Making birthday greetings the traditional way has its appeal. Handing out a card personally has a romantic and sincere ring to it. That is mainly the charm of giving out traditional birthday cards. But what if you can get the same effect and a bit more? Don’t you think that that would be a bit better than the traditional birthday card? But is there such a thing? Of course! Such a thing does exist; it exists in the form of online birthday cards. These cards are the combination of the charms of the old with the tech-savvyness of the present digital age.
First, it matches the sweetness of traditional cards since online birthday cards can also become a printable birthday card. If you thought that since it was digital you can’t hand it out in person, then you’re wrong. Most online birthday cards are compatible with most printers so you just need to download a copy of the card and print one on your printer. Another advantage is that you can print birthday cards all you want. Since you have a digital copy, you can have as many printable cards as you need.
Second, online birthday cards are just as creative as traditional cards in designs and messages. Aside from that, online cards also match the traditional ones in terms of number of choices. However, online cards have the advantage when it comes to accessibility. Since online cards are stored on the web, you can get them at anytime, from anywhere—unlike traditional cards where you’re limited by store hours and the availability of the stocks of cards.
Third is flexibility. Online cards are not just greeting cards, you can also use them as invitation cards. Since online cards are easily customizable, you can edit the cards to make them printable birthday invitations in a matter of minutes. That means you not only get greeting cards, you can also have invitation cards as well.
Fourth, most online cards are free. Most online greeting cards sites offer their cards to internet users for free. It’s like being given the keys to the card shop, where you can select the cards that you like and get as many as you want without paying for anything. This is where online cards have the advantage; whereas with traditional cards you have to purchase them, with online cards you don’t need to. You get to make your special and meaningful birthday greetings without spending a single cent.
It’s not that difficult to get online birthday cards for yourself. If you have internet connection and a printer the job is already half done for you. That said, the basic things that you need to get an online birthday greeting card is a computer, an internet connection, and a printer should you want to print the birthday card out.
Here’s what you do: First, open up your favorite search engine. Next, use “birthday cards” as your search term. The search term doesn’t matter that much; so long as you search for birthday cards, you should have some relevant results displayed. Once you do have the results displayed, just look at the list and choose the one that seems alright with you. From there, look at the gallery of cards and select the one that you like. You should see a lot of designs to choose from, so just take your time. And if you don’t find what you like, just go back to the search results and choose a different site and look at their e birthday cards offerings. And since you’re there, you can look for cards that offer sounds and animation for a more fun birthday greeting. Aside from greeting cards, you can also find birthday invitation cards being offered in these sites. So if you’re planning a party, you can also get your invitation cards online.
Once you have made your pick, just follow the site instructions for downloading the cards. Depending on the site, you may need to register first before you can get to download the card. Just download the card and save it on to a folder in your computer. Once saved and downloaded, just open the card and you can print it on your printer should you need a hard copy of the birthday card.
About whether you need to pay for the cards, it depends on the site. Most of the sites offer birthday cards free of charge so you don’t need to worry about paying. Just make sure that the site that you select does indeed offer a free birthday card for download. But you don’t have to be too concerned as free birthday cards are offered by a lot of sites.
So, that is how easy it is to get online birthday cards. As long as you have internet connection, having a copy of online birthday cards is almost assured.
Tip #1 – Consider the Recipient's Sense of Humor
Free, funny, happy birthday cards are not always viewed as "funny" by the recipient. Not everyone has the same idea of what is funny and what is not. While you may think a given birthday card is extremely funny, you should stop and think about the recipient before sending it. It may not be funny to him or her. It may even be offensive. If the card is for your grandmother, think about the things that make her laugh. Would she laugh at the birthday card you are about to send? Is the humor her style, or is it brash and edgy even for your generation? The birthday card should be funny to the recipient.
Tip #2 – Consider the Recipient's Interests
Free, funny, happy birthday cards, while being humorous to the recipient, may not appeal to their interests. The goal in sending a birthday card is to make the recipient happy. If the birthday card is a funny joke about ballet dancers, a wrestler may wish you had chosen something more in line with his interests. Take time to think about the person to whom you are sending the birthday card, and about the things that interest that person most.
Tip #3 – Consider the Recipient's Age Sensitivity
In other words, if those free, funny, happy birthday cards mock the old age of a person who is unhappy about getting older, it will be neither funny nor happy. A woman who uses anti-wrinkle cream day and night will not enjoy a birthday card that reminds her of increasing wrinkles. A man who gets Botox injections every 5 months will not appreciate a birthday card that shows a furrowed brow. Some people grow old gracefully. Some do not. Know how the recipient feels about aging and choose a funny birthday card that will not offend those feelings.
Tip #4 – Consider Your Reputation
Some people send funny birthday cards anonymously because they would be ashamed to have people know they were sending smut. Stop and consider your reputation. If you are ashamed to sign your name, you should not send that birthday card. If you would be ashamed to have the recipient learn that it was from you, choose another card. You obviously believe it is not appropriate. Have the courage to do what you know is right.
Tip #5 – Consider Your Friendship's Value
There is nothing wrong with sending birthday cards that are free. You may be unable to afford anything more. If you can afford more, though, think about why you are choosing a free birthday card. Do you care enough to spend a little money? Do you appreciate that person – and value their friendship or their place in the family enough to invest in helping them enjoy the day? Membership at a greeting card website is not expensive, and you gain access to the best of the cards when you invest. Consider your friend or loved one. Is that person worthy of a birthday card that cost you something?
Tip #6 – Consider Being Serious
Finally, think about whether the recipient would rather have a serious, thoughtful birthday card. Many people are afraid to send birthday cards that are serious. They are afraid to express their true feelings toward others. They become uncomfortable with anything that is not funny. Ill-at-ease and lacking in self-confidence, they rely on funny birthday cards. The recipient, however, might treasure a birthday card that expresses your feelings sincerely.
Whatever birthday card you choose to send, make it such that the person celebrating a birthday will sense that you took time to think about him or her.