The season for mailing annual holiday cards is fast approaching. Of course you want to send friends and family an unique and memorable holiday card, but finding the right one, adding a handwritten note, addressing it, stamping it and getting it to the post office may take more time than you have this busy season.
Fortunately, you can go online for a completely new way to mail out custom holiday cards.
Mail cards to your whole list
Shutterfly is our favorite holiday card mailing service. You may know Shutterfly for its custom photo gifts, but the company also prints custom cards for every occasion. You'll find lots of design options, including postcard-style cards and folded cards in a range of styles. Upload family photos and customize the text for a greeting card that's your unique creation. We particularly like the pop-out photo cards; like their name suggests, they let recipients pop out the photo to display all year long.
Shutterfly mails your cards directly to your recipients. You'll have no envelopes to address or stamps to lick. If you import your holiday card list from Excel or Outlook (among others), you won't even have to type in mailing addresses to get your cards to their destination.
Pricing varies depending on the card you select, the design elements you want and how many cards you're buying. Card designs start at $0.40 per card (if you buy hundreds of cards), but expect to spend closer to $2 to $3 per card plus an extra $1.02 to send them domestically ($1.70 internationally). That's more expensive than store-bought greeting cards, but it saves you the trouble of running to the post office.
A custom card for every recipient
Sincerely's Ink Cards is an app rather than a website. It lets you customize cards with images straight from your phone and have them mailed directly to recipients. Sincerely Ink offers fewer card options (500 total cards with 49 holiday-theme designs) than other services, and it limits you to creating cards on your smartphone. But the pricing — $1.99 per card or $2.99 for sending internationally — can't be beat.
Another low-cost option with hundreds of holiday card options is Postable. They offer postcards starting at $1.25 and cards starting at $2.50. If you want Postable to send your cards, you just add postage — $0.34 for postcards and $0.47 for cards. Postable can import your contacts from a spreadsheet or you can enter them manually. You can even send out a request for people to verify their addresses. Postable has a variety of fonts to choose from, including a few that look like real handwriting.
Cards with pre-addressed envelopes
If you like adding a note to your holiday cards, you can still get the convenience of pre-addressed envelopes from Tiny Prints and Paperless Post. Paperless Post offers a large selection of upscale custom and photo cards (422 holiday, Christmas and New Year cards). Add a photo on the back of the card for free, and receive a free proof before ordering. Cards start at $1.65 per card, and addressed envelopes cost $0.15 per card. Enter addresses by hand or use their Excel template.
Tiny Prints has a larger selection of photo cards (700-plus total cards, including fewer than 20 without photos) than Paperless Post. You'll also find more variety in sizes and shapes of cards, including ornament-shaped, trifold, gate-fold and heart-shaped cards. Add photos on the back for free. Cards start at $1.09 per card. Addressed envelopes are $0.50 per card and $0.20 for extras. Enter addresses by hand, or upload an Excel or Google Sheets file.
We hope one of these services will prove to be the ideal answer to your holiday card conundrum. Happy holiday card shopping!