The 8 Best Places to Buy Holiday Cards of 2020

Send your friends and family some seasonal cheer

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Our Top Picks

Minted

"This site sources from independent artists for fresh, unique designs that can still feel very customized."

Postable

"This one-stop shop prints, stamps, and mails the cards for you, so you have time for more fun holiday traditions."

Artifact Uprising

"Perfect for the minimalists (or the easily overwhelmed), they keep their choices to around 100 cards."

Etsy

"Find the perfect creator to help you bring your dream card to life, whether it's a premium custom option or a budget-friendly printable."

Shutterfly

"Besides cards, you can also have your message printed on ornaments, mugs, and pillows as a fun keepsake."

Tiny Prints

"This brand offers the usual card options, plus luxe upgrades like foiled lettering and customized envelopes."

African American Expressions

"This Black-owned business doesn't do personalizations, but has a wide assortment of illustrated options for Christmas or Kwanzaa."

Paper Culture

"If you're very sustainably-minded, you'll love that this certified Green Business marries great design with recycled materials."

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kawanza—or some combo of the three—ordering cards online has never been easier. You can find personalized photo options, cheeky modern cards, budget picks, and everything in between. And hey, if you don’t manage to get your cards out until New Year’s, there are options for you, too—no judgements.

Here, the best places to buy your holiday cards online:

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Minted

Minted
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Want a completely different selection than what was available last holiday season? Minted is the go-to site for fresh and unique designs; it runs contests to crowdsource top picks from independent artists from across the world. You’ll find a wide selection of photo cards where you can share five or more photos along with traditional printed cards.

This year’s top design trends include nature-themed, neon lights, and lots of bright greenery. Whatever holiday card you pick, you’ll have the option of choosing the background color, the finish, the color or design print on the back of the card, free recipient addressing, return address, envelope color and liner, and more (though note that some of these come at an additional cost).

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Postable

Postable
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It doesn’t get any easier than Postable, a one-stop shop for holiday cards. You simply pick your card and type your message (which it will transform into a handwriting-like font for you) then Postable prints, stamps, and mails the cards for you with mailing available to any country in the world. You provide the addresses via their site or you can upload an Excel spreadsheet.

The hardest part is selecting your card from all its adorable options. They have selections for Christmas, Hanukkah, general holiday, and Spanish language options. You can pick between mailing a postcard or an envelope. All the cards and envelopes are printed on recycled paper and there are no hidden costs, so you can figure out your budget right at the beginning of the process.

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Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising
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Browsing through the seemingly endless options on other sites can be time consuming for sure, which is why minimalists will appreciate Artifact Uprising. It keeps its choices to about 100 simple, stylish designs, each with a choice of one of five foil colors for printing, while envelope colors are limited to three options. It offers return addresses and recipient addressing for an additional charge.

We particularly like its inspiration for nine holiday cards, none of which will require you to decorate for the holidays in September to get the perfect photo. You’ll find cards for holiday, Christmas, and New Year’s. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, it also gives the option of a DIY card. All the cards are printed on recycled paper.

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Etsy

Etsy
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You can find just about any card under the sun on Etsy—from missives for Kwanza to custom illustrated holiday cards where your crew (or just you) are hand-drawn to printable templates that you print out at home. The biggest challenge will likely be narrowing down all the choices.

In addition to searching by card category, you can sort by price—and since Etsy is made up of individual marketplaces, you’ll find a wide range from budget to luxury (don’t forget to factor in shipping costs, too). As your card will be hand-designed, the earlier you place your order, the better.

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Shutterfly

Shutterfly
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Looking for a holiday card that doubles as a “we moved” announcement? Check. One that let’s your furbaby be the star? Check. Or one that prints your annual newsletter in a cute and colorful way? Check.

Beyond the message, Shutterfly offers options for everything from flat, business-envelope sized matte prints to foil print fold out cards in pearl shimmer cardstock with room for four or more photos. Pre-printed addressing is available on some envelopes.

You can also have your card and image printed on an ornament, mug or pillow, which makes for a fun keepsake. Keep an eye out for sales and promo codes to save on your order.

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Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints
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Tiny Prints is Shutterfly’s more sophisticated sibling. Like on Shutterfly, you’ll find options for various life stages along with a selection of themes such as “snowflakes” and “peace & joy.” New for this year are cards with foil raised print in a selection of shimmering gold, copper, or silver. You can choose the trim of your card (square or with rounded corners), the envelope, and liner color. When you select a custom envelope, recipient addressing is included.

Keep in mind the more cards you order, the lower your price per card will be and, like with Shutterfly, Tiny Prints has frequent promo codes and sales—historically the best deals in November and on Cyber Monday.

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African American Expressions

African American Expressions
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This 30-year-old, family-owned company bills itself as the largest Black-owned greeting card company in the world. While you won’t find options for photo cards, you will find beautifully illustrated options with Black people, including a Black Mary and Jesus, angels, families, children, and stylish single women in boxed sets.

It has options for Christmas or Kwanza. Orders take up to 72 hours to process and shipping isn’t included, but there is a fundraising program. For every order placed, a donation is made to one of four charities that supports the homeless, women and children in need, and fatherless boys so you'll know your purchase is doing good work around the holidays.

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Paper Culture

Paper Culture
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There’s no need to feel guilty about the size of your holiday cards’ environmental footprint when you order from Paper Culture; not only does the company plant a tree for every order and use carbon credits to offset its own carbon footprint, but it also uses recycled paper and sustainable materials. In fact, Paper Culture has been recognized by the EPA as a Top 10 Climate Leader, and it’s certified as a Green Business.

In addition to being one of the greenest card options out there, its design staff is available to help you navigate through the choices to find and design the perfect card including layout and color.

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