With the annual Hanukkah celebration coming up, many Jewish families and people with Jewish friends will be sending greeting cards marking the occasion. Along with printed Hanukkah cards, many people will no doubt send E-Cards this year. Not only are E-Cards easy and faster to send to family and friends who live across the country (or the world), but in this economy, sending Hanukkah E-Cards can be a great way to save money during the holidays.
There are a number of websites that offer free Hanukkah E-Cards. Popular websites make it easy to send simple greetings such as “Happy Hanukkah” as well as more traditional religious messages. Moreover, some sites even offer “Thank You” cards, making it easy to send all of your Hanukkah cards through email.
The following sites are the best sites for free Hanukkah E-cards:
123Greetings.com – 123Greetings.com offers a large selection of free Hanukkah E-Cards. There are over fifty cards to choose from, all of which are categorized based on themes. You can choose from themes including the light-hearted “Happy Hanukkah” theme, “Friends & Family,” “Religious Blessings,” and “Thank You.” Moreover, the number of times each card has been sent is listed next to the card, making it easy to sort through the most popular options. One of the more interesting cards they have is “Love, Laughter, Happiness!” that features an animated Dreidel delivering Hanukkah greetings.
AmericanGreetings.com – AmericanGreetings.com has a small but high quality selection of free Hanukkah E-Cards. While it only has about fifteen Hanukkah cards, its cards are very well produced and look considerably better than what you can find on other sites offering Hanukkah cards. In addition, the interface is very clean and there are few ads on the site, which makes it easier to navigate than other sites. A fun Hanukkah -E-Card offered by AmericanGreetings.com is the “Zayde Claus” card that provides a humorous look at why the Jewish faith doesn’t have holiday characters like Santa Claus. It’s a perfect card if you are looking for something fun and light-hearted that pokes a little good-natured fun.
Hallmark.com – Hallmark is one of the largest greeting card manufacturers, so it is really no surprise that they show up on a list of the best websites offering free Hanukkah E-Cards. The site offers a smaller selection than some, but like AmericanGreetings.com, its smaller selection tends to be of higher quality than the free Hanukkah cards offered on other sites. Along with sending cards via email, Hallmark.com also allows you to send E-Cards via Facebook-which is an interesting idea given the popularity of the social networking website. Among the many good free Hanukkah E-Cards offered by Hallmark.com is the “Chanukah Lights” card which is a nice traditional card featuring a beautiful photo of a Menorah.
Care2.com – Care2.com offers a number off different Hanukkah E-Cards including traditional and more light-hearted cards, as well as animated and non-animated E-Cards. The site’s strength is humorous and light-hearted cards. I’d suggest that anyone looking for a light-hearted card check out Care2.com. Of their many free Hanukkah E-Cards, I particularly like the “Hanukkah Quiz” card that lets recipients test their Hanukkah knowledge. As an additional incentive for using Care2.com, a portion of the revenue generated by ads on the website goes to support progressive causes.
BlueMountain.com – BlueMountain.com offers visitors a choice of 22 great Hanukkah E-Cards. The cards run the gamut from traditional cards featuring Menorahs to light-hearted cards featuring cartoon characters. Like other Hanukkah E-Card sites, the E-Cards are Flash-based and include music along with the ability to include your own personalized greeting. One of my favorite cards offered by BlueMountain.com is the “Hanukkah Light” card that does a great job of tying together all the important themes of Hanukkah in a well-designed image that is appropriate for sending to anyone. A word of note, only some of the Hanukkah E-Cards are free, some are available only for a fee.