Though I love the convenience of sending e-cards to those near and dear, there is still something special about getting an honest-to-goodness “real” card in the mailbox, especially on holidays like Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, I’m never, ever going to be that person who remembers to get to the card store on time, so I sheepishly type a meaningful happy whatever into my Facebook browser and hope that counts.

For those of you like me, who want the convenience of an ecard with the specialness of a paper card, I think you’ll totally dig this new e-card site from the smart people at Shutterfly which just launched today.

Shutterfly’s brand new custom greeting card site has more than 4,500 cards, each with loads of customization options, from photos and custom messages, or even changing the wording on the front cover. While I’ve created similar cards like this on Shutterfly or its sister site, Tiny Prints when I’m ordering dozens for the holidays, I love that I have all these options now for just a single card for one special person.

Also cool are the really wide range of designers they’ve lined up like Oh Joy!, Pinkerton Designs, eleanor, Uncooked, and even some little brand called Hallmark. All for just $2.99 including shipping.

Want to mail the card direct to your recipient? Just cover the cost of the stamp, and they’ll do that for you. Awesome.

custom mother's day card
personalized ecards
personalized ecards

Another nice touch: is integrated with your Facebook birthday lists and can send reminders of upcoming birthdays from your friends list. And if you want to add a gift card, tell them the amount and and they’ll include one through Which means your recipient can decide where they’d like to redeem it, including Amazon, iTunes, Target and Zappos–or even gift it to one of several great charities.

Could this put an end to the “belated birthday” section of the card racks? It might for me. -Christina

Check out the brand new to see their selection of Mother’s Day, birthday and other greeting cards. Also, get one free card from by using the code FREETREAT by May 8th. Free card includes the price to mail the card to you. If you are a frequent greeting card sender, you can also upgrade to one of two memberships.