Whether you’re shopping for a birthday or special occasions like Christmas and New Year, send your warm wishes for the jolly season with our top picks of greeting cards in Jakarta.
The world may have gone digital, and while getting e-cards or wishes through Instagram seems to be the norm these days, you have to admit that receiving a physical handwritten card does make you feel extra special. Now that it’s almost the holiday season, it’s the perfect time for you to express and write your feelings through a good, old fashioned greeting card! Whether it’s for Thanksgiving, Father’s and Mother’s Day, Christmas, New Year, or even a birthday, here are some of the best places in Jakarta to buy beautiful cards for your loved ones.
Aside from selling home decorations and accessories, Lino Luna also stocks up hand-painted greeting cards for various occasions from Rifle Paper Co., a stationery brand from the US, famous for its watercolour illustrations. Whether you’d like to send your loved ones wishes for Christmas and the New Year, congratulate your friend on their wedding or anniversary, welcome your friend’s new baby, celebrate someone’s birthday, express your love to your spouse, friends and parents, or even give people your encouragement and sympathy, these cards can certainly brighten the recipient’s day. Besides Rifle Paper Co., Lino Luna also has greeting cards from Lagom Design.
Lino Luna, Lippo Mall Kemang Level 2 & LG and Pacific Place Level 2, South Jakarta. Also available online. p. +62 811 9503 059.
If you’re not sure what kind of greeting card you want, Aksara has a great selection of paper goods ranging from design forward stationery to funny greeting cards. Among our favourites at this bookstore are the punny (haha – get it) illustrated cards, with the words “I Be Leaf in You” with a cute leaf illustration, or “We’re Rooting for You” with a vegetable root illustration on the cover. If you want something more personalised, you can get the card booklet, which is like a book with some pages of recipient-related questions inside that you can answer yourself.
Aksara. Jl. Kemang Raya No. 8B, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 7199 288. (Various locations, see website for details.)
Bored with the normal greeting cards? Then get the fun and witty ones at Tori Saru, a Jakarta-based creative brand by designer Triska Sarwono that focuses on illustrated merchandise. We love how she infuses pop culture to her cards through illustrations and funny lines that are often referenced from song lyrics, movies, famous figures and internet jokes, just like one of their Lebaran cards with the face of Adele and her song lyrics “This Eid, I want to tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done” on the cover. But of course, nothing can beat their hilarious yet controversial collection of ‘Politically (In)Correct Lebaran Cards’. Curious much? Well, you just have to head to their website and see it for yourself!
Tori Saru. Available online and at various locations, see website for details.
Art and Science
This lifestyle store also sells various greeting cards from international brands. From birthday and anniversary to Christmas and New Year cards, Art and Science has a large corner dedicated to greeting cards by the window, offering you a great selection of beautiful cards for your loved ones.
Art & Science, Grand Indonesia, East Mall, LG #40-41, Central Jakarta. p. +62 21 2358 1221.
Kelly’s The Wrapping Paper Company
If you’re a fan watercolour illustrations, you will love Kelly’s The Wrapping Paper Company. Specialising in paper goods and stationery, this Jakarta-based brand by Inez Tiara offers cute greeting cards that are hand painted with watercolour. Pastel colours dominate the drawings on the cover, which illustrate human and animal characters inspired by the owner’s Yorkshire dog, Kelly.
Kelly’s The Wrapping Paper Company, Ruko Daan Mogot Baru, Jl. Jimbaran 3A No. 5, 2nd floor, West Jakarta. Also available online. p. +62 813 1647 7026. p. +62 817 6673 853.
Japanese influenced stationery store, Scoop, has almost any kind of paper goods you need, including greeting cards for the holiday season, birthdays, and other special occasions like the Father’s and Mother’s Day. Another plus point is that you can get find a Scoop practically anywhere easily as the store is available at various –or should we say almost all?– shopping malls in Jakarta.
Scoop. Available at various locations, see website for details.
Take your card game up a notch with handmade explosion box from Beauticard, which will obviously surprise your loved ones with what’s inside. And don’t worry, this Pinterest-inspired card is not as dangerous as it sounds. When the recipient opens the lid, the box will fall open and the sides – which will be attached with your special messages, photos, and other decorative embellishments -will cascade outwards. If you had to DIY this card by yourself, it may take a lot of time, so just let the experts at Beauticard handle it. This online store can even make personalised cards with custom themes according to your requests, from Christmas and other holiday seasons to special cards to your spouse, parents, friends, and many more.
Beauticard. Available online, see website for details.