Unique Types of Greeting Cards for Every Occasion

Unique types of greeting cards

A well-chosen card can mean the world to someone; one that is different from what’s out there and designed with care. It's a really simple way to brighten up someone’s day. If you have been looking for some new ideas on what type of greeting cards to create next, then look no further! We’ve compiled this list of more than 150 unique types of greeting cards that we think you should check out. From birthday and anniversary cards to thank-you cards and graduation announcements, this list has something for everyone who loves to send greetings.

What are Greeting Cards?

Greeting cards are traditionally small pieces of paper or cardboard that you write a message on and then send to friends and family. There are hundreds of different kinds of greeting cards to choose from, so you’ll have no trouble finding one that suits your personality and occasion.

Alternatively, online cards (ecards) are becoming increasingly popular these days, with people living far apart, remote teams more apparent, and environmental concerns.

People usually use greeting cards to send a quick note of thanks, to wish someone a happy birthday or to say congratulations on a wedding. They can also be used to send a more unique message, such as celebrating a friend’s housewarming. Greeting cards are also great for any occasion that calls for a more formal expression of your feelings, such as sending a congratulations card for a work anniversary. They’re also useful for expressing positive sentiments, such as wishing friends' good health or happiness.

If you’re stuck for ideas, we can help you come up with something creative that will make your friends and family smile.

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What to Write in a Greeting Card

Even though greeting card companies have gotten quite savvy at designing cards that follow certain themes, you can still make your cards unique by writing your own custom message on each card. Especially, if you're creating an online card - the message is the most important part! It’s a great way to personalize your cards and make them more meaningful for recipients.

  1. Begin by brainstorming a few topics that you want to write a greeting card about. You can be specific or you can leave it open-ended, as long as you’ve thought about the message you want to convey to the recipient. A good place to start is the occasion - a birthday, anniversary, or just because?
  2. Once you have the topic or occasion, try to think of some anecdotes that relate to those topics - you can use this as a starting point for your card message. For example, if you wanted to write a birthday card, you could share some stories about your recipient. From there, you can weave some of those anecdotes into your card.
  3. If you want to get really creative, you can even try writing a poem or a song in your greeting card. You can also try composing a rhyme or haiku.

We know it can be hard to think of the perfect message! We've put together a few lists for different occasions that you can check out:

Popular Greeting Card Types

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Birthday Cards

Birthday cards are a must for any birthday celebration. You can use them to write sentimental wish for your friend or family member's birthday, or to congratulate them in a funny way. Birthday cards are also a great option for personalizing and decorating your message. Some people buy the most relatable card at the store, others create a hand-crafted masterpiece, and the rest customize beautiful online cards.

A dog floating with birthday balloons

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Farewell Cards

Farewell cards are super popular in the workplace. We've all been through either the emotional or awkward goodbye to our coworker, as they move on to another journey in their life. A card is the perfect way to bid someone adieu whether you knew them well or not. It marks the occasion and you can wish them well in their future endeavours.

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Thank You Cards

Thank you cards are great for thanking friends and family members for helping you out or for any other type of thank-you message. Maybe someone took care of your dog for a week while you were out of town or your party guests gave you wonderful gifts or your friend helped you move houses or... you get the point.

Funny dog saying thank you


Graduation Cards

Graduation cards are excellent cards to send to friends, family members, or other people you know who are graduating from college, graduate school, or some other type of educational institution. This marks a huge day for the personal graduating, and deserves to be celebrated! With an online card you can even get family from all over the world to sign and be part of this special day.

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Get Well Soon Cards

Get Well Soon cards are great for sharing your well wishes with coworkers, friends or family members who are sick or are injured. It's the perfect way to say, "Hey, I'm thinking about you". As another plus, it may just help your recipient feel slightly better!

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Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine’s Day cards are one of the most popular types of greeting cards, as it's the perfect holiday to express your feelings, whether it's through gifts, experiences, or words. All you have to do is write a couple of sentences about love and what you want to convey to your recipient and then fold up the card and seal it with a red heart-shaped sticker. Or, you can create an online card filled with a photo collage of your memories with your significant other.

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More Occasions

There's an endless amount of occasions and reasons to give greeting cards. We could go on and on, but we'll leave you with a few more ideas we think are worth mentioning.

  • Retirement cards
  • Sympathy cards
  • Good luck cards
  • Holiday cards
  • Pregnancy announcements
  • Appreciation cards
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Are You Ready To Get Your Greeting On?

Now that we've inspired you so much, it's time for you to spread some cheer! You can check out some more greeting card ideas if you're still brainstorming. Happy card-making!

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Bells and Wishes is a digital group greeting platform. Send an online card for your coworker's birthday, parent's anniversary, and more. Easily customize your card and collaborate with others.