Greeting Cards Around The World

I am researching information for an article about greeting cards around the world today – who sends them, what do they send – and I have put the questions into a survey.

The survey is set up to accept free-form answers. In other words, you can write a sentence or just a word or two – whatever you think is appropriate.

I’ve list the questions here so that you know what to expect – and you can take the Greeting Card Survey on SurveyMonkey.

  • What cards are ‘must-sends’ (e.g. Mother’s Day)
  • Do most towns have shops that specialise in selling greeting cards?
  • What is the typical cost of a card + postage ?
  • Are most cards blank inside or do they have a verse or other words pre-printed on the inside?
  • Do people display cards they receive – for example, putting them on a mantelpiece?
  • Who sends cards – for example – young people / only older people / mostly women?
  • Is the practise of sending cards a generational thing that is dying out or are cards going strong?
  • Add the name of your country here.

Again, you can take the survey HERE on SurveyMonkey.


  1. nicklewis says:

    I send less postcards today and that may simply be that none of my Grandparents are around any more, however when we travel for weeks at a time, like we will be later this year, I always send one to Mum and Dad! I enjoy looking at the cards in the shops and when I see one that is both visually appealing and I think, “Hey! We went there yesterday”, I always make a point of telling them that!

    We still send birthday cards to our closest relatives, brothers, sisters and parents…. used to send them to Grandparents too back in the day.

    I certainly feel that it matters to the older generations in our family.

    Notice in writing this, that we seldom do this thing for friends nowadays and it pains me to say, that we do that mostly via Social Media now.

    Makes me wonder if there is a market for a social greetings card app of same kind? However everyone seems to throw all of the eggs now in the Facebook basket!


    1. My experience pretty much mirrors that. I remember when sitting in a cafe in Rome or Paris or wherever and writing ten postcards was ‘what you did’ – it was an obligation.

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      1. nicklewis says:

        Yes, I like that you would feel obliged. I would be scorned by a very cross Nana if I didn’t and my parents would say, “told you so!”


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