How to Send Letters and Postcards | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

ACNH - How to Send Letters and Postcards

To send letters and postcards, go to the Card Stand inside the Dodo Airport and pick a recipient to send something to. For more letters and postcard ideas, see our guide here!

How to Send a Letter

Summary of Steps

1 Use the card stand at the Airport.
2 Select the recipient of the letter.
3 Choose a card.
4 Write your message and send!
Optional Attach a present.

1. Use the Card Stand Located inside the Dodo Airport

ACNH - A resident stands in front of the card stand to send a letter
To send a letter, use the card stand inside the Airport. Make sure you have Bells with you as sending a letter will cost you 200 Bells.

2. Select the Recipient

Select the recipient of your letter. You can only write one letter for one recipient at a time!

Resident
ACNH - Selecting a resident to send a letter to
Select from the list of residents who will receive your letter.
Future Self
ACNH - Selecting future self to send a letter to
You will select the date when you want to receive the letter.

Note that you can only send one future letter at a time!
Friend
ACNH - Selecting a friend to send a letter to
Select the recipient from your Friends list.

3. Choose a Card

ACNH - Selecting the card design for the letter

Select from the wide array of cards. It's not necessary but it'll look nice if you select a card that matches the recipient's personality!

There are also special cards like the "Birthday-cake card" and the "Wedding card" if you want to greet somebody.

Some cards are only available for a limited time!

Some cards have limited availability such as seasonal cards like "Acorn card" and "Mushroom card".

4. Write Your Message

ACNH - Writing the message of the letter.png
Use the keyboard to write your message. Once you are satisfied, select OK!

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there was an interface that will tell you if a resident will reply. However, New Horizons does not offer this feature.

Optional: You Can Attach a Present

ACNH - Attaching a gift to the outgoing letter
You can go the extra mile and attach a present to show them how much you care! We recommend giving readily-available items like seashells and flowers as gift!

Take note that you cannot attach bugs and fish as present.

Getting Replies from Residents

Residents May Send a Letter Back

ACNH - Receiving a reply to a sent letter.png
In some cases, a resident may write back to you. Sometimes they'll have a present for you too. This could also be influenced by how close you are to the resident, and the team is currently investigating this.

How to Send Gifts to Your Friends

Requirements
  • Nintendo Switch Online subscription
  • Internet connection

Two Ways to Send Gifts

1 Attach gift to mail
2 Gift through Nook Shopping

1. Attach Gift to Mail

ACNH - Selecting a friend to send a letter to.png
If you have the gift on-hand, you can run to the Airport and attach the item to the letter to be sent. Again, you cannot attach fish and bugs as a present.

2. Gift Item Through Nook Shopping

ACNH - Placing an order through Nook Shopping

Alternatively, you can shop for a gift. When you place your order, you can either purchase it for yourself or for a friend.

This option has a default message to go along with the gift, but you'll be given the opportunity to edit the message!

How to Get the Nook Shopping App

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