Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary, Christmas or Valentine’s Day, many people are prone to forgetting special occasions until it’s too late. Thankfully, the world of the mobile app has offered myriad solutions to fix that. If you realise that you wanted to send a greeting but missed your chance to go to the market to pick one up, just visit the app store from your iPhone or Android to see what you can find in the way personalised cards. Here are our top picks.
Sincerely Ink. If you’re one of the paper-and-ink types that still prefer a card in the mail, check out Sincerely Ink. This app, made for iPhone, iPad, or Android, is an easy way to browse cards and drop one in the mail for someone that you love. And you’ll be glad to know that this awesome app is totally free to download. Sincerely Ink features a vast collection of cards to celebrate birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and any other holiday you could think of. It has been raved about on Mashable, Tech Crunch, and the New York Times
Cards. This app from Apple seems to take advantage of how sleek and stylish simplicity can be, right down to its name. For iPhone and iPad users, creating cards with this app is a breeze because it uses the photos that you already have stored on your device and can retrieve contact details from your address book. The card designs are simple yet sophisticated, and you won’t even have to leave the sofa to send them.
Postcard Express. For avid travellers who know the value of great scenery (and own an iPhone), the Postcard Express app is a must-have. It lets you take photos while you’re on the go and embed them into a digital postcard that you can then write a message on. Postcard Express cards can be sent via text or posted on Facebook or Twitter. Each card also has its own unique geo tag so that the recipients can see where you’re sending it from.
Vintage Birthday Cards. This app gives an entirely new meaning to “period piece.” Taking inspiration from time periods long passed, this app gives you a selection of vintage-style cards to choose from and email. It’s cool enough for its originality alone, but there are a few kinks to sort out that might better suite its users. For example, the customisation options are limited, but this only means you can send a card even faster with this app.
Mean Cards. Because you don’t want every e-card you send to be dripping in maudlin sentiment, sometimes it pays to have a cheeky iPhone app like this one. Making brilliant use of the stick figure, this app seems to have mastered the short, snarky message that’s guaranteed to make its recipient double over with laughter. But exercise a bit of caution if you use Mean Cards; it’s for people 17 and over.
The best part about most of these apps is that they come with a “card history” function that lets you save everything you’ve sent for later use. Sending card, whether by post or email, can’t get any easier than that.