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Best sites to snag your holiday cards online

Selena Dehne is a marketing and public relations manager for JIST Publishing, freelance writer and life-long Hoosier. She covers home, entertaining, and holiday topics for SheKnows.com and FabulousLiving.com. Selena has also published do...

When your list of to-dos includes shopping for gifts, wrapping presents, making travel plans, and hosting a holiday get together for family or friends, you may not have time to bounce from store to store in search of the perfect holiday greeting cards.

Don't let this obstacle keep you from sending cards altogether, and don't let it prompt you to hastily throw a few sets of cards into your shopping cart simply to scratch a line off of your to-do list either.

You can save yourself a lot of time and still get great-looking holiday cards through a number of fantastic websites. When ordering cards online, you have the power to choose between predesigned cards, customized photo greetings, and even electronic cards you can send to a loved one's inbox, rather than their mailbox.

Unsure where to start looking online? Depending on the card format that interests you, here are some great places to start your search:

Holiday card from Expressionery.comPredesigned cards

Although people have exchanged handwritten holiday cards through the mail for generations, there are more styles to choose from than ever before. Websites such as Expressionery.com offer card collections featuring everything from classic holiday graphics and chic and sassy designs to cartoon characters and festive prints. Through Expressionery, you can also order holiday photo cards, address labels, and stamps.

For cards featuring more sophisticated, traditional holiday designs, visit ConnorNYC.com. Connor's collection of gorgeous, elegant cards are all hand-stamped, lined, and sold with beautiful matching envelopes.

Holiday card from PearTreeGreetings.comCustomized cards

If predesigned cards don't feel personal enough, there are plenty of websites that allow you to create your own one-of-a-kind collection of cards. For example, when creating holiday cards at TinyPrints.com, you will select a design first and further customize the design with your own photo(s), text, format, color, and quantity preferences. Another advantage to customizing your cards at TinyPrints.com is that you're bound to find a design that suits your style. The options offered include contemporary, vintage, classic, black and white, whimsy, artiste, and portrait.

PearTreeGreetings.com is another fabulous website for creating unique and stylish cards. You can choose from are a wide variety of designs, sizes, shapes, and colors. In addition, you'll also have the option of ordering holiday address labels and letter inserts to give your cards a more personal touch.

Holiday card from PaperlessPost.comElectronic cards

If you've run out of time to snail mail holiday cards, or value the importance of being eco-friendly, you should check out PaperlessPost.com. With this website, you can send gorgeous holiday cards straight to someone's inbox, rather than through the post office.

Ecards from Paperless Post are especially stunning, because unlike those from similar websites, the cards are free of obnoxious ads. They're also an inexpensive option for people with a long list of loved ones; each card costs about 20 cents to send.

Pingg.com is another great site for sending holiday cards electronically. These ecards are free to send, but you may want to upgrade to the plus package to send the ecard with an electronic envelope and without ads. Pingg also is unique because well-known people, such as Martha Stewart and Kellie Medivitz, design many of the cards featured in the holiday collection.

 

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