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The 25 Best Holiday Cards You Can Buy Online (Even If You've Totally Procrastinated This Year)

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This is the year: the year you finally send out holiday cards. The wreath has been hung, gift shopping is in full swing and, heaven help you, there will be cards! And they will be the best holiday cards around! We hear you, and we've got your back. Here, 25 sites that make the ordering process ridiculously easy (even if you do run a little late).

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1. Pinhole Press

Best for Photo-Packed Designs

You’ll love the range of multi-pic (and accordion-style) options this site has to offer. And don’t worry—with a Sharpie, there’s still plenty of room to scrawl handwritten notes.

2. Postable

Best for Avoiding the Post Office

Tracking down addresses is always the worst part of getting holiday cards in the mail. This site helps you set up a private address book (where your friends can plug in their location) and then prints, stuffs, stamps and sends your cards for you.

3. Amazon Prints

Best for One-Stop Shoppers

If you're using Amazon all the time to get your holiday shopping done, check one more thing off your list without ever leaving the site. Amazon Prints lets you easily make custom holiday cards, as well as canvas wall art and acrylic photo displays, so you can take care of your gift and your note all in one fell swoop. (And score free shipping too.)

4. Etsy

Best Variety

Breaking news (in case you didn’t know it): Etsy does holiday photo cards. And the best part is you can almost guarantee that no one else will choose the one you send out. Plus, you can even ditch the whole posing-for-photos part and commission an Etsy illustrator to sketch your fam on the card.

5. Zazzle

Best Magnet Cards

Traditional paper cards are great and all—and Zazzle offers those too—but if you really want to make your well-wishes stand out, plaster them on a magnet. It's fun, functional (how else will they keep that wish list front and center on the fridge?) and unforgettable.

6. Paperless Post

Best for Procrastinators Everywhere

Ack, Christmas is next week! You forgot to send season’s greetings. This site features stunning e-designs from major brands like Rifle Paper Co. and Kate Spade New York that look as luxe as the real deal. (Psst: Paper options of every design are also available.)

7. Minted

Best Keepsake Cards

All the designs—including ones with foil and hand-painted type—are cherry-picked from a community of talented independent artists, so your card will be one-of-a-kind (and many are totally customizable).

8. Paper Culture

Best for Giving Back

Yes, you’re technically using up trees. But A) these cards are made from recycled paper, and B) a new tree is planted for every order placed. So relax.

9. Felt

Best Substitute for Handwritten Letters

Using the Felt app, you can create and mail letters without even opening your laptop (or needing to buy stamps). But what's even more impressive is how the app lets you write messages in your own scrawl, so you can make your custom card all the more personal. And questionably decipherable.

10. Artifact Uprising

Best for Instagramming Later

All hail VSCO cam. It’s as if all the images featured in these cards have already been filtered. Now the only thing left to do is stage the social media shot. (A buffalo plaid backdrop would be nice, no?)

11. Moo

Best for Hot-Weather Holidays

Your annual holiday card is a snapshot in time, so why not express your sunny surroundings? Moo's pics allow you to do just that. Plus, you can select multiple color combinations, adding a little variety to what you mail out this year.

12. Simply to Impress

Best Customer Service

Seriously, should any issues arise (for example, you can’t track down your cards and it’s four days before Christmas Eve), you can live chat a real person from the homepage. In addition, every order placed comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee—or your money back.

13. Miss Design Berry

Best Illustrations

This card doubles as a gift to yourself, because you're totally going to want to hang it up. Miss Design Berry creates a custom illustration of your home at the holidays, which you'll receive as an 8"x10", and the artwork will be used on a series of 5"x7" cards you can send out to everyone you know. (Psst: Your order also comes with three rounds of revisions, so you can make sure your home looks just right, and rush orders can be turned around in as little as a week.)

14. Mixbook

Best for Pet Owners

Finding a card worthy of Lord Meowington III is no easy task. Skip the endless scrolling and head straight to Mixbook, which offers plenty of cards printed with pet puns, as well as decorative trims and metallic foil flourishes.

15. Tiny Prints

Best Glittery Options

Sparkle, y’all. This site has a plethora of gold- and silver-dusted cards that feel totally festive without rubbing off all over your hands…or your face or your clothes.

16. Vistaprint

Best Value

You can score custom cards as low as 83 cents apiece, and the site often offers serious discounts on top of that. Plus, while there, you can create all kinds of custom gifts, like mugs, shirts and face masks.

17. Mpix

Best for Hand-Vetted Quality

This Pittsburg, Kansas-based site personally checks every print order before it goes out. (It also promises shipping in just one business day. Huzzah!)


18. Mixbook Photo Co.

Best for Creating on Your Phone

Keep all your photos on your phone? Mixbook has an easy-to-use app that lets you use those photos and custom text to create your holiday cards—and the company offers free double-sided printing.

19. Shutterfly

Best for Scoring Savings

Not only are the cards adorable, but you can also often get them for as much as half off. Just click over to the homepage—or sign up for an account—to stay up to speed on regular deals.

20. Snapfish

Best for Storage

Sure, most of these sites sell cards, photo books and other keepsakes. But Snapfish also allows users to synch unlimited photos to your account from your computer, Facebook, Instagram, etc. so you never have to worry about losing your favorite photos. You also have the option to pick up your cards at a Walgreens or Walmart closest to you.

21. Walgreens

Most Convenient

Walgreens has a bunch of custom card options, but where the company's service truly excels is its convenience: Many orders can be picked up at a local store the same day they're placed.

22. Pear Tree Greetings

Best for Luxe Designs

Yep, there’s a whole section on the site dedicated to cards that are high-end (aka they feature real foil, ribbon, double thick paper, the works). Best for those who really get into Christmas.

23. Social Print Studio

Best for Gift Tags

This Santa Cruz, California-based small business is known for its tasteful photo-emblazoned gifts, and this year they've added holiday cards to their recycled paper-printed repertoire. We're especially taken with the 2.5-inch square folded gift cards—you can upload a different photo for each of the 24-card set.

24. Staples

Best Same-Day Pickup

Folded, gloss-finish, foil accents, rounded corners and backside print options are among the offerings at Staples, but it's speed where these guys really excel. Most cards can be picked up the next day if ordered by 2 p.m., and rush orders can be retrieved just three hours after ordering.

25. Personalization Mall

Best for Extra Gifts

Want to not just order a scallop-edge custom Christmas card, but also an ornament, mug and personalized bucket for having a snowball fight with? All that and more are available from Personalization Mall, where free one-to-two-day turnaround is the rule and slapping your family's name on plaques, door mats and keepsakes is a year-round business.


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