How to Write a Letter to Your Best Friend

Are you the bestest friend in the whole wide world? With International friendship day coming up (July 30th), it’s time to show your friends how much they mean to you. And what better way to show your appreciation, than learning how to write a letter to your best friend. Whether you have known them for years or just months, a letter can help express your feelings and sincerely show them how much you care for them. 

The best thing about sending letters is that your friend can keep these as mementoes of your friendship. So, years down the line, they can look back at these letters and remember the friendship they had with you and the good old times. While writing letters is a good way to show your appreciation, it can be very difficult to put down in words your feelings. In this post, we’ll show you how to write a letter to your best friend, along with 15+ letter prompts for your best friend.

For more inspiration check out our post on 56+ write prompts about friendship.

How to Write a Letter To Your Best Friend

Step 1: Write down some ideas

Before you begin writing your letter you need to plan it out. During this planning phase, you should think about some questions to ask your friend. You might think about any future plans with them, what you like about them and how they are feeling. Use scrap paper to plan out your letter ideas and structure.

When you’re staring at a blank page it can be difficult to think of the right words to say to your best friend and how to put your feelings down on paper. To help you out, here are over 15 letter prompts for your best friend:

  1.  A recent joke you or they played on you.
  2. The first time you both met.
  3. Your favourite memory together.
  4. A song your friend loves listening to.
  5. A secret that only you know about them.
  6. A celebrity or real-life crush your friend has.
  7. Think about a hard time you both went through.
  8. Has there been a big change in your life recently?
  9. A dream you had involving your best friend.
  10. How much you miss them when they’re gone.
  11. Something they always say, like a catchphrase or a word.
  12. Their favourite food, colour, items, TV shows and so on.
  13. What about their dreams, goals and ambitions in life?
  14. Make a plan to meet up soon somewhere.
  15. Do you have any exciting or sad news to share?
  16. Something new you discovered or learned.
  17. Ask about their family and how they are doing.

Once you have thought about the various things to include in your letter, you can roughly write an outline of your letter on scrap paper. In your outline, you could include some questions to ask, details about yourself you want to include and any other special words or catchphrases you want to include.

Step 2: Choose your stationery

Use some cool stationery to make your letter more special. By stationary, we mean the paper your letter will be written on, an envelope and writing pens. Will you use colourful gel pens or a smart fountain pen? What about your letter paper? Does a floral design suit your best friend or a more anime, cartoon-style writing paper? The key to choosing good stationery is to know your best friend. Whatever their interests are try to include them in the stationary choice. 

If your choice of writing paper has no lines, you should put a lined paper under your unlined paper. This will ensure that your sentences appear straight on the unlined page and do not wobble all over the page.

Step 3: Start with a greeting

Start by writing down a greeting to your friend. In formal letters, the greeting starts with “Dear”. However, since this is a letter to your best friend, you want to be less formal and more friendly. For this reason, you might want to start your letter with the following greetings:

  • Hi
  • Hello There
  • Hey
  • Howdy
  • Hiya

Another tip with the greeting is that instead of including your best friend’s name, you could include a nickname or something you always call them. For example, you might call your best friend Tweety or Cutie, even though their real first name might be Laura or Katie. This is a great way to add a personal touch to your letter.

Step 4: Write the body of the letter

Write the body of your letter. This is the scary part. The part where everyone struggles. To make this step easier, it’s very important that you follow step one, to plan out your letter on a separate scrap paper. 

The body of your letter can be as short or as long as you like. Sometimes you might have a lot to say and might end up writing two or three pages in your letter. Other times, a short paragraph or two will be enough to show your appreciation. Look back at step one above for some interesting ideas of things to include in your body. 

Here are a couple of tips on how to make the body of the letter more personal:

  •  Include personal catchphrases or inside jokes in your body.
  • Use your best friend’s name or nickname lightly across the letter.
  • Use words like, ‘You’, ‘Your’ and ‘Remember’.
  • Add in emojis – Even if you have to draw them 🙂 
  • Don’t be afraid of using “text speak”, slang words or abbreviating long words. 

Step 5: Adding the closing lines

Close your letter off nicely. This is your best friend, don’t leave them hanging. Tell them how much you missed them if you haven’t seen them in a while. Ask them if they want to meet up someplace or talk over the phone. You should also tell them that you look forward to talking to them soon or catching up. 

After writing your closing lines. It’s time to sign your letter off. With a formal letter, you might use, “Yours Sincerely” or “Kind Regards”. But with a letter to your best friend you should end more informally. Here are some ideas for signing off your letter:

  • Your Bestest Friend
  • See you soon
  • Speak soon
  • Love

If you forgot to mention something in the body of the letter, you can use “P.S” after signing your letter off. This gives you a chance to write a quick message at the bottom of the letter. 

Step 6: Decorate your letter

Decorate your letter with anything you like. When decorating your letter think about your best friend’s personality, interests and occasion. Use stickers, stamps, draw doodles and add sparkles or glitter. Make your letter look fun and interesting. This way your best friend will be excited to read it. Don’t forget to decorate your envelope too!

You might be interested in reading our tutorial on how to create DIY animal letter envelopes.

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Step 7: Add any attachments (Optional)

Include any photos or small items with your letter. This step is optional. You might want to include a photo of you and your best friend together at an event. Alternatively, you might want to give them a small item like a ring, sweets or something you made yourself like an origami fox. This will make your best friend feel even more special and appreciated. 

Step 8: Put the letter into an envelope

Put your letter into an envelope. On the envelope clearly include your best friend’s address, a stamp and a return address. If you don’t plan on using a post office to post the letter, you can just include your best friend’s name on the front and give it to them personally. 

You might also want to seal your letter with a sticker or some sparkly tape. This will make your letter feel more personal and special. 

Example of a letter to your Best Friend

Still, struggling to write a letter to your best friend? Here’s an example that you can use as a template:

Hiya Milly!

Long time, no see or speak. I missed you sooo much!! How ya doin? 

I got some big news for you! You know that art competition I was always boasting about! Well guess what? Not only did I enter it…I won it too!!! Yay me! 

What’s going on in your life? How’s you mom doing? Did you get the good news yet? I’ve been praying for you guys and hope you are safe.

I can’t wait to hear from you! Don’t keep me waiting or I’ll be very mad! Just kidding! I love you and miss you sooo much. 

Your Bestie,

Cassie xx

P.S. You have to tell me about that boy you liked 😉 

best friend letter template and example
Best Friend Letter Example & Template

You’re ready to write your best friend the ultimate keepsake letter. Show your appreciation, your love, your friendship by sending a heartfelt letter to your best friend whenever you miss them! Now it’s your turn to write a letter to your best friend! Share your letters dedicated to your best friend in the comments below.

Write a Letter to Your Best Friend prompts

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