For my daughters recent birthday one of her friends gave her a Hallmark card that features the animated characters Hoops and Yoyo. It is one in a series of cards that Hallmark offers featuring these characters and their friends. I had never seen this line of cards before then and I have to admit, it is really cute.
The outside of the card is printed with a picture of the characters and tells you your birthday gift has been hidden in a secret location. When you open the card, it activates a voice chip inside and the card screams out "you found it!". The voices then continues talking for the next 20 seconds or so swapping witty banter between the two characters.
Each girl at the party had to hold the card, open the card and listen to the card. They all then sat around in a group and opened it several more times. All in all, I would say that the girl who gave her the card, got her money's worth out of it. I was curious to find out more about these cards so I pulled up the web site http://www.hoopsandyoyo.com/ which was listed on the back of the card. Hallmark has a cute little web page dedicated to these characters with links to some of the other designs, gifts featuring the characters for purchase, a gallery, a blog and free E cards you can send. I went back to the site yesterday and sent some of the free animated E cards to my husband for his birthday today. They were easy to send and he enjoyed them.
It's been a long time since I have gone out and purchased cards since I usually make them myself so I was impressed by the technology that is now available inside greeting cards. These were so cute and captured my attention so much that I may actually go purchase one the next time I am in need of a special occasion card and I will use the site again to send more E cards.