Patrick Ryan
for Valet.

Anchor No. 160, $4.50 by Pancake & Franks, Camping Circa 1960s, $8 by Old School Stationers, 'A note' set, $12 for 10, at Paper Source

  • Thank you notes don't have to be long or fancy. Try to come up with three simple sentences:
Dear Mr. Hemingway,
¶   Thank you for lunch on Friday.
¶   It was a great start to the weekend.
¶   Next time I've got the check.
- Patrick
The Write Stuff

Thank you notes go a long way with people. You, of course, already knew this. But when was the last time you sent one? (No, not one of those snarky e-cards—an old-fashioned paper note.) Probably not since your mom or girlfriend or wife forced you, right? We don't blame you. For years, it's been hearts and flowers and puppies all up and down the card aisle. That's changing, though, as small boutique stationers take man-friendly wares to the masses. Companies like Old School Stationers and Pancakes & Franks offer edgy, stylish, masculine note cards you'll be proud to send. Get yourself a box and keep it at work—you'll be more likely to actually write one if it's sitting in front of you for ten hours a day.


From the Web


Living Browser


Ask Valet.

The Expertly Packed Carry-On


What should I pack for my first business trip?

- Matt, OH


With nearly every airline imposing a baggage fee nowadays, if you can get away with flying with just a carry-on, do it.

» The solution

Most Popular On Valet


Was this a good piece?



Advertise on Valet


Get Valet Delivered


When a piece goes live on Valet, RSS delivers it to you.



We know you're busy. Subscribe to a weekly rundown of the best from Valet.



Want to know what we're up to or when a new piece is posted?



Add a drop of our style to your page.