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Stand Out from the Crowd: 15 Unique and Quirky Cards for Any Occasion

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 29 May 2023
Concert crowd doing hearts with their hands

In today’s hectic, mile-a-minute world, staying connected with friends and family is more important than ever! When distance separates us from loved ones, small gestures go a long way in making an impact. 

Enter the world of unique and quirky cards! Not only do they make your message stand out like a penguin in a flock of pigeons or Danny Dyer at the Oscars, they come with some unexpected benefits we’ll delve into later.

Here at Thankbox, we believe it’s high time we stand out from the sea of bland, mass-produced cards that – let’s be honest – hardly excite or raise a smile. 

So, join us as we explore 15 whimsical and unconventional cards that’ll add some oomph to any occasion. Let’s begin! 

What makes unique and quirky cards so memorable?

Taking the extra step to stand out from the crowd creates a memorable experience for both the sender and recipient, whether it’s celebrating a new home or a work anniversary. Let’s dive deeper into what makes quirky cards so effective:

  • Emotional impact: Unique and quirky cards are more likely to kindle emotional responses in the receiver, making them feel super special. More importantly, it highlights the time you’ve spent selecting their card.

  • Memorable moments: Unconventional cards are more likely to make an impact, cooking up lasting memories and strengthening the bond you share.

  • Personalisation: Distinctive cards showcase your understanding of the recipient’s personality, interests, and unique sense of humour. Think of it like spotlighting an inside joke!

  • Conversation starter: Quirky cards serve as an effective ice-breaker, encouraging the receiver to reach out and share their thoughts and reactions.

  • Creative expression: If you want to get your creative juices flowing, creating a one-of-a-kind card is the perfect way to express your imagination.

15 unique and quirky cards for any occasion

1. Thankbox - a one-of-a-kind collaborative e-card

Thankbox takes the number one spot for creating a collaborative, unique online card experience. Ideal for birthdays, weddings, and congratulations, our platform allows friends and family to contribute messages, photos, GIFs, and videos, creating a personalised virtual card full of heartfelt memories and good wishes.

An example of a Thankbox wedding card

2. Scratch-off reveal cards

Add an interactive twist to your card by incorporating a scratch-off surface, revealing a hidden message or inside joke. It’s a fun way to engage your loved ones and heighten anticipation!


3. Personalised comic strip cards

With Marvel and DC swinging into action, design a comic strip card featuring your recipient as the main character. This visionary approach is sure to leave a lasting impression, and who doesn’t want to wear a cape?

4. Jigsaw puzzle cards

Turn your greeting into a fun activity with a jigsaw puzzle card. Your recipient will enjoy piecing together the puzzle to reveal their celebratory message. Jigsaw puzzle cards can be customised with personal images and messages, transforming a simple “congrats” into an engaging endeavour.

5. Pop-up surprise cards 

These cards feature intricately designed, three-dimensional pop-up elements that are bound to surprise. Choose from a variety of themes like birthday cakes, graduation caps, or champagne bottles to perfectly match the celebration. Check out these surprise pop-up cards from Etsy and prepare to be amazed!

An Etsy page of pop-up cards

6. Confetti explosion cards

Make the celebration even more festive by adding a confetti explosion to your card. As your friend or family member opens their card, they’ll be met with a burst of confetti, bringing an instant smile to their face – remember to sweep up after

7. Customised illustration cards

Commission a talented artist to craft an illustration featuring the person of the hour, revolving around their interests and hobbies, or any shared memories. Not only will this card be unique, but it’s certain to stand out from the rest due to its creative artistry!

8. Edible greeting cards

Send a deliciously memorable message with an edible greeting card made from chocolate or another tasty treat. Yumbles lets you write your message in chocolate – just be sure your recipient doesn’t dive in before reading it!

Edible greetings cards

9. Uplifting quote cards

Send a card featuring inspiring messages or famous quotes that ignite resilience and hope during difficult times. If you’re stuck for some inspiration, check out our article on the best appreciation quotes to show you care.

10. Affirmation cards

Affirmation cards feature positive statements or self-affirmations that the recipient can read, internalise, and repeat to foster a sense of self-compassion and self-love during tough times.

11. Personalised empathy cards

Create a personalised empathy and sympathy card tailored to the recipient’s specific situation, with a lovely message acknowledging their feelings and offering reassurance that they’re not alone. If you’re hitting a creative block, our get well soon article can help. 

12. Pop culture puns cards

Celebrate everyday moments with cards that feature hilarious puns or wordplay inspired by popular movies, TV shows, or celebrities. Our go-to favourites include, “You’re the Obi-Wan for me!” and “Keep calm and Ted Lasso on!” These cards are perfect for checking in and sharing a laugh with family, friends, and loved ones.

A pop-culture card featuring Mrs Doubtfire

13. Personalised zodiac cards

Celebrate the recipient’s astrological sign with a customised card featuring their zodiac symbol, along with a fun horoscope or traits that match their personality.

14. Compliment cards

Boost someone’s confidence with a card that offers genuine compliments, showing appreciation for their personality, talents, and achievements. Sending a card chock-full of affirmations is the perfect way to say, “Congratulations” and that you’re thinking of them.

An example of a personal motivation card

15. Playlist recommendation cards

If you’ve ever made a mixtape for someone, you already know the excitement that comes with sharing your favourite tunes. Spread the love of music with a card that includes a curated playlist or song recommendations geared to the recipient’s taste.

Stand out from the crowd with Thankbox

Unique and quirky cards play a significant role in exploring connections and evoking a sense of togetherness. By infusing humour, warmth, and creativity, you create memorable moments that will stay with your recipient for years to come. 

Image of the How it Works section of the Thankbox homepage

With its collaborative digital card experience, Thankbox infuses warmth and creativity into your messages, allowing you to create an innovative card that’s unique to everyone. 

To learn more, create a Thankbox today and start your digital card journey.

Images: Cover - gig crowd doing heart signals