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50 Fun & Creative Handwritten Letter Ideas

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With the rise of technology, we seem to have lost the appreciation for the art of handwritten letters. If you are wanting to go old school, here are 50 fun, creative handwritten letter ideas to write!

50 handwritten letter ideas

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write. The written word is such a powerful form of communication and connection.

With the rise of technology, I seem to have lost my appreciation for a good old handwritten letter or note.

There are so many wonderful perks to the online world, of course. (Heck, it allows me to write this blog! Major bonus.) But, I do wish that we could find a way to maintain the art of writing letters by hand.

If we’re honest, texts are nice and convenient, but nothing will beat the specialness of a handwritten letter.

Why Write Handwritten Letters?

I believe in the power of a handwritten letter for so many different reasons. Here are a few…

  • They show you really care.

Taking the time to physically sit down and handwrite a letter to a loved one shows that you really care. Not that sending off a kind text doesn’t… but it’s a whole other level of showing someone you’re thinking about them.

  • It’s so fun to receive mail.

How often do you receive mail that isn’t bills, ads, or other adulting things? It’s such a wonderful surprise to receive something JOYFUL in the mail.

  • They can be kept forever.

Sure, you can screenshot a nice text. But how often do you really revisit those texts?

With handwritten letters, you can physically store them all in a letter storage box or envelope to revisit sporadically.

To this day, I have letters from my childhood that I reread sometimes. They are so much more meaningful than a text or DM.

  • You can have more fun with them.

Writing a letter is fun… but decorating a handwritten letter is even better! Decorate and dress up your snail mail with fun, creative add-ons, such as:

  • cute cards/envelopes
  • fun stickers
  • colorful gel pens

Additionally, you can include fun things in your envelope that you couldn’t otherwise (ie. gift cards, bookmarks, additional notes, and little gifts) .

  • They feel more meaningful.

All in all, handwritten letters just feel more meaningful. The recipient can recognize the intentionality and effort that went into it.

It really is a beautiful form of connection and communication that many of us miss out on!

50 Creative Handwritten Letter Ideas

Ready to start letter-writing? Here are 50 fun letter ideas to get you started!

50 handwritten letter ideas

Letters to Send to Family

  • Write to a grandparent recalling a favorite childhood memory with them.
  • Celebrate an anniversary in your family with a handwritten letter.
  • Write a letter to your mom telling her all the things she did right raising you.
  • Send your sibling a letter recalling a childhood memory. Include a photo.
  • Write your dad a letter thanking him for something specific he did while you were growing up.
  • Send a letter to a family member that lives far away.
  • Write a niece or nephew a fun letter with a small gift enclosed.
  • Send a meaningful birthday letter to someone in your family (rather than a generic store-bought card!).
  • Write to an aunt/uncle and update them on your life. Ask them to send you an update back!
  • Find an old photo of you and your cousins. Send it to them with a letter.

Letters to Send to Friends

  • Send a long-distance friend an old photo of the two of you.
  • Purchase a $5 Starbucks gift card and send it to the biggest coffee lover you know.
  • Write a thank you letter to a friend for a past gift that you still use today.
  • Surprise a friend you don’t normally send a card to with an unexpected birthday card. (It’s okay if you have to check Facebook to find their bday. 😉)
  • Send a friend a list of all the reasons you love them.

READ: 121 Compliments Not About Physical Appearance

  • When a friend posts about an exciting accomplishment or life event on Facebook, send them a letter congratulating them.
  • Send a letter to your elementary school best friend recalling a memory.
  • Send a letter to a coworker telling them how they make your work life better.
  • Put some bookmarks in an envelope with a list of your favorite book recommendations and send it to a friend who loves reading.
  • Write a letter to an ex-friend telling them how they touched your life. Clear the air if there is any lingering awkwardness.

Letters to Give Your Partner

  • Make a list of all your favorite things about your partner. Give it to them.
  • Create a coupon book to give your partner along with a love note.
  • Write a letter to your partner telling them your side of the story from your first date.
  • Make a memory list of your favorite moments with your partner and give it to them to reminisce together.
  • Write a letter thanking your partner for a time they made you feel special.
  • Put together an envelope of papers with date ideas to draw from when you need a fun idea.
  • Write a letter telling your partner the story of when you knew you were in love with them.
  • Explain your love language to your partner in a written letter. Tell them the ways they can make you feel loved.

READ: 50 Gift Ideas for the 5 Love Languages

  • Write your partner a love poem.
  • Put a special memento from your relationship into an envelope (ticket from a date, first photo, etc.). Write a letter explaining what it means to you.

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Letters to Send Strangers

  • Send a letter to someone in the military. (Check out this program to send a letter to a deployed soldier .)
  • Drop some fun bookmarks in an envelope with a fun note and leave it at your local public library.
  • Write a random note of kindness, address it “to whoever finds this” , and leave it in a public park near you.
  • Leave a kind note on a random car in a parking lot.
  • Buy a $5-10 gift card to a store and leave it on a random aisle in the store with a note for someone to find!
  • Write a note of encouragement and pin it to a bulletin board in a public space (coffee shop, library, etc.).
  • Put together a quick, kind letter and drop it in a random mailbox.
  • Place some encouragement stickers in an envelope with a note telling someone they are doing a great job. Leave it outside a local therapist’s office. We all need to hear this sometimes!
  • Write a thank you card to give to a local worker (grocery store clerk, dentist, receptionist, firefighter, etc.).
  • Put an extra notecard, stamp, and envelope together with a letter encouraging them to write to someone they love. Leave this in someone’s mailbox. (You could include some of your favorite letter ideas from this list to inspire them!)

More Creative Handwritten Letter Ideas

  • Write a thank you letter to a favorite teacher from your childhood. You may also want to include a life update and a current photo of you!
  • Send a letter of appreciation to someone who has helped you through a hard time (even if it was years ago).
  • Write to the kids you used to watch/babysit. Tell them a funny story from when they were younger.
  • Write a letter to someone you feel resentful towards. (You don’t even need to send this one… This is more for your healing!)
  • Choose an influencer that you feel connected to. Write them a letter telling them how they’ve touched your life. (You can usually find a P.O. box address if you search hard enough!)
  • Write to a past sports coach telling them how they’ve impacted you and your life.
  • Send a letter to a child in your life. Kids love getting snail mail!
  • Think about a gift you received that you use often. Write a “thank you” letter to whoever gave it to you.
  • Write a thank you letter to your favorite grocery store clerk or barista. Tell them how they brighten your daily errands!
  • Write a letter to your future self. Store it somewhere safe and set a reminder on your phone to open it in 5-10 years.

How to Write a Great Letter

Now that you have tons of creative letter ideas, you may be wondering HOW to write the perfect letter.

Honestly, there is no such thing as a “perfect” letter.

This is the beauty of the art of handwritten letters. There is no need for perfectionism or stress. Simply writing someone a letter is special enough.

That said, if you want some guidance for letter-writing, I do have a few recommendations for getting started.

Here are 5 quick tips for a great handwritten letter:

  • Address it to Someone Specific. If you are writing to a specific person, open the letter with their name. If you are writing to a stranger, address it with a clever opening (ie. if you leave the letter at the library, address it “Dear Fellow Book-Lover” ).
  • Include a Term of Endearment. Now that you know to open the letter by addressing the recipient, feel free to get creative including terms of endearment. For example, “Dear Suzy” could be turned into “To the Stunning Suzy Smith” . Easy way to add that extra pizazz!
  • Use a Creative Sign-Off. Instead of just signing your name, find a creative and personalized sign-off. You can even relate it to the context of the letter. For example, if you leave your letter in a coffee shop, sign off with “Happy Sipping!” .
  • Add in Extras. Bookmarks, gift cards, photographs, stickers, etc. all make great add-ons to a letter.
  • Use Your Own Voice. At the end of the day, the most special part of a letter is that YOU wrote it. Let your personality shine through. Make it your own.

There you have it – 50 creative letter ideas and my top tips for a great handwritten letter!

What is your favorite letter idea on this list? Which do you think you’ll write first? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Letter-Writing!

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The Art of Letter Writing: 5 Tips for Crafting Engaging Letters

By Julie Petersen

The art of letter writing, by Julie Petersen, photograph by Aaron Burden

A few tips for writing letters that fill the soul

In the modern age, writing letters has become underrated, if not completely abandoned. We prefer sending quick e-mails to our loved ones now, or even shoot them a long text because of time concerns. We might forget how much of a personal impact a unique letter can have on our families and friends. Nowadays, we focus so much on technology that we often fail to add that special, intimate touch to the relationships we value.

If that looks like you, I don’t blame you. There is no doubt: writing can be quite a challenge! Writing a letter can be even more demanding. We want to connect our thoughts and feelings to the letter that we are sending, yet we sometimes omit details that could bring us into the open and deepen our engagement. The content has to be special, and the person reading it has to sense a distinctive vibe when opening it — it’s like creating a special bond between the writer and the recipient; a bond that connects their souls, and opens up their minds.

For all of these reasons, finding the perfect balance of creativity and imagination is not an easy job.

Here are a 5 tips on how to write inspiring, creative letters:

1. be yourself.

Writing letters is easy once you get the hang of it. I must specify that we are strictly referring to informal, friendly letters. Being yourself is your best strategy if you want your letter be special. The content has to flow naturally. Letters between friends have to be simple, yet complex. Writing something like “ Dear Mona, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day. Love, Lila ” is not enough. You have to develop your thoughts, and let your ideas flow on that piece of paper and have room to expand. This takes me to point two.

2. Create the Perfect Setting

Because writing letters is such a personal process, you need your own space. Make sure you have alone time whenever you compose your letters, and take time to think about the content first. Get rid of the distractions, and imagine what a perfect letter would look like for you. Would it begin in a certain, exceptional way? What pieces of your imagination would it compile? What elements could add to its complexity? Try not to check your phone or have the TV on while you are drafting the letters. Find a particular spot in the house that is quiet and encourages you to think. Reflect on special moments you had with the recipient, and expand on that. Beginning the letter with a significant memory will give it that special vibe you want.

3. Ask About Them In a Funny Way

If you write a letter to somebody, you probably want to know more about them. So ask away! Make sure you do not expand too much on yourself. Do include everything you wish, but keep it brief since your recipient will probably not appreciate receiving letters that are too long. When you ask about them, do it in a funny, creative way. Be hilarious and relaxed. Take a look at some examples:

  • Begin with an old phrase both of you used in the past. If I wrote to my friend, I would say, “Sup, loser? I miss your dumb face! What have you been up to?”
  • Start with a funny saying like, “Love is in the air. Nope, that’s bacon. Anyways, I was thinking of you this morning while eating my breakfast. How is your life?”
  • Or you can just be honest and say, “I am feeling very emotional today, so I thought about you. Don’t feel too good about it, OK? How are you doing, pal?”

Make sure you let them know how much you miss them, but don’t do it in a mushy way if you are not that type of person. Saying it in a funny context gives it a sense of playfulness, which I am sure will be highly appreciated by your friend.

4. Carry a Notebook With You

If you truly lack ideas,  carry a notebook  with you and write down observations. Maybe when you are having a coffee, you will think of a funny moment you had with your friend. Maybe when you chat with your colleagues you will realize how much you miss a special, deep conversation with your friend. You never know what gives your ideas during the day, so carrying a notebook is a great method to stay creative.

5. Have Lots of Fun

If you don’t write like you are having fun, there is no point in searching for creativity. Writing letters is not something that must be done, but something that you should enjoy doing. Change your mindset, and play with the words instead of searching for the right ones. If a letter does not come out as you want it to, do not freak out. All writers have good and bad moments, so you do not have to worry about it at all. Just  take a break  if you feel the need to, and do something funny – like watch a comedy on Netflix, or play with your pets if you have any. The idea is to loosen up and make yourself laugh. Then when you can get back to writing you will be much more productive, trust me!

Wrapping It Up

When you don’t feel creative, stop writing. There is no point in hanging on to something you are not feeling at the moment. Take a break, or try to apply the above strategies to boost your mood. Do something funny, take a walk, have a drink. Make sure you write everything from the bottom of your heart — stay honest, and be yourself. Finding creativity is not that hard as long as you enjoy the process.

Not only will you find soul-filling joy in the process of letter writing, but your recipient is sure to, as well. Good luck, you got this!

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You might find yourself needing to write a letter for a number of reasons—both formal and informal. Maybe you need to write a complaint letter to a business, a letter to a friend, or a cover letter for a job application. Whatever the cause, there are some things to consider and keep in mind when writing any letter.

Writing a Formal Letter

Step 1 Begin your letter with an engaging opening.

  • Creative openings are the best way to catch a reader’s attention. Rather than just opening with a discussion about the weather, try something more interesting. It’s unlikely you really started that letter to tell someone about the weather!

Step 2 Think of your letter like an essay.

  • You must have a purpose for writing, so rather than meandering around the point, just come out with it!

Step 3 Keep the body of your letter interesting.

  • Maybe the purpose for writing the letter is to apply for a particular job. You will want to keep the body of your letter clear and concise, but also interesting and engaging.
  • If you are still thinking of your letter like an essay, your opening being where you stated your purpose, then your body should be where you would logically “back up” your point, or elaborate on the idea you first brought up. [1] X Research source

Writing an Informal Letter

Step 1 Think of your letter like a story.

  • When telling a story in your letter, be imaginative with your writing. Be descriptive, and even use dialogue if you want to. Allow the scene you are relaying to come through like an image. [2] X Research source
  • In January of 1960, Queen Elizabeth wrote a letter to President Eisenhower. She used a specific image to convey the purpose of her letter by writing, “Seeing a picture of you in today’s newspaper standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded me that I had never sent you the recipe of the drop scones which I promised you at Balmoral.” [3] X Research source

Step 2 Spend some time discussing what is going on in your life.

  • If your recipient is a friend or family member that lives far away, you might let them know how your other friends and family members are doing.
  • An actual letter from a friend or family member from far away is an easy, simple way to make their day a bit better. We have come to rely on technology so much that most of us probably do not send snail mail very often, so sending or receiving a letter is fun and different. It can help people far away from us feel more connected to us and our lives. [4] X Research source
  • If something especially interesting has happened in your life lately, let your recipient know! Tell them exciting news about your career, your love life, or even about recent travels you took. Just try to avoid discussing anything negatively—especially another person. Letters are permanent documents that your recipients could keep for any period of time. You don’t want to write anything that might come back to bite you later. If you have something negative to vent, say it out loud.

Step 3 Have fun writing your letter.

Keeping Any Letter Interesting

Step 1 Think of a hook.

  • Some interesting ways to hook your reader might be with a quote, a metaphor (probably related to the point you will be making/information you will be reporting in the letter), or even an anecdote.
  • Some of the best cover letters for job applications and even college entrance letters are ones that open with a memorable hook.
  • Let your recipient know that you are looking forward to talking to them, or seeing them, again. It’s a simple and straightforward way to end a letter, and it lets them know that even after writing and sending the letter, you are still thinking of them, and missing them.

Step 2 Write a letter you would want to receive.

  • Don’t feel like you have to be too formal, especially if you are writing to a friend or family member. Be light-hearted, honest, and engaging. Throw in some inside jokes, if you want! A letter is, after all, just another form of communication.

Step 3 Try keeping to a central theme or idea.

  • If you do not have a single reason for writing—maybe you just felt like writing to that person—that is alright, too. Let them know that! It’s never a bad idea to let someone know you were thinking of them. If a friend moved away and you promised to write, do it! Doing rather than simply saying is an easy way to show someone you care. [6] X Research source
  • On the other hand, if you do have a specific reason for writing, keep it in mind as you write. If you start a letter saying something like, “I have something really important to tell you” and then skip to talking about the nice walk you went on today, your recipient might get a little anxious to find out what that important thing is.

Step 4 Close your letter with a recap of your initial thoughts.

  • Like an essay or even a story, the ending is just as important as the beginning! The ending will be the lasting thought left for your recipient, so try to make it something interesting or impactful.
  • In a letter to her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald closed by saying, “I walked on those telephone wires for two hours after holding your love like a parasol to balance me.” [7] X Research source If you are writing a love letter, go all out! Use poetic language and a lasting image to leave your recipient with something to remember.

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Letter Writing Supplies

The list below outlines a few basic supplies for writing a letter. Remember: letters are just as unique as the people who write them, so if you want to add or subtract from the list, you absolutely can!

I always begin by choosing an envelope. Your envelope selection should match your creative mood on any given day. If you aren’t loving any of the envelopes in your collection, you can always make your own !

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If you would like to write on the envelope with a dip pen and ink, you might take a look at the How to Choose the Best Calligraphy Envelopes  post. In the post, you’ll learn which envelopes “play nice” with calligraphy, and which to avoid!

You can use any paper that appeals to you! If you’ve got the time, you can use paper that has been cut to fit your chosen envelope. To figure out the proper dimensions to cut your paper down to, measure your envelope horizontally and vertically.

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Once you know the measurements, subtract 0.25″ from the horizontal number, and multiply the vertical number by 2.5. As an example, my envelope here ended up being 6.5″ wide by 4.75″ tall. As a result, I cut out a 6.25″ x 12″-ish piece of paper. (You have some wiggle room on the vertical measurement of the paper because you’ll be folding it up anyway.)

If I have a lot of time and patience, I’ll write a letter using a dip pen. That said, I’m perpetually lacking time, and often my supply of patience isn’t much better … so I default to using a fountain pen. The Pilot Falcon is my favorite for its clean, vivid lines. That said, any pen works! Pick one you like in order to make the letter writing process even more pleasant.

This delicately beautiful letter was written using a Pilot Falcon fountain pen and elegant cursive handwriting.

If you’ve got extra time, try writing your letter with a dip pen. A crowquill nib works great for writing tiny Spencerian (or similar) letters! You can see an example of a letter written using a crowquill nib in the photo below:

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Wax Seal (Optional)

A wax seal is a totally frivolous and unnecessary element of letter writing. But, if you’ve got one, it adds elegance and a touch of nostalgia to your work. I use a low temperature wax seal glue gun to apply seals to my letters. You can purchase one at Paper & Ink Arts . Or, for “old school” wax sticks, check out Nostalgic Impressions .

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The Letter Writing Process

Decorate the paper.

If you’re not using pre-decorated stationery, you can embellish the paper to add some personality to it! In the photo below, I used the Geometric Embellishments concept from the Two Simple Envelope Embellishments tutorial.

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Write the Letter

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If you can, try to write in cursive . That will give the letter a nice, vintage feel!

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As far as content, you can find several letter writing prompts in the The Letter Writer’s Complete Resource . Here are some basic prompts I use:

  • Write about what’s going on in your life, especially if it relates to your letter recipient.
  • Ask questions  — either specific (“What is your favorite restaurant right now?”) or more broad (“Where do you see yourself in ten years?”).
  • Answer any questions the person may have posed to you the last time you corresponded.
  • Make recommendations for recipes, good television shows, or music.

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Once you have written the letter, fold the top of the letter down. The fold should be just a tad shorter than the vertical length of the envelope — in my case, that’s 4.5″. Fold the bottom up over the top, and you’ll find that the bottom fold is significantly shorter than the top and middle folds. That’s perfect! You can now use your wax seal to secure the letter shut.

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Decorate the Envelope

There are several mail art tutorials on this website, and you’re welcome to use one that appeals to you in order to create an artistic envelope! I opted to make an envelope that echoes the design motif of the paper.

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An elegant Janet Style return address contrasts nicely with the geometric hand-lettering on the front of the envelope!

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Additional Tips

Once you have decorated the envelope, you can slip your letter inside and send! For tips to ensure that your letter reaches its intended destination, see this article .

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Just a quick note: the instructions in this article assume that you have an hour or so of free time to craft your snail mail correspondence. You can always shave off time by using lined notebook paper, skipping the wax seal step, and writing the address quickly! When it boils down to it, we all write letters differently, and I hope that you’ll take my steps as suggestions (rather than the rule) next time you sit down to write.

Happy snail mailing!

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This article was first posted in September of 2016. It has been updated to include new photos and information.

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Top Creative Letter Writing Ideas in 2022

Letters have been a form of written communication for more than five thousand years. Even today, letter writing is still considered a means of communication with a personal touch.

As the world progresses into a more digital age, the art of letter writing is gradually fading. With texts, emails, and social media posts as our primary means of communication, handwritten letters are becoming a rarity. Though this may be the case, there are many reasons why creative letter writing should not be obliterated.

Here are a few reasons why sending creative letters remains a top creative way to connect with loved ones in 2022.

  • Creative Letters Add a Personal Touch

A letter allows you to share your personality and emotions in a way that email or text messages cannot. You can tell your loved ones about the little things happening in your life and even what you think about them. A handwritten letter shows them how much you care about them, which they try to keep secured and try never to lose it.

  • They Build Memories

It’s important to build memories with those who are close to you. When you write a letter, it will be something that your loved ones can keep and look back on for years to come. The letters you send can also be used as gifts when celebrating birthdays or other special occasions.

Creative Letters can also be fun to write, and they are inexpensive. People like to receive personalized letters. And remember, you are always writing for future generations to read!

Where is Creative Letter Writing Applied?

Creative letter writing is applied in personal relationships and the business world. When two companies have a partnership or are about to merge, they will often exchange letters to get to know one another better. Sometimes, the letters will be very formal with a set structure, and other times, they will be more creative and expressive.

Creative writing can also be used for marketing and sales purposes in the business world. Well-crafted marketing or sales business letter can be an effective way to reach out to new and prospective customers and promote a product or service. It can also be used to demonstrate gratitude towards customers for their patronage.

For example, a company might send a personalized letter to potential customers to introduce their product or service. This marketing strategy is often more effective than sending out a generic, mass-produced advertisement.

Creative letter writing can also be used to convey your feelings and thoughts to a close loved one or even a friend. A written letter allows you to express yourself in a way that you might not be able to do in person. You can choose the words you want to use, and they will be delivered directly into the hands of the recipient, without any interruptions or distractions.

Want To Revive Creative Letter Writing?

Letter writing is a lost art. People used to take the time to handwrite letters to their loved ones, friends, and even strangers. These days, most people send a text or an email.

However, there’s something special about receiving a handwritten letter. It feels personal and intimate. It can be challenging to find the time to write letters in this day and age, but it’s worth taking the time to do so.

If you wish to bring back the lost art of creative letter writing, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Write a letter to your loved ones telling them how much you love them.
  • Write a letter to a friend thanking them for being a great friend.
  • Write a letter to your favorite author expressing appreciation for their work.
  • Write a letter to a disappointed friend apologizing and telling them how ashamed you are.
  • Write a letter to your future self and tell them how proud you are of what you have achieved.
  • Write a letter to your diary every day, telling them about your day.
  • Write a letter of encouragement to a demotivated colleague, friend, or subordinate.

There are several excuses to write a letter. You might want to write a letter to someone you care about, be it a friend, family member, or even a stranger. To express something that has been bothering you lately. Share a memory from the past that you cherish. Tell the person how much they matter to you. Express your gratitude for all they’ve done for you. You might want to congratulate them on an achievement, say thank you, wish them to get well soon, or express their love.

Why Is Creative Letter Writing So Important?

New experiences help improve creativity and curiosity. Creative letter writing is a lost art. It’s so special and unique, and it’s a shame that so many people don’t take the time to sit down and write a letter to someone they care about.

There are apparent benefits to letter writing- you get to keep your handwriting sharp, you get to practice spelling words correctly, and you get to use your imagination. But the best part about letter writing is that it’s a way to connect with someone else.

You update them regarding your going on in your life, or ask them about theirs. You can tell them what you’re thinking and feeling, or you can write to let them know that they’re on your mind.

Creative letter writing is crucial because it allows you to communicate to show your personality and emotions. The personal touch you can achieve through handwritten letters can’t be replicated with emails or other digital correspondence.

Additionally, handwritten notes are a great way to appreciate someone, whether friends, family members, or colleagues. They also make great keepsakes! But what’s the best way to do so? How can you ensure your letter will be treasured rather than quickly forgotten?

The answer is simple: by being creative.

But it’s not always easy to express yourself verbally. That’s why I’ve written a few tips below. They might help you think of things to say in your letter, or they might help you come up with ideas for how to make the most of writing letters!

Creative Letter Ideas to Make Creative Letter Writing Interesting

There are several reasons to love letter writing! It’s a great way to keep in touch with far-away friends, it’s a fun way to show your creative side, and it can even help improve your writing skills.

Creative letter writing can seem daunting; it’s so easy to get lost in the monotony of writing letters the same way, over and over again. However, your creative letter writing does not have to be mundane with a bit of creativity.

But for many people, the process of creative letter writing can be a little bit boring. If you want to make your letter writing more interesting, why not try some of these creative letter ideas

1. Start With A Colorful Envelope

The thing your recipient sees the first is the envelope. It’s a part of the total package you are sending to them, and it should be eye-catching. It can also make a statement or add color to an otherwise dull letter.

Start with a colorful envelope in your letter; it sets the tone for the rest. Please make sure that the envelope is in sync with the theme to set the tone. It is a part of the total package you are sending and should make a statement about you.

For example, for an office party, start with a bright envelope to show excitement or use a neutral color for a more formal occasion such as a wedding.

2. Add a picture, A Personalized Doodle, Or A Drawing.

Pictures and drawings are great ways to keep your reader interested and engaged in your letter. It also gives them a visual representation of what you are trying to say. You can include pictures and drawings in the body of your letter, on the back, or on the front.

Pictures and drawings can break up the monotony of a long letter and keep the reader more engaged. They can also help to illustrate your points better than words alone. When including pictures or drawings in your letter, be sure to choose ones relevant to your topic to help the reader understand what you are trying to say.

3. Choose A Theme

One way to make creative letter writing more interesting is to choose a theme for your letters. Choosing a theme can be something as simple as picking a different color each time you write, or it can be a more specific theme, like telling a story that takes place throughout several letters. Whatever you opt for, make sure it’s something you’re interested in and keeps you excited to write letters.

Whether based on your recipient’s personality or some other shared interest, choosing a theme for your letter can make the process more fun and give you something to focus on, making it easier to come up with specific things to say.

4. Start with a story

Who doesn’t like a good story, so why not start your letter with one? One of the creative cool ways to write letters is to start with a story. This approach is a great way to get your recipient’s attention, making them more engaged about what you have to say, and keep them reading. It also allows you to use specific details to add color and interest to your letter. Plus, coming up with new and innovative stories to share can be of much fun.

Use a story to give context. You can use a story to provide background information about yourself or the recipient. For example, if you’re writing to someone you met at a conference, you could start with a story about how you first met. If you’re writing to someone new in town, you could start with a story about your neighborhood and what it’s like living there. Or if you are writing to someone who recently had a baby.

5. Write a poem or song

Creative letter ideas don’t always have to be about the letter’s content. They can also be about how you present the letter. For example, you could write a poem or song to your loved one. This approach can add an extra layer of personalization to your letter and make it more interesting to read.

A poem or a song is a great way to make your letter stand out and show your creativity. If you’re good at writing poetry or songs, this is a great way to include that talent in your letter. It also demonstrates that you made an effort to create something exceptional for your loved one.

6. Keep it simple

Less is often more when it comes to creativity, so is the case in creative letter writing. Don’t try to be too fancy or creative with your letter writing – it will only make things more complicated and confusing for both you and the person you’re writing to. When writing a letter, it’s crucial to grab the interest of the audience right from the beginning.

Instead, try to keep your letters simple, easy to read, and straightforward. Use short paragraphs and simple sentences, and avoid long blocks of text. If the audience has to strive to comprehend your letter, they’ll likely lose interest quickly.

Use clear, concise language, and make sure everything is easy to read. You don’t want the person you’re writing to have to struggle to understand what you’re attempting to express. Don’t try to be too clever or use complicated words when writing a letter. While this might work in some cases, for the most part, it makes your letter hard to read and turns your reader off.

7. Be Sincere

Dear Friend,

Nothing beats receiving a heartfelt and thoughtful letter in the mail. It feels personal and unique as if the writer took the time to sit down and pour their heart out just for you. The best letters are sincere and honest, touching on shared experiences and memories. They make you perceive as if you are the only person who matters in the world to the writer.

Unfortunately, creative letter writing has become a fading art. People are too occupied in this fast-paced world to take the time out and sit down and write a letter by hand. However, a little bit of creativity and imagination can go a long way and make creative letter writing enjoyable again.

Creative letter writing can be fun, but it’s essential to be sincere. When you take the time and put in the effort to write a letter to someone special, it should come from the heart and reflect in your writing. Don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t. Relax, be your true self, and let the words flow.

Because when you’re faking it, people can notice, so make sure you mean what you’re writing. It’s also essential to sound sincere and maintain a positive vibe throughout your letter. If you want to show that you’re happy with someone, use words like “happy” or “pleased.” On the other hand, if you have something negative to say, be honest about it and state it is not hurtful or offensive.

8. Be Brief

One way to make creative letter writing more interesting is to be brief. Get right to the point and state your argument clearly. This will keep the reader’s attention focused and minimize their time skimming through your letter.

When you’re concise, you must be more judicious with your choice of words. This approach makes your letters more impactful and memorable. You don’t want to bore the reader with a long-winded letter. Keep it short and sweet by getting to the point right away.

9. Go Overboard With Formatting

When most people think of letter writing, they think of a simple, boring document with Times New Roman font and no formatting. When you’re sending a letter, whether a cover letter for a job or an application letter to a university, you want to make sure that it stands out.

You can achieve this by utilizing creative formatting. Adding attractive formatting to your letters can make them more visually appealing and exciting to read. Some simple formatting ideas include using different fonts, colors, and text sizes. You can also add borders, images, and charts to your letters. You can even use different paper types or create 3D letters if you’re feeling extra creative.

You can also use different margins, alignment, and spacing to create an attractive layout. To break up long texts, you can also make use of bullet points and numbered lists. You can even make your typeface, in case you’re feeling more creative!

Fancy fonts, bolding, underlining, italics, and colored text are great for headlines or headings. One way to make your letters more fascinating is using a diversified set of fonts. You can also play around with several kinds of paper or embellishments. You can also make the text colorful or even add graphics. And don’t forget to sign your name!

10. Proofread

Proofreading is a crucial phase in the process of writing that many individuals tend to overlook. It’s important to remember that proofreading is not just about checking for grammar and spelling mistakes. It’s also about making sure your content is clear, concise, and error-free.

If you don’t take the time to proofread your content, you could end up publishing something inaccurate or difficult to understand. Not proofreading can damage your reputation and cost you, potential customers.

This tip makes your work look polished, which might provide you with a comparative advantage. Additionally, proofreading ensures that your ideas are delivered clearly and effectively. Several ways to proofread your work, including reading it aloud using spellcheck or a grammar checker.

So, it’s essential to read over your letter at least twice before you send it off to ensure no spelling or grammar mistakes or other errors that can make your letter look sloppy and unprofessional.

11. Use A Return Address

One way to make creative letter writing more interesting is to use a return address. Your letter’s return address is the first thing your recipient sees. Make it creative! Use a funky font, or get creative with how you word it. This tip is an excellent opportunity to show off your personality and make your letter stand out from the rest.

This idea adds an extra layer of fun and creativity to your letters. You can also get creative with the type of paper you use, the stamps you choose, and the envelopes you send them in. Be sure to decorate your letters with stickers, drawings, or any other type of embellishment to make them stand out.

Always include a return address so the recipient knows where to send their response if they have any questions about your letter.

12. Do It Yourself

It’s best to do your own letter writing. If you send a formal letter or one that someone else has written, you are more likely to lose credibility with the reader. Such can happen even if the person is an expert in your field.

As you write letters to your family member or business associate, you must remain creative so that your message can be received well and without a doubt. Besides, how can you stand out if all you do with content writing is just copy-pasting?

Finally, don’t feel hesitation in adding some personality to your letters. Let your creativity shine through. If you are looking for creative copywriting services, you can choose Writing Service Hub which is the leading writing agency in the United States.

Creative letter writing is a slowly vanishing form of art in the digital age. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about it altogether. Some unique and creative cool ways to write letters that you can try in 2022 include; starting your letter with a funny story or a pun, sending a funny postcard, writing a letter to your future self, drawing or painting a picture, or a doodle to go with your letter.

When it comes to creative letter writing, the sky’s the limit! We have shared some of our finest and favorite ideas for spicing up your correspondence in this blog post. So get your pens and paper ready, and prepare to get creative!

Literacy Ideas

How to write a letter

How to write a formal letter


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In this age of digital communication, writing letters is becoming something of a lost art. Emails and text messages can be sent instantly and for a fraction of the cost good old-fashioned snail mail can offer.

So, why bother teaching letter-writing at all? Well, though electronic ‘letters’ are often freer in formatting and language than physical letters, we can also apply letter-writing rules to electronic media. However, physical letters do offer some distinct benefits of their own too.


Whilst we pride ourselves here on how to write a great essay, information report, or another text type that is primarily used in an educational setting, the ability to craft a powerful letter or email has literally changed people’s lives, altered the course of history and been the difference between life and death in some cases.

It can be the one opportunity to remove all the noise and confusion on any subject area and honestly tell someone how you feel straight from the heart.  Pen to paper.  

For whatever reason, a thousand emails, tweets, and likes will never have the same impact as a well-crafted handwritten letter.  Its very creation and existence show your reader how passionate and genuine about what it contains.

Letters fall under the transactional writing category; if you want to know more about transactional texts, be sure to check out our in-depth guide here.

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1. the personal touch: .

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Those of us who grew up in an age before the internet got going will remember the excitement of waiting for and receiving a letter. Many of us will have had childhood pen pals we never met or received love letters from our teenage sweethearts. Maybe some treasured letters are still securely stored in a bedside drawer.

There is something extremely personal and intimate about the letter that email cannot capture. Letters are physical, and their increasing rarity makes them seem even more intimate today.

In this day and age, receiving a personally written letter is something a unicorn in communication terms. Students who know how to produce a well-crafted letter can use it to their advantage. For example, any business hiring manager will undoubtedly be numbed by the constant torrent of emails flooding their inbox.

That mailed resume accompanied by a handwritten letter that waits for them on their desk in the morning will surely stand out and secure an attentive read. The letter, in its various forms, is guaranteed to stand out and make an impact in an age where the vast majority of communication is digital.

3. Handwriting

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Just as letter writing has declined in popularity, so too has the emphasis on well-developed handwriting skills. You can, if you wish, take the opportunity here to have the students work on their handwriting skills.

While students may protest that they can accomplish the task much quicker by word-processing, another benefit of handwriting a letter is that the speed becomes almost meditative. This allows students to focus carefully on their grammar and punctuation without always resorting to the crutch of spell-checkers and grammar correction software.


The table below outlines whether your letter should be written formally or informally, with some suggested prompts .  Whilst there are many similarities, a formal letter should always be considered as a document with a real purpose and ramifications.



INVITATION Make someone feel special about an upcoming event.

APPLICATION Write a professional letter of application for a job or group you wish to join.

REFEREE / REFERENCE Vouch for another’s skills, personality or credibility.

ACCEPTANCE & REJECTION Approve or deny an applicant in a professional manner.

MAKE AN OFFER Make a formal and binding offer in writing.

EXIT / RESIGNATION Formally leave or step down in a professional and dignified manner.



THANK YOU Let someone know you appreciate their efforts.

CONGRATULATIONS Acknowledge someone’s achievements in life.

GRIEVANCE / LOSS Acknowledge someones personal loss or suffering and let them know you care.

FRIENDSHIP & LOVE Tell someone how special they are to you and why?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR / MAYOR ETC. Let someone know how their actions and adversely affect you and others.

LETTER TO SELF Give your older or younger self some words of advice and wisdom.

INFORMATIONAL UPDATE Write a letter back home telling them what you have been up to.


The writing process begins with planning.

As with all genres of writing, the process of formal letter writing should start with planning. This should involve sketching a brief outline from which to work rather than a comprehensive detailing of minutiae. The plan should include:

  • Note addresses, names etc. – who are you writing to?
  • Record the purpose of the letter – what do you want to say?
  • List points to be made (each will form a paragraph) – how will you say it?
  • State action point – what do you want the reader to do?

Formal letters can be written for a wide range of purposes and may come in various shapes, including a letter of complaint, a cover letter accompanying a job application, a letter of invitation, a reference letter, or a proposal letter – to name a few. Though each will adhere to its own rules of formatting and tone when writing formal letters, students should avoid using slang or contractions.

Language should be straightforward and polite. Encourage students to avoid bursts of purple prose in favor of direct, functional language. Usually, a formal letter will be written to achieve a particular end and should be written with that end foremost in mind. Students should avoid meanderings and stay firmly focused on the task at hand.


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  • The writer’s address should be in the top right-hand corner.
  • The date should be written below the writer’s address
  • The recipient’s name and address are below that on the left-hand side
  • Use the correct opening (Dear Sir / Madam, Dear Mrs Ferguson, etc.)
  • Use Standard English
  • The opening sentence should explain the purpose of the letter
  • Each paragraph should make a single specific point
  • Use an appropriate formal tone and register in the wording of the letter
  • Avoid contractions, slang, and abbreviations
  • The concluding ‘action point’ paragraph states what you want the recipient to do
  • The formal ending, such as Yours Sincerely or Yours Faithfully

A Note on Salutations

If the student knows the intended recipient’s name, start with Dear Mr. / Mrs Surname and end with Yours Sincerely. If they don’t know the recipient’s name, start with Dear Sir / Madam and end with Yours Faithfully.

Use of Rhetorical Devices

As mentioned, formal letter writing focuses on attempting to convince someone to take some course of action or other. To do this, it is helpful to employ some rhetorical devices to make the writing more persuasive . Some useful techniques to encourage your students to employ include:

Direct Address: Using the pronoun ‘you’ in a formal letter makes the reader feel that you are speaking directly to them. This helps to engage the reader and encourage them to continue reading the letter.

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Emotive Language: Where students are trying to convince the reader to take a course of action, the use of emotive language can often be a powerful tool. Students can use either positive or negative colored words to create the desired response in the reader.

Facts and Figures: Another way to persuade and convince is to employ facts and figures to support the points made in the letter.


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How to write an informal letter

Common features of informal letters:.

There are far fewer rules to follow when writing an informal letter, but there are still some practical guidelines to follow that will prove helpful for students engaged in writing informally.

As with any piece of writing, it is important to consider who the audience is and the reason for writing in the first place. In particular, this will help decide the tone and the language register. The more intimate the relationship, the more informal the language can be.

Though the letter will be informal, it will still have a purpose. Information should still be organized into paragraphs, as would be done with a formal, more ‘official’ letter. Students sometimes struggle with this aspect, as they often conflate ‘informal’ with ‘disorganized.’ Making them plan their informal letter before writing can help ensure it is sufficiently organized.


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Informal letters will start with a greeting appropriate to how close the relationship is. For acquaintances, this may be ‘Dear Tom,’ (using the first name instead of the surname) to a very informal ‘Hi Jane,’. Don’t forget the comma after the name!

After the greeting, a general opening sentence should follow. Usually, this will be something like a ‘How are you?’ or a ‘How have you been?’. If the recipient is married or has kids, you may wish to ask how their spouse or children are.

Next, students should state the reason for writing. The language should be open and friendly in tone and, in contrast to the formal letter, colloquial language, idiomatic expressions, and contractions are perfectly okay and even desirable.

Just as the opening salutation to an informal letter is much more relaxed, so too will the closing salutation. There are many possibilities for the students to choose here, and their decision will depend on who they are writing to and their personal preferences. Some examples of possible closings include ‘Love’, ‘Best regards’, ‘All the best’, and ‘Thanks’.


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The most effective way for students to internalize all the features of letter writing, formal or informal, is to gain experience by writing various letters for differing purposes. The following activities offer some suggestions for students to get practising today:


Have students write as if they were a character from a piece of fiction you have been reading in class. Choosing a dramatic point in the plot , ask students to imagine they are one of the characters writing a letter to another character in the story. This writer may be either formal or informal, depending on the scenario presented. This will give students realistic letter-writing practice while also getting them to engage closely with the text and respond imaginatively to its themes.


Either offer a range of possible life predicaments or cut out the questions from the ‘agony aunt’ page of a local newspaper. Students must write back offering advice in response to the predicaments expressed in the question or predicament. The response should be written in full letter format. This activity also lends itself to several variations. The response may be written to a close friend, for example, or written from the perspective of a professional agony aunt employing a more formal tone and presentation.


Have students think of their favorite candy bar or clothing item. Encourage them to imagine they have bought this product lately and found it to be substandard. Students must write a formal letter of complaint to the manufacturer outlining their complaint and recommending a course of action to satisfactorily resolve that complaint. They must use all the features of a formal letter as outlined above.

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  • Write in pencil or a calligraphy pen,
  • screw them up tightly and carefully unfold and flatten.
  • Lightly dab coffee stains over the paper to make it look aged.
  • Carefully singe or burn the edges of your paper.
  • Add some sepia-filtered photos for effect.


As students become more confident in their understanding of letter-writing formats, encourage them to exchange letters with each other for peer assessment. You may wish to provide them with a checklist of features to look for while reading over their partner’s work.

Letter-writing can also be a great way to partner up with schools overseas; often, children studying English as a second language will be delighted to receive letters from (and write to) students in English-speaking countries. And though email increasingly encroaches on the traditional territory of the letter, many of the skills garnered in the practice of letter writing are transferable to the modern manifestation. There is ample opportunity here to link letter-writing learning with approaches to writing emails too.

Letter-writing can provide a focus for a wide range of learning objectives while also teaching students valuable practical skills that will serve them well beyond their school years, both in their personal and work lives. And who knows, perhaps in years to come, one of the letters your student writes in your class may become a treasured keepsake in someone’s bedside drawer.




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Easy Traditional Origami Letter Fold

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A traditional origami letter fold makes an interesting six-sided shape that can be used as an envelope. Alternatively, you can write your note directly on the paper and use the origami letter fold to make the letter its own envelope.

This origami requires one sheet of rectangular paper, so you can use letter paper, A4 paper, or just paper ripped out from a notepad. The A4 size we use results in a letter that is 14.8 x 10.5 centimeters.

1. Start with the white side or writing side of your paper facing up.

2. Fold the paper in half from left to right and then unfold back to the start.

3. Now you can fold the top right corner down diagonally, lining it up with the central crease you just made.

4. Fold the bottom left corner up diagonally again, lining it up with the central crease.

Make sure these folds are nice and neat, or you'll end up with some of the writing showing up in the middle.

5. Fold the bottom section up, aligning it with the bottom of the flap above.

6. Repeat the last step on the top section.

7. Fold the bottom right corner up to meet the top.

8. Put the end of the flap underneath the top section.

9. Bring the top left corner down, aligning with the bottom edge.

10. Again, put the flap underneath the little triangle there.

Now it's finished. You can turn it over and use the plain side to write a name or message.

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10 Creative Ideas for the Best Family Christmas Letter Ever

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Are you tired of dry, boring and braggy family Christmas letters? I will never forget the most real and creative family Christmas letter when a friend announced her divorce.

Many of the single moms and dads I’ve talked to tell me that the first year after their break up it is really hard to write the family Christmas letter. Many of us just don’t write a Christmas letter the first year, some of us send out cards and others it takes years if we ever get back to sending out Christmas cards and writing a Christmas letter.

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Most Creative Christmas Letter Ever

One year I got a Christmas letter that shattered my expectations of a sweet family Christmas letter. It started out as expected. I opened her Christmas letter and saw a lovely picture of her happy smiling family. Then I turned to her letter. The headings were the good, the bad the ugly.

The good started out with all her family’s expected wins. She talked about the wonderful vacation where the picture was taken, her daughters gymnastic accomplishments, her son’s hockey wins, her thriving career and her husband’s promotion.

Then her letter got real . The bad news was my husband has taken a job and relocated. 

Then she shared the ugly news. Things just didn’t feel right to me and after considering several strange occurrences I knew my life was not what I thought it was. So when he said he would be gone on a work trip for several days I hired a private investigator. I decided to file for divorce when the investigator sent me a picture of my husband with his mistress young enough to be our daughter. They were quite surprised when the PI introduced himself. 

I was shocked. She later confessed that only about 3 of us got this Christmas letter. The rest of her Christmas list got a more normal version. She had a way of telling the story that made me laugh, cry and reach out to offer her support.

You don’t have to be that real, but it was a refreshing change of pace.

Creative Family Christmas Letter Ideas

1. the good, the bad, the ugly.

You don’t have to be quite as real as my friend, but even a little bad and ugly is more real-life than everything sounding like your life is rainbows and unicorns.

2. Monthly Highlights

One place we lived we got to know a family who had made their acreage into a virtual nature preserve. Along with the highlights of what the kids were doing, they included the first snow and different birds and animals they saw each month. Their Christmas letter was like a little piece of that place coming to visit when we got it.

3. Top 10 List

This keeps the letter short and lets you share the highlights without being too wordy.

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4. Family Favorites

I have a friend who used to share each family members favorite food, favorite book, and favorite activity. It was fun to see how the kids’ favorites things changed as they grew up. I stole this idea for a few years. It was a way to share the kid’s personalities with my extended family who lives far away.

5. Written by the Family Cat, Dog or Fish

I think this could be really a fun creative way to share what is going on in your family.

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6. Written by New Baby or Toddler

I did the kids’ birth announcements this way. My oldest spent his first 6 1/2 weeks in the NICU so he wrote a letter when he got home telling about how harrowing his first 6 weeks were and how glad he was to finally be home. When his brother arrived I wrote the letter from his 2 1/2 year old perspective.

It would be fun to write a Christmas letter from the perspective of a baby trying to figure out his new family or a toddler being promised a brother to play with, but all he does is eat, cry and take up all of mom and dad’s time. 

7. Written by Your Teenager

I loved the Christmas letter I got from a friend’s teenage daughter that started with how busy her mom and dad were and because of that if the Christmas letter was going to get out this year the job fell to her. She filled us in on her life and almost as an afterthought mentions what her brother has been up to.

8. A Rhyming Poem

I think this is a lovely idea and I have a friend who does a lengthy poem in the style of the Night Before Christmas every year about all her family’s accomplishments. We all look forward to reading her creation. Honestly, I am no good at poetry so this will never be my choice, but it is creative.

9. Christmas Shape

You could do your Christmas letter with bullet points and made it in the shape of a tree, star or snowman.

10. Pictures with captions

If you have some fun pictures of the year try a photo collage with captions. A picture really can be worth a thousand words.

Best Tips for Meaningful Family Christmas Letters

Include a photo family extended family and friends from the past enjoy seeing how the children are growing. I have an in-town friend whose daughter-in-law is starting a photography business and she has the most lovely family pictures on her Christmas cards with her kids and grandkids. I always love it.

We all love to see a photo of the kids, but share photos sparingly so that they fit on one page and are large enough your friends and family can actually identify your children in the photos. Four carefully selected photos with captions says way more than 30 tiny photos where I need a magnifying glass to identify people.

Keep your letter short about a page long. Everyone is busy at Christmas. Do something a little out of the ordinary or unexpected like one of the ideas above. I’d love to hear about a creative family Christmas letter you’ve received or sent. 

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Cover letters are your employer’s first introduction to you as an individual. Your cover letter touches on your interest in the job, the company, and what skills you possess that make you ideal for the position. Your letter will tell the hiring manager a bit about yourself, as well, such as what passions outside of work drive you.

In that regard, it makes sense to be a bit creative with your cover letter to make it feel like you and to catch the hiring manager’s attention. If you’re considering writing a creative cover letter, or wondering if creative cover letters catch an employer’s attention, then keep reading.

Key Takeaways:

Hiring managers can read through dozens of cover letters in a day, so making sure yours stands out is key to getting an invitation to interview .

A creative cover letter helps grab the reader ’s attention by doing something different, whether that’s done visually or through the written content.

Before submitting a creative cover letter, research the company to look for any guidelines and make sure your letter matches the company culture.

Remember that creative cover letters won’t be well received by everyone.

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Creative cover letters are exactly what they sound like — a cover letter that’s outside the norm. There aren’t any particular guidelines as to what makes a creative cover letter — it is creative, after all — meaning that there are many ways for you to make your letter stand out.

Cover letters can be creative in a number of ways, such as:

Format. If you’re being creative with your cover letter, you don’t have to follow the standard format. Putting things in a different order, adding color or pictures, or formatting the letter differently are things that’ll make it stand out from the crowd. This can be anything from bullet points to a different size margin.

Just be aware that throwing the rules out entirely can be confusing, so be careful how you go about it.

Personalization. All cover letters talk a bit about your passions or interests. But a creative cover letter can add anecdotes, asides, or references to your favorite books or movies.

Informality. Having a conversational tone is atypical for cover letters, but it’s the sort of thing that will really appeal to certain company cultures.

Humor. Adding humor can be a huge boon to cover letters. The trick is making sure that the jokes land, which isn’t easy in writing. But so long as you don’t go do anything controversial or embarrassing, the attempt will likely be appreciated.

Graphics. You can add pictures, graphics, drawings, or charts to your cover letter. There are only certain instances where this is applicable, but if you’re applying for a graphic arts or drawing position, including something you designed in your cover letter shows them your skills right away.

Audio. It’s also possible to add audio to your cover letter if it’s electronic (which most are).

Creative cover letters tend to work best with creative industries, such as:


Graphic design


A creative cover letter isn’t going to follow the same rules as a standard cover letter, meaning that it’ll take more thought and effort to write. As you’re doing something nonstandard, your letter is more likely to be scrutinized, which means that you have to be sure that you write the absolute best cover letter you can.

Research the company. If you’re thinking about changing the design to be more creative than the standard header and content format, make sure that your creative cover letter will be well-received. Some professions are stricter and want to see your skills, experience, and qualifications instead of your creativity.

In these cases, it’s best to stick with a classic cover letter with just a professional header and you can get more creative in the body of your letter .

Choose your format. In industries where creativity is encouraged and a good way to attract attention, you can play with the layout, design, and color scheme. The sky’s the limit and you can get super creative.

You just have to make sure that your cover letter is legible and communicates all of your skills and experience. If you’re getting creative, try matching your cover letter to your resume , website, or portfolio . Use the same color scheme or design across all of your application materials so your submissions are easily identifiable and cohesive.

If you’d rather leave your cover letter looking traditional and just spice up the content, there are plenty of ways to make your writing engaging. Improving your writing and adding a little extra flair can liven up your cover letter, making it exciting for the reader.

Take advantage of your first paragraph. The first sentence is most important, and you can leave it at just a creative first sentence if you don’t want to be too outside the norm. However, your first paragraph is where you can be enthusiastic and creative, all while tying it into the skills required for the job.

You can’t just write anything. It’s important that whatever anecdote, joke, or observation you start with is relevant to the job that you’re applying for.

Tell them why you are interested in the company. One way to get creative is to research the company and find interesting facts or stories that you connect with, then mention them in your cover letter.

Include things about where your interests intersect or why you love that company in particular. Some examples include charities that you’re both passionate about or how the organization has made an impact on your life.

Highlight your accomplishments. You might have an achievement that you’re especially proud of or is particularly relevant to the position you’re applying for.

If that’s the case, leading with that might be a good way to capture your reader’s attention right from the beginning.

Proofread and edit. As this letter is going to be non-standard, it’s especially important you don’t have any errors. You don’t want the recipient thinking that you’re just unaware of cover letter standards, or feel that the rules don’t apply to you.

Reread the letter to make sure the point you want to get across lands. It’s best to have someone that you trust read the letter for you as well, just to make sure it works.

While writing a creative cover letter is in many ways similar to writing a standard one, there are some tips to make it more engaging. The trick to a creative cover letter is to make it stand out, and unique cover letters get noticed. It’s important to try to put your personality into the letter, as that’s what you’re really selling: yourself.

Show off your passions. If you love your career path or you’re super excited for the position you’re applying to, let it be known!

Sharing your genuine excitement and passion for a field, industry, or job is a good way to show your dedication, expertise, and engagement.

Create a story. Your cover letter doesn’t just have to be a dry walkthrough of your professional life and achievements.

Include a belief statement. Like a goal or objective on a resume , a belief statement on your cover letter can give hiring teams a one sentence overview of who you are and what you want to achieve.

It’s a great place to write about yourself and align with a company’s values or goals to show that you’ve done your research and you’d be a good culture fit.

Mention a network connection. If you have a friend who already works at the company or got a referral from someone in your network, you should add that to your cover letter . That shows that you already know people at the company and they could vouch for you.

Connections at companies can be extremely useful, so try networking and seeing where you can find connections.

Proofread. Before submitting your cover letter, make sure you are rereading to look for any spelling or grammar errors. You can even have someone else look over it to catch anything you might have missed. It can look unprofessional to send in a letter with errors in it.

Tailor your cover letter. Make sure you are tailoring your letter to each job. Hiring managers can tell when you send in the same cover letter. Make sure to include the company name and the recruiter’s name if you found it. It can also be a good idea to include any keywords from the job listing or company website.

As the definition of a creative cover letter is so broad, it can be difficult to picture what is meant by that. Remember that while this is a creative exercise these are still business letters, so you can’t completely throw all the rules out the window. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t write up a fun cover letter and get a job with it.

Some people may say that I’m crazy for quitting my real estate job and going to culinary school, but those people have never tasted my signature pasta alla vodka. My unique career journey positions me perfectly to manage ABC Restaurant as they franchise and expand, while keeping the quality of service consistent.
As the recipient of the American Financial Technology “Most Cutting-Edge IT Initiative” award, I’m always ready to bring my best, most creative ideas to whatever IT project I’m tackling. I’m committed to staying up-to-date with industry trends and bringing that knowledge and expertise to share with all of my colleagues when we tackle projects.
When I noticed that ABC Company donates 10% of its profits to the ASPCA, I knew that I had to apply for this position. I care deeply about animal welfare causes and even spend my free time volunteering with the ASPCA. Being able to work at an organization that gives back to a group I support while allowing me to grow professionally is an opportunity that I cannot pass up.
As an accountant , I believe that everyone should know how to manage their finances responsibly. I do not just analyze and watch over my clients’ finances, but teach them how to be financially responsible so they can make informed decisions about their money.
When I was a kid, I lived at the movie theater. I would always see new movies as soon as they came out and kept going back to see everything again. Since then, I’ve worked to fit my love of movies and skill as a writer to find a career in media journalism. This position writing for the culture section of XYZ Magazine is the perfect opportunity for me to contribute to an iconic publication while bringing my personal passions into my professional life.
You’re looking for a social media savvy content marketer ? Look no further, I’m right here. I have grown Instagram accounts by 5000+ followers, created dedicated TikTok audiences, and ran Facebook ads with 200% ROI in the last year alone and I’m excited to beat those stats with ABC Company.
Thanks to my former colleague, Jane Doe, I heard of an opening for a PR Director at your company and was immediately intrigued. Jane has nothing but great things to say about your company and once I saw the job description, I knew it would be a perfect fit.
I have been constantly refreshing XYZ Company’s careers page since I found out about their mission to support local nonprofits with innovative tech. When I finally saw a job posting that happened to be in my industry, I applied immediately. I admire XYZ’s mission and I believe my enthusiasm for web development and your mission will make me the perfect fit for the Full Stack Developer position.
If you’ve seen my resume , you know that I’m not exactly qualified for the business analyst position. But what you can’t see from my resume is my dedication to teaching myself the ins and outs of the industry in my spare time or the endless networking I’ve done to understand the role of a business analyst . Here’s why I’m uniquely positioned to wow you as your newest business analyst.
I believe that every business has a valuable service to provide, it’s just about finding the perfect audience for it. As a marketer , I love tackling the “hard to sell” businesses and flipping around their branding and messaging until they’re profitable.

What should a creative cover letter include?

A creative cover letter should include a standard heading but a unique body paragraph. A standard header is important for professionalism, but the body of the letter should be an interesting way of introducing your skills and accomplishments.

How do I make my cover letter unique?

You can make your cover letter unique by adding relevant personal touches. For example, telling a brief story about how and why you left your real-estate job to pursue culinary school can speak to your passion and willingness to learn.

Plus, such an opening is unexpected and clever. What restaurant would expect you to talk about real estate? But, that makes you a more unique and memorable candidate.

How do you end a creative cover letter?

The best way to end your creative cover letter is through charming confidence. Briefly summarize why you’re the best candidate for the job, and thank the employer for their time.

Are creative cover letters effective?

Yes, creative cover letters are effective. For example, up to 83% of hiring managers say that a great cover letter could convince them to schedule an interview with an applicant.

And a creative cover letter makes you even more memorable, which will make it far easier to land an interview.

Should you have a creative cover letter for a creative industry?

It isn’t required that your cover letter be creative if you’re applying for a creative job, but that’s where a creative cover letter is most likely to be effective. It’s important to consider the company culture before deciding what kind of cover letter to write. There are many businesses that have creative jobs — like graphic design — that aren’t inherently creative industries.

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The Most Swoon-worthy Love Letters of All Time

From Barack Obama to Virginia Woolf, these sweet-talkers might just inspire you to write a love letter of your own.

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True, it’s not often that we sit down, pull out the fountain pen, spritz some perfume on a scroll, and start dashing off curlicued missives to our dearly beloved , but we are still finding ways to put our hearts on the page. Some may take a more conventional approach (see: John Legend ’s tear-jerking letter to his wife of over a decade, Chrissy Teigen , on the way their relationship has changed with the years), while others have added their own modern spin to the classic form (see: Lizzo, natch). Read on—and write your own.

1. Best letters of feverish young love

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Before he was an American president, a bestselling author , a Time magazine Person of the Year, and (perhaps most impressively) the husband of Michelle , Barack Obama was a gawky young college student—and he was smitten . In the series of letters he wrote to his then-girlfriend Alexandra McNear between 1982 to 1984, we see a side of the former president that didn’t make it into Dreams from My Father or onto the campaign podiums: a side that is self-conscious (referring to himself as “a blathering chump”) and, at some points, downright corny (“My concern for you is as wide as the air, my confidence in you as deep as the sea, my love rich and plentiful”). It’s nice to know that even the greatest minds can go mushy under the weight of young love!

A line you should steal: I trust the strength of our relationship enough that I can show myself with curlers in my hair, my will sapped, my confidence shaken, a bit peevish perhaps, a bit dull.

2. Best letter of enduring love

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“I don’t love you like I used to” doesn’t seem like the best way to start out a love letter to your wife of more than 10 years. Indeed, the sentence certainly made Chrissy Teigen raise an eyebrow when she read it on the track list for his album Legend . But in the intimate missive that kicks off the heart-stopping 2023 anthology Black Love Letters , John Legend makes it clear that it’s a good thing for love to change. To the then-pregnant Teigen, he writes, “I needed to tell you how proud I am of how we’ve grown together, how we’ve challenged and taught each other, how our love has evolved into something we never could have imagined when we first met. I don’t love you like I used to.” Too often, we idealize the early days of love with all the palm-sweating and butterflies and anxiety and high drama. Here Legend makes the perfect case for the slow burn: a love that includes household chores, Real Housewives, earth-shattering loss , mutual respect, and—thankfully— a whole lot of change. May we all be so lucky!

A line you should steal: If ever I am strong for you, it’s because I’ve witnessed the strength you already have inside yourself…. Like life, your spirit is persistent.

3. Best letters of brotherly love

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You don’t have to be an art historian to know that Vincent van Gogh, painter of The Starry Night, had some serious demons—but he also had a brother, Theo, who loved him: fiercely, unconditionally, and unpityingly. That love is captured, achingly, in the brothers’ near-constant written correspondence; of the 820 letters by Vincent collected in Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum , 651 are addressed to Theo.

Today recognized as one of the most brilliant painters of all time, Vincent van Gogh spent his life in poverty and obscurity; he famously severed his own ear, spent years of his life in mental institutions, and died—likely by suicide—at the age of 37. In the eyes of Theo van Gogh, however, Vincent was always a genius. More than that, he was an older brother, and Theo looked up to Vincent, throughout his struggles, with the unabashed pride and admiration familiar to all younger siblings. On the day that his only child was born, Theo writes to tell his brother that he named him Vincent with the “wish that he may be as determined and as courageous as you.”

The world would never know and love Vincent van Gogh if Vincent van Gogh did not know and love Theo, who encouraged his brother to become a painter, tirelessly promoted his work, and offered financial and emotional support to the artist throughout his life. Though Vincent expresses guilt, many times, for his reliance on his younger brother, Theo won’t hear of it: “You’ve given it back to me several times over, both by your work and by a brotherly affection which is worth more than all the money I’ll ever possess.”

A line you should steal: May our love for one another only increase as we get older. I’m so happy that we have so much in common.

4. Best letters of writerly love

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If you are looking for a cute, low-stakes way to let your special someone know you are thinking of them, consider taking a page out of the novelist Vita Sackville-West ’s book. “I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia,” Sackville-West wrote to Virginia Woolf in 1926 while vacationing in Milan, the first separation the lovers had endured since their all-consuming affair began. Five years before Sackville-West penned that panting missive, lawmakers voted to criminalize sexual acts "of gross indecency” between women (male homosexuality was already criminalized in Britain), but it never became law out of fear that it might advertise the possibility of same-sex exploration to delicate ladies—as we certainly could never have dreamed of the idea on our own! This failure of the male imagination left Sackville-West and Woolf—both of whom were married to men throughout their affair—in a convenient gray area as lesbian lovers, a position they exploited luxuriantly. Both writers and poets, many of their exchanges are gorgeously lyrical and pulse-quickeningly touching (from Woolf: “Yes yes yes I do like you. I am afraid to write the stronger word”), but a few are downright steamy. Take, for example, Sackville-West’s cheeky line “I regret that you have been in bed, though not with me.” If that’s not the 1930s equivalent of a sext, we don’t know what is.

A line you should steal : You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it....

5. Best self-love letter

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We all know we need to prioritize “ self-love ,” but what exactly does that look like? If we’re not careful, it can end up looking like a chore—something approaching a New Year’s resolution to eat more kale. Lizzo’s 2019 ballad “ Soulmate ” reminds us that self-love is not about optimization or hollow affirmations but about romance, with all its indulgence, care, and (yes!) great sex. Self-love means “flowers every Sunday,” wining and dining yourself, and knowing, when you look in the mirror, just how lucky you are to be able to say, “Damn, she’s the one.”

A line you should steal: I’m my own soulmate/I know how to love me/I know that I’m always gonna hold me down.

Charley Burlock is the Associate Books Editor at Oprah Daily where she writes, edits, and assigns stories on all things literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from NYU, where she also taught undergraduate creative writing. Her work has been featured in the Atlanti c , the Los Angeles Review , Agni , the Apple News Today podcast, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book about collective grief (but she promises she's really fun at parties). 

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In Word, you can create a form that others can fill out and save or print.  To do this, you will start with baseline content in a document, potentially via a form template.  Then you can add content controls for elements such as check boxes, text boxes, date pickers, and drop-down lists. Optionally, these content controls can be linked to database information.  Following are the recommended action steps in sequence.  

Show the Developer tab

In Word, be sure you have the Developer tab displayed in the ribbon.  (See how here:  Show the developer tab .)

Open a template or a blank document on which to base the form

You can start with a template or just start from scratch with a blank document.

Start with a form template

Go to File > New .

In the  Search for online templates  field, type  Forms or the kind of form you want. Then press Enter .

In the displayed results, right-click any item, then select  Create. 

Start with a blank document 

Select Blank document .

Add content to the form

Go to the  Developer  tab Controls section where you can choose controls to add to your document or form. Hover over any icon therein to see what control type it represents. The various control types are described below. You can set properties on a control once it has been inserted.

To delete a content control, right-click it, then select Remove content control  in the pop-up menu. 

Note:  You can print a form that was created via content controls. However, the boxes around the content controls will not print.

Insert a text control

The rich text content control enables users to format text (e.g., bold, italic) and type multiple paragraphs. To limit these capabilities, use the plain text content control . 

Click or tap where you want to insert the control.

Rich text control button

To learn about setting specific properties on these controls, see Set or change properties for content controls .

Insert a picture control

A picture control is most often used for templates, but you can also add a picture control to a form.

Picture control button

Insert a building block control

Use a building block control  when you want users to choose a specific block of text. These are helpful when you need to add different boilerplate text depending on the document's specific purpose. You can create rich text content controls for each version of the boilerplate text, and then use a building block control as the container for the rich text content controls.

building block gallery control

Select Developer and content controls for the building block.

Developer tab showing content controls

Insert a combo box or a drop-down list

In a combo box, users can select from a list of choices that you provide or they can type in their own information. In a drop-down list, users can only select from the list of choices.

combo box button

Select the content control, and then select Properties .

To create a list of choices, select Add under Drop-Down List Properties .

Type a choice in Display Name , such as Yes , No , or Maybe .

Repeat this step until all of the choices are in the drop-down list.

Fill in any other properties that you want.

Note:  If you select the Contents cannot be edited check box, users won’t be able to click a choice.

Insert a date picker

Click or tap where you want to insert the date picker control.

Date picker button

Insert a check box

Click or tap where you want to insert the check box control.

Check box button

Use the legacy form controls

Legacy form controls are for compatibility with older versions of Word and consist of legacy form and Active X controls.

Click or tap where you want to insert a legacy control.

Legacy control button

Select the Legacy Form control or Active X Control that you want to include.

Set or change properties for content controls

Each content control has properties that you can set or change. For example, the Date Picker control offers options for the format you want to use to display the date.

Select the content control that you want to change.

Go to Developer > Properties .

Controls Properties  button

Change the properties that you want.

Add protection to a form

If you want to limit how much others can edit or format a form, use the Restrict Editing command:

Open the form that you want to lock or protect.

Select Developer > Restrict Editing .

Restrict editing button

After selecting restrictions, select Yes, Start Enforcing Protection .

Restrict editing panel

Advanced Tip:

If you want to protect only parts of the document, separate the document into sections and only protect the sections you want.

To do this, choose Select Sections in the Restrict Editing panel. For more info on sections, see Insert a section break .

Sections selector on Resrict sections panel

If the developer tab isn't displayed in the ribbon, see Show the Developer tab .

Open a template or use a blank document

To create a form in Word that others can fill out, start with a template or document and add content controls. Content controls include things like check boxes, text boxes, and drop-down lists. If you’re familiar with databases, these content controls can even be linked to data.

Go to File > New from Template .

New from template option

In Search, type form .

Double-click the template you want to use.

Select File > Save As , and pick a location to save the form.

In Save As , type a file name and then select Save .

Start with a blank document

Go to File > New Document .

New document option

Go to File > Save As .

Go to Developer , and then choose the controls that you want to add to the document or form. To remove a content control, select the control and press Delete. You can set Options on controls once inserted. From Options, you can add entry and exit macros to run when users interact with the controls, as well as list items for combo boxes, .

Adding content controls to your form

In the document, click or tap where you want to add a content control.

On Developer , select Text Box , Check Box , or Combo Box .

Developer tab with content controls

To set specific properties for the control, select Options , and set .

Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each control that you want to add.

Set options

Options let you set common settings, as well as control specific settings. Select a control and then select Options to set up or make changes.

Set common properties.

Select Macro to Run on lets you choose a recorded or custom macro to run on Entry or Exit from the field.

Bookmark Set a unique name or bookmark for each control.

Calculate on exit This forces Word to run or refresh any calculations, such as total price when the user exits the field.

Add Help Text Give hints or instructions for each field.

OK Saves settings and exits the panel.

Cancel Forgets changes and exits the panel.

Set specific properties for a Text box

Type Select form Regular text, Number, Date, Current Date, Current Time, or Calculation.

Default text sets optional instructional text that's displayed in the text box before the user types in the field. Set Text box enabled to allow the user to enter text into the field.

Maximum length sets the length of text that a user can enter. The default is Unlimited .

Text format can set whether text automatically formats to Uppercase , Lowercase , First capital, or Title case .

Text box enabled Lets the user enter text into a field. If there is default text, user text replaces it.

Set specific properties for a Check box .

Default Value Choose between Not checked or checked as default.

Checkbox size Set a size Exactly or Auto to change size as needed.

Check box enabled Lets the user check or clear the text box.

Set specific properties for a Combo box

Drop-down item Type in strings for the list box items. Press + or Enter to add an item to the list.

Items in drop-down list Shows your current list. Select an item and use the up or down arrows to change the order, Press - to remove a selected item.

Drop-down enabled Lets the user open the combo box and make selections.

Protect the form

Go to Developer > Protect Form .

Protect form button on the Developer tab

Note:  To unprotect the form and continue editing, select Protect Form again.

Save and close the form.

Test the form (optional)

If you want, you can test the form before you distribute it.

Protect the form.

Reopen the form, fill it out as the user would, and then save a copy.

Creating fillable forms isn’t available in Word for the web.

You can create the form with the desktop version of Word with the instructions in Create a fillable form .

When you save the document and reopen it in Word for the web, you’ll see the changes you made.


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