You'll never need to queue in the post office with a screaming toddler again - here's where to buy last-minute greeting cards and gifts online!
It’s your niece’s birthday coming up, and that carefully chosen gift and card you meant to send across the globe three weeks ago is still sitting in the stroller basket. And now your niece’s birthday is tomorrow. Eek! We’ve all been there, done that and got the ‘birthday fail’ T-shirt. With so many relatives scattered around the world, it’s waaay easier to order and send online from here on in. These are the sites we’ve been using for greeting cards and prezzies to save a late birthday gift faux pas ever again.
Last-minute greeting cards (and gifts) that you can send online
Founded in 2000 in the UK by Nick Jenkins – known as Moonpig at school – this online greeting cards giant has saved us time and time again for last-minute deliveries to far-flung rellies. Personalise a huge range of cards and pop a gift or pretty florals in with your order for extra brownie points. It’s based in the UK, US and Australia and it posts worldwide, leaving you covered no matter how late you remember Aunt Mildred’s birthday.
2. Funky Pigeon
For everything from personalised tote bags to greeting cards for all occasions, Funky Pigeon flies in the face of conventional greeting card stores. It will deliver most orders (via post, not carrier pigeon, unfortunately) within a day or two of your order being processed. Funky Pigeon lives in the UK, but will fly all over the world to bring a loved one a birthday card or present for you.
If you need a birthday card sent quick-smart to the USA, UK or Australia, then head to online store Cardly. Browse its virtual shelves that are packed with all greeting cards you could ever need. Plus, its gorgeous designs are by independent artists. With words written by you, the commercial nonsense you might have relied on can now become a thing of the past.
4. La La Land
For something a little out of the ordinary, the cards and gifts from La La Land are pretty gorgeous. The Sydney-based brand supports artists from around the world by turning artwork into card, gift and homeware form. Postage is available worldwide. Now everyone can have a birthday card, Freddie Mercury tea towel and some spiffy melamine koala picnicware.
5. Photobook Singapore
No time to dash to the shops for a last-minute birthday card here in Singapore? Create your own photo upload greeting card at Photobook Singapore or choose a ready-created number! It’ll be whizzing its way through the post quicker than you can say “Happy birthday!”
6. Simply Say
Another great option in Singapore is Simply Say, which assists you in creating beautiful greeting cards to perfection before sending them out. This online service offers cards for every occasion: from birthdays to farewells, and even themed greetings such as LGBTQ+, Teachers’ Day and even the exam season. If you really want to make it truly local, select a card from its Singlish collection and send it over to your international friends and relatives based overseas. Bamboozle them with the Singaporean vernacular before educating them! Service includes free delivery within Singapore; international delivery is also available.
If you’re strapped for time, then we highly recommend this e-greeting card service. Punchbowl lets you personalise a card with your own design: add in a video message, customise the envelope, and even throw in a gift card or few! We definitely like the whole idea that sending a (free) e-card is better than paper!
8. Open Me
Looking for a no-frills option? Open Me is a free greeting card service that allows you to send e-cards via email or Facebook. Simply pick a card from the appropriate category, add your message, and it gets sent over to your intended recipient in a jiffy. If more people want to sign the card, you have the option of passing it around (electronically, of course) before finally sending it out to the lucky individual.
So there you have it – go send out those last-minute greeting cards, stat!