Birthdays come and go quickly and if you're not paying attention, one might sneak up on you. Suddenly it's your best friend's or family member's birthday and you don't have a card. Some might prefer sending a card with a note inside apologising for the lateness, while others like making e-cards online. Even if you remember the birthday, an e-card is still a friendly reminder that can be opened at work or school that will put a smile on their face. Several websites offer free e-cards for birthdays and other special occasions.
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Search the Internet for an online card website such as Blue Mountain or 123 Greetings. Look for a site that offers a wide selection of cards for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Some sites offer animated cards and even give you the option to use your own images.
Pick the type of card you want, based on the category. Popular categories include cards for girls, Christian or religious cards, romantic cards, cards for him and funny birthday cards. You will also find interactive cards and cards that play music when the recipient opens it.
Register for an account, if the website requires it. Blue Mountain, for example, requires an e-mail address, which adds you to its mailing list.
Enter a message for your recipient. When your friend receives the card, they will see the front and the message inside; some cards will have a message such as "Happy Birthday" at the top, and space underneath for your message. You have the option of changing the colours, size and even font of your message.
List your e-mail address and name, as well as the name of your recipient and the email address where they will receive the card . Look for the button that says "Send E-Card" or "Send Card" and press "Enter". The card will immediately go to your recipient, and some sites will send you an e-mail notification when the person opens the card.
Tips and warnings
- American Greetings offers not only the chance to send e-cards, but also create printed cards.
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