Keep an All-Occasion Box of Cards Handy

Don’t you hate it when you realize you’ve missed someone’s birthday or other important life event? Who wants to be known as “Belated Birthday Guy?” Giving cards to co-workers or clients at work is a thoughtful gesture. But beyond getting that birthday card to the recipient, you want to have some cards on hand for all occasions. That way when something comes up that you’d like to acknowledge, you’re prepared.

What Cards Should you Have on Hand?

1. Birthday
Start with an assortment of different types of birthday cards. You’ll want several styles:

  • More formal, traditional birthday cards that you would send to a client or colleague that you don’t know well. These also work for new business associations.
  • Casual cards that are appropriate for a closer work relationship or a client with whom you’ve had an account for a while.
  • Funny cards that would be great for a colleague/buddy.

2. Thank You
Stock up on a selection of different cards in this category, too. Have some formal cards with pre-printed verses and a few that you can insert a personalized greeting. Also add more casual, blank cards for co-workers.

3. Congratulations
These can be great “all occasion” cards. Congratulate someone on a promotion, landing a new account, or acknowledge a personal milestone.

4. Get Well
Have both traditional and casual or funny cards in this category.

5. Sympathy
This type of card takes more thought and discretion than the others. Pre-printed verses on formal, traditional cards are appropriate for almost anyone. Blank cards work well for people to whom you want to include a personal note.

6. Assorted Holiday Cards
Have versions of both traditional and more casual on hand for all holidays.

If you put some thought into getting your “all occasion” card box together, you’ll never be caught empty-handed at the next colleague’s or client’s event that you want to recognize.

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