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Revive the lost art of the paper letter

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It's time, my friends: time to shut down your social media, disconnect and get real. Seriously, when was the last time you actually received a letter via snail mail? A letter, not a Christmas card or an invitation? I can tell you, it has been a long time for me. Too long. And when was the last time I took the time to write someone a letter just for the heck of it? And here I was considering myself a good friend. Time to be a great friend: I have just the things that will take you from mediocre communicator in 140 characters or less to the god/goddess of friendship.

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The Favorite Things notecard set by Kate Spade, $20; found at New Orientation (1400 Foothill Drive, No. 162, Foothill Village, 801-582-4462, NewOrientation.com). Since when did you go wrong with Kate Spade? Never—that's when. These whimsical cards are sure to draw as big a smile as the message you put inside.

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The Haute Papier selection (prices vary by quantity and style); found at The Write Image (2205 E. 2100 South, 801-485-1909, Twio.com) is sure to have something for every sensibility. While we're getting personal, I say go for a monogram or a nameplate and that will tell the recepient just who you are.

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The Bomo Art European style correspondence card set, $48; found at Tabula Rasa (330 Trolley Square, 801-575-5043, TabulaRasaStationers.com) is sure to set you apart. These beautiful cards hail from Budapest. You'll have a hard time keeping your focus in the midst of Tabula Rasa's impressive array of European stationery.

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But stationery is not all Tabula Rasa has to offer. It also has a plethora of pens, like the Cross Click gel ink pen ($27). And once you reach your correspondence Nirvana, you can head back and check out the selection of Montblancs—you will have earned it!

The pen is mightier than the keyboard, after all. So sit down and get to it!