Business Card Holders: Desktop Holders, Metal Cases and Pocket Wallets
Deciding On Business Card Holders
Business card holders are ideal for keeping your cards clean and organized. It looks more professional having a bespoke business card holder, and you are less likely to lose them. They make a good corporate or promotional gift and metal ones can be engraved with your company name to be given out as a marketing tool.
Desk business card displays that sit on your desktop keep your business cards available and easily accessible. Metal business card cases that can be carried comfortably in your pocket are great when you are on the move.
Desktop Business Card Holders
Desktop holders are usually made of acrylic, a clear plastic, and sit on your desk displaying your business cards. The advantage of these is that you have access to the information you need right in front of you without having to search through draws or pockets. There are several designs available - a triangular base with a slit that business cards slot into is one design. These have the advantage of being stable and are not knocked over easily but the cards are not covered so can get dirty and marked. A similar design takes the shape of a Toblerone chocolate bar or a tent, with one edge acting as the base and the other two edges being large enough to hold business cards. These have the advantage of being double-sided so you can fit twice as many cards in.
Desktop displays similar to photograph holders are also available. Clear, plastic, upright stands that cards can be slotted into are useful. These have bases which are almost at right-angles to the display area and are about half a foot high. Another design is one with three 'spokes' like a wheel or carousel. The business card holder sits on one end as its base with three flat display areas. If you run a business where you are on the road in a company vehicle, you can have a plastic business card dispenser attached to the side of the vehicle so people can help themselves to a card when the vehicle is parked. This is particularly useful for businesses such as painters and decorators or builders.
Metal Pocket-Sized Card Holders
Pocket business card wallets are available in different styles. The usual style for metal business card holders is to have them flat and horizontal but vertical holders open at one end rather like a Zippo lighter. Holders that are held shut with magnetic clasps or metal clips over the end are also available. Business card cases with a calculator included are very handy. Unusual business card holders make great gifts such a brushed aluminum holder with a golf-ball inset in the corner. Stained-glass card holders are beautiful but not very practical. Retro-style holders with art deco designs are available. Cameo cases are made of polished brass with a cameo set in the center for a Victorian look.