You better watch out – you better not cry – better not pout – I’m telling you why… There’s a great alternative to writing out the 100’s of Christmas cards, licking envelopes and buying stamps. You’re already busy enough as a traveling therapist and rehab specialist, so hopefully this can save you some precious time while on assignment. No longer do you have to suffer through all the paper cuts and headache that is writing out your season’s greetings thanks to the many wonderful eCard services available to you on the world wide web. Here is a great list of sites to get you started…
1) eCardica has a wide variety of free ecards available, anything from Fruits and Vegetables to Ancient Cities to Famous Quotes. Most of the cards on the site are free; they also have announcement, birthday, special occasion, holiday, love, and many more varieties of ecards. If you’d like to become a member of eCardica, you gain access to a lot more fun tools and services, such as a reminders service, contacts, and calendar.
2) Yahoo Greetings – You can choose to sign up for the more expensive ecards, or you can just do what I do and scan for the little “free” text under most of these ecards. Funny ecards, free birthday ecards, Christmas ecards, and more.
3) Someecards – If you’re looking for an irreverent, hilarious, and sometimes off-color ecard to send to someone, then someecards is your best bet.
4) Postcard.fm – A truly unique site that allows you to customize and send your own free ecards with your own images, music (mp3 files only), and messages.
5) WrongCards – These are not the run of the mill ecards that you’ll find here – WrongCards is full of silly, tongue in cheek messages that you can send to friends and family.
6) Hipster Cards – Lots of vintage, “hip” cards here with great designs and images; includes plenty of humor from high right down to the lowest of the low brow.
7) Smilebox – Smilebox is one of my favorite spots for free ecards on the Web. You can choose from hundreds of interesting designs, add your own photos, videos, music, and messages, and then email it, blog it, or print it.
8) Rattlebox – Rattlebox offers a lot more than the typical ecard you might see on most sites – it’s all video here. Simply select a video you like, personalize it, and send.
9) Pingg – Simple and stylish, with many designs available. You can use Pingg not only for free ecards, but also for online invitations, announcements, and party planning.
10) MushyGushy – Select a card or animated video at MushyGushy, and then you can upload a head shot of you or someone else to complete the ecard. It’s a fun way to personalize your message.
Here’s a couple of other sites that I’ve recently discovered that can really add to your greetings! It’s fast, free and shockingly easy, says the site. All you do is provide the pictures and the site does the rest. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Check out Animoto to learn more and send what is surely to be the most unique holiday greeting anyone has ever received!
The other site is MyFaceLOL – It offers you three different animated cards in which you can place your headshot and others to make a fun and unique Christmas greeting!