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The 10 best stationery sets

Those thank-you letters won’t write themselves... Make the chore bearable with charming paper and cards


1. Jan Constantine

£15, janconstantine.com

Writing thank-you letters is a joy using this fabulous writing set, with the Jan Constantine iconic Union Jack and heart design.

2. Honey Tree

From £34, honeytreebespoke.com

Your only problem will be choosing from the dazzling array of children's and adults' designs.

3. Thursday Press

£12.50, theletteroom.com

Each print is hand-inked with vintage wooden blocks on 100 per cent recycled manila card with matching envelopes.

4. Smythson

£40, smythson.com

Die-stamped "Thank You" motifs, make these the Rolls Royce of stationery, so save them for people who bought you something nice.

5. Caroline Gardner

£11.50, carolinegardner.com

So pretty is the lined presentation box housing these 10 large floral note cards that the set makes a great gift all of its own.

6. Inspire Me

£5.95, johnlewis.com

This lovely set, featuring five aqua/ pink patterned sheets of writing paper and envelopes, does as its name suggests – inspires.

7. Great Little Trading Co

£18, gltc.co.uk

This Robot stationery box has four designs of writing paper, two designs of postcards, stickers and more – all in a fun keepsake box.

8. Basildon Bond

£3.79, whsmith.co.uk

With 40 sheets of watermarked thick paper for under a fiver, even the most frugal of folk can scribe away on premium quality paper.

9. Paperchase

£3.50, paperchase.co.uk

Eight contemporary cards made from FSC-approved sources. The Design is both attractive and suitably gender neutral. Blank inside.

10. Pineider

£55, luxuryartisan.com

Handmade Italian cards are utterly gorgeous. The finest cotton paper, hand-painted, blind embossed and tissue-lined envelopes.