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An Electronic Thank You Note Even I Can Love

As someone who appreciates the hand-written thank you note, I sometimes feel left behind as more and more people use their computers and phones for their primary communication.  However, I understand the need to be flexible and adapt where necessary, especially when the only contact option I have is an email.  It was on this track that I went in search of an impactful thank you note that had the following criteria: it was email friendly, free was ideal, and something similar to what I would send in the mail — icing on the cake.  I found everything I wanted at Punchbowl* and just had to share it with you.

I located this site several months ago when more and more of the traditional card companies’ sites were starting to require paid subscriptions to send electronic cards, and honestly, I didn’t think that the options were really all that great.  Unlike the flat static or whimsical cartoon animation I found on sites like Hallmark or American Greetings, Punchbowl offers a classic square card image encased in a color-coordinated envelope complete with postage stamp. The bonus in this case, clever animation that mimics the actions you would take when you open a snail-mail card.

Here’s a sample of how it works: 

In addition to thank you notes, the site offers greetings for birthdays, “just because” cards, ones for standard holidays like: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Rosh Hashanah, Father’s and Mother’s Day, as well as non-traditional ones like: April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, and even Talk Like a Pirate Day (that’s on 9/19 in case you were wondering) and more.


Need an email reminder for your special dates, a party theme idea, help with planning a party or party supplies?  Punchbowl has you covered here as well.

*Note:  You can opt-in to a paid subscription to have great editing capabilities and more card choices, but to date my needs have been met by the wide variety of free options available on the site.  (So many more than those I’d found on the traditional greeting card websites.  While I expect to see an increase in interest/use of Punchbowl, I hope they’ll continue to offer the quality and large variety of free options.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

12/1/2014 UPDATE 

When I visited the site today I found that Punchbowl now charges and limits what you can do there with a free/basic “membership.”  Since I used it extensively, this presents some challenges.

I was working on my holiday cards, and finished my first, only to find that I COULD NOT:
1. Schedule a Later Date. (You must email same day with their new policies).
2. You cannot send more than 10 cards in the same month. (I can send up to 50/month- if you pay $39)
While I loved these cards and the site, I’m not sure about the $39 fee. I prefer to hand write my cards as you know, but sometimes you simply need electronic versions (to make that impact.) However, at this time I really don’t have the volume/need to send 50 cards/month that would justify the new monthly $29 fee.

Wanted to make sure you had an update in regards to fees and “volume” if you like the electronic versions.

Have you found other sites like Punchbowl that pack a punch when it comes to
electronic greetings?
Would you prefer a hand-written note or one sent electronically (like these),
or a simple text email?