When writing “The Federalist Papers,” it is unlikely that Alexander Hamilton could have imagined the book being available on an e-reading device rather than on actual paper. The same could be said for the author of “The Art of the Handwritten Note,” which is easiest to find in an electronic typeface on a Kindle or Nook. These days, a pen is often a touch screen stylus and text is considered to be a verb, but sending a handwritten card or letter is a true sign of style.

Pens from ParaDice (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

PeraDice Cards & Gifts
918 24th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 930-0600

PeraDice has everything needed for personal expression and for just plain joy. The owners are warm and fun, and the bright, colorful shop offers a great selection of cards, books, calendars, journals, artwork and gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’d like a lovely, inspirational card and hand-painted silk scarf for your grandmother, shop PeraDice. If grandma is a bit on the unique side, you’ll also find provocative, wildly funny greeting cards, outrageous magnets, fun and whimsical jewelry and gorgeous, funky décor from local artists.

Books and Accessories from Trends-n-Trends (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

8929 Madison Ave., Suite 200
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 536-0000

If you’ve never thought of going to a pet supply store for greeting cards, think again and visit the friendly folks at Trend-n-Treats. Although not large, the selection of cards includes options that are funny, artistic and just plain fetching. Scrapbookers will enjoy the special dog breed stickers and there are animal-centric notepads, books and other paper goods nestled between unique gift items. Pet lovers will also enjoy wall plaques and signs with slogans including “Warning – this home has MPS, Multiple Pet Syndrome. There is no cure.”

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Ladybug Ladybug
Ladybug Ladybug   
2512 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 594-7664

Ladybug Ladybug is a fun shop with one of the widest selections of greeting cards in town, with offerings from the sublime to the outrageous. Regardless of the occasion or personality of the receiver, you’re sure to find the right card for that unique person in your life. In addition to bows, ribbons and rolls of wrapping paper, the store also carries a large number of individual sheets of gift wrap. This is a rarity in Sacramento and the prices on the beautiful, clever and colorful sheets are quite reasonable.

Cards from Mixed Bag (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

Mixed Bag
2405 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 447-6123

This appropriately named store carries everything from crystal-topped pens and elegant journals to a 3D vampire and zombie coloring book and a paper-doll book featuring famous movie characters in drag. Available products include greeting cards of every possible kind, fanciful post-it pads, funny to-do lists and calendars. Mixed Bag offers a selection of attractive wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags, as well as funny party napkins and plates. Be warned, the shop is literally packed to the ceiling with items and the experience can be a bit overwhelming.

The Paper Garden
The Paper Garden
558 Pavilions Lane
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 487-2737

This store offers handmade cards and traditional stationery items such as calendars, notebooks and diaries, and boasts an amazing selection of paper in every possible color, texture and weight. Rubber stamps, stickers, paper punches, ink pads and many other embellishments make it a dream come true for experienced and novice scrapbookers. The Paper Garden also offers paper-craft ideas and free classes for making your own greeting cards and paper accessories. The creative and friendly owner can even help you design and make your own invitations for weddings, anniversaries and other special events.Related: Best Fabric Stores In Sacramento

Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.