating Stamp with Pad from kate spade new york features 12 cheery phrases such as “LIGHT UP THE ROOM” and “ESCAPE THE ORDINARY.” It’s a fun way to add a sweet thought to any note you send. $24 at lifeguardpress.com

Subtext Notecards

Any friend can send a simple “hello.” But
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Any friend can send a simple “hello.” But it takes a special kind of friendship to post one of these Subtext Notecards. The set features 10 cards and 10 matching envelopes stamped with phrases such as “yours truly, the bigger person” and “can't make it up.” Two cards each with five different phrases, and optional tissue-lined envelopes are available. Also sold as individual cards. $40 at dempseyandcarroll.com

Floral Writing Pencils

Whether you're a nervous crossword puzzler or simply
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Whether you’re a nervous crossword puzzler or simply a fan of old-fashioned graphite, this set of 12 gorgeous Floral Writing Pencils will charm you each time you pick one up. The presharpened set comes ready to use and features elegant black erasers. $12 at riflepaperco.com

Ondoro Fountain Pen

With chrome-plated metal parts and a hexagonal oak
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With chrome-plated metal parts and a hexagonal oak barrel, the Ondoro Fountain Pen in Smoked Oak was made to write the loveliest of letters. Fitted with an extra-fine nib (other widths also available) and equipped with a cartridge/converter system, this is a pen made to last a lifetime. Also available in rollerball, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil models. $165 at fabercastell.com

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IKEA VÄLBEKANT paper clips

Forget boring old paperclips. These silvery Välbekant clips
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Forget boring old paper clips. These silvery Välbekant clips make even the most mudane tasks a little bit more fun. The steel clips come in packs of 20. $3.99 at Ikea stores (not available online); more information at ikea.com

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