I grabbed the following code from the Python docs and ran it (Windows 7) and it sent an email for me
The SMTP settings can be added to the package settings and send() might be replaced with display() or show().
But perhaps it's not so straight-forward on non-Windows OSes(?).
from email.mime.multipart import MIMEMultipart
from email.mime.text import MIMEText
# me == my email address
# you == recipient's email address
me = "email@example.com"
you = "firstname.lastname@example.org"
# Create message container - the correct MIME type is multipart/alternative.
msg = MIMEMultipart('alternative')
msg'Subject'] = "Link"
msg'From'] = me
msg'To'] = you
# Create the body of the message (a plain-text and an HTML version).
text = "Hi!\nHow are you?\nHere is the link you wanted:\nhttp://www.python.org"
html = """\
How are you?<br>
Here is the <a href="http://www.python.org">link</a> you wanted.
# Record the MIME types of both parts - text/plain and text/html.
part1 = MIMEText(text, 'plain')
part2 = MIMEText(html, 'html')
# Attach parts into message container.
# According to RFC 2046, the last part of a multipart message, in this case
# the HTML message, is best and preferred.
# Send the message via local SMTP server.
s = smtplib.SMTP('localhost:25')
# sendmail function takes 3 arguments: sender's address, recipient's address
# and message to send - here it is sent as one string.
s.sendmail(me, you, msg.as_string())