Showing Appreciation with a Thanksgiving eCard

So you’re not going to be able to join your aunt and cousins this year for the usual Thanksgiving feast. Aunt Sally always makes you your own butternut squash because you don’t like the marshmallows that everyone else seems to love on top. Super sweet of her, right? Unfortunately, you’re going to be spending the holiday this year with your significant other’s family, and you’ll definitely be expected to try the “famous” marshmallow squash casserole. You want to send your family a really nice card to make up for your absence, but aren’t sure how to make it special…

Okay, so maybe that’s not your exact situation (just me I guess), but you do want to make a nice card. Well, lucky for you, Kudoboard’s got you covered with a little Thanksgiving card wisdom. Follow these 5 tips to warm Aunt Sally’s heart.

1) Wander down memory lane. Remember when your cousin Andrew tried to see how much pie he could eat in 2 minutes? Yeah, his family hasn’t forgotten either. Include some (tragically) funny or special memories to bring in an element of nostalgia.

2) Send a free group eCard. Instead of sending a card just from you, ask other family members to contribute to an online group card (*cough*Kudoboard*cough*). Receiving warm thoughts from many people at once will surely make Grandma smile.

3) Turkeys. Include them. This special bird is what Thanksgiving is all about, am I right? Post some pictures or drawings of funny cartoon turkeys to get a few laughs and a lot of appreciation.

4) Tell the recipient why you’re grateful for him/her. Thanksgiving originated as a day for the pilgrims to give thanks for the harvest. While you might not be celebrating the latest corn crop, you can still honor the spirit of the holiday by reminding a family member how much you appreciate him or her.

5) Use vivid fall colors. The various shades of orange, red, and brown are quintessential reminders of the beauty of fall. Your sister will be happy to look back on a beautiful autumn as the cold starts to roll in.

7 Ways to Make a Free eCard Feel Priceless

Woman Reacting to Appreciation

When birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays come around, many of us feel inclined to send a card to our friends and family. But we are then faced with an important decision: paper card via snail mail or eCard. Traditionalists swear by hand-written and/or homemade cards, but over the past decade, with advances in technology and new expectations of convenience, eCards have become increasingly popular. However, not everyone is so quick to choose the eCard route. Sending an online birthday or Christmas card often seems, at best, impersonal, and at worst, lazy. So how do we remedy these negative associations and continue enjoying the convenience of eCards? Follow these 7 tips to create personal, special eCards.

1) Include inside-jokes and funny anecdotes.
Remember your best friend’s last birthday when she walked into the bar with her skirt tucked into her underwear?  Yeah, she does too. Wish her a happy birthday this year with a reminder of that night.

2) Use lots of personal pictures.
No one likes to look at a boring, monochromatic card. This holds true for eCards too. Make sure to use your own, high-quality photos to create a personal affect.

3) Try a group eCard.
Instead of sending your mom an eCard just from you, invite your siblings, aunts, and uncles to contribute to a joint card. She’ll appreciate the coordinated effort (easy as it may be) and will certainly feel loved. Obviously we’re biased at here at Kudoboard, but we think using our site makes the process super easy. So easy, in fact, that Kudoboard will allow even your Uncle Jerry to upload those weird YouTube videos he likes so much.

4) Tell the recipient why you appreciate him or her.
Everyone likes to hear how great they are, so spread the joy and let your friend/dad/girlfriend etc know why he/she matters.

5) Colors. Use them.
Nothing’s more appealing to the eye than a rainbow of vivid colors. Creating a bright, creative card will ensure that you capture your recipient’s attention.

6) Post meaningful/funny quotes.
Miss the sentimentality of paper cards and their gushy sayings? Pick a meaningful quote or two to up your emotional impact.

7) Schedule a timely delivery
 Are you a little disorganized? Do you always end up scrambling to mail a card so it will arrive on time? Use Kudoboard’s calendar to pick a delivery date months in advance so you can create an eCard early and avoid the last-minute worrying.