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In a world that’s increasingly more digital, there’s something refreshing about old fashioned holiday cards. Maybe it’s just me, but I still love the feel of paper in my hands, and when it’s something personal and meaningful like a family Christmas card, it’s that much more special. But hey, I get it – you’re sick of seeing the same mass-produced Hallmark cards in your mailbox every year. To break up the monotony and give you some inspiration, I’ve compiled a list of some cute, interesting and unique cards to use this year.


Custom Family Portrait Illustration

Send this woman a photo of your family (including pets!) or your urban family (including pets!) and she will create a digital drawing that best represents your family in a cartoony way. Allow up to three weeks for the finished product.


Vintage Chalkboard

You can get this design customized with your family name and/or photo and the chalkboard look is definitely different from anything I’ve seen in a while. Order by Dec. 11 to get the cards in time for Christmas!


Paper Cut Outs

If you only need to send one card to that long-distance friend or relative, this is a perfect option. Not only does the message come across in a snarky way but the handmade card shows how much you care. Find other designs and phrases in the Etsy shop.


Ugly Sweaters

Who doesn’t love a good ugly holiday sweater? I’d just avoid sending this card to anyone who may wear these types of sweaters seriously (you know who I’m talking about… elementary school teachers, anyone?).


Environmentally Friendly Penguins

These cards are printed on sustainably-harvested birch wood making them 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Plus the penguins are adorable.


Hannukah Pets

Satisfy everyone in your life, the dog people AND the cat people, with this simple card.


Pop Up Skating Party

The MoMA store has a lot of cool graphic and pop up holiday cards. It was hard for me to choose just one, so check them all out here!


DIY Embroidered Card

If you’re feeling adventurous and have a sewing machine, this card is quick and easy. You could even do it by hand, or use fabric or felt to make other shapes and designs.


Ho, ho, ho

Send this to someone who appreciates clever word play, or use this to send a passive aggressive message to your frenemy.

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2013 In A Nutshell

Update everyone you’ve ever met on your life with this infographic-style card. There are a lot of ways to customize it, including adding photos and changing the colors and shape.




If after that all, you’re still a diehard social media addict, you can turn your digital photos into cards with apps like Touchnote, and then send it any where in the world. OR if you’re still not into that whole paper thing, use InstaQuote to add a holiday greeting to your Instagram photos and then share it with every one of your online friends. Easy!