• Tips to support someone when they buy their first home

    It’s harder than ever to get on the property ladder. That’s why you should make sure that you give someone props when they finally manage to buy their first home. After all, they’ll have no doubt battled through months of viewings, solicitor’s fees and surveys. It’s a special time for the new homeowner – and one that you should be sure to acknowledge. With this in mind, here are just a few ways that you can show your support.

    Send a card
    Pink and Greene stock a wide range of cards to commemorate the occasion. Some are bright and playful, while others are sophisticated and serious. All, of course, are made with recycled materials and include a donation to charity. The new homeowner will no doubt be touched that you’ve gone to the effort and put some thought into choosing a greeting card just for them.

    Offer to help
    Don’t just be a friendly face – be an extra pair of hands! You can get in on the action just by offering to help. This may be by moving furniture, researching the area or even offering them a place to stay in between moving. Whatever you do, make sure that the new homeowner knows you’re happy to support them in any way you can.

    Stop by and listen
    Some people can spend years saving for their first home. Therefore you should acknowledge that they will probably be very proud of their new digs. When you get a chance you should head round to the property and listen to their ideas and plans. You never know, they might even tip you off on what would make a good housewarming present.

    Support you can’t buy
    Homeowners can fork out for furniture, kitchenware and utility bills, but they can’t buy support. That’s where you come in. Show someone you’re thrilled about their new home by checking out our greeting cards for the perfect ‘new home’ card choice.

  • Your guide to making mum happy on Mother’s Day

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    The clock is ticking when it comes to planning Mother’s Day. You’ll no doubt have your sights set on making your mum happy – but how exactly do you do it? There are many ways to put a smile on her face – from pricey gifts to expensive meals out. But don’t forget, you can make your mum feel special without even breaking the bank. With this in mind, here’s a nifty little guide to showing your mum that she’s one in a million this Mother’s Day.

    Choose the perfect card

    You really can’t go wrong with a good card. Whether you choose a funny one or a sincere one, a card is guaranteed to light up your mum’s face. Pink and Greene’s selection isn’t just varied but also comes with the added bonus that a share of the sale is donated to a worthwhile cause. As well, the greeting cards are made from recycled materials so you don’t have to worry about your environmental footprint.

    Write mum a message

    The benefit of cards is that they provide a platform for you to say thank you to your mum. Now no one is suggesting that you try to write paragraph after paragraph of content. Instead, just a few lines about how much you appreciate your mother should do the trick. Make sure you don’t let this opportunity slip through your fingers!

    Do mum’s chores

    Obviously, you don’t want mum lifting a finger on Mother’s Day. Therefore, it will be up to you to do all the cooking, cleaning and any other chores mum does on Sunday. This won’t just allow your mum to sit back and relax, it’ll also provide her with an opportunity to admire your carefully-chosen card and the beautiful words within.

    Enjoy your time with mum

    There’s still plenty of time to order a card online before Mother’s Day. The hardest part will be choosing one from the amazing selection available.

  • 5 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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    It’s not long to go now until St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th March. Whether you are Irish or not, it is a great excuse to share the love with your family and friends and to drink a Guinness or two. Follow these tips to make the most of this fun-filled day.

    1. Send greetings cards

    Before the big day itself, be sure to buy some St. Patrick’s Day themed greetings cards and send them to all your family and friends. This is a great way to keep in touch with your loved ones at a time of year which can otherwise be quite quiet. We stock some fantastic St. Patrick’s cards, so why not have a look? You will be donating money to a good cause with your purchase too.

    2. Organise a green-themed party

    Why not get your organising hat on and get your friends and family together for a big party? Set the dress code as ‘anything green’, and let people get their creative juices flowing. You will get some great photos and have a bit of a laugh.

    3. Cook up some Irish grub

    If parties aren’t really your thing, why not have a delicious dinner serving up traditional Irish meals? Browse for online recipes for colcannon, Irish stew, shepherd’s pie and potato bread. Irish food is delicious, hearty and comforting!

    4. Visit a local parade!

    You can bet there will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade going on somewhere near where you live! Parades are a fantastic way to get a sense of community spirit, and are great fun for all the family. Have a look through your local newspaper to find out if anything is going on.

    5. Download some Irish tunes

    If all else fails, download some songs from Irish singers and bands and play them loudly in your car! The Dubliners for example are a great choice for traditional Irish music, and U2 produce more modern tunes.

    Whatever you do, remember to have fun and stay safe!

  • 4 romantic Valentine's Day ideas

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    Here at Pink & Greene, we know all couples are different, so we have created a selection of seasonal cards for this Valentine’s Day. We know giving a special message to your significant other is the perfect way to start your Valentine's Day, so check out our four ideas that will be sure to ignite some romance between you and your partner this February 14th!

    1. Message in a bottle

    Grab yourself a bottle of any type - small, large, plastic or glass - and fill it with a message or compliment for your loved one. This is a simple way to show you care.

    2. Tokens of love

    Find a mini box or chest and some two pence coins. Wrap your coins in paper (maybe your partner’s favourite colour) and write down personal messages or sayings that your partner can read when they are missing you!

    3. Personalised photo collage

    Gather old and new photos of you together and pop them into a photo collage in a scrap book or a photo frame and you can laugh together whilst looking back on memories.

    4. A card from Pink & Greene

    Or why not make life easy with a beautiful card from our selection? All our cards are authentically British, made in England from sustainable sources to bring you great quality, top service and even better value! Not only that, we donate a percentage of every sale to charity, and we have worked with over 10 organisations so far, so you can spread some love to others as well as your partner on Valentine’s Day. From funny, to sentimental and witty, we have a range of cards that will be sure to brighten up your partner’s day and match their personality perfectly.

    Now that you have Valentine's sorted, remember that we have a diverse range of anniversary cards and birthday cards so you can make those days just as special too!

  • 4 reasons why you still can’t beat sending a greeting card

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    It can seem like the world is becoming more reliant on technology with each passing day. Yet still, greeting cards have prevailed. The age-old tradition of picking a card and writing a message still can’t be beaten – and it’s something that technology will never be able to replace. In a world where you can now send your regards with an email or text, here are 4 reasons why people still love sending cards.

    The personal touch

    There’s something much more sincere about a handwritten message as opposed to a typed one. Every scribble of a pen or doodle of a pencil can be full of emotion and provide a personal touch that is always appreciated by the receiver. On the other hand, alternative methods of sending a heartfelt message can sometimes appear ingenuine.

    The decoration

    If you send a card, you can trust that it won’t be forgotten in a matter of moments. Instead, it will usually be put on display and used as a decoration. Depending on the occasion – such as if it’s a birthday – some people leave cards up for a whole week or longer. Meanwhile, other cards can be left on show for months – if not years!

    The effort

    You’ll want to show your nearest and dearest that they mean a lot to you. A card doesn’t just show that you remembered a special occasion, it shows that you have put in plenty of effort just for them. After all, you’ve picked the perfect card and penned a lovely message just for their benefit.

    The options

    Despite the fact that cards have been in existence for generations, there are still plenty of new and unique options. That's why cards – unlike text messages or email – can still be an incredibly original way of letting someone know that you care.

    You just can’t beat cards

    Anyone looking to get their hands on the perfect greeting card will surely be able to find it at Pink & Greene. The range of cards available is enough to whet the appetite of anyone and you should have no problem finding one to suit your needs.

  • Get ahead - plan your year in greetings cards

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    At the start of the year, it's time to crack open a fresh new diary and plan the year ahead. Now's a great time to write in any key birthdays and anniversaries that your friends and relatives will have in the 12 months to come. Our top tip is to write these in a few days early, as this gives you time to get a card sorted. If you plan the key dates now, you'll always stay ahead of things no matter how busy 2017 gets for you.

    Get super organised with a card planner

    One way to really stay on top of things is with a greeting card planner. This works like a file folder, organised into 12-month dividers. You collect up to a year's worth of birthday cards and anniversary cards in advance, insert them into the pockets for each month, and then you're all set to post them out when the time comes. It's particularly good for when you buy the perfect card for someone ahead of time and don't want to lose track of it when their birthday actually comes round. A good tip is also to keep some stamps in the planner so you're all set to post them out.

    If you're using a greeting card planner, our advice is to slip some wedding cards in for the summer months and also have a few thank you cards in your own birthday month. You may find them useful when that date comes round! If you find any leftover Christmas cards from the 2016 season, slot those into the December pocket as you'll need them again in due course.

    Greeting card planners are easy to find online, just check out places like Amazon. They also make good presents.

    It's not always easy to stay on top of your correspondences and friendships, especially when you're busy. Taking a few moments at the start of the year to plan your birthday cards and anniversary cards for the 12 months ahead helps you prioritise them in advance so you won't be late sending out a card to wish them well. You always feel terrible when you forget someone's birthday - so plan ahead now to make sure it doesn't happen to you in 2017.

  • Happy 2017!

    Happy New Year Fireworks with the year 2017 lit up with fireworks and lights.

    We wish all our customers, suppliers and good causes a very happy and successful 2017.

     

  • New Year...new video!

    To see in the New Year we have just launched our first promotional video on YouTube.

    It will be the first of many videos, I suspect, as YouTube is a great way to both promote Pink & Greene, and to showcase the many amazing fundraising stories of our partners.

    With best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

  • Christmas cards: how many are you going to send?

     

    National Trust Christmas offer: to celebrate our partnership with the National Trust, we’re adding TWO free blank or birthday cards (value £4.60), chosen by us, to all orders.  Use the voucher code TRUST2 to activate the offer.

     

    170 years ago, in 1843, Henry Cole asked artist John Horsley to design a card bearing the greeting ‘A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you’.  Cole had one thousand of the cards printed and sold them for a shilling each.  The Christmas card was born.

    Henry Cole card

    Today, 600m Christmas cards are sold in Britain each year.  This is a big number but, with a population of 47m adults, it doesn’t seem to be big enough.  According to the Royal Mail, the average person sends 19 cards at Christmas, which should add up to at least 893m.  What could explain the gap?  It may be that we overestimate how many cards we send or, perhaps, we send 13 new cards and 6 that we bought the year before?

    Oddly, while the number of Christmas cards sent has increased enormously since Henry Cole’s, their price has declined.  A shilling in 1843 would be worth more than £5 today, whereas the average price of a modern single Christmas card is only £1.62.

    Sadly, a shilling wouldn’t buy one of Henry Cole’s original cards today.  The last one sold at auction in 2001 for £22,500.

  • How we work

    When people look for greeting cards, they’re not thinking about themselves: they’re thinking about someone else.

    In the same spirit, whenever a customer shops with us, we make a donation from our profits to a good cause of their choosing. We also try to keep our prices as competitive as possible, and always better than the high street, so that customers will buy more cards, and generate more donations.

    Good causes – which might range from schools, to sports clubs, to charities - can register online at no cost and then raise funds by promoting our cards to their supporters.

    We are proud to support the Institute for Fundraising.

    *Note: we frequently include free bonus cards with orders. In the interests of transparency, we should be clear that free cards do not generate donations.

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