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Four Tips for Greeting Card Etiquette

Like all forms of social communication, greeting cards come with their own set of established etiquette rules. Close friends and family members will love to receive greeting cards from you regardless of whether or not you follow etiquette guidelines perfectly, but business colleagues and other influential contacts you'd like to impress will certainly have a more discerning eye. Here's a quick list of tips to help you ensure that your greeting cards are full of fashionable fun instead of fearsome faux pas:

  1. Select a high quality greeting card. Cheesy, low quality cards let everyone know that you dashed into the store at the last minute. A high quality greeting card, on the other hand, indicates that your warm wishes are full of time, effort and forethought.
  2. Let the envelope set the stage. Since the envelope is the first thing recipients see, it's important to personalize it to match the style of your greeting card. Look for envelopes that feature unexpected details, like embossing, liners or a touch of color.
  3. Be timely. There's nothing worse than a late greeting card! Allow plenty of time for your greeting to arrive and stay on display for at least a week or two. If you are late in sending your greeting card, try to make up for it by putting extra thought into your personal note.
  4. Add extra special touches. Although formal greetings for colleagues and clients should be more friendly than heartfelt, personal greeting cards for close friends and family members deserve an extra special touch. Write a custom message, add a handwritten signature or include a gift to make your greeting card memorable.

In general, greeting cards are all about expressing genuine appreciation for the people in your life, so as long as you select high quality products, fill them with your heartfelt sentiments and send them in a timely fashion they are sure to be appreciated!