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Moonpig.com - Perfect for personalised cards and gifts.
Member Name: cfinney
Advantages: Variety of products, good quality and competitive prices.
Disadvantages: None really!
When your best friend is turning 21 a box standard Hallmarks greeting card simply won't do! I wanted to give her something a little different, special, something she could remember and keep for a long time.
With this in mind I decided to give moonpig.com a try. Like most, I first became aware of this website after seeing the adverts on the TV and getting that catchy jingle stuck in my head for hours on end!
The moonpig website first launched in the year 2000. Given it's still going eleven years later I suppose it must be proving quite popular and I can't say I'm surprised at that.
Moonpig offer cards from leading card publishers (many of the cards on this website can be found in highstreet stores) with the added bonus of everything can be completely personalised.
The selection of cards moonpig offer is massive, I really wasn't expecting such a variety when I first visited the site. They cater for just about every occasion. Birthdays, weddings, graduation, Mothers and Fathers day, valentines day and every thing inbetween, a suitable card can be found on this website. I was rather surprised to see there was even a selection of cards entirely for Jewish Holidays! Each category also has copious amounts of cards within it meaning you're sure to find a card for any age, gender and personality.
A lot of cards simply offer the wording of the card to be changed. There have been countless of amounts of times when I've found cards in shops which I love the design off which have said something like 'Happy Birthday Mum' which is obviously no use if buying a card for my Sister. This is no longer a problem, with moonpig I can simply change the world 'Mum' to 'Sister'. Or, better yet, add my Sister's name!
Something as simple as changing 'congratulations' to, for example, 'congratulations Uncle James' can make the world of difference, little personal touches really do a long way!
For that extra personalised feel there are a number of cards with enable you to upload your own photo('s) to them. If the recipient of the card is a dog lover and that is the theme you're going for, why not add a photo of their dog to it? Make it that extra bit personal!
Uploading photos to cards is so easy. You can upload a photo from your computer or from your flickr or facebook account. Whichever you decide to do there are easy to follow instructions which even the technophobic among us would easily understand.
So you've fully customised the outside of the card but what about the inside? The inside pages are basically a blank canvas free for you to add whatever you text in whatever font style, size and colour you wish! This is a great idea if you want to send the card directly to the recipient as there is no need to get out your pen and write in it yourself, just type your greeting instead. For the more adventurous why not try writing in your own little poem? I'd personally love that more than any present of material worth!
Probably the best thing about this website for me is the price of the cards. I was expecting these cards to cost a bomb but was pleasantly surprised when I created the perfect card for the friends birthday to find it was only costing me £2.99 along with an extra 50p for first class P&P. Whilst £3.49 would get a decent card from the highstreet it wouldn't get you anything as good as this!
Special delivery (guaranteed to be received the next business day) will, however, cost you £5.84. Unless you're leaving buying the card dangerously late I can't see why you would need this option. If you order before 2pm then your card is dispatched the same day and will only take a maximum of three working days to reach you or the recipient (you can pick who it's sent to).
Cards come in a number of different sizes, £2.99 gets you the box standard, slightly smaller than A5 size card that people normally opt for.
You can also buy four 'small' cards which are about A6 size for £6 which are designed for multiple orders only.
'Square' cards, measuring 132x132mm (a little larger than a CD case) cost £1.99 each and 'large' cards, about A4 size, cost £5.99 each. The large cards are sent in a stiff envelope which may not fit through a letterbox so ensure someone is going to be in when the postman arrives if sending that option.
You can also order 'postcards' which would be ideal for invitations to events such as birthday parties or wedding receptions. These are also designed for multiple orders only, are about A6 in size and cost £6 for eight.
The options and the prices of this website are amazing. Most importantly, the quality of the cards are top notch as well. The card I ordered was sent out promptly and I received it quickly, the card itself was perfect. It looked exactly like the 'preview' I was shown on the website at the time of purchase and the picture quality of my uploaded picture was also great. I could fault it in no way and it really went down a treat with my friend.
Moonpig also offer the option to have a courier send a bouquet of flowers with your card. Currently you get a free standard card with any bouquet of flowers! Bouquets range from £25 to £50 and can be found for all occasions and styles. I haven't ordered a bouquet from the site so I couldn't comment on this service but, if my card ordering service is anything to go by, I imagine it's great!
You can also personalise and purchase mugs and t-shirts from the website as well, all for reasonable prices. On top of all of that you can even purchase wines and spirits from the site. Obviously you get to personalise the bottle label!
As with the flowers, I haven't used any of these services either. The idea of them is great though and I've had a little 'play' as personalising some of the gifts and the previews all look great.
All in all I'll definitely be going back and ordering from this website again in the future. It's a great idea with a wide range of items and the service and product quality is something moonpig can really boast about and be proud of. If you're looking for something extra special for an extra special occasion and moonpig.com should definitely be the first place you go.
Summary: A fantastic website well worth looking into for all your card and gift needs!
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