NHM readers suggested Birthday Card “hacks”
I’ve always been rubbish at remembering birthday cards, or rather, I buy the cards in advance but never quite get round to posting them in time.
I recently asked the Friends of my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook for any good “hacks” for how to remember to send birthday cards.
Thank you very much to everyone who responded and thank you very much to Yvette who put this post together!
Please note, these are in no particular order!
1. Moonpig / Funky Pigeon (as recommended by Georgina, Melanie, Lisa, Cerys & Jason)
The general consensus was that these websites are great as you can set up in advance what date you would like certain cards to be sent and also you can personalise your cards with your own photo’s / text. The only downside is that it can be a bit on the expensive side, but prices do include postage and they sometimes have special offers on. Alternatively, Cerys came up with a great idea of setting up reminders on the websites but buying the card elsewhere when the reminder email comes through!
2. Bunches (as recommended by Madeleine)
You can also set up reminders on this website (or other similar ones), just remember to put the exact dates in the notes.
3. Good old fashioned pen and paper (as recommended by Marie, Elaine, Sue, Heidi & Michelle)
3.1 Another great suggestion was to write every birthday on a calendar/diary at the beginning of the year and then at the beginning of every month, bulk buy all the cards you need for that month. Or alternatively, put a reminder in your diary to buy the cards 2 weeks before and then another reminder a week before to actually post them.
3.2 A lovely alternative for keeping birthdays separate from everything else going in your diary is getting a box of cards and planner from Heidi Wadsworth at Phoenix cards.
Just go through the planner each week, write them out and stick them in the post. The planner lasts and doesn’t need redoing each year.
4. Phone reminders (as recommended by Hayley)
Putting a reminder on her phone 2 days before to post the card has worked well for Hayley.
5. Facebook (as recommended by Jason)
6. Buy in bulk
Peta says “I buy packs of ‘assorted’, but quality, birthday cards to suit all ages (or multiple packs to suit a range of ages) and store them in my writing desk with books of (12x) stamps (1st class, 2nd class, £1.28 for airmail). I still forget birthdays, but at least my ‘belated’ birthday wishes are not quite as belated these days…
I also buy postcard packs (e.g. from local artists when I don’t want/cannot afford to buy individual pieces or themed packs from places like TK Maxx or independent bookstores) and packs of blank greeting cards so that I have an abundance of supplies for last minute wishes ‘thank you’, ‘thinking of you’, ‘anniversary’, ‘happy house warming’.. (you get the picture).
Oh, and my ex-housemate always writes her month’s cheques & birthday cards in advance, noting the ‘send on’ date in pencil on the front of each sealed envelope. She would pick up relevant envelopes in the morning and post them on her way to work. Teachers. So organised…”
7. A final thought
Lisa says “The sign of a true friend is one who still loves you even when you forget their birthday…maybe more than once ; )”
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