Greeting cards can sometimes be considered gifts unto themselves. As
a site dedicated to gifts it is more than appropriate to have a section dedicated to cards. In this
section of our site we will provide articles and tips on where to get the best cards. Most people
are used to the term greeting card as a blanket terms for all cards that are usually given with gifts but
I was interested in knowing what the true definition was. On Answers.com it states that a
greeting card is "A folded card bearing a message of greeting, congratulation, or other sentiment, usually
sent or given on a special occasion or holiday."
When it comes to gift giving the card in many ways is as important or even more important than the gift
itself. As mentioned in the articles written in the gift section of this site., gifts should be
thoughtful. Cards can even be the most thoughtful part of your gift if you find the right one that
expresses your feelings toward that person and occasion.
The origins of greeting cards can be traced back to the Chinese and even the Egyptians. In those days
a greeting card could be an expensive proposition in terms of time and maybe even money since they were
handmade and even engraved. As time progressed of course printing and automation advances bought the
custom of giving cards to the masses. Cards can be given on many occasions. As congratulations the
usual occasions are birthdays, weddings, graduations and for the arrival of a new baby. Christmas cards
are pretty popular as well since they usually provide at least an annual time where you can send a greeting to
anyone and everyone that you feel is important in your life. As a sentimental expression cards are
usually given on occasions like anniversaries, funerals and Valentine's Day. Holiday cards are usually
the easiest to find since even the pharmacies update the card sections for the next upcoming holiday.
So is there a perfect way of choosing your greeting cards?
The answer of course in no but the options out in the marketplace are quite
numerous. There are many greeting card companies and the major players like American Greeting and
Hallmark go out of their way to come up with cards for every person on your list for occasions you may not
have even thought of. Cards can be funny, serious and even religious. What is also great is
that if you can't find the one that fit's what you want to say you can always get a blank one and write
the greeting yourself.
The greeting cards you choose should complement your gift. If it is a christmas gift get a christmas
card, if it's a valentine's day present get a valentine's day card. If the cards you find do not say
everything you want to say don't be afraid to write it on the card yourself. Heartfelt words are one of
the key ingredients in giving the perfect cards.