Newly launched this month, Hello World offers custom-made birth announcement cards to let the world know about your new arrival. You can create the cards to your own stylish specifications by logging on to their website and following the simple instructions, then cards are customized with the new baby’s photos and all important details (name, birthweight, size and time of birth etc), before they’re printed on high quality card and delivered to your door. They also offer gift certificates, perfect for baby showers, too.
www.helloworldcards.com (050 450 8286).
Set up by a mum of two who just happens to be a published wedding book author, Bubble-U provides semi-customizable birthday invitations and favour tags aimed squarely at kids. With everything from pirates and princesses to spacemen and ballerinas, cards come in all manner of styles, including 3d, silver foiled and embossed.
Looking to revive that childhood memory of opening a card to find a crisp banknote inside, Sendatenner’s service currently operates between Dubai and the UK – perfect for expat kids living a long way from granny and gramps, and vice versa. Payments are made through paypal, and you can choose between a selection of cards which are designed by local artist Chrissie Jenkins. Cards ordered for addresses in the UK are delivered by the UK postal service, and normally take a maximum of three days from your order, while cash gifts sent to addresses in the UAE will be hand-delivered.
Alongside their gorgeous stationery, Heidi & Luca’s whimsical designs also extend to kid-friendly birthday cards, gift and note cards, and birthday invitations too. Single greetings cards are priced at a very reasonable Dhs6 each, and they’re stocked at Dubai Babies, Favourite Things, Baby Souk, Bubs Boutique, me&riley, Kitsch Cupcakes and Just Kidding.
If you’re wanting to buy in bulk (and let’s face it, there’s going to be plenty of opportunities to use them throughout the school year), check out Dubai-based company Design Jems. Offering wholesale prices, they’ve got a wide range of cute and quirky cards for kids and adults too, starting at Dhs50 for bundles of 10 glittery kids’ cards. They also stock pop-up 3D cards, diamante encrusted cards and ‘shakies’, which contain sparkly confetti. And if you spend over Dhs100, delivery is free of charge.
www.facebook.com/pages/Design-Jems-Gorgeous-Affordable-Eco-Friendly-Greetings-Cards/275097659214155 (055 200 6490).
With a huge range of cute but affordable designs, and everything from new baby announcements to exam congratulations, Queen B’s cards are also ethically made, and give to charity too. All paper is sourced from managed forests, and founder Belinda personally inspects the factories and suppliers too. Plus, a percentage of profits is also donated to children’s educational charities. Cards can be bought online, and are also available from outlets including Virgin Megastore, Dubai Babies, WH Smith, Blush and Bloom and Candelite.