Don't let a second-rate business card holder leave a forgettable and lackluster impression.
A stylish and sophisticated business card holder will not only help promote your personal brand, but will market and advertise the company you work with pride and unparalleled loyalty.
Here is a quick guide to the best business card holders that will look almost as good as you do.
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The History of Business Cards And Business Card Holders
Business cards were first used in Europe in the late 17th century. Originally, the cards were used to announce the arrival of wealthy aristocratic individuals who were paying a social call to the neighboring towns and villages. Here are some other cool facts about business cards and holders.
Interestingly, the cards were about the size of todays playing cards. Overtime, these cards would become considerably more elaborate with engravings of gold, silver and even rhodium. They would also be embossed with varying font styles and sizes.
Eventually these cards would also become a staple of social grace among the middle class. Many homes of the period would have decorative and ornate cards trays meant for those visiting the home so they could leave their social card in.
Today business cards have lost some of their etiquette, but some of the same rules still apply.
Formally, business cards should never be written on and should always presented in the best possible condition. Whenever traveling for business, cards should always be translated to into the specific country they are being handed out in. A great first impression is key.
If you're serious about your business cards then I recommend checking out this video talking about business card etiquette and things to keep in my when you decide to whip out your contact information.
Did you know...?
By the 18th and 19th century, the elite as well as the middle classes would bring their card, or social card, as a matter of etiquette and good breeding when paying a visit. In most circumstances, the social card created the overall first impression of the person.
It's All In The Design: Clasps vs. Locking Business Card Holders and Cases
When selecting a business card holder there are a few things to consider. Although both clasps and locking mechanisms are great for keeping your cards secure and dust free; look for holders that are of good quality and accessible. It should be noted, business cards that do not have clasps or other locking mechanisms are great for easy accessibility but have been known to attract dust and other debris.
Keep your cards well organized in a business card holder. Your card holder can be simple, engraved or even monogrammed, as long as your cards are held in their own case. Nothing says,"I am not serious about my career or future" more then loose, creased or hard to find cards. Always present yourself in a professional manner, who takes themselves and their career seriously.
Types of Business Card Holders Available
Although business cards holders and cases have been around for decades, there are only three types of card cases currently on the market.
Metal Card Cases and Holders
Metal business card holders are most popular in North America.These metal cases can range from very inexpensive to the more elaborate and refined cases made of gold and other precious metals. The majority of cases are either engraved or monogrammed with either a persons full name or company they work for.
- The more expensive metal cases can include anything from diamonds, to two toned cases, rubies or other types of ornaments. Some women have been known to encrust their metal cases with pearls and other fine gems.
- Similar to other products, you literally get what you're paying for. When shopping for a metal case its important to check the hinges and other moveable parts. Always look for a case that suits your brand and lifestyle.
Leather Card Cases and Holders
Leather business card cases and holders are often sleek in design. While most are made with metal skeletons to maintain the integrity the cards, others are not. Although both work well to a certain degree, the card holders that are made from imitation leather will begin to bend overtime thus compromising the cards inside.
- Leather cases come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors. From the basic imitation leather cases, to the higher quality leathers made from snake, alligator or ostrich. Leather cases are also available in a variety of designs.
- If possible, when shopping for a leather business card holder opt for a real leather over imitation. It will be more cost effective in the long run.
Canvas Card Holders
Although somewhat of less popular option when it comes to a professional business card holder, canvas holders are gaining traction due to their lower cost and durability.
- Similar to metal and leather cases, canvas card holders are available in a variety styles, colors and designs. The simple, yet convenient, design is both practical and adaptable to any lifestyle.
- Not all canvas card holders are built the same. Always check the functionality and stitching of the product before purchase.
The Power and Psychology Behind Business Card Holders And Cases
At the end of the day, first impressions are everything. If you're putting an effort into your professional and personal appearance, it's a guaranteed certainty that this will translate that you carry the exact same standards for yourself in business and service to your employers. Something headhunters and employers will certainly appreciate and remember.
How To Choose A Business Card Holder
- Similar to everything else, find a business card that suits you, your lifestyle and budget.
- Check hinges, mechanisms and stitching on all business cards holders and cases.
- Look for high quality and craftsmanship
- Follow Your Instincts. Only you can choose the right business card holder or case.
Now that I've covered some of the basics, let's get into some of my favorite products.
This simple and highly convenient business card holder is stylish and affordable. The Charlie Wallet is classic by design and is made from durable canvas. It allows for multiple card storage with a top-access storage sleeve. Classic red and white pinned striped tab. Embossed woven label. Ideal for the young upstart.
This modern and stylish business card holder will give your actual business cards a run for their money. Its brushed steel and leather interior will give the impression you're serious about doing business.The MOO Card Case holds up to sixteen regular sized business cards or nine elaborate ones. Made from natural materials. Leather and steel. For the mid-level guy always on the hunt for his next opportunity.
Stand out amongst your competition with this Han Solo in Carbonite Car Case. Professional and sleek, this business card holder is spring-loaded and will hold up to a dozen or so business cards. Its full metal construction ensures a long lasting product made to go the distance. Great for both professional and personal occasions. Comic Con anyone?
You have arrived. Prada's Business Card Case is a leader in its class. Black leather with guesseted interior, this small luxury card case holds six regular sized business cards with a convenient card slot in the back. Lined with black fabric. Snapped logo on front. Made in Italy.
The Final Word
In many respects, a solid business card and holder is an extension of your personal style, brand and individuality. It allows you stand out from the crowd as well as your competitors. You will be remembered for your ingenuity, organization and consistency to get the job done. At this point in your life and career, is there any excuse not to have one?
Written by Robert Ordway
Raised in the small mill town of Lake Station, Indiana, Robert’s blue collar upbringing exposed him to little if any of the clothing industry. Robert has been following the menswear industry for over a decade and has been significantly influenced by the book, Dressing the Man by Alan Flusser. From 2009-2012, he worked in retail sales at both Brooks Brothers and JCrew. In 2015, Robert received the Custom Clothier certification from the Custom Tailor and Designers Association (CTDA), the oldest continuously operating trade organization in the United States. He is the former owner of Rusted Oak, a men’s retail clothing store in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Today, Robert's mission is to teach men of all shapes and sizes about grooming care, general life style tips, and of course male fashion stemming from his deep career in the fashion industry.