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Are you a card person? For years and years and years, I wasn’t. Then something changed. I started to see the beauty in selecting just the right cards again. I love that bubbly feeling that comes with discovering the card you know someone will love. Though I am far from perfect, I am trying to get better about my use of birthday cards. And stocking up ahead of time helps a ton with that.
Right now, our family is in a busy birthday season.
If you were to plot the birthdays in my family on a map, you’d see something funny — they all seem to be concentrated between June and November. October and November are especially birthday heavy with four birthdays in a four week span (and a lot more, if you consider friends, extended family and much-loved family members who’ve passed). So when Social Fabric asked me to head to Walmart to check out their selection of Hallmark cards, I had to do it.
Now, let me tell you — the selection is substantial. I must have spent a good 20 minutes selecting cards for a friend and several relatives. Whether you are into the sentimental cards, the no-frills ones or the funny ones, there is literally something for everyone. While I was standing there, I noticed that I wasn’t the only one reading cards, putting them back and reading more in search of the perfect one. I also was excited to discover a huge section of really affordable Value cards.
When buying cards, I look for something that will make the receiver giggle. Or tear up. Or get excited. It has to speak to me — and especially to them. The one at the top I bought for a wonderful friend. It wasn’t her birthday, but I wanted to send a just-because card to let her know how much I appreciate her.
How do you remember birthdays? I have my family birthdays all committed to memory. But I also make it a point to add birthdays to all our calendars so that everyone can see whose birthday is when really easily. And Facebook alerts? They help too.
Now, to hunt for the presents to go with the cards.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.