Why You Should Celebrate National Handwriting Day


Did you know that National Handwriting Day is this Thursday, January 23rd? Well, it is! And it’s a truly charming holiday to celebrate, especially if you’re a bit of an old soul like myself. Declared by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, National Handwriting Day was established as a means “for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting.”

In an age where most communication is conducted through the clicking and punching of computer keyboards, it’s worthwhile to appreciate the power of a handwritten note. There’s a reason why individualized, hand written “thank you” notes means so much more than mass-group emails. An aura of sincerity – of someone actually having dedicated the time and effort to sit down to write you a letter, poem, or confession- is best translated through handwriting.

In conjunction with John Hancock’s birthday, the man behind the most egotistical signature featured on the Declaration of Independence, celebrate National Handwriting Day by picking up a handy-dandy pen or pencil and writing about whatever it is your heart desires! Computer fonts are universal, but your style of handwriting is uniquely & specially yours. Ain’t that beautiful!

And hey! Shoplet’s giveaways for this week happen to cohere quite nicely with National Handwriting Day! If you’re located in the US, enter to win a Pentel Prize Pack, and if you’re located in the UK, enter to win a Glo Notebook :)


Here’s a cute lil’ love letter from Elzie Segar, the cartoonist of the Popeye cartoon series, to his then-girlfriend (and future wife) Myrtle Johnson:


& here’s a note from Frida Kahlo to her husband Diego Rivera:


Diego, my love,

Remember that once you finish the fresco we will be together forever once and for all, without arguments or anything, only to love one another.

Behave yourself and do everything that Emmy Lou tells you.

I adore you more than ever. Your girl, Frida

(Write me)

For more handwritten notes by famous people, check out this post!