Holiday cards are simultaneously joyous and stressful to me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy snapping a family photo, select a pretty design to frame it in and track down the most up-to-date mailing addresses of all your family and friends. It’s more that you’ve got quite a few things on your December to-do list and getting cards out the door on time (aka they don’t turn into New Year’s greetings) is priority #1. These five greeting card websites make the process seamless and easy, not to mention totally chic.
If you’re on the hunt for one-of-a-kind designs, look no further than Minted, which pulls the art for their cards from a community of independent designers (aka the chances are good you won’t send out the same holiday card as your friends). For anyone time crunched (or choice-overwhelmed), I’m a huge fan of their new “text us your photo” service. It works just as described: Straight from your smartphone, all you need to do is text Minted your favorite pic and a creative designer on their team will do the dirty work, inserting it into five different designs. They’ll text the options back to you for review, then add them to your account so that all you have to do is log in and pick the card you prefer. It doesn’t get more seamless than that.
This equally artful site provides a selection of gorgeous photo—and non-photo—options to choose from, complete with foil-stamped and hand-lettered designs. Many come with space to type out a personalized note, so you don’t have to jot holiday greetings by hand. And if you can’t settle on a single photo to feature, you’re in luck: One of my favorite parts about Artifact Uprising is the selection of mult-image designs.
Sometimes you want to celebrate the year gone by with more than just a flat lay card. This is where Pinhole Press comes in: Their selection of photo booklets and trifold designs are both elegant and Instagram-worthy. (There’s also 161 different options to choose from!)
Sending holiday cards and doing something good for the planet is the #1 reason I love this site. For every holiday card order placed, Paper Culture plants a tree and gives you the opportunity to dedicate it, too. Not only that, their card designs are chic and stylish and offer the full range of bells and whistles including foil garnishes, hand lettering and more.
So, your holiday card timing is a little off: It happens to the best of us. Paperless Post is the best digital option—all you have to do is add a photo and collect the email addresses of your friends and family. (Sometimes that’s a lot easier than tracking down addresses for snail mail notes.) The designs come from a range of high end paper designers like Pinhole Press and Kate Spade New York, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality just because you’re sending your card out online. (And if you prefer paper, they print paper versions of their designs at The Paper Source)