The Best Personal Stationery
Vera Wang Cartouche Border
Imbued with old-fashioned elegance, these textural treats bring extra heart to your sentiment. (Fine-point pens only, please.)
Vera Wang Cartouche Border
Celebratory enough for a wed-ding wish, tasteful enough for a sympathy note.
To buy: $20 for 10, williamarthur.com.
Satsuma Press Feather
Classic imagery for highbrow literary correspondence (no pressure, though).
To buy: $16 for five, shop.satsumapress.com.
Bell' Invito Monkey Time
The hand-pressed primate and the kaleidoscopic envelope liner are artsy and oddly fascinating. Monogramming available.
To buy: $52 for 12, bellinvito.com.
Sesame Letterpress Woman in Profile Deluxe
Makes whatever you write seem dignified. Custom silhouettes available.
To buy: $50 for 20, sesameletterpress.com.
Smythson Oriental Birdcage
Austin Press Little Dove
The small writing space is perfect if you’re a person of few words. Extra-thick stock.
To buy: $14 for six (three each of two colors), reverie-daydream.com.
A name or even an initial gives a card instant polish and sophistication. Like a little black dress, custom stationery works for just about every occasion.
Italian Emerald Peacock
This font would make “Bubba” look classy. Handmade in Italy, with rough-cut edges and marbled envelopes. Also in red. Lead time: One week.
To buy: $26 for 10, luxepaperie.com.
Cheree Berry Citrus Stripe
For colorful personalities, a party in an envelope. Extra-thick stock. Lead time: One month.
To buy: $450 for 100, chereeberry.com.
Suitor Modern Tall
Dapper, confident, and edgy. Lead time: One month.
To buy: $325 for 50, suitorlife.com.
Ceci New York Monogram
If your name starts with an A, B, C, D, J, K, L, M, N, R, S, or T, you’re in luck; otherwise it’s not in the cards.
To buy: $40 for 12 (three each of four designs), cecinewyork.com.
Mr. Boddington's Studio Couples
Send profile shots to order these hand-drawn silhouettes. (A splurge to celebrate your commitment?) Lead time: Six weeks.
To buy: Starting at $825 for 100, mrboddington.com.
Tiny Prints Monogram Bubble
Like texting on paper; a great gift for a grad. Also in pink and yellow. Lead time: About one week.
To buy: $15 for 10, tinyprints.com.
Graphic & Quirky
These cool, crisp, versatile designs are striking enough to earn a place on the bulletin board—and can easily pinch-hit as birthday cards.
Beau Ideal Yellow Bow
Great when the card is the only gift they’re getting. Screen-printed by hand.
To buy: $18 for six (two each of yellow, red, and black), beauidealism.com.
The mod interpretation cuts the cuteness just enough. Free monogramming available.
To buy: $78 for 20, shopiomoi.com.
J. Faulkner Leaping Zebra
Intricate and detailed, it’s like a miniature print in a Pop Art setting.
To buy: $17 for eight, jfalkner.com.
Kate Spade Florence Broadhurst
Graphic, witty postcards make a bright frame for your words.
To buy: $15 for 20 (three each of four designs), katespade.com.
Cursive New York Convoy
Tucked inside a matte black envelope, it’s like pulling out a piece of history. Silk-screened on recycled paper.
To buy: $20 for six (two each of three ship designs), cursivenewyork.com.