Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hallmark Kids Collection cards {Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

As I've been reading more and more about the USPS preparing to drop down to a five-day delivery schedule (which will have me sitting around depressed on both Saturday and Sunday while my mailbox remains empty), it makes me think about how much I've loved getting mail my entire life. There's just something about the suspense and surprise that made me happy even as a kid.

And even though by the time my daughters are old enough to read and write they'll probably be communicating exclusively through technology, I still plan on making sure that they appreciate the importance of a great card or letter. There's just no better feeling than discovering someone is thinking about you or wishing you well with a card.

Plus, now that Hallmark has come out with their Kids Collection, its easier than ever to let kids from grade school to high school know that they're special and supported with a thoughtful card or gift designed just for them.


Designed with the idea that everyone, including kids, need to be cheered on, Hallmark's Kids Collection cards provide parents with a way to give an extra dose of encouragement with kid-friendly, heartfelt words. Instead of traditional cards that would have kids rolling their eyes or being far too embarrassed to read them in public, this collection is modern and hip... and you just might end up looking pretty cool by giving them.

Being Hallmark, the variety of styles and options in the Kids Collection are, of course, high quality and pretty eye-catching. From simple 99¢ cards to "tricked out" cards with music, recordable sound or attached gifts, there's something for all occasions. I was immediately impressed with the selection of cards that we received, as they were colorful and bright and each one contained a sincere message that kids could enjoy.

One of my favorites, the card pictured at right, says "We're talking foam-fingered, face-painted, popcorn-spilling cheering for you!" on the outside and "In other words, behind you all the way!" on the inside. The friendly monster on the front is actually a magnet that can be removed and placed anywhere (like inside a locker) to remind the recipient every day that they are being cheered for and loved. I think that's pretty darn cute.

Another card that I really enjoy, pictured below, includes a wearable wristband with BELIEVE printed on it and such wonderful wording to go along with it:


Kids experience so many moments where knowing that they are supported can make a big difference, whether taking a test, trying out for a team or opening night of a play. Having a way to show your support and pride while boosting their confidence is something all parents can appreciate. Even if kids don't always listen to what they're told, this collection can help easily get your point across in a fun way.

As much as I try to always point out to Big Sister E how proud I am of her at what she accomplishes (or tries to), I know that as she gets older she'll need it more and more. The last thing I want is for us to lose out on our ability to communicate as she grows up, but I do have to be realistic and know that she's going to turn into a tween and teenager at some point (which I'm not at all prepared for). Slipping one of these cards or gifts into her lunch or leaving it in her room might just help remind her that I'm here for her.

Through April 14 at participating Hallmark Gold Crown locations, you can receive one free card from their Kids Collection. What a great way to try out these fun cards! Plus, thanks to Hallmark's generosity, one person will get to send their child even extra love and encouragement, because...

One lucky person will receive a surprise assortment of cards from Hallmark's Kids Collection (which can be tailored to the winner's choice of gender and age group)!


To enter to win: Visit the Hallmark Kids Collection and tell me which of their fun cards is your favorite.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry if you tell me an occasion when a card or gift from the Hallmark Kids Collection would have come in handy for you or might in the future.
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Giveaway will end on April 22nd at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

A big thank you to Hallmark for providing an assortment of cards for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. What a great way to encourage our kids! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Rachel said...

I thought the "Good hair or lost cell phone card" was so cute!

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Rachel said...

As a middle school teacher, I often give students cards or notes when I see they are having a hard time. These would be perfect!

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Shamrocks and Shenanigans said...

I totally dig the Mood Necklaces!! I could see my son picking that card out for me!
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I have a wedding this summer that my kids would need a card to give to the groom whom is their cousin. These cards would be perfect!
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Hannah said...

I like their 'Tuna Pants' Card!

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Elizabeth said...

I love the May I Just Say Wow card!

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I think this card will be very useful when my daughter brings home her first graded paper!

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I like the one that says may i just say wow. there is times i need cards like this to congrat my kids or just to let them know how i feel.

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Momma Such said...

How cool!
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moushka said...

I like "You Always Impress Me" Card.

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Anytime my daughter does something outstanding I try to let her know and one of these cards would be very fitting.

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My favorite is the You're Smart Owl card: "School/Younger Kids" Itty Bitty Greetings

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sharonjo said...

I like the "Tribute to a Great Kid..." Fill-In-The-Blank Card

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My fave is the "No Problem So Big…" Card. abailey_crace@yahoo.com

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This would come in handy because my 10 year old son is always getting invited to his friend's birthday parties last minute and I never have a kids card around to stick some birthday money into. abailey_crace@yahoo.com

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Good hair or lost cell phone card"

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My favorite is the Tribute to a Great Kid fill in the blank card.
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Susan said...

The I believe in you card is my favorite. They are all good cards though, I am going to get one for my son today.

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The Bullying Card would have come in useful earlier in the year. There is a mean girl in my son's class. He was so frightened of her he didn't want to go to school.

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I love the School/Younger Kids" Itty Bitty Greetings. Very cute to surprise her in her backpack!

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when a kid gets good grades-thatd be perfect for my honor roll kids

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I like the Rocket Day Brightener card. My son would think someone had just given him the moon.

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My son needs a lot of encouragement and I have given him those kinds of cards every now and then. I also like to send funny thoughtful cards to a few relatives who are undergoing tough health problems.

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