I buy most of my greeting cards at Trader Joe’s, and it’s not only because they cost 99 cents each. No, it’s because the artwork is great, the store has a big selection, and they cost 99 cents each! Full disclosure, I buy one or two nearly every other time I’m at the store and have built up quite the assortment at home.
My collection runs the gamut of themes which include: Birthday, Blank Card, Just for Fun, Thank You, Thinking of You, Friendship, Congratulations, Encouragement, Wedding, Get Well, Sympathy and Seasonal. I definitely have a card for every occasion, and I put each one to very good use!
Some of my favorite cards are the ones that have still more artwork on the inside versus being blank or having a lone greeting. The Just Breathe card below has colorful flowers on its inner three corners, which makes it even more delightful to open. I also always use colorful gel pens to carry the energy from the outside in.
I enjoy sending cards to people. It’s truly become a lost art as email and texting have taken over as main sources of communication. It’s so very easy to do everything from our phones and computers now that the personal touch of picking out the “right” card, adding a note to it, addressing the envelope, and putting a stamp on it seems way too time consuming.
But, you have to realize, this post is coming from someone who still writes out appointments, activities, whatever, in her engagement calendar, which sits on her kitchen counter! Yep, I’m that person! (And this reminds me that I need to order one for 2022!) Anyway, I may get to the point where I start to input all of that information into some kind of technical device, but I’m not there yet.
I do love it when I receive a card in the mail. It brightens my day to know that someone has thought about me in this way, and I hope this is how my friends/family feel when they receive cards from me. I even send cards occasionally to my daughter who lives just a town away because it’s fun to surprise her.
Even though it seems a bit nostalgic, I hope that handwritten cards and letters never go out of style. In our fast-paced world, it’s nice to slow down every so often and communicate the old-fashioned way by putting pen (gel or otherwise) to paper! I even showcase special occasion cards we receive on one of our kitchen counters to keep the good vibes flowing beyond their due date. You can’t do that with a text!