Even pre-lockdown, written communications were already inching towards a post postal service world. Now, e-cards have never been so vital. We all need a little reminder right now that those we can’t meet in person are thinking of us, and us of them. Plus, of course, it’s environmentally friendly, instant and totally cheering. So go on, tell other isolating souls how much you can’t wait to see them on the other side with these digital cards. Here’s how.
One of our all-time favourites. What event hasn't been enhanced by the addition of a beautiful Paperless Post invite winging its way into your inbox? The templates are to die for, the first batch of invites (12 at last glance) are free and the effort is minimal - need we say more?
Another brilliant addition to the e-card market, this site is a well-designed paragon of virtue dedicated to finding you the perfect stationary. Whether it's a humorous card to win you some brownie points, or a personalised declaration of love - it's all here.
Punchbowl offers a beautiful selection of cards for just about every occasion you could dream up. Want to acknowledge a beloved teacher in lockdown? You can do that. Celebrating Passover? Yup. Graduation, Mardi Gras, Diwali and even – topically – ‘stay safe’ cards are available. They’re customisable and you can send them to individuals or groups. Go, cheer up someone’s day.
One of the pioneers of animated e-cards, it’s safe to say JibJab is up there with the best. Their ‘Starring You!’ animated video cards include the seasonal favourite ‘Elf Yourself’ (vigorously shared at Christmas) but there are heaps of Valentine themed ones too such as the hilarious ‘Shakespearian Valentine’, a Grease video card you can personalise with your faces, and – for the anti-Valentiner – ‘Chocolates for yourself’ - a laughter inducing alternative.
Jacquie Lawson is a bastion of the e-card industry. The animated offerings are painted by hand and sometimes takes months to finish. The designs are artistic, elegant (even moving) and won't offend in the slightest.
Are your friends the types who would scoff at anything even approaching heartfelt sentiment? Then Wrongcards is the e-card purveyor for you. For example, this week’s featured missive shows five women in WWII wearing gas masks and reads: ‘Thank you for coming into work and giving us all coronavirus while bravely showing what a trooper you are.’ You get the picture. There are all manner of categories for irreverent ‘well wishing’, including even sympathy cards (although you’d have to know your friend was truly dark of heart for that one though’). As they say, if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.
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Updated April 2020