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Bad Penmanship? Send a Note Anyway!

With this app, let friends and family know you're thinking of them — without putting pen to paper

You can send a handwritten card from your smartphone, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas — or just because you feel like it.

Punkpost is an app that allows customers to choose a card, personalize a message, and then sit back and relax. There are options to add a photo and confetti to your card — and then it’s waiting in your loved one’s mailbox within 24 hours.

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Alexis “Lex” Morrison and Santiago Prieto are the husband-and-wife duo who created the company. While Prieto was traveling in Mexico on business, Morrison sent him a “good luck” card, which he found encouraging and touching.

But when Prieto tried to write back, he couldn’t pick a card he liked, their website explains. The cards were either too cheesy or not specific enough to convey his thanks, he felt. Even worse — he couldn’t find a pen.

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“The two decided the boutique card-store experience should be more accessible. So they quit their jobs and started building Punkpost.”

Now, they have handwriting, card, and message options — each one unique to its purpose.

“In this endless age of emails and texts, who doesn’t love a handwritten note? I’m obsessed.”

“They’ve each handwritten thousands of cards and have built a community of scriptists and artists,” their website says.

Each card is uniquely written by talented artists who capture the personality of the person “writing” the letter. Although it’s not the same as receiving a personal and genuine note from the sender — there’s still something terrific about receiving a note written by hand.

Using Punkpost is relatively inexpensive, considering the process. The company provides the first card for free; then each card costs $6.00. Adding a photo or confetti costs $1.50. For an international message, a shipping cost of $1.00 is added.

Those wishing to send a card online are unable to do so. The only option is to download the app, which is available for iPhones and Androids.

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Customers apparently love it. “Each post is basically a piece of art,” “Victoria,” a Punkpost user, said on the website. “Tons of care and thought goes into every. single. Card.”

It’s certainly a great way to remind friends and family that you’re thinking about them.

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“In this endless age of emails and texts, who doesn’t love a handwritten note? I’m obsessed,” another user said.

So grab your phone — and “write” that letter now.

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