Mother's Day is May 12th!

For our customers who like to plan ahead, Mother's Day is the next big holiday on the horizon.

Get a head start on honoring mom, mom-figures, or pet moms in your life with our Mother's Day Collection!

Let's Get Reading!

Independent Bookstore Day is approaching on April 27! It's a day when book lovers in our literary hometown of Seattle, WA go all out.

Whether you're celebrating with us or in your own hometown, join the festivities with our popular Books & Readers Collection!

Welcome Spring!

Here in Seattle, it's still a little chilly, but the bulbed flowers are starting to pop up!

Join us in welcoming their appearance with our Springtime Collection, full of blooms, butterflies, and beautiful fairies!

Announcing Laughing Elephant's

Card of the Week

While elephants will always hold a special spot in our hearts, this Rosie the Riveter character has become an unofficial mascot at Laughing Elephant! She perfectly embodies the cheeky fun we adore about vintage illustration. And our customers love her too—she's one of our best-selling designs ever!

Arthur Sarnoff created her for an early 1940s cover of Argosy Magazine, a long-running pulp magazine that transitioned into a men's interest publication.

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We find inspiration for our products from a variety of sources, with vintage magazine ads being one of our primary influences. During an era when photography was not yet ubiquitous, talented artists crafted captivating illustrations to sell all sorts of products. Our catalog is a treasure trove of these timeless gems—in this blog post we are showcasing original ads alongside our reinterpretations of them!

Click to see artful ads for mineral water, dishwashing liquid, umbrellas, cognac, and more turned into greeting cards!

Connecting people through vintage

Nice to Meet You!

We are Laughing Elephant, a greeting card and gift company founded in 1969. Our warehouse and retail store are located in Seattle, Washington, and we are the keepers of one of the largest libraries of illustrated books and ephemera in the United States. From this library, we draw inspiration and images that become the source material for all our offerings. We curate our collections with the goal of sharing beautiful images with the world. 

We celebrate the golden age of design, when artists and illustrators were an integral part of advertisements and merchandising. Their beautiful, hand drawn images inspire us to make gifts and cards you will love.