One of my favorite things about Bookstagram (among many favorite things) is the excuse it gives me to send books and letters to my bookish internet pals. Sometimes I pass along ARCs or books I’ve finished but don’t feel the need to keep. Sometimes I just send mail for fun — because who doesn’t love a snail mail pick-me-up? There is something extremely satisfying about sending (or receiving) an envelope from an internet friend. I chat about books with people from all over the world, and I doubt I’ll ever meet most of them in person, but an international stamp only costs $1.50, and letters allow us to connect in a different way.
A letter itself is always a delight, but a letter with a little gift tucked inside — a sticker, a bookmark, a pretty postcard — is even better. Whether I’m sending a note to say hey, or passing along a book I think someone is going to love, I like to include a little something extra. So here are 10 ideas for fun, simple, and inexpensive extras to send to all your bookish pals. Tuck in some stationery to make it easy for them to write back, some stickers, patches and pins for them to wear, or useful bookish accessories like pencils and tabs.
Who doesn’t love getting stationery in the mail? Send your pen pals some cards of their own so they can write you back! These sweet tea and books notecards come in packs of 30, so you can send them to lots of friends. $5
Postcards are another super fun thing to send in a letter! I love this pack of readers postcards from Bookishly. They feature lovely illustrations and quotes from readers about why they love books. This is the most expensive item on the list, but it’s a pack of 12, so it’ll last you a while! $15
Stickers are my favorite thing to send in the mail. This Read Books sticker is simple and to the point. It’s substantial enough to feel like a nice gift but not too pricey! $3
Another sticker option: sticker sheets! You can send a whole sheet to your favorite pen pal, or you can do what I do: cut the sheets up and send a few stickers to lots of people! This bundle comes with four sticker sheets full of cozy book and flower stickers. $12
Let your bookish pen pal know how much you appreciate them with a charming Bookish Besties bookmark! They come in sets of two, so you can even keep one for yourself. $7
Earrings are small enough to mail in an envelope and make a great birthday gift for all the jewelry lovers in your life! Step up your pen pal game with these simple and relatively inexpensive teardrop book earrings. $10
What book lover doesn’t love getting tabs in the mail? These sweet pastel book tabs come in an array of shapes and designs — animals, foods, flowers, desserts. They’re colorful and fun (I would be so delighted to open a letter and find these) and useful — the perfect pen pal gift. $3
Another fun gift for the annotating readers in your life — bookish pencils! These pastel pencils each have a book-related slogan printed on them, i.e. “Just one more chapter” and “Eat, Sleep, Read, Repeat.” They come in handy packs of five, so you can send one to all your bookish friends! $9
Are iron-on patches still a thing? I honestly don’t care, and I want to put this very relatable “I put my book down to be here” patch on everything! They come in a range of colors. $2-5
There are seemingly endless bookish enamel pins out there! I like this book worm pin; simple and to the point. Plus, it’s small enough that it won’t affect the postage when you go to mail your letter. $11