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Top 5 Websites for Free Graduation ECards

Top 5 Websites for Free Graduation ECards

Know someone who’s graduating this year? Whether your friend or loved one is graduating from middle school, high school or college, show them how proud you are of their accomplishments by sending a free graduation eCard. eCards are easy, fun and are great do-it-yourself (DIY) mini-projects.

With the rising popularity of eCards, there are many websites from which to choose. After sifting through many of these websites, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 places to find great free graduation eCards – without the hassle of “free trials”.

  1. Hallmark.com
    The Hallmark name is a staple in the card industry, so it only makes sense that they’ve expanded into the eCard market. Hallmark has many graduation eCards, most of which are free. They offer a plethora of options including flash, interactive and photo slideshow cards. You can find humorous or more sentimentally themed cards. Sending a card is easy – simply choose the design you like, personalize it with a message and pictures (if it’s a slideshow), enter your name and email address, the recipient’s name and email address and hit send. You can choose to send the eCard immediately or choose a date in the future. One of my favorites is the hoops&yoyo graduation card titled “You Graduated!”.
  2. Smilebox
    If you’re looking to send an eCard that is almost completely DIY, this might be the place for you. With Smilebox, you don’t actually create anything online, you download their safe and free software which has hundreds of graduation templates and allows you to create free eCards and more. To create an eCard with Smilebox choose a template, add your personal photos or videos, put them to any music you have on your computer and write your greeting. Then preview your creation and send it off to your graduate.
  3. 123 Greetings.com
    There are several nice graduation eCard offerings at 123 Greetings. They are easy to preview and select if you find one you like and would like to personalize. In addition, the website displays a rating for each eCard and how many views it’s received so you can easily see which ones are the most popular. Most eCards here are simple flash animations with accompanying music. Once you select a card, the personalization page is simple and easy to use. There’s even an instant preview panel off to the right so you can see how your message looks with the card as you type. The highest rated is entitled “Good Job!” and features a cute cartoon dog wearing graduation robes, waving a diploma in the air with a warm congratulatory message on the chalkboard he is standing next to.
  4. Regards.com
    I’ve sent several eCards to people over the years and Regards.com is a new source for me. After looking at their website, it’s clear that they have some nice offerings. There are several graduation eCards to choose from in a few different varieties – static postcard, flash animation and flash interaction. A nice feature of this site is if you preview a card and decide you like it, you can also personalize it from the same page. No extra clicks required. Unlike other eCard sites, there is also no limit to the amount of text you can have in your personal message. Another interesting feature is the group eCard option. You can invite friends, family and co-workers to add their own personal message to the card so your graduate will receive multiple well wishes in one eCard. A cute card features a flash animation of a school of fish graduation and can be seen here.
  5. e-greetings.com
    The graduation eCards at e-greetings.com are simpler than the ones the sites I’ve listed above have to offer, but are still good quality. There is a decent selection of postcard and flash animation eCards. If you are looking for a more traditional card, full of honest sentiment, there are a couple of nice postcard eCards here. My favorite, entitled “Successful Future”, shows a picture of a beautiful sunflower and features a poem about reaching milestones, dreams and a goal achieved. Personalizing your eCard is quick and easy. In addition you have to ability to change your message’s font type and color. You also have the option of attaching a personal photo to your card.