Why Do We Give Birthday Cards? 16.09.19

Nowadays, sending a birthday message on Facebook or Whatsapp might seem like an easier option than sending a loved one a physical greeting card, but by sending them an online message you’re unintentionally missing what the message is all about. Yes, more of us are becoming reliant on technology in our daily lives and use it to communicate regularly with others. This shouldn’t, however, mean that you should send your family members or friends an impersonal e-card.

A personalised birthday card is a wonderful addition to a gift (or a solo recognition of their birthday) – bespoke to the person, you can add a handwritten note to wish them an unforgettable day. Personalisation is what is missing from an online message. No matter what your online post says, it simply won’t match up to what you could have written in a card.

A physical card also shows that you have spent the time and effort to go out and purchase it for them; instead of simply sending them a message from a phone – which can look as though they had forgotten about their birthday until you were reminded about it on the day.

Even if you are reminded of their birthday with a Facebook notification, you should try and get ahead of the game by sending them a physical card. When you purchase a card, it shows that you have thought about that individual person, paying attention to the style of card and message within it. With so many different styles of cards available, there is bound to be one that suits them to a tee.

A sentimental gift in itself, they can be looked back on for years to come. Transcending time, you can look at a birthday card from relatives that have since passed away or from people that are no longer in your life. A sweet symbol of each birthday that you have, it will be a shame to not reciprocate the gesture when it comes time for that loved one’s special day. We often take loved ones for granted and regret the number of physical items we have from them to remember them by – which is where a birthday card can come in.

Yes, a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Whatsapp message might remain on your timeline forever, but is it really a sign that you took the time to remember your birthday? Even if it’s a long message filled with emoji’s it simply does not match up to the joy that they will get from opening a card that you have taken the time to send. Arriving on their doorstep on or before their birthday, it will undoubtedly put a smile on their face – that an online message simply can’t replicate.

Facebook or other online messages might be fine for those who you aren’t great friends with, but it shouldn’t be used for those that you truly care about. If a loved one’s birthday is coming up, start to think about ordering a birthday card.

The History of Birthday Cards

Greeting cards date back to ancient Chinese and Egyptian history, as a way of sending goodwill to those around them. With greeting cards in China being in the form of handwritten wishes and Egyptian wishes on a papyrus roll, the tradition started to become prevalent across the countries. Developing from a New Year’s card to Easter, Valentines and birthday, it was the initial way of celebrating an occasion before gifts were given. In the early 15th Century, this new way of celebrating special occasions came over to Europe and transformed rapidly into what it is today.

The first birthday card to be sent is still unknown. However, it is clear that throughout the years this tradition has evolved to become an important pastime – whether it’s your loved one’s 1st or 100th birthday. A staple in many countries, it’s a tradition that shouldn’t die out. Even if writing on someone’s Facebook wall might be tempting.

When the first postage stamp was issued in 1840 and with the advances in printing, birthday cards began to be sent not only across the country but across the world.

Why Else Do We Send Birthday Cards?

Sending a birthday card could also be an act of communication. It’s clear that as you grow older, you won’t be able to see certain family members as often as you once did. Everyone moves on – whether it’s a case of moving abroad or simply a little distance away from your family home. When you receive a card from a family member, it shows that they still remember your birthday and despite you not being 5 years old anymore, you still mean a lot to them. Keeping in contact with them is undeniably important and a birthday card is one of the ways to retain the bond that you have with them.

They also give an authentic touch. Personalised cards are a far more meaningful greeting than a simple Facebook post – which anyone could do with the click of a button.

Shop Katie Leamon Cards

If a loved one’s birthday is fast approaching, show them how much they mean to you with a beautiful card from our bespoke collection. With a variety of birthday cards, you are guaranteed to find the perfect card for them – no matter what their age or personal taste.

Affordable yet luxurious, the majority of our birthday cards are handprinted and include elegant patterns that differ to the shop-bought alternatives. We strive to showcase the importance of sending physical greeting cards to your family or friends. And that’s why we have created a collection that can bring people together, harnessing a tradition that has grown throughout the years. Here are a few of our personal favourites.