Why you should start sending note cards again | British GQ

Saturday, June 30 2018

Why you should start sending note cards again | British GQ

W hen was the last time you sent a note to say thank you? Today, with the ease of email, Whatsapp and text messaging, beautifully written note cards have been relegated to the realm of the telegram...or morse code. The thing is, nothing says 'thank you' with more clarity or elegance than a hand written notecard finished with your own personal monogram. It's a point on which we are firm, here at GQ and it's a point on which you should be too.
But where do we go to get ours? Well Papier does some seriously good personalised cards and we have a whole stash ready and waiting to send out. At just three years old, Papier has set the tone for other personalisation services. Having teamed up in the past with Burberry favourite Luke Edward Hall, the V&A and Desmond & Dempsey on exclusive collections, you can guarantee that these cards (printed on 324gsm Mohawk paper - that's proper quality) will get you firmly back in the good books.
Advertisement Here, to help you understand the importance of sending note cards (if we haven't pushed the point enough) is some wisdom from three men who know the incalculable value of sending a good note card:
Dylan Jones, Editor-in-Chief of British GQ :
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"There is simply no alternative to writing a thank you note. An email doesn’t suffice, and neither does a text. After all, if you’re going to do something, do it properly."
Daniel Marks, Director & Partner of The Communications Store:
Advertisement "From a very young age, handwritten thank you notes were a three line whip in my family. My mother insisted, we reluctantly submitted and those rules have stayed with me. I have three different note cards for different occasions – one from home, one from the office and one neutral card just with my name on them. I have a decent pen set aside and still have the dent in my right hand middle finger from school days writing long hand. I like the ritual of writing a personalised note and taking the time to thank someone is a mark of respect in my book. I think the act of writing is so much more personal and something that a text, email or Instagram post just doesn’t convey.”
James Massey, Director of the Massey Partnership:
"I think it’s so quick and easy to send a text, an instant message or an email to thank someone. But the fact it’s so quick and easy renders its somewhat meaningless. If someone has gone out of their way to do something for you, then it’s a sign of respect to take the time to thank them properly. I think hand-written notes and good manners are more important today than ever. It’s not old fashioned – it’s just considerate."
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