The 12 Best Ecard Options for 2022

Folks have been migrating their paper-based activities online for a while now, and then the pandemic really sped things up. Goodbye, graduation parties. Nice try, office birthday party. Instead, we were home and looking for ways to mark the special occasions in our lives when we could no longer pass around that grocery store greeting card. 

Ecards have come a long way to allow us the full expression of our thoughts and feelings on those special days. Whether it’s a sympathy card, group birthday ecard, or a simple “Thinking of You,” sending an electronic greeting card is easier than ever—and you have options. 

We’re breaking down the 12 most popular and useful ecard options out there (in no particular order), including their pros and cons, so you can determine which will best meet your needs. 

Unique Modern Offerings

These go beyond the static ecards of the early internet. Today's ecards allow for fun media creation, group signing capability, and a more personal touch—all in just a few clicks.

Kudoboard

Price: Varies (Send a mini-board for free, one-off for $5.99, or purchase a subscription)

Pros: Streamlined for groups; popular for workplace appreciation

Cons: Not made for 1-to-1 eCards

Best For: Assembling group appreciation

Kudoboard was designed to replace the card that's passed around & signed. It’s perfect for remote teams to use for birthdays, work anniversaries, retirements, get wells, farewells, and more. Unlike other offerings, Kudoboard's group eCards allow for your own videos, photos, GIFS, and other customizations. Admittedly, we are biased since we are writing this article. But nevertheless, we are going to put it out there: if you are looking for the best group card on the internet - look no further!

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JibJab

Price: $24/year

Pros: Topical and memorable cards

Cons: Poor organization

Best For: Outrageous video cards

JibJab is an entirely different type of ecard. Each card allows you to upload a face which will then animate within the video. For example, you might upload the Birthday Boy’s face into an animation of MC Hammer and it will dance while singing “Can’t Touch This.” See what we mean? 

Tribute

Price: From $25/Tribute

Pros: Personalized videos

Cons: Price and technology barrier

Best For: Making videos for particularly special occasions

Even better than a generic message in an ecard is seeing their face and hearing their voice as they speak to you. Tribute allows groups to submit a quick video message to the recipient and then gathers it together in a touching video. We’d recommend this service for very special occasions. 

The Old Guard

Let's start with a few options that have been around for several years. What they may lack in innovation, they make up for in brand recognition. You're not going to turn any heads with these selections, but hey -- they work.

American Greetings

Price: From $5/month

Pros: Celebrity options

Cons: Limited customization

Best For: When you send lots of ecards for a variety of occasions

You already know American Greeting, so the American Greeting ecard option is a familiar one. Their monthly subscriptions allow you access to a huge selection of online greeting cards. You can personalize the name and a brief message, but you won’t be able to do much more than that. You will, however, have access to celebrity videos—consider it Cameo on the cheap! 

Jacquie Lawson

Price: $20/year

Pros: Designer cards at an affordable yearly rate

Cons: Limited customization, dated website

Best For: Sending unique ecards all year

This is the first ecard service started by an illustrator, and it shows. The cards are beautiful and unique, and some even feature custom music. At $20/year, it’s less than half the price of the big-name yearly subscriptions, but with much better taste and gift card options. 

Punchbowl

Price: Free

Pros: Great free option

Cons: Requires upgrades for ad-free and video options

Best For: Free cards

Punchbowl was one of the first electronic greeting cards on the scene, and they’re still a viable product today. Their site will reel you in with a free ecard maker, but it’s very limited and designed to push you to the more interesting paid tiers. 

The Invitation Crossovers

There are several companies whose bread and butter is digital invitations. They've more recently begun to add eCard offerings to the mix.

Evite

Price: Varies (free options or memberships)

Pros: Adding Amazon gifts and egift cards

Cons: Few free options

Best For: When Happy Birthday is sung remotely

Like Punchbowl, Evite has been around for a long time. They made their name with electronic invitations, but they have since expanded into a nice range of birthday and other occasion ecards. We especially like the ability to add an Amazon gift or egift card directly to your birthday ecard. 

Paperless Post

Price: From $10

Pros: Gorgeous designs

Cons: Less customization

Best For: Your fanciest friend

Paperless Post sets itself apart by creating beautiful designs and co-branded lines (Rifle Paper Co.—swoon!). These cards are much nicer than your cheesy, animated ecards. The onsite currency can be confusing, and you don’t get to customize very much, but it’s worth it for the luxury feel. 

Greenvelope

Price: from $19

Pros: Customization, print or e-delivery, gift cards

Cons: Expensive, emphasis on invitations

Best For: Businesses or weddings that want to go green

Greenvelope is an ecard maker that focuses on sustainability. They feature beautiful designs and high levels of customization for your cards or invitations (including the envelope, postage, and more). Their focus is on weddings and event invitations, and they feature business packages, but when it comes to greeting cards your options will be limited. 

The Specialty Offerings

Here's where things get interesting. If you are no longer searching for a generic eCard or online invitation but rather want to find something a bit more bespoke -- look no further than these specialty offerings.

Postable

Price: From $4

Pros: Paper cards delivered for you

Cons: Delivery dates can vary

Best For: When you want them to get a “real” card

Some of us just aren’t that good at remembering birthdays. Some of us want (or need) to send our old school family actual cards for their birthdays or special occasions. If either of these is you—Postable is your best bet. You can create the card virtually, then Postable will print and mail it. Just be careful you send it with plenty of time for delivery. 

CultureGreeting

Price: $4

Pros: Black-owned, diverse cards, gift card available

Cons: Delivery dates can vary

Best For: Supporting small and black-owned businesses

CultureGreeting is a Black-owned greeting card maker that provides a more diverse set of images and options. You can personalize a card and have it mailed to your recipient, but even better than Postable you can add a gift card to sweeten the deal. 

Dayspring

Price: Free

Pros: Beautiful, free religious cards (or pay $5.99/card for a paper card)

Cons: No customization

Best For: Religious groups or individuals

Dayspring offers a wide range of free ecards with religion in mind. You can select any type of card and then download or email it to add a personalized message. While the cards can’t be edited, they are well-designed and usually feature faith-filled images and quotes. 

An Ecard for Every Day of the Year

There you have it. Now you never have another excuse not to acknowledge a special day, because in just a few clicks you can send off a fun and thoughtful ecard direct to your recipient. When in doubt, take the opportunity to say something nice. You won’t regret it. 

Danica Holdaway

Danica Holdaway is a 10-year marriage veteran with three little girls. She loves marking each and every holiday and anniversary in the most extra way possible. She’s passionate about making everyday life special and bringing people together. Especially using food.