martha brook the lovely letter exchange header

What is The Lovely Letter Exchange and how to get involved

Published 12 months ago. Estimated reading time: 5 minutes.

Feb 16

What’s better than receiving something lovely in the post?! Back by popular demand, we’re thrilled to announce The Lovely Letter Exchange is returning for a second time! Many of you said it was amongst the best things you did in 2021, so we are pleased to bring it back for another edition and spread some joy and kindness in the mail.

As it’s been a year since we first launched The Lovely Letter Exchange, we thought we’d take this opportunity to tell you a bit more about what it is, where the idea came from and how you can get involved! Read on for more!

What exactly is The Lovely Letter Exchange?

We launched The Lovely Letter Exchange last year in lockdown, where people could write a delightful letter and receive one in return from a total stranger! We wondered how we could spread some positivity and kindness when we were all feeling like we could do with a little pick-me-up. What better way to do that than by good old snail mail?! As stationery enthusiasts, it felt only natural for this initiative to be creative and paper-based and lo and behold…The Lovely Letter Exchange was born!

We were totally and utterly blown away when more than 350 people signed up last time from across the UK and around the world – the furthest letter coming from New Zealand! Seeing them all arrive back at our studio was the most wonderful feeling, but not as amazing as seeing the reaction when they landed back with you. As one person said, receiving their letter was “100% the best thing of 2021 so far”and another said, “it really lifted my mood and I will treasure it for a long time”. Since then, we’ve been inundated with requests to do it again!

martha brook the lovely letter exchange blog post envelopes letters post

Want to get involved this time? It’s easy…

1. Sign up!  

You can sign up to take part here! It’s £2 to take part wherever you are in the world, which covers the cost of the postage and admin our end.  (We send them from our studio!) We’ll also send you an email with all the need-to-know information, including hints and tips for writing your letter and the ‘theme’ in case you need it!

2. Write your lovely letter

It doesn’t need to be long… you could inspire others with an uplifting quote, draw something pretty or simply put pen to paper and write to your heart’s content! We’ve popped some ideas below to help inspire you.

martha brook the lovely letter exchange blog post envelope writing lettering
3. Pop your letter in the post to us

We’ll be sending all letters on from our studio, so no personal information needs to be exchanged! All letters need to arrive at our studio by the 8th March. You MUST pop your order number on the reverse of the envelope, just so you don’t receive your own letter! You can find your order number on your confirmation email that you’ll receive once you book on.

4. You’ll receive a lovely letter back! 💌

Who doesn’t love happy mail?!

martha brook the lovely letter exchange blog post pink envelopes calligraphy

Inspiration for your letter

As we are launching this Lovely Letter Exchange the same week as Random Acts of Kindness Day, our theme for this edition of the letter exchange is ‘kindness’. Whether that’s a happy little drawing someone can treasure, or a letter that’s written from the heart, we believe kindness costs nothing and that can brighten someone’s day. So, if when you go write your letter you’re feeling a little lost for words, try to think about the theme of kindness and hopefully that will help you on your way.  Take a read below to see what our team are going to be sending!

Edlyl – PR & Events Manager

I think mine will be about self kindness and talking about doing the things that make us not go on our phone or staying connected with people we love!

Lucy – Graphic Designer

I was thinking about doing a postcard with one of my favourite quotes on! A nice little card people can pop up and look at when they need a few kind words!

Hannah – Senior Product Developer

I like the idea of sending someone a ‘paper hug’, with some words or nice quotes reminding them that whatever they’re feeling is okay, especially since the world is still feeling a little bit strange!

Christie – Marketing Manager

In my letter, I’d love to list down a few kind things that people have been done for me recently. I think there’s such happiness in sharing how others have caused a positive impact to our days, even if that’s with the tiniest gesture!

Will you be taking part? Comment below if you did it last time of you are thinking of getting involved this time!

P.S. Want to make your letter look especially pretty? Why not join our Brush Lettering virtual workshop on 2nd March. Tickets are limited so grab your spot here.

Share this

Leave a comment

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
11 months ago

Fantastic idea, I will share it with others immediately!

11 months ago

Great idea! I write letters often, because there are folk on their own, who need to know they are thought of and loved. There are others going through tough times, and it matters to them, that they discover they are not alone. There are many reasons to write to someone, and hoping the recipient is happy to have had a ‘real’ letter through the door. It is not important that I know about it.