I’ve always been a sucker for a good greetings card. I enjoy getting people cards to celebrate the small and the big things in life; it shows you’ve thought about them and it’s nice to think that you’ve put a smile on someone’s face. I buy cards both in-store but also online too, from independent designers and card makers, which is why I was so excited when I was approached by Paperless Post.
Paperless Post have been around for 10 years so I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of them before, especially in today’s digital age.
“Customise online cards, invitation and flyers that reflect your personal style – for weddings, holidays, birthdays and other meaningful events”.
‘Tis the season to be jolly and celebrate, and with that comes the mad rush of sending off all of your family and friend’s Christmas cards, with fingers crossed they will arrive in time. Now this is where Paperless Post can save your day.
So how do they actually work?
Good question! There is something for almost all occasions on their website. The practicality of sending cards and invitations electronically is a really good idea, especially if you’re organising an event and need many people to receive the invite at the same time.
Paperless Post Coins are the website’s “currency”. You receive a free 25 coins when you register and may receive an additional 10 coins if you download the iOS app and 5 coins for liking them on Facebook. If you’re based in the UK, see the below guide for how the pricing works:
You may be thinking “£8 for some online coins?”, but nowadays if you’re buying 1 nice branded card in a shop, sometimes you can be spending £2-£5 on these. From navigating the website with the coins I was gifted, it seems like a worthwhile investment if you’re likely to send lots of e-cards as you will be saving money in the long run. It’s also a really handy tool if you’re quite forgetful or not able to post things easily!
“Total coins needed to send to your guest list, is the total coin price of your designed card multiplied by the number of recipients” e.g. 5 coins per invite, 20 recipients, 100 coins needed. This would work out cheaper, easier, and quicker than buying 20 cards/invites and posting them all manually.
Recently whilst my boyfriend and I were at work, I designed a card to send to him to congratulate him further for passing his driving test. It gets sent to the person’s email, and you can track the card too to see when it has been opened. They can also message you back which you can view in your account. So let’s have another go!
There are thousands of designs to choose from, but as it is my Mum’s birthday today I thought I’d send her a card (I also brought a physical one too!).
I chose this card designed by the user ‘Ashley G’ as my Mum always says ‘Many happies!’ to people on Facebook for their birthdays (anyone else’s Mum do this?) This costs 2 coins.
I then customised the background of the card for 1 coin.
You can then edit the format, font and colour for free.
Then you can the liner of the envelope for 1 coin and colour of the envelope for 1 coin.
Add a stamp for 1 coin.
Preview your card, send yourself a free test and then add your recipient (s)! You can also schedule your sending too which is a useful option.
It’s that simple and this card cost me 6 coins! I found it really nice to edit bits you can’t normally i.e. envelope colour etc.
I’d only ever want to speak about a product or service if I genuinely liked it, and Paperless Post is one of those. It obviously doesn’t beat physically giving someone a card or posting one to a friend that lives far away – but it’s a nice added touch or perfect for those occasions that deserve some recognition. It saves paper too!
I’d love to know what you think of Paperless Post in the comments, do you enjoy posting physical cards? Do you think this is a good alternative to postal invites? I’m looking forward to using all of my coins up and brightening someone’s day!
Thank you so much for reading.
Until next time,