It’s Time to Send Out Holiday Cards—and These Are the Best Ones Worth Buying

updated Nov 8, 2019
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Whether you live away from home (like me) or haven’t spoken to an old friend in months (also me!)—holiday cards are the easiest and most thoughtful way to connect with loved ones. To get you ahead of the curve, we rounded up the best cards for every budget and style, ones that are so nice they’ll definitely land in the special family photo to more inventive alternatives to minimal and simple picks, check out some of our favorites below, and cross off another item on your to-do list.

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Personalized Holiday Cards

This custom portrait holiday card is probably the cutest way to spread joy and cheer to friends and loved ones. The artist captures the tiniest details, from your hairstyle to your accessories, and you can even include your home city’s skyline and your precious pet.

Buy: Personalized Holiday Cards, starting at $104.95 $83.96 at Etsy

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Greenery Ornament Card

A holiday card that’s also a Christmas ornament? Genius! This is the sweetest card to send to near and dear ones who would love to give your family a spot on their Christmas tree. The card includes a linen ribbon for hanging or for pulling it out of the ornament box next year (because this one’s a keeper!).

Buy: Greenery Ornament Card, starting at $54 at Minted

Holiday Hound Cards Box Set

If you’re not a fan of sending personalized holiday cards or are just looking for a budget-friendly alternative to sharing festive wishes, consider this Anthropologie box set. For starters, it’s dog-themed (COME ON!) and comes with the cutest greetings, like this gem: “Warm wishes and puppy kisses.” Also, the cards are tiny enough to prop on a work desk or stick on the refrigerator for a bit of cheery holiday decor.

Buy: Holiday Hound Cards Box Set, $18 at Anthropologie

Chocolate Holiday Cards

Take sweet yuletide greetings to a very literal level with this bar of dark chocolate wrapped in a greeting card. It’s perfect to give your boss, colleague, neighbor, or anyone on your list who’s just not that close enough to get a family photo.

Buy: Chocolate Holiday Cards, $9 at Uncommon Goods

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Wishing You the Merriest Christmas Yet Card

Keep it traditional with this very classic holiday card that would look perfect on a mantle. The best part? You don’t have to agonize over choosing just one perfect picture. You can add up to three, which is always a visual treat for loved ones.

Buy: Wishing You the Merriest Christmas Yet Card, $1.81/per card at Zazzle

Multi-Image 2019 Holiday Card

If you had a spectacular 2019 filled with tons of life updates, this layout is a great option. Choose a highlight for every month of the year, and keep it simple without any extra messages or fancy fonts, letting your pictures do all the talking.

Buy: Multi-Image 2019 Holiday Card, starting at $1.25 at Artifact Uprising

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Brush Stroke Joy Holiday Card

Pick your favorite family shot and let it shine in this joyful holiday card. We love the bright colorful strokes and gold detailing that make it feel extra special.

Buy: Brush Stroke Joy Holiday Card, $1.30/per card at Shutterfly