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Thoughtful Gent made masculine and casual note cards

mancards by thoughtful gent

I like to stock greeting cards and note cards so I do not have to rush to the store when I need them.

A few months ago, I noticed that most cards I buy are suited for women. Since then I try to find more cards suitable for men. But the choices of amazing masculine cards are scarce. That is why I was happy when Kara Magrin of Thoughtful Gent introduced me to her latest venture, ManCards.

The Concept

Kara launched Thoughtful Gent because she saw the same hole in the card market as she searched for note cards for her husband. I received my sample box. It is well done and beautifully presented. If you are in a hurry, you can simply tie a ribbon with a tag instead of gift-wrapping the box.

The tin box packaging extends the man touch. It is also practical since the tin box makes a catchall afterwards. I recommend ManCards for the men in your life: lovers, brothers, fathers, and colleagues. The note cards would make unique gift stuffers this Christmas.

Card Etiquette

ManCards strives to encourage thoughtful notes written by men. They are ideal for women to send to men. My rule of thumb is to select a card that fits the recipient for birthdays, anniversaries and other life events. Otherwise, the cards should reflect the person who writes it.

What is Inside the Box?

Each box includes ten folded note cards and envelopes. The standard note cards exhibit a brown background with blue stripe, green stripe or orange stripe. The variety box contains the three colored stripes.

A special edition box is edited every year. The series reproduced a painting or an illustration by Michael Magrin, Kara’s husband. This year design would be wonderful as a Holiday card and during the winter season.

+ blue note cards, green note cards, orange note cards, variety note cards – $12.95 for 10 cards + envelops, $84 for set of 100 (tins not included)
+ special edition note cards – $14.95 for 10 cards + envelops, $84 for set of 100 (tins not included)

  • Traci Romano
    November 12, 2008 at 14:25

    This is such a fabulous idea. There are always so many men who I have no idea what to buy for the holidays….don’t know them that well but still want to give them something thoughtful and useful . Problem solved.

  • Glen Farrelly
    November 12, 2008 at 14:52

    I had this exact problem a year ago. I needed to send out a bunch of thank you cards for a big project I managed. I had to go to many cards shops until I found some cards that weren’t too fussy or feminine. Also, I always like to have some generic cards at the ready for other things that inevitable come up – but frankly it’s rare I find something I like. I’m not sure that the sample shown, the stag, is exactly right though – a bit too corny, isn’t it? Still the idea is great!

  • Paula
    November 12, 2008 at 16:51

    Love the colors! I know of a few female friends that would like these also…nice!

  • Jenn
    November 13, 2008 at 00:14

    Hi Kim — thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment on the birthday! 🙂

    And those man cards are totally fab.

  • Sabina
    November 13, 2008 at 11:32

    Hi Kim,

    I was tagged to mention 7 blogs that are my favs and you are one!! Your site is listed on my blog today.:)