Happy digital St. Valentine’s Day – Top five card alternatives

by , Technology Researcher News 10/02/2012
Digital Valentine

Love is in the air. This year, instead of sending your cherished one a traditional Valentine’s Day card, why not opt for a more modern, digital way of expressing your feelings?

Here we round up five alternative options befitting a 21st Century digital romance.

Send an eCard

Send a personalised iCard for £3.99

There are a number of eCard options available, and you only have to enter the phrase into a search engine to be met by a number of varying services.

Apple has just launched a new Card service that allows you to download a free app, to your iPhone or iPad, and design cards for a number of occasions using your own images. You are also able to freely enter text.

Once designed, an ‘iCard’ can be sent by post to anywhere within the UK for £3.99.

Turn your digital photos into a photo book

A photo book from Snapfish from £5.99

To keep apace with the ever-changing world of digital technology, many of the brands we used to use to develop our 35mm film photographs have diversified into printing digital photographs, and photo books are a twist on that concept.

Snapfish is one brand among many offering this service, and photo books can be created in a number of sizes, with a varying number of pages and in a variety of designs.

Photos taken on your digital camera can be easily uploaded to the web-based portal, and worked on over a period of time. Once you’re happy with it, you submit it to be printed and it’ll be posted out. Prices start at £5.99.

Design your own card online

An example of a Valentine's Day card from Moonpig for £2.99

Similar to the Apple Card application there are a number of web-based services that let you design your own cards – with Moonpig perhaps being the most well-known.

You can upload a number of photos and images to a single card, and there are a variety of fonts, lay-outs and paper types to choose from.

The outside, inside and back of the card can all be tailored to suit your personal taste. Prices begin at £2.99.

Make an old-skool style Mixtape on a CD

Each track that you include adds cost to the £5 starting price of the blank CD

It used to be the case that young sweethearts would make mix-tapes for each other containing the soundtracks to their romance – from the first dance at the school disco to the drunken kiss at Terry’s party.

Mixpixie is a web-based tool that performs a similar function to those that enable you to create photobooks, but instead of cramming it with cherished photos, you fill it with love songs from Mixpixie’s eight million track library.

A compilation CD with a title and album cover of your choice will then be posted out. For £5 you begin with a blank CD and then each track you add adds a little more to the total cost.

Send a text

A text message is a cheap way to tell someone you love them without having to see them face-to-face

You could, of course, simply send a text. If you’re a Three customer and on The One Plan tariff, then you be getting up to 5,000 texts included in your deal.

However if that’s not enough, then the newly-announced, T-Mobile Full Monty Tariff provides a truly unlimited number of texts without ever going beyond your monthly cost.

Both tariffs also include vast quantities of free minutes, so you could call your loved one to pass on your message directly.

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Chris Christoforou

Mmm, I like the photo book idea, and didn’t realise they can be as inexpensive as that. But I don’t think I have enough photos to put in it! ;-) Maybe next year then!

I will stick to cooking a nice meal this year, but still with a tech influence – I’ll be following the recipe on my tablet as I cook!

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