When is it ok to send an e-card?

by Emma W.R. on November 4, 2015


There is probably a good debate that could rage as far as when it is proper to send someone an E-card as opposed to a “regular” card through the mail. In my mind–for adults, anyway–if one has received E-cards only over a period of time from a particular person, then it is okay to reciprocate with one also—but only for occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or job-related situations. If the well wishes pertain to a death or illness, or even a marriage, then a mailed card—which lends itself to being much more personal—is the appropriate way to go.

However, I would think a child or teenager, especially—someone who has grown up in an age where there’s always been computers and smartphones—would be excited to receive a colorful, creative card through digital means rather than from the postal service. There are so many sites out there that cater to all different kinds of events and the different types of cards available—using video or otherwise—that will really bring a big smile to the face of the recipient, certainly making their day!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara January 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

Something is better than nothing. I am thrilled to get cards in the mail, but an e-card is better than no card or just a quick text!


Jenine January 6, 2016 at 10:19 am

Hmm although I agree with most people here that ecards CAN be a little bit impersonal, I still love receiving them. Someone thought about sending it to you and I like to be grateful for all things – big or small!


Sadie December 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

I love a physical card, but e-cards are nice too. Sometimes you need to get it out fast so it is a good option.


JoMarie December 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I love sending e-cards but I love physical cards as well. They take longer, but they are a nice gesture.


Betty December 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

If I’m strapped for time, or the person lives far enough away that the post would be very expensive, I don’t see a problem with sending an e-card. You’re still sending them you’re love! Besides, I usually end up throwing most physical cards away after a few years when I de-clutter (unless the card was very special)


Abgail December 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I agree with Amy, I would rather receive a card.


Rob November 9, 2015 at 11:12 am

Maybe I’m in the minority, but I’m way (waaay) older than a teenager and I love getting e-cards just as much as ‘real’ ones. They can surprise you in your inbox any time of day, not just when the mail is delivered. Of course getting a card that you can proudly display on your desk is great, too ‘Why yes, it *is* my birthday’ 😉


Joann B November 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

I think an e-card still lets someone know you’re thinking of them. It’s certainly better than nothing and can really brighten someone’s day.


Ariel November 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm

This is true, something is better than nothing.


Moriah C. November 6, 2015 at 9:48 am

In the past, I have often appreciated receiving a physical card in the mail. However, more and more I have found an e-card in my inbox. The benefit to the e-card is the ability to go back and review the electronic card again whenever I need a little cheering up. After viewing the card I’m reminded that someone is thinking of me and wishing me well and it’s always nice to open an email from a friend when my day has had many challenges. It’s a pleasant change from all that spam.


Amanda November 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

You are right, you can go back to it and its clutter free!


Amy November 4, 2015 at 3:31 pm

I would take a card over an E-Card. Its a special touch.


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