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Best Online Card Sites

posted by Elizabeth Harper on May 06, 2013 in Family and Parenting, Guides & Reviews, Gifts, Money Savers :: 4 comments

Browsing the greeting card aisle at your local store to find the perfect card can be a hit or miss proposition, especially if it's a holiday and you're on the late side of buying a card. And that's just the beginning. After selecting the card, you still need to fill it out, put a stamp on it–if you have stamps–and pop it in the mail.

Fortunately, there are a number of great sites online that take the hassle out of finding and sending the perfect card. Whether you want to send an ecard by email or by postal mail, or use your home printer for hand delivery,  these sites cut out the legwork and let you focus on what you're trying to say—rather than remembering where you put that book of stamps.

 

American Greetings

American GreetingsYou're probably familiar with American Greetings from their paper greeting cards, but they also have a great website. If you visit them online, you can not only find the perfect printed card, you can also personalize it with text or photos and mail it directly to your recipient.

If ecards are more your style (or you've run out of time for a card to arrive by mail), they have lots of options: many of which include sound, animation or video. And if you have a more DIY attitude, you can select cards which you can personalize and print from your home printer.

Despite some high-tech features, these are pretty traditional greeting cards: don't expect to find anything you wouldn't see on the shelves at Hallmark.

Card types: Ecards, cards you can print at home and printed cards that can be shipped to you or directly to your recipient

Cost: Printed cards cost $3.49 each (including shipping); memberships to send ecards or print cards at home start at $3.99 a month

BlueMountain

BlueMountainBlueMountain is a lot like American Greetings, but with a focus on digital: the only cards they offer are ecards or cards you can print at home. Their cards are animated or include video and feature sound and songs—some of them will even talk!

The main difference between American Greetings and BlueMountain is content: though they're both pretty Hallmark-appropriate, you may find cards at one or the other catch your eye. And, as these are your only options for animated cards, if that's what you want, you should check out both.

Card types: Ecards and cards you can print at home

Cost: Membership (which includes ecards and printing at home) starts at $3.99 a month

Someecards

SomeecardsWatch out, because Someecards are ecards with attitude, some of which carry an R rating. Their sarcastic slogans and simple art are popular amongst the Internet crowd and you'll frequently find them shared on social sites like Facebook.

If your recipient has the right attitude, these free, funny ecards may be just the thing—but we wouldn't recommend sending them to your mother. At least not unless your mother has a very peculiar sense of humor.

If you want a printed card—or a coffee mug—with one of Someecards slogans, you can also buy a variety of physical goods for a variety of costs, shipped directly to you. Imagine the surprise when you send a friend a paper copy of a digital card!

Card types: Ecards

Cost: Free

Punchbowl

PunchbowlThough Punchbowl's cards are all digital, they have the aesthetic of mailed cards—even including envelopes and stamps with your virtual card. They're easy to customize with almost every aspect of the card editable: so you can add your own photos, change the text, switch the pattern of the envelope liner or even change the design of the stamp on the envelope. And if you want to give a little more than a card, it's easy to add a digital gift card as well.

The downside? There are so many options in Punchbowl that you could spend a good bit of time browsing and customizing your perfect card!

Card types: Ecards

Cost: Some ecards are free; others require membership starting at $5.99 a month

Treat

TreatTreat is an awful lot like Punchbowl, offering highly customizable cards that you can design to be perfect for your recipient by adding your own text and photos. Also like Punchbowl, it's easy to add a gift card if you want to give a little more than a card.

Treat sets itself apart by sending physical cards: you provide the mailing address and they'll handle printing your custom card, adding the gift card and sending it. With as rarely as we send physical mail these days, getting a card from Treat could be a real, well, treat.

Card types: Printed cards that can be shipped to you or directly to your recipient

Cost: Individual cards are $3.49 each, plus $0.46 for postage

Paperless Post

Paperless PostPaperless Post—which offers both ecards and printed cards, and so is not entirely paperless—offers highly customized cards with the ability to tweak cards to perfection by adding your own text and images. But we've seen these features elsewhere: where Paperless post sets itself apart with stylish, not-just-another-greeting-card designs from Kate Spade and The New Yorker. And in addition to the style value, cards from Paperless are fairly economical: starting at the easy to buy price of free for many of their digital ecards, it's hard to say no.

If you happen to want paper cards, they'll also print custom cards (starting at $1.05 each if you buy in bulk, but going up in price the fewer you print) which they'll mail to you—due to their pricing (and the fact that they won't mail directly to your recipients), we wouldn't recommend this for single cards. But if you want a box of custom cards—like party invitations or holiday cards—Paperless is a great option.

Card types: Ecards

Cost: Some ecards are free, others cost $0.20 and up each

As you can see, there's a card somewhere for every occasion and every budget—hopefully one of these card sellers has helped to hook you up with the perfect card!

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Free ecards

From Lilian Burch on May 06, 2013 :: 3:13 pm

You should also include Care2.com ecards. It also generates donations to charities.
http://www.care2.com/ecards/

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Ecards

From Marjorie Fuhst French on May 06, 2013 :: 4:02 pm

There is also Riversongs, 123 Greetings, Crosscards and Lutheransonline for ecards.  Crosscards and Lutheransonline are religious.

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What about SendOutCards?

From Barb Duran on May 13, 2013 :: 11:02 am

Don’t forget to include SendOutCards….real greeting cards & gifts sent via the internet for only $1.50 per card including the stamp and all the printing, stamping and mailing too!  This is revolutionizing the card & gift industry…

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Most Beautiful E-cards

From VM on May 23, 2013 :: 9:59 pm

For the most elegant,creative, classy e-cards on the internet—at a very, very modest fee—try Jacquie Lawson. She is an English artist who has created cards with beautiful graphics, great musical accompaniment and sometimes fun puzzles or explanations of the history and/or background of the card. If you explore this site, see if you can view the Thanksgiving Turkey and/or the Christmas Luminaries.

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