Planning a memorable celebration for someone’s retirement, birthday, anniversary, or other occasion can be a joyous but daunting task, especially when you want to involve a large group of people. Thankfully, creating group gifts and cards is easier than ever with websites designed to help you gather content from the crowd and create a heartfelt surprise for your loved one or colleague. In this blog post, we’ll compare seven popular platforms: Kudoboard, GroupGreeting, RecoCards, Newlywords, Group Greets, Group Together, and Send Wish. Each of these platforms offers unique features for creating group greeting cards, gifts, and memorabilia tailored to different types of celebrations. Ready to find the best online platform for your next group greeting card or gift? Let’s dive into the details.
The Best Collaborative Platforms for Group Greeting Cards and Gifts
We’ve compared each online platform based on six different categories. Creating the perfect collaborative greeting card or gift requires top-notch technology, so each platform is graded on a scale of 1 to 5 in the following categories: user-friendliness, message privacy, types of media that can be utilized to create your card/gift, design options, physical gift options, and customer reviews. Which online platform is best for your colleague’s retirement, Grandpa’s 80th birthday, or your remote office holiday party? It depends on your goals, how easily you want to collaborate with friends/staff, and whether or not you want a digital card or a tangible gift to give your colleague or loved one.
Based on the chart above, we’ve unpacked the seven popular online platforms based on their main offering and their strengths and weaknesses in each category.
Kudoboard is known as the go-to platform for creating digital group greeting cards. This platform shines with its user-friendliness and the variety of media types it accepts, making it perfect for tech-savvy celebrants. It is a popular choice for large companies that wish to create a more personalized celebration experience for their employees. However, for those looking to create more than a digital surprise, its physical gift options are somewhat limited. Also, while there is messaging privacy, Kudoboards are visible to all participants, so your contribution may not be as private as you hope. All in all, the online reviews are generally positive, and it boasts an overall rating of 4.5, making it a top choice for most occasions.
GroupGreeting is another popular choice for businesses, as it claims to be used by over 20,000 workplaces and 80% of Fortune 500 companies. While GroupGreeting offers decent user-friendliness and message privacy, it falls short in terms of media types accepted and design options. Users can upload images, add personal messages, and include an e-gift card, but the options end there. It’s a suitable option for simple celebrations with an overall rating of 3.8.
If privacy is your top concern, RecoCards has you covered with a perfect score of 5 in that category. Not only that, but 99% of RecoCards features are free to any user, and their premium plan is only a small monthly fee compared to other platforms. However, its user-friendliness and design options are more limited, which is to be expected with a (mostly) free platform. RecoCards is a safe choice for intimate occasions, with an overall rating of 3.7. For large group events that require more options and pizazz, another website might be the better option.
Newlywords excels in message privacy and also comes out on top as the best platform for creating physical gifts. While other platforms focus on greeting cards, Newlywords provides the tools for businesses and individuals alike to create collaborative memory books. One great feature is that the memories and stories you share on Newlywords are not visible to other participants, which means you can get sentimental without feeling self-conscious. It does lag slightly behind in media types accepted, but the tradeoff is the ability for large groups to upload photos, stories, memories, and even recipes to create both a digital and printed book which makes the perfect physical gift for remote companies, retirements, family celebrations, and more. Finally, Newlywords scores well in online reviews and with an overall rating of 4.5, it’s a great choice for those who want a physical keepsake gift.
While Group Greets falls a little behind other platforms with an overall rating of 3.2, the greeting “card” website offers something unique to other options. Group Greet focuses on creating a more personalized eCard experience with AI-generated photo montages, slideshows, and multimedia mixes. It’s touted as “More like a movie than an Ecard,” making it a great option for groups that wish to send a virtual movie-like greeting without all the fuss of finding the right editing platform. Group Greets may be is average across the board in our six categories, but it is a suitable option for straightforward celebrations and groups that wish to emphasize personalized video content.
GroupTogether takes a different approach to collaborative celebrations by offering both group gifts and group eCards. The platform lets users contribute toward a group gift that can be chosen from over 150 eGift cards (sorry, no tangible gift here, folks). While very user-friendly and a great way to gather funds toward a collaborative eGift, GroupTogether doesn’t stand out in other aspects. Its overall rating of 3.2 makes it a middle-of-the-road choice for your next celebration.
Send Wish is both a group greeting card and invitation platform, making it a great option for those planning a physical event. While the website offers excellent user-friendliness and decent message privacy, is fully digital, which means it lacks any physical gift options (apart from the ability to download a PDF of your group greeting card). The platform does provide a way to schedule eCards, making it a great choice for individuals, families, or managers who want to stay one step ahead of busy birthday and holiday seasons. With an overall rating of 3.7, Send Wish is a decent choice for all things digital when it comes to corporate or private celebrations.
Which Online Platform is Right for Your Celebration?
The perfect platform for your special occasion depends on your specific needs. Whether you’re a manager planning digital corporate celebrations for a large staff or the family member responsible for finding the perfect way to invite scattered relatives to participate in a group greeting for a loved one, there is an online platform that fits your goals.
Among the seven platforms on our list, Kudoboard and Newlywords certainly come out on top in terms of overall ratings and features offered. Kudoboard offers a well-rounded experience for both corporations and individuals and is the most well-known of all the websites. It is user-friendly and provides great design and media options. Just remember that each “board” is public to all participants, so go easy on the inside jokes. Newlywords, on the other hand, is a better fit for those wishing to create a physical group gift for any occasion imaginable. From corporate team-building to Mom and Dad’s 40th anniversary, the platform makes collaborative gifting a breeze (and keeps your sentiments private so only the recipient sees your loving message). Next time you’re in charge of organizing a collaborative greeting card or gift, consider your priorities and goals and select the platform that allows you to create a memorable celebration for your loved one or colleague.