Staying in touch with people is an essential part of being human. Even people who are more introverted need to experience connections with others so that they don't get lonely. In the modern age, we often communicate using modern technology, from video calling to instant messaging. But does that mean that we should forget about how fun it can be to send and receive physical mail? It can be a fantastic way to keep in touch with people and it allows you to send things you can't send in an email or instant message. So how do you get started if you want to experience the joys of sending and receiving mail? Penpal letters can be a lot of fun.
Find a Penpal
Having someone to write to is your first step if you want to send and receive mail. You might already have a friend or family member you want to write to, especially if they live far away and you don't get to see them often. Perhaps you have an online friend who you feel safe swapping addresses with so you can send each other things. Alternatively, you might look for a penpal online and start making a new friend. You can find various websites and programs to help you find a penpal and write penpal letters.
Get Some Great Stationery
If you want to send some letters, you need some stationery to do it. Of course, you could just buy the most basic supplies for your letters. However, if you want to make them more special, you could invest in some nice paper and envelopes so that your letters look beautiful. You can even have your own paper printed or make your own by decorating it. As well as getting some pretty paper, you can also improve your letters by buying some quality pens. Postcards can be fun to send too if you just want to send a short message.
Make (or Buy) Some Gifts
Sending and receiving letters is enjoyable, but sending gifts can be too. Although you could just order something online to be delivered, it's often more personal if you send something yourself. It could be a handmade gift that you have created just for the person you are sending it to. Or it might be something that you've bought because you saw it and thought of them. Whether you buy something or make something, it can be a nice surprise to send someone for a special occasion or just because.
Follow the Rules
Whatever you send through the mail, make sure you follow the rules on how to send things. You need to attach the right postage and be sure you're not sending any forbidden items. If you're sending something internationally, there will be extra rules to follow too. Check if you need to have a customs form and how to fill it out, as well as what you can send into the country. It's also a good idea to check customs charges too if you want to avoid someone paying a large cost when a package arrives for them.
Experience the joy of sending and receiving mail by teaming up with someone – or just surprise someone by sending them something. Penpal letters can be a lot of fun and we hope you will give it a try.