This week we’ve discussed what supplies you need to begin penpalling, and where to find penpals.  Today for #WorldStationeryDay I’m going to suggest ideas of what you could write to your penpals.

Introduce yourself

Tell your penpal about your living situation.  Do you live with family or a romantic partner? Do you have any pets? Do you live in the area where you grew up, or are you at uni or have moved away from home?

Tell them your daily routine

This could be quite fun…. tell your penpal about what a weekday or a weekend day looks like to you, from waking to sleeping!  It’s a good way to give your penpal lots of info without having to think too much about it, just let the details flow.

Share 5 facts about each other

I love to do this.  I write five random facts about myself and ask my penpal to do the same.  Anything from ‘My first pet was a dog called Oscar’ to ‘I don’t like the taste of baked beans’.

Explore hobbies

Tell your penpal what you do in your spare time.  From creative hobbies, to what you’re reading or watching, this is one of my favourite topics to write about.

Ask questions

A good way to keep a conversation going is to ask questions.  What does your penpal enjoy doing in the evening? What’s their exercise regime? Do they enjoy cooking? The options are endless.

I hope you find these ideas to be helpful!

  • This is a great post, Llinos!! Sometimes it can be hard to know how to get the conversation rolling when you first start to write to people, so this little guide is so useful! It’s always so interesting to hear spinnets of people’s daily routines, I need to start chatting to my own pals about theirs!

    Abbey 💓

  • Thanks Abbey. Yes you can learn some really good tips to put into your own daily routine by chatting about that!

  • Food & Baker

    Loving this little series! Another great post, especially for some like us who haven’t done it before!

    Jessica & James |

  • Glad you’re enjoying, it has been fun to put together for sure!

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    Loved this little series! Such a cute little intro to penpalling!
    Hayley X

  • Thanks so much Hayley x

  • I used to write mail but these days I fee like it’s too much effort and its honestly exhausting for me. It didn’t help that when I put in a lot of effort into a letter, it got lost in the mail 🙁 I’ve just lost all motivation for writing letters now.
    This is a good list by the way! I would write things like this whenever I didn’t know what to write about!

  • I do know what you mean. I too have had letters going missing and it is very disheartening. If it’s effort and exhausting then it’s not worth doing.

  • Just Joelle

    Loved this series – thank you so much for sharing :)! Haven’t had a pen pal since primary school!
    Joelle X

  • Glad you enjoyed! I didn’t enjoy my childhood penpalling as much as I do now!

  • This has been a great series, and a really interesting choice for Stationery Week! These are some useful ideas!

  • So glad you’ve enjoyed my posts!

  • I’m really loving this post series! I’m saving them all for future reference too!


  • Aw thanks so much Bronagh!