Continuing the Season of Gratitude

It’s always considered well-mannered to thank friends, colleagues and loved ones for their thoughtfulness and generosity at any time of year, especially following the holiday season. If you really want to make an impact, send a thoughtful, handwritten, tactile note – instead of the ubiquitous email or text – and your recipient will be charmed that you took the time to share your heartfelt appreciation. A carefully-crafted, handwritten note sets your message apart with distinction and speaks volumes about courtesy.

From The Emily Post Institute’s blog, The Importance of the Handwritten Thank You Note, etiquette expert Daniel Post Senning, the great-great-grandson of Emily Post, and author of Manners in a Digital World: Living Well Online, underscores the critical importance of sending written communication in today’s digital age.

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When I get a handwritten letter, I’m excited to open it. The art of the postage stamp, the feel of the paper, the graphic quirks of a friend’s handwriting: There is simply nothing as personal as a handwritten note. In a stack of bills and flyers, it’s a treasure in a sealed packet, full of promise and potential. It is a visceral reminder of someone far away.”

Post Senning continues, “Would I ever send a digital thank-you for a gift I was given? No way. It just isn’t enough—not personal enough, not weighty enough. You can’t hold digital thanks in your hands the way you can hold a note. When was the last time you printed out an e-card? Right. Email is read and deleted. A mailed note is seen again and again on a desk or counter. Would you rather your thanks be remembered or deleted?”

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A new app launched this week by Felt makes the art of sending beautifully designed thank you cards and greeting cards oh-so-simple. The iPhone app (which complements the existing Felt iPad app) allows users to send thoughtful greetings wherever they are, at any time. Now whether you’re on the train, standing in line, or waiting for a friend to meet you for coffee, you can take a moment to let someone know you’re thinking about them by sending a charming and memorable printed card.

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According to Tomer Alpert, CEO of Felt, “We’ve completely re-imagined old-school mail for the mobile world. There’s never been an easier, more fun way to send a quick, handwritten thank you note. For the last three years we’ve been perfecting the experience, so you can handwrite and mail a beautiful card using just your finger, and all from your iPhone. With each card received, we’re making this world a more connected and happy place. ”

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The Felt iPhone app has been generating positive chat across social media this week, including some great feedback on Producthunt.

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For the month of January, Felt invites you to share your appreciation by sending your first Felt card for free.  Just download Felt from the App Store, choose from a wide selection of thank you card designs, handwrite a personal message, address your envelope – all from your iPhone – and Felt will take care of the rest by adding postage and sending the card via USPS mail for you.

Regular prices start at just $3.00 per card. We think it’s a small price to pay for such a thoughtful and convenient service.

Editor’s Note: For inspiration or tips on writing thoughtful thank you notes, visit

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