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2013 Best Custom Holiday Cards

by Larissa, posted to Holidays

Here are my 2013 recommendations for the best websites and apps for photo Christmas cards - I included a couple of my favorite go-to sites where I've created photo cards, ecards, invitations and some newcomers with great prices and fresh designs.


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BEST OVERALL: Minted

minted.com

At Minted, we love the idea that our products will find their way into...more

Minted has really stepped up their game this year, they've added so many beautiful designs, prices are way more competitive and have made it so much easier to customize your cards. I'm ordering my cards from them this year!

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BEST SELECTION: Tiny Prints

tinyprints.com

Birth announcements, Christmas cards, birthday invitations & various...more

Solid selection of card designs and gifts at great prices, look for their coupons and deals.

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MOST UNIQUE: Pear Tree Greetings

peartreegreetings.com

There is a moment, it happens every day, that makes us feel like kids...more

I found Pear Trees via a Facebook ad recently and instantly fell in love with their designs - they're unique, modern, fun and unlike other sites I've seen - their prices are very reasonable too. I can't wait to place my first order!

Jane Pavalon: They use really good paper that seems to cost more at other sites.

AppeTips: Great designs (cut outs, ribbons, pockets) and really unique color combinations. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, Pear Tree would be my recommendation.

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BEST VALUE: Shutterfly

shutterfly.com

Create photo books, personalize photo cards & stationery, and share...more

You'll get the most bang for your buck with Shutterfly, they offer many discounts on custom cards and holiday gifts. If you're not a design and paper snob, and want to order your prints, gifts and cards all in one place, you can't go wrong with Shutterfly.

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BEST MOBILE APP: Ink Cards

sincerely.com

Send beautiful cards directly to your loved ones from your iPhone,...more

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

I love Ink cards, great designs on quality paper you can customize from your phone, they'll even address the card and send it for you all for $1.99 per card.

Larissa: Ohhhh this sounds right up my alley, I'll take it for a spin!

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MOST KID-FRIENDLY: Paper Culture

paperculture.com

Modern holiday cards, baby shower invitations, baby announcements &...more

This site is known for their birth announcements and kid-friendly designs, Babble.com hailed them as their top pick for baby announcements. Their holiday cards are perfect for families with young kids.

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MOST SENTIMENTAL: Hallmark

hallmark.com

Personalized cards online at Hallmark.com. Send real greeting cards...more

Decent selection of custom cards, the interface is a little clunky but their cards are more traditional and sentimental.

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MOBILE APP: RedStamp

redstamp.com

Red Stamp is best known for its award-winning, top 1% lifestyle app,...more

Suggested by Honestly Now

Erin McCormack Newkirk: We are humbled to be added to this fantastic list! One of the great things about our app is that you can send digital AND paper for every occasion, including invitations, announcements, thank you's. We have over 500 designs. Sending digitally is free...as are most of our designs. Thanks for checking us out! Erin, CEO Red Stamp

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INVITATIONS: Paperless Post

paperlesspost.com

Paperless post provides design custom online invitations and...more

Suggested by Claudia

I've used paperless post before for the past two years and I have been very happy with their service. Any questions or technical problems are resolved immediately. I like the designs to choose from and the ability to manage my responses.

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E-CARDS: Pingg

pingg.com

Find artist-designed online and print invitations, ecards and...more

Go green this year and send out personalized, photo ecards instead. As a former Evite employee, I am well versed in the online invite and greeting space and they have the best designs, customization options and service hands down.

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INVITATIONS: cocodot

cocodot.com

Chic online and printed cards and invitations.

Suggested by Carlos Donahue

Cards are simply beautiful! With a combination of amazing photography and designer graphics it's quite a fun, unique collection. Plus the online only versions are totally FREE.

Larissa: Another list worthy suggestion, per Techcrunch "Cocodot aims to be a one-stop-shop for event planning and invitations; sort of a modern, more chic Evite." Thanks for adding Carlos, I've been meaning to since many friends and Skinnyscoopers are fans of your service.

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paperinkdesigns.com

Suggested by Tracy Rayfield Goodwin

A fabulously stylish option for going personalized! Great selection of personalized gifts and paper for every occasion + fresh holiday cards. Includes the Paper & Ink Designs Collection plus the exclusive collection by Redstamp.com of personalized stamps and paper goods.

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RELATED LIST: 10 Ways to Display Your Holiday Cards

skinnyscoop.com

Mantels are overrated. Instead try one or more of these ways to...more

Create a festive Christmas card display with these fabulous ideas.

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MomFind's Picks for Best Holiday Cards

momfinds.com

It’s that of time year again—time to order and send out your...more

Her #1 Pick is Minted: If you like modern, non-cheesy holiday cards printed on quality paper, you’ll love Minted. #2 TinyPrints: Not only do they have an insane selection of holiday cards designed to please just about every shopper, but they also make sending them a breeze.

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INVITATIONS: Purple Trail

purpletrail.com

Fully customizable Party Invitations, Photo Books or Free Online...more

Suggested by Leslie B

One of our customers forwarded us a link to your list and we wanted to share our site with you and your followers as another option for their holiday cards this year. PurpleTrail is unique in that we offer unparalleled customization of our cards.

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swankypress.com

Swanky Press isn't the biggest site out there, but they have great...more

Suggested by BHolly

This site offers modern designs and great customer experience. If you can't find it on the site, they will make it for you!

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Shar Bo:

 Check out Things Festive Papers for custom holiday cards with photos and they're available for all of the winter holidays. There's also all sorts of nice photo gifts like iphone covers, calendars, jewelry, etc. in the photo boutique. http://thingsfestivepapers.carlsoncraft.com/Holiday/Holiday-Cards/index.cat
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Scott:

 Postable has a great free address book that makes it simple to pull together people's mailing addresses (the worst part of sending holiday cards!). www.postable.com