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There’s something distinctly adult about sending a holiday card. Like a favorite cocktail, go-to recipe or signature scent, your card conveys that you’re put-together enough to have considered these things—to have spent enough time at nice bars to know which cocktails are drinkable, to have cooked enough to master one semi-impressive recipe, to have worn enough perfume to know which fragrance fits you best. Finding (and sending) the best holiday cards sends a similar message: You had enough foresight to actually order, sign, address and send holiday cards to all of your loved ones—and in a timely fashion, at that.
The first step to getting your holiday card situation under control is, of course, to buy some holiday cards. You want to find something that fits your personality—and the level of festivity with which you intend to approach the season. Will your holiday be spent snuggled up by the fire? Snapping pictures in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree? Zoominng from your parents’ house in Jersey?
Maybe you prefer your holiday season with a glass of wine—or maybe your days are spent looking forward to all the dynamic trends that await you in the year ahead. Your holiday card should reflect that, because of course, it should reflect you.
The classic family holiday card formula involves a photoshoot, which naturally results in tons of kitschy-cute (and charmingly laid-out) cards your loved ones will keep on their refrigerators for years to come. This is a tried-and-true favorite among people who regularly send out holiday cards. But for those of us who are just trying to get a grip on the whole holiday card thing—those of us who are still impressed by how adult and put-together people who send holiday cards are—this method might be a little high-maintenance. Plus, if it’s just you, a selfie shoot isn’t quite as endearing.
Instead, try opting for a more low-key approach: stocking up on tons of chic, personality-filled holiday cards you can turn to year after year. By doing this work now, you’re ensuring that all you have to do in December is address and mail the damn things. Isn’t this how the adults do it? We’re not sure, but we know we’re fans of practicality—plus, the cards we’re eyeing are too cute to pass up.
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Minimalist Holiday Cards
With a simple illustration and a festive sentiment, these minimalist-style holiday cards are really doing it for us this year. We love the variety of phrases featured on the 48-pack of cards, so you can pick and choose the message you want to send your friends and family this year.
Snowflake Greeting Cards
Looking for a pretty holiday card to send out, but don’t need hundreds? This pack of 12 snowflake cards is just for you. Glittering snowflakes on a soft blue background send out a calming vibe to all your friends and family—something we could all use this holiday season.
Delicate Drawings Holiday Cards
The little illustrations and drawings on this variety pack of holiday cards are so cute, we’ll have to keep a few for ourselves. Featuring eight different styles, from Christmas trees to snowmen, there’s a card for everyone on your list. Plus, we love the envelope closure stickers this 24-count pack comes with.
Festive Polar Bear Holiday Card
This super-luxe holiday card features a festive polar bear wearing adorable reindeer antlers and embellished with glitter snow. It comes with 20 cards and red envelopes, so all you have to do is write out your holiday message, sign, seal and deliver!
Happy New Year Greeting Card
Skip Christmas and Hanukkah all together and head right into celebrating the new year with this greeting card, available in a pack of 10. Because if there’s something we can all agree on right now, it’s that 2021 can’t come fast enough.
Forrest Friends Holiday Cards
Personalize your holiday cards a bit this year with this variety pack, featuring six different designs to send out to friends and family The pack comes with 48 greeting cards so you have plenty of holiday cheer to go around.
Snowmen Holiday Cards
If you want to get fancy this holiday season, this snowmen card is just for you. Coming in a pack of 8 cards and featuring little snowmen cutouts and glitter embellishment, this is the perfect card to get your friends and family excited about the holiday season.
Season’s Greetings Holiday Cards
Looking to keep things secular this holiday season? This 36-pack of season’s greetings cards is just for you. Featuring different colors, shapes and fonts, everyone on your list will be excited to open up your greeting card this year.
This card cheekily celebrates the small bit of oil that burned for eight days (aka the story of Chanukah) with a low-battery icon. Now if only we could find a charger that gives our phones enough juice to last eight days…
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Corgi Christmas Sweater Card
What’s better than a corgi decked out in Christmas gear?? Spoiler: Nothing. Send this card out to family and friends to put a much-needed smile on their faces this year. We have a feeling you’ll be saving one for yourself, too.
Polar Plunge Stationery Cards
Perfect for the vintage fashion fiend with a pension for adventure. You can purchase this card in sets of three, five or ten to send to the friends and family you know would appreciate this holiday card.
Yule Stationery Cards
In addition to sending these dreamy cards out, we might frame one and hang it up. We love a good wintery scene, especially when it’s artfully drawn out on a holiday card. This card is available in sets of three, five and 10.
Happy Hanukkah Stationery Cards
We’re celebrating all the holidays this year, especially the one with eight whole nights of presents. We love the cute illustration of the menorah on the windowsill in this card, celebrating the Festival of Lights.
Vintage Christmas Stationery Card
So into the vintage vibes of this classic card, throwing it back to the good old days. The old-timey font combined with the vintage car makes for a pleasing vintage aesthetic that all of your friends and family will enjoy getting in the mail.
Merry Everything Stationery Cards
For the person who loves holiday spirit so much, they wish they could keep it going all year long. We love the bright colors and fun font featured on this holiday card, and the happy sentiment that comes with it.
Radio City Music Hall Stationery Cards
For the New Yorker (or the New Yorker at heart) this card is sure to spread holiday cheer to anyone who receives it. There’s a reason people travel from all over the world to visit New York City at Christmas, and this card captures that spirit perfectly.
Mid Century Menorah for Hanukkah Stationery Cards
How cool is this design featuring different menorahs? At first glance, it looks like an eye-catching, mid-century modern design, but when you look closer, you can see the flames of the candles burning bright. Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Birthday Jesus Holiday Card
For all those fans of The Office, this one’s for you. Send this card out to fellow The Office fans and you’ll be a holiday season hit. This card will definitely make it onto your friends’ refrigerators.
Christmas Cats with Antlers Greeting Card
Calling all cool cats and kittens, this holiday card is for you. Perfect to send to a fellow cat lady (or lad) this holiday season, we’re loving all the different personalities showcased on the card.
Mall Santa Christmas Card
Excuuuuuse me? Bet he’s on the naughty list this year. Send this funny Christmas card to a friend with a sense of humor. We could all use an extra laugh this holiday season.
Snow Stream Holiday Card Set
An artsier take on the classic holiday card. Honestly, you could probably print your most festive Instagrams out as Polaroid cards and address those! This snowy scene comes in a pack of eight to send to your nearest and dearest.
Winter Wonderland Holiday Card Set
The best of the season & an idyllic winter scene encapsulated in a single holiday card set. You’ve got a snowman, Christmas trees, a bridge over a snowy river and cute little homes in the background. What else do you need?
A version of this story was originally published in November 2017.