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Holiday Card Sites That Mail Cards for You

by on November 07, 2016
in Time Savers, Family and Parenting, Tips & How-Tos :: 5 comments

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

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, though the mailing option is not available for photo paper card and note cards. 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 Ink

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. 

Postable

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

Paperless Post

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

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!

Updated on 1/2/2018 with mailing information for Shutterfly.



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Postable mails all your holiday cards for you. Easy peasy.

From Scott on September 29, 2014 :: 3:21 pm

Lemon squeezy.

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http://www.precisionpress.com

From Luke Yancey on November 17, 2016 :: 11:19 am

I’ve actually heard a lot of good things about Shutterfly recently! However, I prefer to work with a local company. This way I don’t have to worry about my cards being lost in the mail!

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This article is what started all my troubles.

From Christine Hess O'Connell on December 26, 2017 :: 10:13 am

I opted to go with Shutterfly despite their glitchy website and incomplete directions because this article claims they are your favorite. I wasted days and days figuring out why I couldn’t upload my address file of 200 addresses. Technical hurdle after technical hurdle and I finally put the cards in my shopping cart. But wait, where is the mailing option? Oh, it’s NOT AVAILABLE FOR PHOTO CARDS? Very, very important detail you left out here. Very misleading. Sigh. Should know better than to trust the internet.

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here's the info buried on the shutter fly site.

From Christine Hess O'Connell on December 26, 2017 :: 10:27 am

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So sorry for your trouble!

From Suzanne Kantra on January 02, 2018 :: 10:00 am

So sorry for your trouble! We’ve ordered from them without a hitch, which is why it was selected as one of our favorites. We didn’t choose a photo card, though and didn’t catch the paper type issue in our fact check. Agreed that the Shutterfly site is misleading. I will send a note to Shutterfly regarding this issue and I will add a note about the paper types in the story. Thanks for the heads up!

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