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Don’t Forget Your Mother


With the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo coming up this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, respectively), it’s easy to overlook that Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

Exactly 11 days around the corner, that is.

So before the juleps and margaritas set in, and it slips your mind to get a card for the woman who birthed you, we recommend you check out the selection at Terrapin Stationers. Perhaps you want to thank Mom for her genes. Or maybe you just want to tell her that she doesn’t suck. That’s your call. We just suggest that you do it on handsome, 70lb, beautifully engraved stock.

That way, she’ll have to forgive you for those angsty teenage years.

Winning Valentine’s Day: The Love Letter

  • Jason Wire

You know what the greatest Valentine’s gift of all time is? A fully loaded, pearl-white Ferrari made of roses.

But giving the same gift two years in a row would just be tacky. So this year you’re turning back the clock and winning Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way: by writing a thoughtful, heart-melting and perfectly legible love letter.

Herewith: the Kempt Guide to Writing a Goddamn Stupendous Love Letter.»

The Kempt Guide to Ensuring a Well-Attended Holiday Party

  • Najib Benouar

In the event that you’re romancing the idea of throwing a holiday party, you should plan on sending out invites by week’s end.

And since we’re here to help you win the holidays—this time, by filling your party with top-tier friends—we’d like to suggest putting pen to pad and sending real-life invites on honest-to-God flammable paper. (Stick with us here.)

The digital age has made it easy to ramble off a few nondescript lines and mass-message your nearest and dearest 437 online friends. But sitting down with a pen and pad should help give a more personal touch to each invitation, guaranteed to win over the people you really want to attend—and make you rethink the size of your guest list. (For party guests, like for most things, it’s best to favor quality over quantity.) And since there are a lot of competing festivities this time of year, you want anything that will give your party the edge. Like the tactile joy of engraved cardstock coupled with your finest handwritten bons mots. (Bonus points for cursive.)

And don’t think your cards have to be stamped with a Douglas fir just because it’s the holidays. A few Kempt-approved stationers to get you started, after the jump.»

The Thought That Counts

  • Najib Benouar

A quick reminder that Mother’s Day is next Sunday. If you weren’t just caught off guard by that revelation, you’re probably the type who’s already hunted down the perfect bauble or called in an order of her favorite scented lotion. Congrats, you’ve got “son of the year” in the bag, again. Everyone else: here’s your answer, courtesy of the renegade print-pressers at Terrapin Stationers. It’s tastefully engraved with a golden rose on the front flap, and your well-thought-out sentiments inside. Wrap up a bouquet to match, and don’t be late to brunch.

All of a sudden, you’re giving “son of the year” a run for his money.

The Three Best Kinds of Letter

The well-written letter is a rare thing these days. Blame Outlook or the US Mail, but somewhere along the way, we lost touch with the simple pleasures of a pen rambling over paper.

For the rest of the week, our brothers-in-arms at UrbanDaddy Perks can hook you up with some handsome stationery from Terrapin—but we’re more concerned about the inspiration. To that end, we’ve put together three of our favorite letters of all time, and how you can follow in their footsteps.

Three letters to write right now»



Here’s an alternative to the New Year’s mass text: the multiple choice card. The “Happy ____” version covers your holidays, while the “Congratulations” model works for anything from a new baby to a great hair day. Check any and all that apply.