If you want to create your own free birthday card, you can send an e-card or print your own masterpiece to send by mail. Home and craft magazines often provide creative card-making ideas, sometimes with printable templates, while e-card sites allow you to personalize and send instantly.
If you have an artistic side, you may want to opt to make a homemade card from the materials you have lying around your house such as paper, scissors, coloring materials, glitter and glue. Family, home and design magazines often feature step-by-step guides to making creative birthday cards with features such as pop-up images, cut out designs or special themes. Online magazines and craft blogs frequently include printable templates for the designs they feature.
If you're less scissor savvy, or short on time, you may want to opt for an electronic birthday card. Companies such as Hallmark, Blue Mountain and Jacquie Lawson offer free e-cards, featuring clever animations, music and a customizable message. Once you choose your card and enter the email address of your recipient, the program sends the card immediately, so you can still send your birthday card on time if you think of it at the last minute. There are sometimes limits on which cards you can send for free, or how many you're allowed to send within a certain amount of time.