If you are heading out to a party and realize you forgot to get a gift, you will most likely have to make a stop on the way. When you are buying a present on-the-go, you should avoid buying anything that needs to be wrapped. You are already in a rush, so adding an extra step can be super frustrating. Instead, choose something that can fit right into a greeting card. It will save you precious time and you won't be stuck lugging around a bulky gift.
When you think of gifts that fit into a card, the first thing you think of is money. Of course cash is always a crowd pleaser, but there are other options. For example, gift cards are slightly more personal and will slip right into a greeting card. Scratch tickets are another good idea and the recipient will definitely be grateful if you include a winner. Other ideas include business card holders, photo books or magnets that are a bit more bulky, but will still fit in an envelope.
If you don't have time to make a card from scratch, you can still create a semi-homemade card that will equally impress your recipients. Purchase greeting cards and add your own special touches to make it your own.
For example, use layered construction paper to jazz-up the inside of the card. This will add color and provide a nice surface to include a hand written note. Use a metallic pen and your greeting will really pop. Another idea is thread yarn around the outside of the card to create a custom border. It will add texture and interest to your store bought card. If you are artistic, include an original sketch on the inside of the card to provide recipients with an unexpected surprise. Other ways to showcase your craftiness is to tie a ribbon around the outside of the card, decorate the envelope or add a little glitter for some extra sparkle.
If you think greeting cards are only for birthdays and holidays, think again. Every day is a day to celebrate, so why not send more greeting cards to show loved ones you care? There are a number of reasons to send a just because card, including:
When a death occurs, it is customary to send a sympathy greeting card to the family of the deceased. Under the circumstances, it can be difficult to come up with the right thing to say. Here are some tips for creating a heartfelt, sympathetic message that the recipient will truly appreciate:
Whether you are sending a card to say congratulations, get well soon or happy birthday, best wishes greeting cards are a great way to show someone how you feel. If you want to lift a loved one's spirits, send a card with one of these inspirational sayings and you are guaranteed to brighten their day:
Adding photos to a greeting card is a great way to add a personal touch, but adding captions can take your card design even further. You can be as festive or as funny as you want with a well thought out phrase that coordinates with your photo.
There a few ways you can incorporate captions in your greeting cards. One is to buy blank “comic book style” caption stickers and write on them using a ballpoint pen. This is a great way to show that a person in your photo is saying or thinking something. Another idea is to add the caption directly to your photo using photo software, like Photoshop, before uploading the photo to your card. This will look seamless and you have the opportunity to be a little more playful. If there is not enough room to add text directly to the photo, use the caption as your greeting. Include the photo on the cover of the card and write the corresponding message or punch line inside.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|