If you want to send postcards to your friends and family, there are hundreds of sites to choose from. We’ve done the hard work and explored the best sites with the widest range of cards for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions.

It’s important to know that some of these websites allow you to download cards to your computer or phone, while other websites send e-cards on your behalf — as soon as you enter the recipient’s email address. But often emails from these websites are considered promotional and may end up in your recipient’s spam folder. Make sure you acknowledge that your recipient received the e-card. To avoid this, you can always download the map and send it yourself or share the map on social media instead of emailing it.

Punchbowl: The best for most people


At Punchbowl, you’ll find an e-card for just about every occasion. The cards are beautifully designed and the website makes it easy to find and discover new cards. There are many card categories including birthdays, festivals, weddings, professional, religious and more. Cards of all categories have a consistently pleasant design.

Before sending the card, you can personalize each design with your name or other text. You can then send the card to all your guests or schedule it for later. If you install mobile apps, you can sign up to receive push notifications whenever any of your guests confirm their presence — if you send a card with the RSVP feature.

Blue Mountain: good if you want to have fun, animated postcards


Blue Mountain is one of the older e-card sending sites and is still relevant and thriving today. In addition to regular maps, Blue Mountain also has animation maps, graphics cards, and several other interactive maps. Not all of these cards are available for free though. Once you choose a card, you can personalize it to some extent and then email or share it on social media. Please note that some cards can only be personalized with preselected names.

The website is freemium where you can send most e-cards for free, but other services such as scheduling, exclusive cards, sending physical cards and including gift cards require a subscription. Their plans start at $4.99 per month and you can find out the details on their membership page.

Pingg: good if you want more distinctive designs


You’ll find birthday cards, invitations, holidays, and more on Pingg. The number of designs may not be as high as some of the other options we’ve discussed, but each design is created by different artists, which makes them feel a little more distinct. If you’re interested, you can find all the designers on their designers page.

Since all the cards on Pingg are created by designers, you will find many design styles to choose from. When choosing a design, you will have the option to customize it before shipping. The designer uses Adobe Flash, so make sure it’s enabled in your browser. Follow the instructions in this article if you need help.

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Someecards: good if you like funny cards


If sending funny postcards is your thing, then you’ll love someecards postcards. The cards are funny, mostly in the style of a joke dad, and use the modern language of pop culture. You won’t find many cards on the homepage as their site has evolved into a post and not just a card service. To view all cards, use the menu to go to the «Postcards» section, or use this link.

The exchange options on the site are somewhat limited. Once you find the card you want, all you can do is share it on Facebook, email, and some other social media sites. Web site really offered customization options, but it appears to have been discontinued. There is also no bulk send feature, so keep that in mind before choosing a card.

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