How to write a postcard

Writing in Postcards Simple!

  1. Put the date. (Optional. Post office would normally put a date stamp on it upon sending.)
  2. Greetings.
  3. Your message. Just write one or two sentences. Not too personal. Remember, your postcard will be exposed to public.
  4. Closing.
  5. Write AIRMAIL. To make sure that it’ll be sent via Air not Sea! Sometimes via Sea or Surface Mail takes longer to be received by the recipient.
  6. Recipient’s name and COMPLETE address. Don’t forget the Zip Code.
  7. C O U N T R Y. A lot of senders forget to write the country of the recipient. This is very important.

You may also read how I sent postcards to my friends while traveling in Japan.

1. Buy a Card

You definitely need something to write on and the variety of postcard choices is huge at any gift shop.

You definitely need something to write on and the variety of postcard choices is huge at any gift shop.

Choose the one that best serves your objective, depending on the holiday and the type of personal relationship you have with the recipient. Get a postcard that will make somebody laugh or cry. Touching or sentimental cards are great for your family members and loved ones.

3. Write an Introduction

Photo5_red_ribbonBegin your postcard message by including the date in the upper right of the note area. It will give the recipient an idea of when you sent the postcard – and believe me it may take time to arrive!

Don’t forget to address the person you are sending the postcard to.


    • Dear Katy
    • My dearest Katy
    • My darling
    • Beloved Aunt Katy

4. Make it Sweet and Personal

Don’t be stingy with writing warm wishes to your loved ones. Think of something special and meaningful to them, it will make your letter more personal and your recipients will appreciate that you devoted some time to remembering the moments you spent together.

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  • Happy Holidays!
  • I hope you have an unforgettable time this holiday!
  • Have the best holidays ever!
  • Wishing you and your lovely family happy holidays!
  • Thinking of you and wishing you wonderful holidays!
  • So glad we are family/friends and so thankful for all the great memories we share!
  • I am so grateful to have a friend like you these holidays and all year round!
  • One of the best parts of the holidays is getting together. Looking forward to catching up soon!
  • For me, there are no holidays without you! Can’t wait to see you all on the holidays!
  • Looking forward to having lots of fun together over the holidays!

5. Show Them That You Miss Them

Super smileAs my imaginary statistics shows, most of the postcards in the world are being sent to loved ones who are far, far away. So, including a part where you show how much you miss them is almost mandatory.

Here are some examples:

  • I wish you were here with me/us this holiday season!
  • Missing you so much this time of year! Wish we weren’t apart.
  • The holidays won’t feel the same without you here, but I wish you a wonderful holiday season in Canada!
  • We may not be together in person for the holidays, but you’ll be on my mind!
  • You know what would be the best holiday gift ever? You, of course! I miss you so much!

6. Close on a Warm Note

coffee steam 1A warm closing at the end of the letter is like butter for popcorn, i.e. it’s better to have it.

Choose the one you like:

  • Happy Holidays! (or Merry Christmas)
  • Best Wishes
  • Lots of Love!
  • Warmest Wishes for the holidays and always!
  • With love!
  • Hugs and Kisses
  • Love

8. Lick it and Send it

PostcardBefore dropping your postcard in the mail, make sure you’ve included the right number of postage stamps. If you are not sure how many stamps you need, ask someone at a nearby post office. For oversees cards you may need international postage.

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Regular post is not as fast as email or Facebook. If you want your friends and family to get their postcard on time plan in advance.

Alena Khabibullina

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