The Good Web Guide rounds up the very best sites for personalised stationery...
There’s never a time during the year when a personalised stationery won’t come in handy, and dear readers there’s no better feeling than putting pen to paper on a piece of hand crafted card or paper with your insignia (or just your name) at the top. Oh how we miss the days of going back to school when we could raid the local branch of WHSmith for all those pads, pens and pencils. With our list of sites you can partake in the same glorious joie de vivre when these lovely packages drop through the letter box. And for those of you who are particularly environmentally friendly we’ve even included one site that doesn’t even require paper at all! Now that’s what we call forward thinking…
For the more traditional amongst you, Piccolo Press is a seriously weighty contendor in the personalised stationery market. Top quality is the number one priority at this luxe bastion of elegance (furnished with a royal warrant no less…) Don’t miss their beautiful book plates, a real addition to any literary gift. Their traditional methods (diestamping, engraving, blind embossing and plate stamping amongst others) are the crème de la crème of printing methods and ensure that your stationery will have a traditional feel that will make a beautiful addition to a whole host of mantle pieces… And GWG visitors can take advantage of a 10% discount on their first order placed, quoting code PPTGWG14 when requested.
This site comes highly recommended. How many times over the last few weeks have we turned to the brilliant Paperless Post to send a thank you card or invitation? And in the process saved ourselves time, money and the hassle of trekking to the post office. Choose from a wide range of free templates that are manna from design heaven. If you’re willing to spend a few pennies (credit comes in the form of coins and tokens) you can even upgrade your selection to include the seriously luxe designs (and enevlopes) that will have the recipients cooing with unreserved glee. This is one seriously well thought out site, with added green credentials...
No list of this nature would be complete without a nod to one of our favourite sites - Moo. Whether its business cards, stickers or labels you’re after this site represents serious quality and cutting edge design. If we had ten pence for every time someone has commented on our seriously swish business cards at a party, we’d be very rich in the GWG office! The young funky templates are a doddle to use and are perfectly in line with current trends. Value for money is where this site is at – plus they deliver within three to four days with their express option. Perfect for that last minute business trip you just about forgot you were taking…
Now for our secret find… This gorgeously designed site is a stationery addict’s dream. With its beautiful pastel interface hinting at the elegant delights in store, you can be sure to find something for all the important people in your life (you included). Endorsed by The Sunday Times Style Magazine (and for good reason) this company have put their all into bringing you possibly the widest range of personalised stationery on the web (and that’s no exagerration…) For the wine makers amongst you there are even personalised bottle labels, whilst a bespoke service allows you to provide your own artwork. All purchases are fully protected by a no risk guarantee – what more could we possibly ask for?
We love Paperplain – its gorgeously chic modern interface will guide you straight through to a wide range of classic and cutting edge designs printed on only the finest weightiest card. This company is the real deal. Spend £50 or more and receive a 10% discount, now there’s an offer worth shouting about… Planning a wedding this year? Don’t miss Paperplain’s sister company Wedding Writes, for some serious bride envy…
‘Uniquely personal’ is Heritage's tagline and we couldn’t agree more, because this simple beautiful site really is the doorway to all your stationery needs. Whether its thank you cards, invitations or wedding stationery you’re after, founder Zoe Joseph’s insightful company really does have all the angles covered. The range even includes funeral and bereavement cards (not easy to find) and a new range of monogrammed cards. Last but certainly not least don’t miss their bespoke tissue lined envelopes, the most luxe finishing touch we’ve come across yet…
Tartan & Zebra
This lifestyle and etiquette brand are passionate about 'the art of fine stationery as a unique way of expression’ - we couldn’t have put it better ourselves because their unique range of fine personalised stationery include exactly the kind of luxe products we rave about. This is one seriously cool design emporium with a wide range of top quality motif cards, thank you cards and invitations on offer, you won’t be pushed to find something for even the most tricky member of the family...
And last but certainly not least, no list would be complete without our new find Blush, with exactly the design ethos we most cherish, this clean modern site is home to a traditional letterpress printing service which can cater for print runs of any size. Whether its compliments slips, stickers or invitations you’re after Blush will have the most contemporary templates to hand as well as whole host of equally swish (and unpersonalised) designs that are made to impress with their simple unadorned style – just the kind we like…
20 March 2012