I love getting and giving gift cards. I think they are the best present ever and the fact that they are reloadable is awesome as well. However, I don’t feel that love when it comes to your traditional paper greeting cards. I understand that if you do get a gift card, you have to get a paper card to put the gift card in. It seems odd just giving someone a gift card and saying, “Here, Happy Birthday.” I have to admit, I get disappointed when I get a card without a present and there’s nothing in the card. Thanks for the kind thought though. There’s just something about opening that card and finding a cheque, cash or gift card inside.
But how many cards have you accumulated over the years? And for how many different occasions? For me, way too many to count. For the longest time, I held on to a lot of them out of sentimental value and felt bad because someone spent money on the card. Cards can get pretty expensive. I’ve seen the nice ones in the $5 and up range!
We give them for many occasions and of course, Hallmark has created a card for almost every holiday AND they can be tailored for a certain person (friend, significant other, mother, father, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, etc). They have cards for holidays where people hardly give cards. I have never given a Hallowe’en card, Easter Card, or a “Just Because” Card. Sometimes I wonder if certain holidays were created so cards could be made. I’m not saying cards should be completely eliminated, I just think to save yourself the extra cash, be wise about when and who you give cards to. Most of the time, if I’m giving an actual present (in a reusable gift bag, that I received from someone else, of course), I just write in the little card provided with the bag. Christmas is already too hectic and stressful enough as it is. I can’t remember the last time I sent out Christmas cards. Ok, ok, they do look nice when you display them in your home.
I know most likely they will throw out that card eventually. I’ve kept a few that I really liked, but for the most part they go into the round filing cabinet (ahem, garbage). What sucks about the cards is that they’re a one time deal. Nobody writes in pencil, and although re-gifting is somewhat acceptable, I’m not too sure about “re-carding”. (Do not, I repeat , do not re-use that sentimental card your ex gave you on your new significant other. Mayhem will ensue).
While I love getting snail mail, I think I actually like getting e-mail more. Hence, why don’t people send more e-cards. Most of them are free and you can reach a large number of recipients. Who gives out actual invitations anymore, aside than for your wedding? I’m all about the eVite. No fuss, no muss. (What is a muss anyway?)
Call me cheap. Call me lazy. I’m all about gift cards and credit cards. I’d rather save the few bucks. Paper cards, I could do without for the most part.
What’s your take on the greeting card?