Once upon a time, a little version of you may have graced your family’s holiday card. Now you’re the one creating your own season’s greetings — and you need a site that will help you do it, whatever your goal or aesthetic. Maybe you want to express your holiday cheer with snaps of you and your friends over the year’s best occasions and accompany it with some witty holiday truism. Maybe you’re more the bleak, Instagram snowscape type. Or, maybe you like rich letterpress cards with tasteful typography. Whatever your vision, you want to reach out to loved ones with stylish
and personalized good wishes for the year ahead.
Fortunately, creating a just-right-for-you card no longer involves hours spent trolling bargain bins at bookstores or sitting at home with
Love Actually playing in the background, licking stamps and addressing envelopes — because the sites ahead put a modern, efficient spin on this annual process for you. (Including Instagram compatibility, purchase rewards you’ll actually use, 3D snowman styles, and eco-friendly charitable considerations.)
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The streamlined designs on Artifact Uprising look more like magazine ads than holiday cards — the company was founded by sisters who also happen to be professional photographers. The holiday collection features more than 50 original card designs printed on 100% recycled paper. Foil-stamped and hand-lettered options are also available.
Artifact Uprising Bold Holiday Cards (50), $, available at Artifact Uprising
If you’re in the market for a more stylish and unique holiday greeting, Society6’s colorful collection of original cards crafted by independent artists from around the globe are wow-worthy material.
Krystan Saint Cat Daisyween Stationery Cards (10), $, available at Society6
Minted offers an endless array of designs created by its expansive network of independent artists. They’re elegant, high-quality, and customizable, with photo, letterpress, and foil-stamped options. There’s also a line of ornament cards that come in sparkly snowflake shapes with a pre-punched hole and ribbon for hanging. The best part? All orders come with free recipient addressing.
Minted Retro Stripes Holiday Cards (100), $, available at Minted
How could we not shout-out the one-stop-shop for everything handmade? From DIY computer templates to hand-painted one-of-a-kind winter scenes, to kitschy illustrations, Etsy is a dream shopping destination for every kind of greeting and holiday card you could imagine.
Redefine Lovely This Year Has Been Scary Enough, $, available at Etsy
If you and your friends got together to create a card company, it might look like the casual, colorful Postable. The site has a distinctly Millennial attitude and acts as a kind of Holiday Card Command Center. You can export your contacts into the address book feature, personalize your cards, and enlist Postable to stamp and mail them for you.
Small Adventure Warm Wishes Hats, $, available at postable
An OG name in the customized stationery industry, this site churns out everything from the highest quality in timeless holiday cards to invitations and announcements. On top of premium stationery products, customers are also given satisfaction guarantees and free-card consultations along with every order.
Pimlada Phuapradit Joy Greeting Card (25), $, available at Fine Stationary
The Met Store
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online store offers a surprising selection of unique holiday card offerings — and what they lack in photo personalization, they more than make up for with artsy elegance. The impressive options range from timely still life prints to festive renderings of historical scenes and seasonal paintings.
The MET Store Winter Scene With Vintage Auto Holiday Card (20), $, available at The Met Store
Rifle Paper Co.
Along with planners, office supplies, and home decor, Rifle Paper Co. also stocks a load of sweet hand-painted looking greeting cards. Their selection includes the perfect mix of whimsical and classic designs.
Rifle Paper Co. Holiday Flamingo (8), $, available at Rifle Paper Co
The stylish wedding-registry destination is also a stylish holiday-card shop, too. The site offers free shipping along with free guest-addressing on all invite to paper products — and currently, you can snag any one of its 100+ original greeting designs (from Kwanza to Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s) for 50% off with code “SNOW50.”
Zola Holiday Elka Cards (100), $, available at Zola
Although this stylish paper brand is U.K.-born and based, it still offers free shipping to the U.S. on all online stationery to greeting cards and gift orders for $30 or more. Many of the unique goods are exclusively crafted by an in-house design team — so you can spread your holiday cheer with a one-of-a-kind card all the way from foggy London Town this season.
This specialty 8-pack also boasts a charitable bonus with proceeds from each purchase donated to support the UK’s Beat Charity.
Paperchase Christmas Market Scene Charity Card (8-pack), $, available at Paperchase
Go green this holiday season without sacrificing personalized style by opting for paperless greetings from Greenvelope — the card site features virtual stationery designs that are handpicked by local artists and thoughtfully delivered into recipients inboxes with a customized envelope.
“By creating a positive online experience, we hope more hosts will consider sending invitations electronically for formal events – to help save trees, time, and money,” the site explains. And in line with this sustainability mission, Greenvelope also donates a percentage of every order to a non-profit, tree-conservation org called Mountains to Sound.
Greenenvelope Eco-Friendly E-Cards (20), $, available at Greenenvelope
Sending the same card en masse can feel a little impersonal, but who has the time to hand-write a message onto each one? Shutterfly is known for its catalog of photo-themed gifts, but it also allows users to create custom messages to each recipient.
Poppy Studio Mighty Joy Holiday Card (75), $, available at Shutterfly
Zazzle turns the expression of personal style into an art form by featuring address labels, stickers, and even holiday stamps to match the design of your card. This is huge for us perfectionist-types who feel a tremendous letdown when we stick a Liberty Bell stamp on our otherwise decorative envelopes.
Coffee + Paper Co Colorful Vintage Merry Christmas Cards (48), $, available at Zazzle
This U.K.-based site ships its highly festive and highly customizable cards worldwide — the varied assortment of holiday greetings range from subtle stylish party invites to novelty customizable photo options and more.
moonpig Film Spoof Christmas Card – Love Definitely, $, available at moonpig
In addition to selling cards, photo books, and keepsakes galore, Snapfish also allows users unlimited photo storage. Syncing photos to your account is easy, and afterward, you won’t have to worry about losing your favorite vacation pics when you finally upgrade to a new iPhone. Then, when it comes time to send a holiday card, you’ll have an entire year’s worth of memories to choose from all in one place. It might even inspire you to print out some pictures and create a photo album IRL, too.
Snapfish Seal & Send Merry Pawlidays Cards (20), $, available at Snapfish
Moo — aside from having a cute and catchy name — speedily delivers premium cards to invitations, thank you notes, and even postcards with stylish punch and pizazz. Each customizable option comes printed on extra-thick and shiny stock in a range of fresh to funky templates.
Moo Customizable Holiday Cards (25), $, available at Moo
This brand is your one-stop shopping destination for quality 3D cards — especially if you’re looking to send out a select few holiday greetings. This pop-up features a very cool looking Santa riding in style.
lovepop Santa Biker 3D Card (5), $, available at lovepop
This sweet, stylish, and easy-to-navigate site has a founding mission of helping shoppers, “celebrate life’s most precious moments, bringing fun, modern design into the timeless tradition of giving and receiving cards,” with its expert stationery offerings that don’t sacrifice design for value. For a limited time, the site is offering free shipping on orders over $49 with the code FREESHIP49.
Pippa Whimsical Peace Cards (75), $, available at Pippa
Not everyone wants to plaster their face or name across the front of a card — and that’s exactly where Amazon’s section of clever, cute, and quirky holiday card sets come into play. This affordably bundled pack by Canopy Street comes complete with envelopes
and high customer praise (“A PERFECT card for the winter season”).
And if you are looking for something a little more personalized, there’s a stocked page of customizable address labels in a wide array of festive styles.
Best Paper Greetings Holiday Greeting Cards Box Set (36), $, available at Amazon
As one of the largest greeting card makers in the country, this trusted site doesn’t disappoint with its bounty of classic holiday options. The greetings range from boxed card and envelope packs with festive designs to personalized Ecards with celebrity Smashup capabilities.
American Greetings Metallic Medley Assorted Christmas Cards (20), $, available at American Greetings
It may sound like an oxymoron, but Paperless Post also sells a wide range of printed cards. Through its website, you can customize everything about the card, from the font to the liner. After your card is created, you can choose to send both paper and electronic copies of your holiday greetings, meaning Grandma and your Instagram-addicted kid cousin and get the version perfect for them.
In addition to invitations, this strictly-digital site also boasts an impressive lineup of customizable holiday cards at more than convenient price points. The festive options range from Christmas to Hanukkah and New Years’ templates, all sold in individual, small, medium or large-sized packages ranging from free to under $50 totals.
Evite Christmas Cheer Cards (50), $, available at Evite
Don’t sleep on mega-retailer Walmart as a fast, easy, and affordable solution for crafting holiday greeting cards this season — the understated yet stylish options cover a range of customizable and festive designs.
Gartner Studios Personalized Traveling Tree Card, $, available at Walmart
If the idea of having your cards mailed for you sounds great, but there are a few you want to send yourself with a special letter or gift, Tiny Prints lets you pick and choose the cards you’d like them to mail and the ones they send to you directly. This allows you to personalize and mail out just as many as you really want to.
Tiny Prints Merry Happy Bright Holiday Card (75), $, available at Tiny Prints
If you’re dedicating your holiday greetings to someone who cares a lot about the environment, a card from this eco-friendly stationery company will make them smile. The cards are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and the brand has pledged to plant a tree for every order received. So far, 550,000 trees have been planted thanks to this venture.
paper culture Simple Pine Cone (50), $, available at paper culture
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