File this under “why didn’t I think of this?”
I recently read about Postcardly, a cool new online service that allows you to send postcards through the snail mail to friends and family with your own photos. Through email.
Basically, you set up “fake” email addresses to align with snail mail addresses on the Postcardly website. (So, the email could be RANDOMNAME@postcardly.com.) When you send an email (from your personal email) to that email address with a photo attached, Postcardly generates a postcard and mails it to the address on file. Seamlessly.
Friends, I couldn’t sign up quick enough. Postcardly offers a free trial of three cards, and I chose to purchase the package of 20 cards for $19.99. This includes the printing and shipping, which I think is a really reasonable deal.
I’ve tested it out and I can safely say that I love this service. I sent a test email to our in-laws with a Lola photo and a goofy message from Lola on the back. It turned out so well. It took about 5 days, including a postal holiday.
The photo turned out much better than I anticipated. It’s perfect for the fridge, or even to pop in a frame. For the back, it’s postmarked from Seattle and it has a real stamp. I don’t know why I think that’s so cool.
I have tons of ideas of how to use Postcardly.
- Thank yous. (I’ve already sent out a few thank-you cards with the service. It’s fun to pick out a complementary photo. I like to handwrite thank-yous, but I really like the speed of this option, along with the photo.)
- Birthdays. (Pick out your favorite photo of the two of you and include your fun birthday wishes.)
- Thinking of yous. (There’s nothing better than getting a random piece of mail. This is a really simple way to do it for others. Did you get a great photo of a friend, send it to her as a postcard.)
- Kiddos. (If you have children, I think that Postcardly would be a fabulous way to send kids’ photos and updates, funny quotes or stories, and more. This is what I tried to do with the Lola photo above.)
- Trips. (I like to upload vacation photos while we’re on vacation to save myself time when I get home. Postcardly would be perfect to send ourselves a postcard with some of our photos and notes of our trip.)
(I wasn’t compensated for this post. Nor does Postcardly know who the heck I am. I just really like the service and think it could be really fun for a lot of different purposes.)
(Edited to add – apparantly, Postcardly now knows who I am. Color me famous! They also alerted me about their referral program. So, if you do decide to sign up, feel free to use my referral link and I’ll get free postards – Kim’s referral link.)