21 Unique Ways To Show Off Your Business Cards

by Simon Goble

May 4, 2011 in Inspiration

Most people hide away their business cards in their suit pocket, bag, wallet or sometimes a generic boring business card holder. However, there are more unique and creative ways you can keep your cards safe, while showing them off so you stand out from the rest!

Business cards are an essential part of your brand; the design, messaging and feel of the card are all signals that help communicate your identity, so why hide them away? If you’re at a conference, particularly when on a stand, it’s fun to show off a little.

In this post we take a look at some fun, unique and creative ways to display, advertise and show off your cards that reach out and grab people’s attention. Not all will work in the real world, but it helps to get creative juices flowing by considering the unique concepts (and the inspiring pictures) out there…

Nintendo NES Business Card Holder

Super retro and just too cool it hurts. Such a shame the creator lostmitten sold out in back in ’07. One of the best holders we’ve seen on the web.

Big Blue Blog Robot Holder

Great to have on a stand, but maybe not great for carrying around a conference all day… well, you’d certainly stand out.

Retro Cassette Tape Card Holder

We love cassette tape business cards, so this compliments them perfectly. You complete me.

Fork Head Card Holder

Simply perfork if you work in catering. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist that one!)

The MOO ShowCase

OK, we had to include ourselves in the post somewhere! It is all about showing off after all, so what better than the ShowCase business card holder – encapsulating everything cool about giving your card out, with a flip open lid and fan to impress. The video below explains better than words!

The Circuitboard Card Case

Why not strap an old circuitboard to your business card case? It seems to have worked well with this number:

Calculator Card Holder

Not strictly for business cards, but we thought it was cool (and perfectly suitable) none the less.

Polymer Clay Card Holder

We really liked this cute polymer clay card holder from Art Studio Katherine – a true work of art.

Shirt Cuff Card Holder

This one made us chuckle – the recycled shirt cuff holder…

Metal Sculpture Card Holder

If you’re a metal artist, this is *the* way to display your skillz.

Megaman Card Holder

This Megaman business card holder is made out of perler beads. Geek tastic! WANT.

The Keyring Card Holder

This is a sweet pouch complete with keyring. Cute and practical.

Recycled Yellow Pages Card Holder

394 pages of the Yellow Pages put to great use with this unique holder.

Sterling Silver Card Holder

Smooth. Sophisticated. And $650. Ouch!

Atari 2600 Business Card Holder

An Atari 2600 papercraft that holds up to 35 cards. This one is going on the Christmas list!

Wooden Business Card Case

Just be careful if you put it in your pocket next to your lighter.

MOO MiniCard Holder

It’s us again with our very own MiniCard Holders. Not in standard form though, we love what Tomas Carrillo did with his at a conference to get noticed.

Lego Business Card Holder

We couldn’t write a post without including something brick-tastic using LEGO, could we?

The Guillotine Card Holder

So, just how much do you want to take that business card? Careful…

MacBook Pocket Mirror Card Holder

For Apple fans, a business card holder shaped like an Apple MacBook. And yes, they do Pro and Air versions aswell.

Vehicle Mounted Business Card Holder

Just make sure you don’t drive away when giving them out!

So how do you show off your business cards?

Author Bio
This post was written by Simon Goble who works for moo.com. MOO love to print, offering custom double sided business cards, unique MiniCards, postcards, stickerbooks, greeting cards and more. You can visit their site at moo.com or follow them on Twitter @overheardatmoo.

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  • rob torres

    May 5th

    Have to admit there are some cool ones and that Vehicle Mounted Business Card Holder is a riot…

  • David Christian-Woodruff

    May 5th

    These examples are fascinating! So much effort and time is dedicated to the creation of the cards themselves that the case that holds them can be sorely overlooked. I know in my case at least, this is true.

    As is clear from this range of holders, there is a vast scope of different ways to compliment the cards. Perhaps as much thought should go into them as the cards themselves to really promote yourself in the best possible light.

    A couple of my personal favourites are the ‘Big Blue Blog Robot Holder’ and the ‘MacBook Pocket Mirror Card Holder’. For just the playfulness and the unique look themselves, these really stand out as different styles that appeal to me.

    The only negative I can think to mention with these though is the portability. Granted, most are fine and could be whipped out at the drop of a hat, however some just aren’t feasible options to carry around. Then again, they could simply be for display purposes.

  • David

    May 5th

    These are great. I’d have to say the Nintendo holder is one of my favorites. The Yellow Pages card holder is genius since you get them all the time and I never seem to use them. Fascinating article.

  • cliparts

    May 5th

    completely agree, they are grate. thanks for post.

  • James

    May 5th

    It’s all about the Megaman holder :-)

    Awesome.

  • Sites Internet Cambrai

    May 5th

    Very good ideas for displaying business cards! A real source of inspiration, thanks for posting

  • Logo

    May 6th

    Very interesting idea for all the customers. but i like The Guillotine Card Holder!

  • Andy Feliciotti

    May 7th

    Nice to see moo make the list, they do great work

  • seo bangalore

    May 10th

    Nice ideas for displaying business cards.

  • air jordan

    May 11th

    thank you for the informative post and keep up the good work….

  • LCS

    May 11th

    Finally somebody finds a way to actually use the yellow pages! My inner geek needs the Nintendo holder for sure :)

  • stylo parker

    May 11th

    Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

    There’s nothing wrong with replacements si king as they have the capabilities.

  • inspirationfeed

    May 12th

    Wow, these are awesome. These are extremely creative, like the last one on the van.

  • Mainual

    May 16th

    We like The MOO ShowCase. It’s a handy idea. It is said that everything genius is simple. Where can you buy one?

  • Virtual Agents

    May 19th

    Business card mounted on a vehicle is awesome! Imagine a traffick officer giving you a parking ticket while taking one of your cards lol

  • Abe

    Jun 1st

    A great collection, thanks for sharing it.

    I liked much ‘Recycled Yellow Pages Card Holder’,
    it was simple and practical.

  • Website Design Buffalo

    Jun 29th

    The advice here is excellent. One of the biggest mistakes I see concerns readability. Many designers try to use type over art, or even color, while paying little attention to whether it can be read or not.

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