12 Websites That Make Holiday Cards a Total Breeze
The Internet saves the day
You go, early bird—at least, that’s your goal this year when it comes to getting your holiday cards in the mail and out of your life on time. Here, 12 sites that make the ordering process a piece of cake (even if you do run a little late).
BEST FOR PHOTO-PACKED DESIGNS: PINHOLE PRESS
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 sweet hand-written notes.
BEST FOR HAND-VETTED QUALITY: MPIX
This Pittsburgh, Kansas-based site personally checks every print order before it goes out. (It also promises shipping in just one business day. Huzzah!)
BEST FOR GIVING BACK: PAPER CULTURE
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.
BEST FOR SCORING SAVINGS: SHUTTERFLY
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.
BEST FOR FRAMING: MINTED
All the designs—including ones with foil and hand-painted type—are cherry-picked from a community of talented independent artists, so your card feels like an original every single time.
BEST FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE: SIMPLY TO IMPRESS
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.
BEST FOR GLITTERY OPTIONS: TINY PRINTS
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.
BEST FOR LUXE DESIGNS: PEAR TREE GREETINGS
Yep, there’s a whole section on the site dedicated to cards that are high-end (aka they feature real foil, ribbon, double think paper, the works). Best for those who really get into Christmas.
BEST FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND DESIGNS: ETSY
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.
BEST FOR AVOIDING THE POST OFFICE: POSTABLE
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.
BEST FOR THE LAST-MINUTE LADY: PAPERLESS POST
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.)
This article was updated on November 1, 2016.