The market for Christmas collectibles is actually on the rise, according to Terry Kovel, co-author of the Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide. "All of the holidays have gotten more popular in collecting," she tells GoodHousekeeping.com. "And the most popular one obviously is Christmas." Vintage cards in good condition can fetch about $10 to $50 apiece, she says, but particularly valuable ones can shoot up into the three- or even four-figure range.
It’s easy to say the right thing when presents are involved. Whether you’re passing along a happy birthday greeting or returning the favor with a magnanimous thank you card, our designs for good times give your fond wishes a suitably grand entrance. Choose from gleefully witty illustrated designs, stately typographic and calligraphed options, or photo cards that let you use a memorable portrait as a backdrop. Lovers of fine stationery will be thrilled to find work by papercraft favorites like Mr. Boddington’s Studio and Rifle Paper Co. represented in our online collection. No matter what medium you choose to express yourself, we’ll leave you plenty of room for additional notes—and with our online design tool, they’re sure to be letter-perfect. You’ll have the chance to edit your card’s wording of course, but you’ll also find new venues for expression in the envelope liner and online backdrop—colorful new places to add a bit of pattern and print.
Whether it’s a Birthday Card or a Thank You Card, with 1000’s of designs to choose from you’ll find the right one to match. Our range spreads from our standard high street cards to, to simple text customisation to fully personalised designs where you can upload your photos, add names, special messages and more. You can also edit the inside with plenty of tools to help you get creative, then send the card directly to your recipient or back to you to add your finishing touch first. All cards are printed on high quality paper stock and can be sent 1st Class, with same day despatch when ordered before our cut-off time.
By the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing, mechanization, and a reduction in postal rates with the introduction of the postage stamp.[4] This was followed by new trends like Christmas cards, the first of which appeared in published form in London in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends and acquaintances. In the 1860s, companies like Marcus Ward & Co, Goodall and Charles Bennett began the mass production of greeting cards. They employed well known artists such as Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane as illustrators and card designers. The extensive Laura Seddon Greeting Card Collection from the Manchester Metropolitan University gathers 32,000 Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards and 450 Valentine's Day cards dating from the early nineteenth century, printed by the major publishers of the day.[5]
If you’re celebrating a birthday boy, you’ll find cards with charming animal illustrations and adventurous forest landscapes perfect for the plucky lad in your life (and all his future derring-do). Those entering their quarter- or mid-life crises deserve a card featuring sharp suiting, refined cocktails, and other trappings of fashionable maturity—it’s not so bad, we swear. Toast or roast the distinguished older gentleman in your life with funny birthday cards for men that make light of all those extra candles on the cake. Dry wit from The New Yorker and Derek Blasberg keeps the comedy fit for an evening at the Cafe Carlyle. Gents of any age will appreciate a card that features frosted gateaus, cream cakes, and other edible birthday indulgences. If you’d prefer to focus on the memories, a photo birthday card with an elegant typographic design or border frame lets you send a particularly sweet portrait of your jolly good fellow as you remember him best.
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