How do you choose a birthday card for someone?

@katsalot1 (1619)
March 29, 2009 10:26am CST
Do you decide on a birthday card for someone because you like it, or because you think they will like it? Do you just pick any card as long as it is the right price? I design and make a few cards, but often when it is someone's birthday, I will go and buy a card because I don't think that any of mine are right for them. How do you make your decision?
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24 responses
• United States
29 Mar 09
I don't buy anyone a card from the store. That would not be the best thing for me to do. That card is reproduced for many to enjoy. I want to give a card that is one of a kind. So I choose to write a small saying on my own cards. My family knows not to bother buying me some card. They can make it or save their cash..
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@katsalot1 (1619)
29 Mar 09
I always do that if I can - there is nothing like a unique card.
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@maeras (115)
• United Arab Emirates
29 Mar 09
The design of the card counts as it is the initial basis for attracting the attention. I'd read the message and check if it fits the recipient. I'd like to choose cards that fits the personality of the person. If the person I'm buying it for has a sense of humor, I'd usually choose those funny cards which I know they'd like. I try to make sure that the message is also what I intend to convey..or at least close to it. Then I'd always add my personal touch..some message or funny pictures.
@katsalot1 (1619)
29 Mar 09
I am really bad at choosing funny cards, and worried that the person won't find it funny! The cards I design are blank, so that any personal message can be added.
@maeras (115)
• United Arab Emirates
29 Mar 09
No need to worry there...most of those funny cards are not really that funny, but have rather sweet messages. If it makes them smile then it's enough really for me.
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@ionsquare (534)
• Singapore
30 Mar 09
Hi, I will look at the design and price to decide which birthday card to buy. I will also buy a card by looking from my birthday friend's point of view. I will buy something that my friend will like from what I understand about them. There is no point buying something that I like but not the birthday friend. I like card that plays music or has 3-D design though.
@katsalot1 (1619)
30 Mar 09
I also think that there is no point buying a card that the person won't like, but I think many people just buy a card because they like it!
• Philippines
29 Mar 09
i prefer to choose a more unique, unexpensive type of card. as long as the message can heat the real and true meaning, i go for it... thingking also that the person receiving this will love to have it...
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@katsalot1 (1619)
30 Mar 09
I also try to imagine whether the person will really like it.
@randiss (149)
29 Mar 09
i don't buy cards anymore. i used to collect them so that when someone's birthday comes along, i don't have to go out and rush to buy a card. but i stopped this practice because i realized that it's better to give someone, something that is original. i don't make the complicated crafts, i can make a card with my own text. and i think it's more special that way. the message truly comes from you. ^^
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@katsalot1 (1619)
29 Mar 09
I would rather give someone a card that I had made especially for them, but unfortunately, I often remember too late. I do agree about that the message is important.
@bluishrose (2291)
• Philippines
29 Mar 09
My basis for birthday cards is the message in it. I collect few cards first like 3 to 5 pieces then after which I choose the design. I always choose the design that will fit the receiver or design that he or she will like rather than my choice. I don't mind if the price is quite high as long as the card has a good nessage and the design is perfect.
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30 Mar 09
i must try ur ways...i hope my frnds like it...
@hotranger (446)
• India
29 Mar 09
birthday card - cards are priceless
I choose birthday card for the person depending on the nature of that person meaning keeping his personal like and dislike. His attitude is really important while picking a card for him or her. suppose if the person is fun loving then i choose accordingly. Card for a serious person is definitely going to be different. One more criteria for choosing card is the kind of relationship between us. lastly the factor that is important is "PRICE" of the card
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@katsalot1 (1619)
29 Mar 09
The price is important for me as well. I can't believe the prices for some of them - it doesn't make them any more suitable either!
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
29 Mar 09
Well, I decide based on the appearance of the card as well as the pre written dedication inside the card. I will make sure that it does fit to the person I will give it too. Meaningful thoughts of course is my priority considering that when I give the card, I make sure that it does bring about my true feelings.
@katsalot1 (1619)
29 Mar 09
Yes, I think that is so important. It's not so nice to receive a card that someone has obviously not thought about.
• Philippines
29 Mar 09
i would do the same thing.. choose for the card that fits the personality of the celebrant..its his birthday in the first place, i will definitely give him the one he would loved having..
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@katsalot1 (1619)
29 Mar 09
I think that's very important. It's nice to know that someone has thought about you when they've chosen a card.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Mar 09
I will choose a card for that person, but I often see cards I like and buy and keep them for when I need them so I "shop" at home. I also make cards but I usually give them in sets as gifts more than for occasions. There are just so many great cards out there. I guess if I were out of my stash or if I didn't have a suitable card I might use one I had made.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
29 Mar 09
If I see some really nice cards, I will quite often buy a few so that I have some at home just in case.
@eztuner (451)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I look for a card that I like because it looks or says something I think the other person will enjoy, or reflex my thoughts.
@balasri (26577)
• India
30 Mar 09
I just choose the Birth day cards to match the character and nature of the Birth day person
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• China
30 Mar 09
I have not send the real card to my friend now ,I sent the e-card to him or her!
@bloglog (624)
• Singapore
30 Mar 09
I would choose cards which I like and are suitable for them. In a sense, I feel they will like it too. I usually love to pick humorous cards, which I believe can make them laugh in their happy occassion.
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• India
30 Mar 09
i choose birthday card for someone according to their nature. or you will also give them cards according totheir profession.
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• Philippines
30 Mar 09
that depends on the person you want to greet, how are you relationship are. For me, if it's not a too strong an ordinary card will do; if it's a knit tie relationship, then I will go an "extra mile long".
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• United States
30 Mar 09
I usually have fun picking a birthday card for someone. I will spend sometime in the bookstore looking for the card that will reflect the person's personality. It's easier to find a card if you personally know the person like friends, cause you really know who they are, what they like, and their personality. I usually give them cards with some sort of a long sayings or letters on it, as long as it really describes our friendship and both of us could relate to the message. For people that I don't know that much, I usually give a birthday card with a general message on it.
@bing28 (3800)
• Philippines
30 Mar 09
I choose simple card but with right or suited dedication or message. If I write my personal message however I choose a beautiful design that would suit the person age or character. Oh yes, nowadays I consider the price. It might not be my first choice but with a reasonable price. For birthdays, for ladies I often preferred beautiful roses design, for men might be anything that had a shade of blue.
@ryepes (20)
• Philippines
30 Mar 09
I usually choose a birthday card which has a little humor concept in it, also it should look like a do-it-yourself card, meaning that it seems that you are the one who designed it, though it was a ready made one.
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29 Mar 09
Personally I don't spend too much time looking for cards. I'm a fan of cartoony/sometimes funny cards. Birthdays and Christmas are fun times of the year, I don't really want a serious card to come, sometimes it dampens the mood for me. For making my decision, I usually buy a card I like, and 99% of the time so does the recipient.