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Greeting Cards

Send the perfect message with print or online greeting cards

In our busy world, it's even more important to find the time to send personal messages, whether of thanks, celebration, sympathy or just to say "Hi". Greeting cards are still one of the best ways to do this, and with so much choice available, sending a card can be just as much fun as receiving one.

Nowadays, with the different methods of sending greeting cards out there, knowing where to start is often the hardest part of the process. Both digital and print greeting card options offer tons of selection, but also come with their share of pros and cons.

Great Deals on Greeting Cards

Greeting cards can be expensive, but there are ways to save some money if you're willing to stock up. Many online retailers offer "grab bags" of greeting cards, which include a number of birthday cards, thank you cards, anniversary cards, sympathy cards and more. If you're not too choosy about your card's message or style, these can be a great way to save money.

When shopping for greeting cards in stores, keep an eye out for sales. Many big-name card chains will offer free greeting cards when you buy a certain number of cards or as promotional items when you make a purchase.

Online Greeting Cards

While Miss Manners might still wag her finger, electronic greeting cards are becoming an increasingly popular way to send a message. With so many options and creative touches that an e-card allows for (animation, customized messaging, songs and more), these cards are a fun, quick and unique way to show someone that you care.

Electronic greeting cards should be used with a few precautions, however. E-cards require you to provide both your email address and that of the recipient, which is great information for spam sites or those looking to introduce viruses onto computers. Be sure you choose a reputable e-card provider (many paper greeting card companies offer e-cards on their websites). Even if you have to pay a little, the peace of mind can be worthwhile.

Finally, keep in mind that many people shy away from opening e-cards, thinking they are spam. Make sure the card you choose has the option for customized messages that can tell the receiver it is actually from you, and you may even want to provide a heads-up that your e-card is coming.

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