Please note that YooDoo has been discontinued and is no longer available. You can read our old review of YooDoo below, or check out the rest of the UK Online Greeting Card Websites we've reviewed.
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Yoodoo.com aims to provide a fresh and innovative range of greeting cards that stand out from the crowd. Drawing upon inspiring designs from new artists, they try to offer a novel range of personalisable cards. But do they really stand out from the crowd?
You'll find a number of products available on the site. These can be browsed by clicking on the appropriate tab from a selection across the top of a fairly uncluttered and clearly set-out homepage. Down the left hand side of the homepage you'll also find around 20 card categories arranged by theme (e.g. get well, good luck, sorry) and occasion (e.g. anniversary, Halloween, wedding). First of all, there's a collection of 1000+ personalisable greeting cards. You can browse cards by occasion, theme, range or artist. You can also browse by top-selling cards, latest cards, kids cards, sentimental cards, etc. It's a little confusing with so many options; arranging cards by occasion, theme and recipient would be far simpler and easier, especially as most people will have a fairly good idea of the card they're looking for. This means that browsing through categories such as 'best-sellers' or 'sentimental' is unlikely to be all that helpful, especially if you don't want to spend too much time browsing. So overall, navigation within the site is not very intuitive.
What are the cards like? To be honest, the designs aren't the best, occasionally resembling the value card ranges that you might see at the store. To get some idea of what I mean, compare with Moonpig.com. You can choose to have cards sent back to you to send, or Yoodoo.com will mail them for you first class.You can specify a mailing date up to approximately a month in advance.
With reference to the degree of control you receive when customising your card, you can choose from 3 sizes (small, medium, large-see above for dimensions). Backing up their claim that customers receive a greater degree of control over the personalisation of their card (adding text) the options are more liberating than on some other sites. For example, in addition to adjusting the text on the front of the card there are numerous places you can add text to each side of the card, as well as adjusting size, colour and font style, etc. Despite all the options, it's still an easy thing to do, and you'll find plenty of prompts to help you with each stage in the process. To create a card you need to register, which you can do after your creation is complete.
In terms of other features, you can also buy a range of fairly good gifts, comprising a range of chocolate novelty gifts (chocolate pizzas, cards and personalised chocolates) as well as canvas prints, personalised mugs and notebooks. Chocolate pizzas are available in 7" and 12" sizes, with a personalised box and lots of colorful, chocolatey toppings. Chocolate cards are greeting cards (9.8"x4") that enfold a bar of luxury chocolate (choose from milk, white, dark or jellybean chocolate) and can be personalised with a message and photo. Meanwhile, the personalised chocolate box is themed on an infamous HBC tv show that shall not be named, and called 'Love and the City'. What you get are 12 'cocktail based' chocolates in a personalised box. But they do look good. You can also purchase high quality canvas prints of your photos in 3 sizes (16"x12", 20"x16" and 30"x20") and ceramic mugs personalised with a design from the collection or your photo (about 40 designs available). The quality of the gifts isn't bad at all, and if you order today they can deliver tomorrow.
Yoodoo.com are proud of their ethical foundations, giving due consideration to the needs of the customer (allowing customers greater control over how their cards are personalised), fair trade (working with individual artists and illustrators as well as larger businesses) and environmental issues (using sustainable paper sources to produce their cards). They claim to be less of a business than a community bringing artists and suppliers together, for the mutual benefit of all. If you have any further questions or queries, the site has a FAQs section and telephone support (Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm GMT) and email support, all of which are very good.
In summary, whilst Yoodoo.com offers a great range of cards with many ways in which to personalise, the quality of card designs lags slightly behind its competitors. However, with an interesting range of novelty gifts, there's plenty here to make a special occasion that bit more special.
Please note that YooDoo has now been discontinued.