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This site sources from independent artists for fresh, unique designs that can still feel very customized.
Customizable and whimsical, these cards are a unique and chic way to wish a loved one happy holidays.
Perfect for the minimalists (or the easily overwhelmed), they keep their choices to around 100 cards.
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.
Rifle Paper Co. offers holiday cards that rep the brand's signature bright colors, florals and hand-painted designs.
If you're very sustainably-minded, you'll love that this certified Green Business marries great design with recycled materials.
The ultimate online destination for all things wedding now sells holiday cards too. Choose from tons of cute designs, personalized options or sentimental messages.
Besides cards, you can also have your message printed on ornaments, mugs, and pillows as a fun keepsake.
Your recipient gets a card and chocolate in one send, thanks to Sweeter Cards. You can choose from various card styles and chocolate flavors.
This brand offers the usual card options, plus luxe upgrades like foiled lettering and customized envelopes.
This one-stop shop prints, stamps, and mails the cards for you, so you have time for more fun holiday traditions.
This Black-owned business doesn't do personalizations, but has a wide assortment of illustrated options for Christmas or Kwanzaa.
A holiday card is a thoughtful way to show loved ones you're thinking of them, even if you can't be together to celebrate.
We researched the best places to buy your holiday cards online, considering the price, customization, and messaging options. Our favorites include Minted, which supports independent artists, Paper Culture for an eco-friendly option, and Postable, which mails the card for you.
Here are the best places to buy your holiday cards online.
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 worldwide.
In addition to a wide selection of traditional printed cards, Minted also offers various photo cards where you can share five or more photos.
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. However, some of these features come at an additional cost.
Papier's selection of holiday cards covers all the bases. Whether you want a custom photo card, something with a bit of humor, or a classic design, Papier's wide-range promises to let your loved ones know you're thinking of them this holiday season and in cutest, most sentimental way.
Papier is also a good choice for the environmentally keen as they use plastic-free packaging and sustainably sourced papers from FSC-certified forests.
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, and three color options for envelopes. 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. 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.
You can find just about any card under the sun on Etsy—from missives for Kwanzaa 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.
Rifle Paper Co.
Rifle Paper Co. is known for its bright colors, eye-catching florals and chic hand-painted designs— and their holiday cards are no different. They offer a variety of holiday-themed designs and each card is truly one-of-a-kind, thanks to the brand's unique signature style. While they don't offer photo options, you are sure to find a card pretty enough for loved ones to keep around the house way after the holidays have passed.
They offer free domestic shipping on orders over $50, and you can order a single card or box set of 6 cards.
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 claims certification 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.
Zola is a premier online destination for all things wedding related. They also sell holiday cards as stunning as their wedding invites. From photo options to elegant designs, there's a holiday card for every preference and style.
Their cards are incredibly customizable: You can cater all the fine details to your liking, right down to the paper type, type of fold, and foil color. They also come in standard card format or as a magnet. The cards are offered at unbeatable prices from $0.99 each, plus free shipping.
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.
It might look like just a chocolate bar at first glance, but Sweeter Cards marries greeting card and holiday confection in one. When your recipient opens a Sweeter Card, they'll see your special holiday greeting first. Then, they'll flip open to a handmade, gourmet chocolate bar, made from vanilla caramel, fresh whipping cream, butter, Madagascar vanilla, and Mediterranean sea salt.
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.
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 to any country in the world. You provide the addresses via their site, or you can upload an Excel spreadsheet of addresses.
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.
African American Expressions
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 Kwanzaa. 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.
What to Look for in a Holiday Card
Some families enjoy fully customizing their holiday cards to feature photos of children, pets, and more, while others prefer simpler options. Above, we have included choices that will appeal to individuals in either of these categories. Those who do not have as many up-to-date family photos on hand may prefer illustrated cards, while shutterbugs may wish to upload favorite snaps to one of the websites offering customization.
The number of cards you will need to purchase depends on the length of your recipient list, but generally, customizable cards will run cheaper than pre-made greeting cards, which come in smaller box sets. If you are sending holiday cards to your large extended family, neighbors, coworkers, and more, you may need to purchase a set of 100 or more.
Those who enjoy sending long, handwritten notes to friends and family during the holiday season may appreciate illustrated card sets, but others who seek to quickly and efficiently tackle a lengthy list of recipients will prefer ordering pre-made cards. Note that you can always add a brief handwritten message on the back of these cards, too.
What do you write in a holiday card?
Holiday cards usually feature a seasonal greeting along with a two to three sentence long personalized message for the recipient. It is common to wish the recipient good health in the new year. If you have not spoken to the recipient for some time, adding a sentence or two about you and your family is also appropriate.
When do you send holiday cards?
Most people send holiday cards during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, with some cards still being sent out early into January.
Do 6x8 holiday cards need extra postage?
Any letters weighing more than one ounce require extra postage.
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Anne Fritz is a health and lifestyle writer for The Spruce. Her work has appeared in several media outlets such as Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, Patch, In Style, Insider, SELF Magazine, Everyday Health, Refinery29, Aol.com, and Men's Journal. Additional reporting was done by Sarah Lyon, a design and decor expert who has many years of experience writing about interiors.