One letter costs quite a bit these days, so I want to make sure every one is worth mailing and ready to brighten my dear friend's day.
i. Tea is one of my favorites to include because I know all of my pen pals love drinking tea. It's something I always have in our kitchen so I don't have to go out and buy some. :)
ii. Stationery is another great thing; us letter writers can never have enough stationery, am I right? I enjoy swapping notecards and sheets of stationery. I have collected quite a bit over the last so many years. :) Postcards are fun too! They could be from where you live or maybe something unique that you know your pen pal will love.
iii. I also love sending quotes on paint-chips. This is free! I pick up a stack whenever I am able (and my parents need something at Lowe's). I usually will type the quote with my typewriter. :)
iiii. Pictures! I love photography and I recently got the idea to send pictures I've taken.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. More ideas to come. :)