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Better Not Late Than Clever

Better Not Late Than Clever

Let’s face it. Belated birthday cards are lame. The recipient is going to think you’re a slacker, regardless of how cute the card is.

Unless the card contains a large sum of money—then it can arrive whenever it darn well pleases.

But seriously, if you’re the kind of person who always sends belated cards (or, gasp, never sends a card at all), it’s never too late to change your ways. The next time you’re near a card section with time to spare—say, while waiting for your table at a mall restaurant—stock up. Generic cards are probably best, but if you have a list of special occasions with you and can select cards individually, even better. At home, keep the cards in a safe place, away from greasy fingers, and label any you selected individually with sticky notes.

You’re now a signature, stamp and address away from punctuality. Extra points if you rush home and put special dates into your calendar so that you can see when they actually need to be sent! So why not change your late-mailing habit today? Just do it. Having your friends and family know they were on your mind will make taking the extra step worthwhile—because sending a card will make a lasting impact on your relationship in a way that a Facebook message or email can't quite do.

Posted: 9/8/08
9/9/08 Next Tip»

If you are feeling a little low go to your local fun card store and read some of the funny birthday cards and stock up. It might give you a lift and then you will be prepared.

  • By coleman
  • on 10/2/08 10:39 AM EST

Yes, it would be nice to always get cards out on time.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

And now we can have both the convience of the internet and the personal touch of a real card arriving by snail mail. Check it out at Link You can find cards for business and personal use, include your own personal handwriting, and create personalized cards with meaningful pictures. And yes, they will give you reminders and you can set up cards in advance...

Make someone smile today, send them a card.


Better late then never...there are children in third world countries who have never received a birthday card in their lives, some have died without ever having one. Be thankful your received one and someone thought of you, even though they were a little late.


Never be late sending a birthday card again....go to usps.com and click on "Creat your own Cards". You can chose cards and personalize all at one time...schedule when to have them mailed or set up email reminders to send birthday cards, Holiday cards or what ever occasion you want to send for. All from the comfort of your own home.