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Our Favorite eCard Sites

posted by on February 14, 2018 in Family and Parenting, Guides & Reviews, Valentine's Day, Gifts, Money Savers :: 13 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 Greetings

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 $4.99 for a single month or as little as $1.25 per month if you sign up for three 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 and printed cards (not personalized) that can be shipped to you

Cost: Printed cards cost $3.99 each (including shipping); memberships to send ecards or print cards at home start at $4.99 a month (or $20 for a year or $30 for two years); free 7-day trial (requires credit card for trial)

Some eCards

Some ecards

Watch out, because Some eCards are ecards with attitude, some of which carry an R rating. Their sarcastic slogans and simple art are popular online 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

Punchbowl

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 Amazon, Sephora, Home Depot, Zappos, and Hotels.com.

The downside? The cards have ads, unless you subscribe to the premium service for $3.99 per month. The service includes 500 premium cards and the ability to schedule delivery of your ecards.

Card types: Ecards

Cost: Some ecards are free; others require membership starting at $1.99 per month for 10 cards per month, $2.99 per month for 50 cards and the ability to schedule cards, and to go ad free, you'll need to step up to $3.99 per month for 500 cards per month

Paperless Post

Paperless Post

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 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.

Paperless Post doesn't offer paper cards anymore, but they have partnered with partnered with Paper Source to make some Paperless Post designs available for printing. 

Card types: Ecards

Cost: Some ecards are free, others cost $0.30 and up each

As you can see, there's a card somewhere for every occasion and every budget. One of these card sellers will help hook you up with the perfect card!

Updated 2/26/2018 - removed Blue Mountain due to negative consumer reviews and poor Better Business Bureau rating

[Image credits: Valentine's Day card concept via BigStockPhoto, American Greetings, Some eCards, Punchbowl, Paperless Post}



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Free ecards

From Lilian Burch on May 06, 2013 :: 4:13 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 :: 5:02 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 :: 12:02 pm

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 :: 10:59 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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Jacquie Lawson

From AZPJ on February 14, 2018 :: 3:42 pm

Extraordinary artwork and professional presentation. By far my favorite

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Leimation Ecards

From Laura Margulies on December 14, 2015 :: 4:32 pm

Leimation.com out of Hawaii makes beautiful, original animated Ecards and Evites. They are like nothing else online.

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Jacquie Lawson

From Johanna Quartel on February 08, 2016 :: 1:48 pm

I agree with VM: absolutely Jacquie Lawson. Some cards are better than others, but they are unsurpassed for whimsy and creativity, at a modest annual fee. They also produce a wonderful Advent Calendar annually.

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Jacquie Lawson became boring

From Candy Lowery on December 24, 2016 :: 4:38 am

Had Membership for years , friend of a friends company. After years, with no fresh animation, content, or advanced music midi’s, well, it has just become boring. Didn’t renew my membership for 2017.

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Lawson sent spam to at least one contact

From Joyce Carrillo on April 03, 2017 :: 7:36 pm

In January, 2017, I canceled a 10-year membership at Jacquie Lawson after my husband got an email solicitation from them. I made inquiries (opened a trouble ticket) and they tried to explain it away (as if I was confusing it with the small link at the bottom of ecard notifications, etc.) but finally admitted it was a “suggestion/invitation to join our site.” I call that spam. He uses the email account very little but it was in my Lawson address book. I didn’t pay an annual fee for them to use my address book as a source to solicit new members.

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WhinQ Automated E-Cards

From Michael Harding on July 14, 2017 :: 12:01 pm

We use a service called WhinQ.  They do automated greetings that I don’t have to remember to send out.  It all happens automatically for each holiday or occasion.

http://www.whinq.com

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Check Google Reviews

From Elizabeth Evans on February 24, 2018 :: 9:07 am

Beware of Blue Mountain!! Check out their 1.5 star rating with Google. So sorry I ever signed up with them. Atrocious service.

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Thank you for flagging this

From Suzanne Kantra on February 26, 2018 :: 11:24 am

Thank you for flagging this Elizabeth. Upon further investigation, we have removed Blue Mountain from our list of recommended sites.

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American Greetings

From Celeste Paquette on August 07, 2018 :: 12:58 pm

I have used American Greetings for 2 years but would not recommend them for the cookies they make one accept to view their ecards and the fact that half the time I try to send a card via Facebook, they say it is not working and to come back later.
After several complanints over the years, they have never responded to my emails or “contact us” posts.  Bad customer service.

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