We all know the importance and impact a handwritten note has, just like we know that homemade bread tastes better and hand-knitted socks are 10 times more comfortable. The trouble is, no one has time to find the perfect card-stock notepaper, wait for bread to rise or knit a heal flap and gusset. The answer is outsourcing, daaahling.
Good luck with your socks and bread, but these four online services will help you send what essentially looks like a handwritten note or card, lovingly composed from the comfort of your laptop.
Handiemail’s premise is delightfully simple. You type a letter, send it to Handiemail with the address of the recipient, fork over $9.95 and bingo! Within a couple of days your letter, handwritten on speciality paper and hand-addressed in a premium envelope with a first class stamp, is delivered.
You’ll get a photo of the letter and an email once it’s mailed out. The only thing Handiemail doesn’t do for you is seal it with a kiss. See the company’s cute promo video below.
Once you’ve decided on a card design, simply write the message you’d like to appear inside on white paper, snap it with your phone, upload it to the app and Inkly prints it out on premium card stock and sends it for you. iPad users can even write the address directly on the on-screen envelope.
Starting at just $2.99, you can send an elegant handwritten notecard via the Bond service, with a choice of five handwriting styles (including that of Nikola Tesla) to be delivered to the recipient in a suitably classy envelope.
However, the really exciting part of Bond’s business plan comes in for anyone with $500 to spare. This will buy you a visit to Bond HQ where staff will help you improve your own handwriting, and then save it to use on Bond products. This is because Bond’s handwritten cards are actually handwritten by its rather clever robot, which can emulate your handwriting to an apparently astonishing level of accuracy.
Write your message in the app, check out (prices start at $5) and let the firm’s “handwryting machines” pen your missive for you. The machines are crafty, too — there are multiple shapes of each letter to create what Handwrytten describes as “a truly organic effect.”