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Where have all the greeting cards disappeared?

Decades ago greeting cards were hugely popular. For every occasion people used to give or send greeting cards. Well, I haven’t received a greeting card in years, and I haven’t sent a greeting card to anyone in years. Come to think of it I have not seen greeting cards in gift shops. The laidback charm of greeting cards seems to be missing these days.

All the wishes and greetings appear in a message on a screen, and quite honestly the personal touch seems to be missing in this age of gadgets. Christmas greetings, Easter greetings, birthday greetings…I seem to miss them all. I will go to neighborhood gift shops and see if greeting cards are easily available. I will buy a few and might just send them to my near and dear ones. I am hoping greeting cards make a comeback in a huge way and stop us from being mechanical animals.

Have you sent or received greeting cards?

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MegL wrote on August 23, 2014, 9:47 AM

I send and receive about 60 or more Christmas cards every year. I also send birthday cards. A number of people I know put an advertisement in the local paper saying they are not sending cards this year and will make a donation to charity! That's very laudable but I have yet to see them sending the donation! There is an argument that sending cards contributes to cutting down trees for paper that is just thrown out. Postage is also very expensive.

LynnWrites wrote on August 23, 2014, 9:49 AM

We still have greeting cards in stores where I am, but I have noticed I don't receive them like I used to. Even thank you cards are sent by email. This was the first year I received thank you cards from grads I bought presents for via email. And like you I missed that personal touch. it's nice to get a hand written note, it seems special now. Funny how technology changes even the simplest of things.

aolo wrote on August 23, 2014, 12:34 PM

I guess with technology all the other modes just become extinct...

BarbRad wrote on August 23, 2014, 1:05 PM

I still send the occasional birthday card to those who don't use email, and I do send some Christmas cards. I think the increases in postage costs are part of the reason less cards are sent.

Shadi wrote on August 23, 2014, 1:49 PM

We still use them here. No electronic greetings could replace the traditional greeting cards. At least not yet :)

madhavan_as wrote on August 25, 2014, 11:49 AM

Greeting Cards not became may be E-cards not a penny spent and comes up in great colors and designs. I too miss Greeting Cards.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 23, 2015, 11:50 AM

In this age of online greeting cards , the sale of paper greeting cards has gone down. But, I do still receive paper ones in the mail and I do still send them. I also get e cards too from relatives and friends. So, really it is a combination of both that I send and receive.

Last Edited: December 23, 2015, 11:51 AM