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Holiday Shopping: Take note of stylish stationery

December 19, 2011 |  3:00 pm

Most people find it much easier to type and click their sentiments to friends and loved ones, rather than take a pen to paper. Understandable, but I will never stop sending handwritten notes — especially as thank-yous or just-thinking-of-yous (that is, of course, as long as there’s some way to get the letter sent, seeing as the U.S. Postal Service seems to have fallen on hard times).

Stationery also makes a stylish holiday gift and seems to be one of those things someone may not necessarily buy for themselves, but would definitely use if they had something chic and inspiring.

Here are a few favorite fashionable sets:

Oscar de la Renta stationery
Oscar de la Renta – Mrs. John L. Strong stationery. This recent collaboration (the collection just came out last week) has elegance written all over it. The creamy white card stock adorned with a delicate and feminine gold bow is perfect for the fashion lover on your list. Notecards in gift box with envelopes (set of 12). $125 at Oscar de la Renta stores and

Barneys Connor "Love Guns"
Connor “Love Guns” stationery. The cheeky design (of little gold guns shooting out XOXO) conveys affection without being overly saccharine and the cards can be sent for any occasion. Set of 12, $85. At Barneys NY, Beverly Hills and

Smythson Skull and Crossbone
Smythson Skull and Crossbone correspondence cards. Smythson is the go-to brand for fashion editors and insiders to jot down their show notes and predictions for the season. These skull and crossbone cards from the British company are edgy and work for a guy or girl. (set of 10) - $50 at

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Holiday Shopping: Cosmetics filled ornaments for the beauty lover on your list

Photos, from top: Oscar de la Renta & Mrs. John L Strong/Oscar de la Renta. Connor "Love Guns"/Barneys. Smythson Skull & Crossbone correspondence cards/Smythson.