This year’s hunt for the perfect New Year’s greeting cards takes us to a few stores but the best deals are really online.
Hallmark: They had a wide range of New Year’s card starting at $1.99. Even though no specific New Year’s cards that I saw had sound, a number of the “Holiday Greetings” cards were cards with sound when you opened them.
Most Hallmark stores have a special going on until December 24, 2008. If you buy three or more cards, you can get one of the following: Season’s Treatings Singing Snowmen for $14.95, Musical Light Show Gingerbread House for $19.95, Snow Place Like Home book for $2.95, Sheryl Crow Home for Christmas CD for $7.95, Swirling Snowman Snow Globe for $14.95. Even though they are Christmas decorations, the prices are worth getting out there to buy your New Year’s cards before Christmas to get these good deals.
Walmart: They have a wide variety of holiday cards, starting at $0.99, including New Year’s celebration cards. A number of them had sound, and some were filed with the recycled cardstock selection.
At Shutterfly, they have a good variety of New Year’s cards that you can create. You can add your own pictures to the folded greeting cards (from 1 to 4 pictures), and the cards include your own personal greeting. They have a buy 50 cards, get 25 cards free deal. Cards start at $1.49 per card for orders of more than 100 cards (the prices increase when you order fewer than 100 cards).
One shipping option that I have never seen before is for you to upload the addresses of your card recipients and the company will address, stamp, and send them for you. Shutterfly charges $0.49 per card for this service.
They also have a deal for free shipping on orders over $50. If you don’t spend that much, shipping runs from $2.50 for less than 10 cards and $20 for 100-150 cards. You can also pick up your order at a Target store near you instead of having it shipped to you.
Hallmark charges $1.99 for premade folded paper cards for the New Year’s celebration. They also have personalized photo cards priced at $0.99 for flat cards and $1.99 for folded cards. Hallmark charges $2.50 for shipping 10 cards to you or $15.00 for 100 or more cards. They will also mail your cards directly to your New Year’s card recipients for only the cost of the stamps. I think that is an incredibly amazing deal and really makes sending cards out this year so much easier!
For more unique and unusual New Year’s cards, check out International Institute in St. Louis. Their cards say Peace in 20 languages on the outside and inside it says “Wishing you peace this holiday season and New Year!” Cost (with shipping) is $10.00 per pack for 1-4 packs, $9.00 per pack for 5-8 packs, and $8.00 for 9 or more packs ordered.
On the higher end of price, but by far the most stylish and elegant of the New Year’s cards available from e-tailers is Redstamp. The majority of their New Year’s cards are eco-friendly by being printed on recycled paper. A few are completely handmade. The prices range from $1.50 to $6.50 per card for certain designer cards (with special envelopes), the handmade cards and envelopes are on the higher end of that price scale. Boxed sets range from $12.50 to $22.00 (with 8 – 10 cards per box). Shipping is based on price of the order, not on number of cards ordered. Shipping ranges from $2.50 for an order under $10, up to $12 for orders between $100 and $150. Their website did not offer the option of having your cards mailed to your New Year’s card list recipients.
There are a whole lot of websites that have free cards that you can send via email. The website 123 Greetings has a good selection. They have about 200 different styles to choose from. They are broken down into categories such as Love, Happy New Year, and Resolutions. The music is good for the most part and you can write your own message to go along with it. They aren’t as classy as sending real cards but they are FREE!
If you want to create your own electronic card to email to friends and family, go to the E-Cards Gallery. You can use your own photos and write a message in a variety of fonts and colors. You can even choose from a selection of music and then send it on. Again, the best part is the “free” part.
If you are looking for a reputable company to send electronic cards, Hallmark has a great free (and for a price) e-cards. Their little characters, Hoops and YoYo, are very recognizable and really so much fun. The music and other sounds of Hallmark’s e-cards puts them up at the top of my list for when I want a quick way to send an inexpensive card.