These days, we do most of our holiday shopping on the computer and can easily see our loved ones anytime we want thanks to inventions such as FaceTime and Skype. But there’s one old-fashioned holiday tradition we still take part in that has stood the test of time — our annual holiday cards. Serving as the one piece of snail mail we actually look forward to this time of year, these annual greetings are an essential part of any holiday season. We’ve rounded up 15 of the best holiday cards that everyone on your mailing list will be proud to put on display.
Holiday Card Timeline
The most important part of sending out holiday cards — apart from addressing them, that is — is making sure they arrive on time. Bookmark this page to stay on track with card sending dates for every upcoming holiday on your roster.
To make sure your cards arrive by Christmas, send them out by 12/4: By far the most popular type of holiday cards are those that wish your loved ones a Merry Christmas. Whether they’re covered in good tidings or images of intricately-decorated Christmas trees, we’ve got a slew of suggestions for everyone on your “nice” list.
To make sure your cards arrive by Hanukkah, send them out by 12/2: If your household is one that celebrates this Jewish holiday over eight beautiful nights, not to fret: There are plenty of cards for that, too! They feature Hanukkah staples, such as menorahs and dreidels, and make for an easy way to tell your loved ones how just how much they mean to you.
To make sure your cards arrive by Kwanzaa, send them out by 12/5: Friends and loved ones that celebrate the season by lighting a kinara will rejoice in a set of great Kwanzaa cards that boast the colors of this annual celebration (i.e. red, green, and black). Essentially, these cards are a great way to say, “Matunda ya kwanza.”
To make sure your cards arrive by New Year’s Eve, send them out by 12/17: Many people tend to skip New Year’s as far as cards are concerned, but they shouldn’t: There’s no better way to wish your friends a family a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year — especially if you can’t say it in person!
Holiday Cards. If you’re someone who doesn’t celebrate a specific holiday but still loves the season, it’s easy to get in on the fun with a general holiday card. From cards wishing you a “happy holiday” or “season’s greetings,” these non-committal picks capture a festive feeling without any expectations.
The Best Holiday Cards
Ready to pick up this year’s greatest cards? No matter which holiday you or your loved ones celebrate, there’s a set for you on this list. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best holiday cards for every occasion.
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Best Christmas Cards
Best Christmas Tree Cards — Papyrus
Where to buy: $18.95, Amazon
For a gorgeous Christmas card set, pick up this collection of Papyrus' "Magical Trees." Each card comes emblazoned with an image of hand-painted watercolor trees that have been decorated with foil and glitter. 14 cards and their accompanying red envelopes — complete with gold lining — are included in each set, as are 16 gold sticker seals. Each card also bears an interior message that reads, "Sending special wishes for a very merry Christmas."
Personalized Christmas Card
Best Personalized Christmas Cards — Gifts for You Now Classic Plaid
Where to buy: $30.99, Gift for You Now
Looking for a nice personalized option? This classic 12-piece plaid card set from Gift for You Now make for the perfect set! With options to customize everything from the card's color and font to your its messaging, you'll wind up with a greeting that comes straight from the heart.
Hallmark Christmas Cards
Best Hallmark Christmas Cards — Hallmark Christmas Card Assortment
Where to buy: $21.89 (Originally $29.99), Amazon
If you're a Hallmark devotee, this assorted card set is sure to check every mark on your list of must-haves. There are 24 individually-wrapped greeting cards with coordinating envelopes and gold Hallmark seals, and each one has been painstakingly crafted with festive embellishments and graphics (think seasonal favorites, such as Santa, reindeer, and stockings).
Funny Christmas Cards
Best Funny Holiday Cards — Canopy Street Cocoa Snowman
Where to buy: $13.99, Amazon
Put a smile on your loved one's face with this Cocoa Snowman holiday card set from Canopy Street. An adorably funny holiday tiding, each of these 25 cards features an adorable marshmallow snowman that can be seen taking a dip in a cup of hot cocoa to give all your nearest and dearest a good chuckle.
Personalized Holiday Card
Best Personalized Holiday Cards — Gifts for You Now
Where to buy: $30.99, Gift for You Now
Get personal with this Classic Monogram Photo holiday card set from Gifts for You Now. Perfect for anyone that's looking to share their family photos with extended relatives, this 12-card set should do the trick. Simply add the picture of your choice, select your fonts, and customize your colors. In just a few minutes, you'll have the holiday card of your dreams!
Best Hanukkah Cards
Best Hanukkah Cards — Hallmark UNICEF
Where to buy: From $9.34 (Originally $12), Amazon
Those that celebrate Hanukkah can pick up this 12-count Hallmark UNICEF Hanukkah set. A fun and festive way to send warm wishes to friends and family, these cards feature a painted, colorful menorah and flowers, which are accented with foil and embossing. Inside, you'll find a message that reads, "May the season of lights be warm and bright for you. Happy Hanukkah." Best of all, a portion of all of the sales from these greetings will be donated to UNICEF.
Happy Hanukkah Card
Best Happy Hanukkah Cards — Hallmark Signature Hanukkah Card
Where to buy: $6.99, Amazon
Bedazzled cards are always a treat and this confetti-covered option from Hallmark is one that's sure to wow. Reading "Happy Hanukkah" on the front with an inside inscription that wishes the reader "all the peace, love, and light your heart can hold," this card set is one of the most festive around.
Hanukkah Gift Card
Best Hanukkah Gift Cards — Pine Cone Chanukah Card
Where to buy: $7.99, Amazon
Looking for variety this Hanuukah? With four unique designs to choose from, this Hanukkah card set from Pine Cone is one that's sure to go great with any of gifts you may give during the Festival of Lights. Featuring a gift box, dove, menorah, and star, these celebratory designs are blank inside, so you can get as personal as you want.
Best Kwanza Cards
Best Joyful Kwanzaa Cards— Kaba Flair Kwanzaa Cards
Where to buy: $9.99, Amazon
Do you or your loved ones celebrate Kwanzaa? Then you'll love this Kaba Flair Kwanzaa set. Featuring 10 bright cards with all the colors of the holiday (red, green, and black), this set makes for a great way to express your love and appreciation for all of your nearest and dearest who celebrate a "Joyous Kwanzaa."
Best Kwanzaa Cards — African American Expressions
Where to buy: $12, Amazon
Celebrate the revelry that is Kwanzaa with this gorgeous card offering from African American Expressions. It's filled with 15 embossed and foil-stamped cards per box, with each one reading, "May your heart be filled with light as we celebrate the rich Kwanzaa heritage and principles. Let us take the time to share love and laughter for generations to come." Happy Kwanzaa, indeed!
Kwanza Kinara Card
Best Kwanzaa Kinara Cards — Designer Greetings
Where to buy: $11.95, Amazon
If you're planning on lighting the kinara for the seven nights of Kwanzaa, share the love with others in your circle with this Kwanzaa card from Designer Greetings. Featuring a gorgeous illustration of the kinara with its red, black, and green candles all aglow, this set has 18 cards that bear the inscription, "Rejoice — As your home softly glows with all the warmth and love that comes from sharing this special time."
Firework New Years Card
Best Firework New Years Cards — Golden Fireworks CEO Cards
Where to buy: $26.95, Amazon
Nothing says "New Year's" quite like fireworks. This year, send everyone you love well wishes with these golden fireworks card from CEO cards. They come in a set of 25 with 26 gold foil-lined envelopes to boot, with each one boastinga thrilling shot of a giant firework alongside the words "Happy New Year." The inside, meanwhile, is blank for you to personalize.
Best New Years Cards
Best New Year's Cards — MIGO New Year's Greeting Cards
Where to buy: $14.99, Amazon
It's almost time to ring in the New Year with friends near and far, so why not pick up this MIGO New Year's card set? Coming in a pack of 36, this set features six assorted designs with festive messages, such as, "Have a Sparkling New Year," "Pop Fizz Clink, Happy New Year," and "Wishing You a Happy New Year" that will make you feel joyous about ringing in the next 365 days.
2020 New Years Card
Best 2020 New Year's Cards — CEO Cards
Where to buy: $26.95, Amazon
We're entering a new decade, so why not mark the occasion with this 2020 New Year's card set from CEO Cards? Featuring 25 greetings and 26 gold foil-lined envelopes, you can toast loved ones with a cheeky phrase ("Cheers to the New Year!") while the inside will be blank for a second message of your choosing.
Happy Holidays Cards
Best Animal Holiday Cards — Canopy Street Woodland Animals
Where to buy: $14.99, Amazon
Opting to be vague with your holiday themes? The pick up this Canopy Street Woodland Animal holiday collection. It's got 36 cards with six neutral designs that will work for everyone in your little black book, regardless of their celebration preferences. These cards also a great choice for any animal lovers on your list thanks to their adorable woodland creature designs!