Christmas? Easter? Birthdays?
Ever heard of them? Sure you have.
However, there are numerous other occasions that merit getting someone a card. Occasions you never even thought might be worthy of gift giving. The Hipper crew put together a list of events for which you can (effectively, at that) step out of your comfort zone and get someone a card. Do think it out though, because everyone might not be thrilled by your idea of sending them a Statistics weren’t in your favour anyway: Congratulations on your divorce card.
Marriage is beautiful. Love is beautiful. Understanding and appreciation and trust and support are beautiful. But divorce is also beautiful.
There are two outcomes of a marriage: you either stay together for life, or you get divorced. Both are beautiful. Both are the best things that have ever happened to your relationship with that person. If you love, respect and get on well together, let’s assume you’ll live happily ever after. However, if you don’t, and you end up stunting each other’s growth, tormenting each other and just being generally unhappy, divorce might be the best solution for both of you. In any case, you’re golden.
With that attitude in mind, the next time one of your friends gets divorced, send them a Divorce card. Why you can even copy paste (free use allowed for the former paragraph by the author) the above and stick it in the card. Your fresh divorcee of choice might be shocked by getting a card for one of the most shattering days of their lives, but, on the other hand, it might act therapeutic and help them get it over it faster.
Anyhow, be creative. And careful. Especially the latter.
Don’t get thrown off by the idea of getting someone a card for their bachelor party. They are getting married, right? Why not congratulate and thank them for their effort in organizing a high-quality bash before being sent off into the Halls of the Newlywed? Naturally, you might want to refrain from sending such cards if you’re not invited – which might come off a bit passive-aggressive. However, if you are one of the chosen, the Glorious Elite that is promised the time of your lives, by all means, get them a card. You’ll be seen as original, innovative and, who knows, you might even get special treatment during the bachelor party…
You know, whatever that may entail.
Great Hair Day
For people with a lot of hair, this might come off as the greatest compliment on earth. It is notoriously difficult to get your hair right every time. If you chance upon a person you’re fond of, and you notice how great their hair is but haven’t had the chance to comment on it, send them a card. This will result in feelings of exultation, joy, as well as increased camaraderie – or even romance. Great Hair Day can be combined with Stylish Outfit Day, Awesome Body Language Day, and any other day you can think of.
Got Sick Cards
The greeting/congratulations card market is overflowing with endless variations of Get Well cards. Why not go the other way? Give cards to people when they get sick. You know, something along the lines of: “It’s the flu season. You’re sick with the flu for a reason” or “We’ve all known that breaking or losing a limb was somewhere on your agenda. Unsurprising, but it still hurts me to see you like this. Make sure to wash your cast. My party is on Friday, so be sure you don’t stink up the place or, even worse, start complaining about your leg and the pain it’s causing you. Nobody likes a buzzkill.”
You might want to send Got Sick Cards to your closest friends only because a great number of people might take these the wrong way. The aim of the card is a great laugh, which boosts the sufferer’s immune system, which, in turn, helps them get better soon.
You are now a healer that uses sarcasm. That’s a first.
Random Everyday Cards
Card-giving opportunities are endless. There is a card for whatever social interaction you can think of. Good handshakes, good hellos, reminding someone to return the book they borrowed, cards sent out of sheer boredom, etc. Everything is a card.
A card is everything.
“Dear Friend, I see you’ve again taken the habit of wearing matching socks. It is good to see that depression is not getting the better of you as you so adamantly claimed.”
“Dear Mother, I got myself a new tattoo. I know I am a bitter disappointment and the black sheep of the family, but you are going to have to accept it. I’ve also googled “tattoo diseases” and the chances of me dying within the next month are truly minimal.”
You can write this one on biodegradable paper, in biodegradable ink (do such things exist? is all paper biodegradable?), and lean it against a tree the next time you go out for a walk in the woods.
“Dear Nature, thanks a lot for giving me oxygen. I wouldn’t make it more than 15 seconds without it. You know, especially because I’m a heavy smoker. I’m trying to cut it out, but no luck so far. Too much stress.”
Think of different cards and send them out to people. You will undoubtedly brighten both yours and the recipient’s day. Special occasions are becoming obsolete, and the card industry has made its way into the everyday. Of course, you don’t have to buy anything; you can always get a piece of paper and write the card down.
Author: Sarah Marsalle
Sarah Marsalle is a dedicated gifting expert since 2016. She helps people to do, say and give in more gracious and loving way. She is a guru in gift traditions and has thousands of ideas for any and all important events in life.