Chances are that when your brother's birthday or other special day is rolling around, you Google "Best Cards for Brother" and begin clicking through images and sites until you get to THE ONE that that captures your sentiments exactly.
Now, I have to admit that I have a bias. I believe that I wrote the best card for brothers (see #1 below) - :) - but I understand that this card isn't for everyone. After all, maybe you you want to send something funny, or something themed, as in a card for a brother who mountain climbs, plays jazz drums, or is a couch potato. Obviously, my card wouldn't do.
As a card connoisseur, I have put together a list of the 10 Best Cards for Brothers. The list includes cards in a variety of "genres" from sentimental to hilarious. What you won't find, however, is mass-produced cards, like those from Hallmark or American Greetings.
Mass Market greeting card companies have huge budgets to market their cards - and they are everywhere. They say, "Oh, yeah, I picked this up for you while I was out buying dental floss. Happy Birthday." No, I prefer cards made by small studios, cards you order from the designers themselves. Those cards tell your brother that you actually put time and effort into finding the BEST card for him.
OK, off my soap box. And here's my list of:
(in no particular order)
1. I Think of My Brother by Kat Mariaca Studio
Available at Kat Mariaca Studio
Yes, I wrote this card and I'm partial. Actually, I originally wrote this for sisters for my book, The Complication of Sisters. Eventually, so many people asked me to come out with different version for their various loved ones that I did - and this is the 5 x 7 version for brothers (also available, I should add, as a matted art print and coffee mug).
2. So Glad Birthday Card by Emily McDowell
Available at Emily McDowell Studio
Emily McDowell is one of my favorite greeting card designers. She started with just one card written in her bedroom at her parents' house and has grown her company into a thriving business. Always real, always fun.
3. Jazz Drums Greeting Card by Fox and Velvet
Available at Fox and Velvet on Etsy
I love the classic, simple design of this card by Fox and Velvet. Because it is blank inside and has no writing on the outside, you can use it as a birthday card, an anytime card or for anyone who plays or just appreciates jazz drums.
4. All Alone and Waiting for Death by Paul Ghandi on Ohh Deer!
Available by Paul Ghandi at Ohh Deer!
I know, I know, it probably seems weird to be gushing over other card companies, but I am such a fan of Ohh, Deer! and especially of Paul Ghandi. His wit is so sharp, his designs so simple that his cards will stay with you - and your brother - for days.
6. You're Kind of Alright by Ivory Mint Cards
Available from Ivory Mint Cards on Etsy
I don't know much (yet) about Ivory Mint Cards, but I loved the simplicity of this handwritten card. For a sister thinking of her brother, this grudging message hits the target.
6. In a World Full of Brothers by Kat Mariaca Studio
Available at Kat Mariaca Studio
Also Available at Kat Mariaca Studio on Etsy
I designed this card for my own brother and sent it to him on his birthday. It is a simple, yet powerful, message.
7. World's Okayest Brother by Ana B Design
Available at Ana B Design on Etsy
I've seen variations of this message before, but really appreciate Anna B Design's layout and choice of image.
8. You Seem Way Older by Finch and Hare
Available at Finch and Hare on Etsy
Finch and Hare design hilarious cards that appear to say one thing but, when pulled open, offer an entirely different message.
9. Happy Birthday, Little Brother by Cheeky Kumquat
Available at Cheeky Kumquat on Etsy
How true this card from Cheeky Kumquat is. The very person who made your life miserable when you were young somehow transforms into our best friend. How does that happen?
10. You Will Always be Older than Me by Sioux Alice
Available at Sioux Alice on Etsy
Well, there you go, another clean and simple design. I really appreciate the design of this card. Its message sounds like so many backseat back-and-forths between siblings.
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