'Tis the season for... cliched greeting cards? We think not! These are our top picks for holiday card shopping, whether you're going for mailable cards or paperless e-cards:
Contrary to its name, you can order both paper and e-cards from this website. You can log in with Facebook to start ordering, and they have a lot of beautiful, simple designs, as well as some very eye-popping ones! You can send some for free because you get 30 free "coins" (their odd paying system) just by signing up! Cards are about one coin per recipient (if sent online).
For fantastic pop-up cards that will blow your mind with their complexity, check out MoMA's (the Museaum of Modern Art) 3D holiday collection. Some of them are hard to believe, like this spice cake card with a removable slice! All of the cards are designed by MoMA's select artists, and they come in boxes of eight that range from $15.95 to $24.95.
Use your Instagram pics to piece together an original holiday postcard for your friends and family. You can customize the postcards with the 20 availble designs, color correction on your images, and printing on both sides that includes a message or announcement on the back. $36 for 24 cards.
New York design company Seltzer Goods creates witty greeting cards for the holidays, as well as gift items, paper goods, and even art prints. When you buy cards from them, a portion of what you spend goes to Earthjustice, a non-profit law firm dedicated to environment protection. Seltzer Good's Holiday Greeting Cards are $3.50 each and their Eco-Friendly Boxed Holiday Greeting Cards are $14.95 for 8.
We found some pretty entertaining options here, including this Gingerbread Man card that says "Oh, Snap!" (he has a broken arm) as well as some classic designs. This website has a broad selection that covers everything from heartfelt to comic. Cards are $2.99 a piece.
"When you care enough to hit send." For a low-maintenance, completely free e-card that's dripping with sarcasm, check out the hilariously biting selection at someecards.com.
An expert in stationary and cards, Papyrus has some great deals on boxed holiday cards. The slim stocking cards pictured here are $18.95 for 16, and the snowy landscape cards are 20 for $12.95. No matter what your budget is, you can find cards that suit your style on this website.
8. Crane & Co.
Famous for its hand-engraved cards, this company tends to fall on the pricier side, but they have a few budget-friendly options such as these "spreading good cheer" foldover holiday cards, 10 for $24. Definitely a website worth checking out, as they also have some fun New Year's Day cards.
Login with Facebook to send these crazy interactive e-cards! You can put your friends' or family members' faces into the cards (by uploading pictures or accesssing your Facebook albums) - for example, there's one with Santa and his elves where you can put familiar faces in for each of them. The cards often involve singing and dancing, and are ridiculously fun!