in a nutshell... Are they necessary? Heres my story, Its my Cousins B-Day. He might as well be my big brother so naturally I always try to get or make him something nice for his Bday. I put about a months work into his present, wrapped it and all that good stuff. I have no intentions of getting him a card and my girlfriend is telling me I'm supposed to. So really does a person have to have a card when they are getting a gift? I say no... I spent the time on the present... they don't need some pre-manufactured hallmark card that I'm just going to scribble my signature and "happy birthday" on. what do you think?