Our Favorite eCard Sites
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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.
You're probably familiar with American Greetings from their paper greeting cards, but they also have a great website. 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.
Membership is required to send cards and starts at $6.99 for a single month or as little as $1.67 per month if you sign up for two years. Benefits include unlimited cards, card scheduling for up to a year in advance, address book, digital delivery via email or Facebook and the ability to attach a gift or gift card to your ecard.
Card types: Ecards sent via email or through Facebook, cards you can personalize and print at home
Cost: Memberships to send ecards or print cards at home start at $6.99 a month (or $29.99 for a year or $339.99 for two years); free 7-day trial (requires credit card for trial)
Though 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 to retailers like Starbucks, Amazon, Sephora, Home Depot, and Apple.
The downside? The cards have ads, unless you subscribe to the premium service for $4.99 per month. The service includes 500 per month and the ability to schedule delivery of your ecards.
Card types: Ecards sent via email or text
Cost: Some ecards are free; others require membership starting at $2.99 per month for 10 cards per month, $3.99 per month for 50 cards and the ability to schedule cards, and to go ad free, you'll need to step up to $4.99 per month for 500 cards per month
Paperless 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. 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.
Card types: Ecards sent via email
Cost: Some ecards are free, others cost $0.80 and up each
Updated on 2/14/2022 with new pricing and service information
[Image credits: Valentine's Day card concept via BigStockPhoto, American Greetings, Some eCards, Punchbowl, Paperless Post]