Cardooo Review — The card that keeps on giving

A brand new year means another 12 months of birthdays ahead — it was my godson’s birthday yesterday, funnily enough —time to stock up the card drawer! So what are the best birthday cards for children, when there is so much choice available? Cardooo cards. Without question.

The greetings card industry is huge.

As I have designed greetings cards myself (and still sell a small range of them on Not On The High Street) I can say this with some conviction. One year, I went to a big show called Top Drawer to check out the competition and ended up feeling totally and utterly overwhelmed by just how many companies were out there, trying to get a slice of the action.

What do you do to stand out? How can you make your cards shine amongst all of the others on the market?

Do something a little bit different, that’s what.

And that’s exactly what the team at Cardooo have done.

Their range of childrens’ greetings cards definitely offer something a little bit different. Their secret is, they’re not just a card, they’re more like a comic — or a little activity pack.

Whilst traditional cards are opened, read and sit on a mantlepiece for a week (if they’re lucky!) the Cardooo cards will give hours of amusement (well after the birthday cake has been eaten and the other cards have been sent off to be recycled).

Tailored to the age group — or gender — of the child, not only do they offer a traditional birthday greeting, they also provide entertainment, in the form of colouring, stories, puzzles and — my boys’ absolute favourite — stickers!

The best birthday cards for children — 4 Cardoo greetings cards

Are these the best birthday cards for children? We think so!

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The Cardooo cards are more like a little booklet than a card

The best birthday cards for children

There are games…

The best birthday cards for children

Stickers and puzzles for boys and girls

The best birthday cards for children

The Cardooo cards kept the twins entertained for hours!

The best birthday cards for children

Fab cards for just 3 quid — bargain!

They’re such a fantastic concept and a selection of their age range cards — suitable for boys and girls aged 4-7, plus non age-specific dinosaur and fairy cards — are now being stocked at ASDA stores across the UK and in Ireland, priced at just £3.

That’s less than a standard kids comic; which don’t ever seem to keep my kids amused for longer than it takes to rip the plastic tat off the front of them.

So cost-wise, the Cardooo cards are a bargain.

Even more of a bargain when I consider that these cards kept my boys happy for a whole afternoon over the Christmas holidays!! You can’t put a price on that, to be honest ;)

There’s nothing they like better than sticking and colouring — so I think they’d be a great thing to put away for a rainy day or to take on a plain or train, to keep little one’s entertained during a journey.

These little cards are a genius idea. I’m going to buy a stack of them for my emergency card drawer; safe in the knowledge that — whoever receives one — will be delighted.

But not quite as delighted as their parents, who’ll be virtually high-fiving me for giving them a peaceful afternoon, whilst little Johnny is entertained by his Cardooo birthday card!

These cards are so fab that I thought they warranted a little film, as well as the still shots, so you can really see what they’re all about.

Cardooo cards are available to buy in ASDA stores or from the Cardooo online shop.

This post has been written in collaboration with Cardooo but, as ever, all thoughts, words and images are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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32 Comments

  1. Mini Travellers
    11th January 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Ooh Caro I love these, do you know if you can buy them online??

    • 11th January 2016 / 7:33 pm

      YES! They have an online shop — as well as selling them in ASDA :)

  2. 11th January 2016 / 7:11 pm

    What cute little cards! There really are so many to choose from these days and like that these ones are a little different! x

    • 11th January 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Aah Alice — they’re amazing!! If I think how many comics I’ve bought — which have ended up ripped up all over the house after 15 minutes!! These cards are cheaper and kept the boys happy for HOURS!

  3. Rachel Cooper
    11th January 2016 / 7:21 pm

    We reviewed these a while back and really loved them. In fact, I think one is in the bookcase still! Much better than an ordinary card

    • 11th January 2016 / 7:27 pm

      They’re AMAZING aren’t they?! I think for 3 quid they’re a really fantastic idea. Anything that keeps my boys occupied for an afternoon gets a massive thumbs up from me :)

  4. 11th January 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Caro these are fantastic, so much more useful than a standard card and much more visual x

    • 11th January 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Honestly Sarah — I’m so delighted to have found them! They’re SUCH a great product :)

  5. 12th January 2016 / 10:11 am

    This really is how to make cards fun!  #TwinklyTuesday

    • 12th January 2016 / 2:17 pm

      They’re absolutely fab aren’t they?! Certainly makes a change from standard, boring old cards! :)

  6. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    12th January 2016 / 11:46 am

    These look lovely Caro – what a great idea! I think that is a very reasonable price too bearing in mind the average price of a card in Clintons for example. Such a good idea to get more use out of a card. Thanks for sharing #TwinklyTuesday

    • 12th January 2016 / 2:24 pm

      I totally totally agree!! I was really surprised when I found out the price — I thought they’d be a couple of quid more! A really pleasant surprise to see how reasonable they are. And the kids absolutely LOVED them!

  7. 12th January 2016 / 1:27 pm

    What a great idea! I’m going to keep an eye out for these, thanks for sharing :) #TwinklyTuesday

    • 12th January 2016 / 2:22 pm

      They’re so clever aren’t they?! My boys were kept entertained for hours! Anything that does that definitely gets a thumbs up from me! :)

  8. 13th January 2016 / 3:05 pm

    We do a big card stock up too about once or twice a year. These look a lot of fun – much better than the average kid’s card.

    • 14th January 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Having a card drawer is the best thing ever! I hate not being prepared or having a card to send on someone’s birthday — I’m definitely going to be stocking up on the Cardooo cards!

  9. 13th January 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Ahh these cards look awesome! They’re like a book in a card! lol x

    • 14th January 2016 / 8:01 pm

      That’s exactly what they’re like! A mini comic!! SO good — especially for the price! :)

  10. 13th January 2016 / 10:36 pm

    How awesome are these cards, I think we need these for my nephew’s upcoming 4th birthday

    • 14th January 2016 / 7:51 pm

      They are SO fab — and such a good price too!! I think 3 quid’s a bargain for something that keeps a child entertained for a few hours!

  11. 14th January 2016 / 9:24 am

    I love that they are more than just a card and that it is something that will be more than just looked at x

    • 14th January 2016 / 7:49 pm

      They’re great aren’t they?! Kept the boys amused for hours!

  12. Mrs M
    14th January 2016 / 9:57 am

    That’s a really nice idea, especially for younger children!

    • 14th January 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Fab aren’t they? Makes a real change from standard cards that get thrown away after a few days!

  13. 14th January 2016 / 10:15 am

    What a great idea! My 4 year old would love that – stickers are always a winner and like that there is a game to play too!

    • 14th January 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Honestly — I’m so impressed with them. The boys are obsessed with stickers — they LOVED them!

  14. 16th January 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Wow, these look amazing, what a great idea!!

  15. 18th January 2016 / 8:30 pm

    These look so great – little ones aren’t interested in cards really are they? Pickle is obsessed with stickers so would love to have one of these. Kaz x

    • 19th January 2016 / 10:19 am

      Honestly Kaz — I am so impressed with them!! The boys absolutely loved them — they were a bit young for the games, but LOVED the stickers!! :)

  16. 19th January 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Now see what a great invention. I have this hate for cards because they get opened, loved for a moment and tossed and wasting trees and the environment blahblah for that moment of feeling special but hours of fun for kids especially I love it!!! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • 20th January 2016 / 9:26 am

      They’re such an amazing invention!! The boys played with them for hours — and that’s a winner in my book!! Thanks so much for hosting lovely xx

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