Back in the old days before the Internet, sending out photo Christmas cards meant a trip to a photography studio, weeks of waiting, and a lot more expense than traditional cards with images. No more! These days, you can hop online, pour through hundreds of designs, upload your own digital image, press a few buttons, and voila! your cards will be in the mail or ready for pickup at a local store almost faster than you can say, “Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen.”
But with so many options, where to start? Here’s a quick list of online sites that offer custom holiday photo cards, along with notes on some of the cool stuff – from tri-fold cards to a service that stamps and mails your cards for you – you’ll find at each.
Snapfish is a well-known Internet brand when it comes to photo sharing and gifts. Here you’ll find dozens of custom holiday photo card designs in 4″ x 8″ and 5″ x 7″ sizes. Depending on the design you select, you’ll be able to upload up to four photos on your cards. What’s nice about shopping here? If you’re in a hurry, you can opt for in-store pickup at a local Walgreens. If not, you can always choose snail mail delivery.
The great thing about Astonishing Cards.com is that they’ll send cards out for you at no additional charge if you purchase 50 or more holiday photo cards or large folded cards. Each design comes in three size options – large (7 3/4 x 5 1/8), small (5 1/2 x 3 1/4) or postcard (flat 4 x 6). You simply select your card size and design (such as the design shown at the top of this post), upload your image, personalize the card, submit payment, provide addresses for your recipients, and you’re done. They’ll print and send the cards out the next day. It’s like having your own personal team of Santa’s elves to help you with your Christmas mailing list.
Pear Tree Greetings has a variety of traditional postcard-style and folding photo cards, but what I like about this site is that they also have some very unusual designs, including cards that give you room to print your Christmas letter, ornament-shaped cards that can hang on the tree, and plenty of other options. And most of their cards are printed on 100% recycled card stock, so you can feel good about being green at Christmas.
Smilebox is a fairly new kid on the block when it comes to holiday greetings, but don’t expect the traditional printed designs here. Their specialty is electronic greeting cards that you can customize with your own photos, message and choice of text, but they also offer the option of printing your creations from your own computer. So if you’re looking for some fun holiday photo cards you can print at home, be sure to check out this site, as it only costs $3.99 to upgrade to a premium ad-free creation that you can print out. (Free versions can online be viewed online and include ads.)