This giveaway has been closed. Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to Tonya! (Winner chosen randomly with And the Winner Is… plug-in.)
Every morning I check Facebook. (I know, big surprise. And it almost always happens before breakfast or showering.) Anyway. I check Facebook, and I see if anyone has messaged me or mentioned me, I add a link to my most recent blog post, and I check that box in the upper right-hand corner to see who’s celebrating a birthday.
It’s so easy to click on that little box and type a few words: “Happy birthday, Long-Lost Friend! I hope you have a great day!” And even though it takes so little time and effort, I know how much I love getting dozens of birthday wishes that way.
You know what I love even more, though? Opening my mailbox and seeing those bright envelopes that scream, “Don’t recycle me! I’m not a sales flyer or magazine renewal form!” I know that the card from my father-in-law is simply going to have his signature and the one from my grandma is going to have her name, her cat’s name and one dollar. But finding those cards in my mailbox really is one of the best parts of every birthday.
A few weeks ago I was super stressed out. When I checked the mail and found a card mixed in with the junk and the bills, I was so surprised! Smitty had sent me a Shoebox card. And not just any card. She sent me the same hilarious card that she’d given me before, noting inside that she thought she’d bought it another time, but it was just too perfect to pass up. I laughed so hard and felt, for the first time in a few days, like things weren’t really that bad.
Most recently, I received a whole stack of lovely cards. When family and friends found out that Mark’s brother had died, our mailbox was full of pastel envelopes carrying sympathy and well wishes, offers to help and promises of prayer.
What I’m saying is simple: Cards are incredibly meaningful. I know I’m not alone in loving to get “real” mail and keeping forever those cards that touch us, move us, encourage us and make us smile. [I'm not kidding about "forever." I have cards stuck in boxes inside my cedar chest dating back 20 years!]
Hallmark – of course – knows how much cards mean to people. And now they’re making it super simple to collaborate with a group of friends to shower someone with cards. Whether it’s a big birthday, a death in the family, a new baby or a rough patch of life, you and your friends (or co-workers or family or all of the above) can work together to send your cards to someone at just the right time.
As the recipient of a card shower, let me just tell you. Opening card after card after card, even once I realized it was a coordinated effort (and not just a cosmic coincidence of cards), was So. Much. Fun. I simply couldn’t stop smiling.
Here’s how Card Showers from Hallmark work:
- Go to hallmark.com/cardshowers and create a Card Shower event.
- Invite friends and family through email or Facebook and specify the date you’d like the honoree to receive her shower of cards.
- Participants respond to the invitation, buy a card on Hallmark.com or in the store and send their cards. They also can invite additional contacts, increasing the size of the card shower.
- The honoree then receives a shower of cards
- Card Showers from Hallmark also features the ability to set up reminders and track sending online.
Isn’t that brilliant?!? It’s like Facebook events meets those websites where you sign up to take a meal to someone meets awesome Hallmark cards!
Hallmark would like to give away a $25 Hallmark Gold Crown gift card to one Giving Up on Perfect reader. Go check out the Card Showers site, then come back and tell me who you’d like to plan a shower for.
To enter the giveaway:
- Leave a comment telling me who you’d like to plan a Card Shower from Hallmark for.
- For an additional entry, subscribe to Giving Up on Perfect by e-mail and leave an additional comment telling me you did it. (Or leave an additional comment telling me you already subscribe.)
- This giveaway will close at midnight (CST) on Friday, May 25.