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Birthday Cards for a Year

Last updated: Feb 06, 2012

Wang Thai #8

Sending cards is a good way to stay in touch with family and friends near and far. Creating a card caddy can help you stay organized and not forget anyone -- and it makes a satisfying project for you and your loved one.

What you'll need:

  • A wicker basket, box, or plastic bin to hold all your cards

  • Dividers for the months

  • A calendar

  • A box of birthday cards

  • Pens, stickers, other card embellishments

  • Other cards: thank you, thinking of you, get well, and even your year's-end holiday cards

  • Your address book

  • Stamps -- don't forget you can buy them at many stores (no extra trip to the post office)

Why it's great:

  • There's nothing like getting a card in the mail -- it makes your day! Every time you send a card, you spread a little joy.

  • Getting organized all at once saves time.

  • It's good for exercising your memory -- remembering dates, addresses, and creating thoughtful notes takes a little time, but it's worth it.

  • Finding some of those address can be a bit of a scavenger hunt. You might have to make a few calls or do a search online, which can be fun -- it's like working out a puzzle.

  • A card can be a bridge to soften misunderstandings.

  • You can get artsy and make your own cards. Decorating your cards with stickers, stamps, or a recent photo can be a way to express your creativity.

  • You'll start receiving cards back in the mail -- or even get a visit from a long-lost friend.

How to do it:

  • Choose a container that will provide ample room for cards of various sizes. Collect pens, stickers, stamps, confetti, photos, and other items you might like to include with your cards.

  • Get a calendar you can write on to keep track of birthdates, anniversaries, and other key dates (you can also do this on your computer).

  • Start a list of people you'd like to send cards to and go month by month, putting names on dates. Make a list of names you have without birthdates, names without addresses, etc., so that you can contact them and get the necessary information.

  • Buy a box of birthday, thinking-of-you, and thank-you cards, and decide which are special enough to spend a little more on. Card stores, big-box stores, and even dollar stores have boxes of cards.

  • Enjoy making your own cards, using a stencil, working freehand, or cutting up old card fronts and adding new backs. Don't forget postcards -- they can be fun, too.

  • Want to get super-organized? Make a month-by-month file and choose cards ahead of time, so they're ready to go.

  • Computer savvy? Send e-cards. Many sites, such as American Greetings and Jacqui Lawson, will send interactive cards via e-mail.