Save a Stamp: Sending Online Thank You Notes
Emily Post beware. Thank you notes are going digital and there isn’t a thing that you, or your big blue book about etiquette can do about it. Look at it this way — getting your kids to send thank you notes after the holidays, their birthday party or post school Jog-a-Thon is torture — for the both of you. So, who cares if they go out via email or, (don’t read this part Emily) you post them on Facebook? At least they’re being sent, right? Even the grandparents, who are likely more tech-savvy than your 14-year old anyway, will get a kick out of getting a digital thank you note — bonus points for getting it in their inbox before they get home from the party!
The DIY Version
You don’t have to be a Photoshop genius to make these cool, DIY digital thank you notes! Jump on to PicMonkey, a free, online photo editing program, and upload your favorite picture of your birthday boy or girl to get started. You can add Instagram-esque filters, fun boarders, graphics and text, all to personalize your thanks. Once you’re happy with your creation, you can email it to the recipient or post it on Facebook (don’t forget to tag them!), straight from PicMonkey. Or, email it to yourself to be sent out later. Psst! If you fall in love with PicMonkey, it’s worth the $33 annual membership fee to upgrade!
Put a Face to Your Thanks
You probably recognize JibJab from those hilarious video cards during the holidays, but we’re here to share the equally hilarious news — JibJab is more than just dancing elves with your bosses’, um, your kids’ faces on them! Check out their selection of thank you cards that can be updated with your kiddo’s face, or your whole family’s mugs for holiday or group thank you notes. For $1 per month, you can upgrade your membership to be able to send dancing thank you cards, personalized, of course! It’s like a singing telegram… but one that will make your kid the most popular thank you note writer in school!
Tip: To hunt down the selection of thank you notes on JibJab, type “thank you” into the search bar. We suggest double-checking your kid’s selection for age-appropriate humor before giving them the okay to send it to all of their buddies. We’ll leave it at that.
Find a happy medium between sending out digital thank you notes and keeping your thank yous semi-traditional. Check out Evite Postmark for an online card service that feels like real mail, but without the hassle of trying to figure out where you can still buy stamps! You can customize each card to the max, even adding photos from the party, if you’d like. Each card will cost you a certain amount of “credits” to email or post on Facebook and each customization (adding a cool envelope for a real mail feeling, including photos, etc.) will be additional credits. Typically, you can send a basic thank you note, like the one pictured, for 1 credit per recipient, with 50 credits costing $5. If you have 50 of these bad boys to send, coffee is on us.
Psst! If you’re registering with Evite for the first time, they’ll pop 30 credits in your account to get started!
What is your favorite way to send thank you notes without ever visiting a real, live post office?
– Katie Kavulla