Who doesn’t get a little buzz as they open their holiday cards? Whether it’s a sweet note from a long-lost friend, a card with an engagement announcement, or new baby photos enclosed, a special holiday greeting certainly warms the heart. Sending a card is also a festive way to keep in touch and show you care—as well as a chance to update everyone in your orbit on all the changes in your life over the past year.
While sending holiday cards as a newlywed couple is exciting and fun, deciding on a style that suits you can feel a bit daunting. Are you a sophisticated letterpress type? Or the couple who sends a cool photo with a catchy phrase? Can you channel your inner writer to draft an epic holiday letter or is a simple heartfelt message more your speed?
To help narrow down your options, we’ve researched the best cards in every category—from classic snail mail to modern e-cards. For couples who love a timeless look, we recommend the Paperless Post Dove of Peace or the Hunter Paper Co. Thinking of You at Christmas Card. For something unique and festive, go with the Minted Greenery Ornament Card.
Read on for the best holiday cards.
Most Modern: Papersource Peace Sign Card
Toting a classic holiday greeting—but flashing a modern symbol—this cool card serves an on-point message. Crafted by NYC-based artist and illustrator Erin Jang, this one might just earn a permanent spot on the fridge!
Best Personalized: Henry James Paper Goods Custom Portrait Christmas Card
If you’re trying to keep up with the Jones, this custom portrait card should do it! Hand-painted by Missouri-based artist Kadie Foppiano, each card comes completely personalized right down to the clothing featured in the illustration. Add unique details such as pets, decorations, and names to make this card unmistakably you!
Most Unique: Minted Greenery Ornament Card
A card that doubles as a keepsake, this festive greeting is one that they can also hang on the tree. The card features hand-painted greenery that frames your photo and comes complete with a luxe linen ribbon for hanging. Bonus: recipient address printing is free!
Most Colorful: Kate Spade Hope Peace Cookies Cards
What are the holidays all about? Hope, peace, and cookies, of course! It's a cheerful reminder to have your priorities in order for this holiday season.
Most Cheerful: Abbie Ren Illustration Happy Everything Card
These days, it’s likely that you have friends who celebrate a diversity of traditions and holidays—and maybe a mixture of several at once. So, a greeting card that covers all the bases is everything.
Most Thoughtful: Hunter Paper Co. Thinking of You at Christmas Time Card
This luxe letterpress greeting is designed and handprinted on vintage presses at a studio in Northern Ireland. Charming and thoughtful, it is a holiday greeting that will melt hearts. Because at the end of the day, we all just want to know someone is thinking of us.
Best Metallic: Paper Culture "Love Always Wins"
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or the ring on your finger, it’s all about love! And there’s no better way to spread the message than with this groovy greeting. With a pop of bling, plenty of room on the back for a photo, and a personal holiday greeting, this foil-stamped card makes it clear—sometimes the simplest sentiments are the sweetest.
Best Photo Card: Paperless Post Best of Both Worlds
If your family is a mix of faiths and traditions, you'll want to send a greeting that reflects everyone. In this day and age, you can—and should—have it all! This creative card celebrates the best of both worlds.
Rifle Paper Co. Holiday Flamingo Greeting Card
Spread a little joy with the warm wishes of this whimsical hand-painted flamingo greeting. Sure to tickle the fancy your lucky recipients, this card gives the retro lawn ornament a festive holiday touch.
Most Elegant: Paperless Post Hello!Lucky Dove of Peace
Send your card on the wings of a—virtual—dove! In a world where practically everything is done over the internet, sending a holiday card via email is a great choice. Plus, with this platform, it’s possible to customize everything from the background of your card to the envelope liner and stamp. So even though it’s virtual, it can still feel like a meaningful gesture.
Best Rustic Design: Canopy Street Christmas Pines Typography Holiday Card
A trio of warm wishes, surrounded by hand-drawn boughs of pine makes this modern classic card set a delight. With the look of artistically-embellished chalkboards, these cards are all about rustic charm!
Most Chic: Artifact Uprising Minimal Hand-Lettered Holiday Card
Your standout photo will really shine with this chic custom card. Infuse your image with the holiday spirit by choosing from a selection of holiday greetings that can be printed in standard ink or a brilliant foil. Envelope addressing is also available—it's a win-win!
Best Hand Painted: A Qute Design Assorted Hand Painted Holiday Cards
This festive assortment of hand-painted cards will definitely brighten the recipients' day. The cards are made with watercolor designs and come with envelopes for easy mailing.
Minted Joy is All Around Holiday Cards
Bring joy to all of your closest family and friends with this customizable holiday card from the Minted + Brides® Newlywed Holiday Card collection. Display your favorite wedding photo with your choice of color theme, paper material, card shape, foil text color, and additional personalizations.
Best Sustainable Option: Greenvelope "This Merry Life" Card
Here’s a catchy card that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the environment. With a focus on sustainability, this company makes sending beautifully designed holiday cards a virtually seamless experience. Sent via email, these e-cards save trees, time, and money. Plus, they send a percentage of every order to a tree-conservation non-profit.
Best Hanukkah Card: Minted Hanukkah Shapes Card
This modern Hanukkah card may seem like an exercise in minimalism, but it comes with an array of options that allow you to truly make it your own. Choose from a range of chic color palettes and silhouettes to get the look you want. Then customize the interior to showcase your special photos and complete the card with a heartfelt message.
Most Vibrant: Paper Culture Starry and Happy
With a handmade look and a chorus of happy greetings, this one isn't your average photo card. It comes in three bright and cheery shades, with room on the flip side to add your favorite photo. Plus, you can swap the layout on the back for an alternate design.
Most Festive: Paper Culture Hope Out Loud
No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this season, this time of year is a reminder that hope is what keeps us afloat. And this card makes you believe it! Personalize the back with a favorite photo and message of hope for your loved ones. Plus, this card is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and the brand has pledged to plant a tree for every order received.
Best Collage: Mixbook Photo Co. Minimalist New Year Collage
When 2023 rolls around, we sure are going to be ready to welcome it! But before we ring in the New Year, let’s send off 2022 with a recounting of happy memories. This photo collage is the perfect way to recap an unforgettable year while welcoming the new one on the horizon.
Best for Newlyweds: Minted A Little Married Holiday Cards
With save the dates, wedding invitations, and thank you cards out the door you may just have a hankering to pop one last wedding-themed piece of post in the mail before the year ends. And this card is the perfect way to do it!
Best Embossed Design: Snapfish Embossed Foil Cards
Hanging on to a stellar photo that’s perfect for your holiday card? This one’s for you! With a delicate border and handwritten sentiment, this card lets your image shine. Plus, the platform makes it easy to sync your photo library—finding that standout picture will be a piece of cake!
Most Charming: Lately Press Cactus Letterpress Holiday Cards
While not all of us use the same language, heartfelt holiday sentiments are a universal language. This letterpress card features charming artwork that is sure to evoke smiles—and it's an especially perfect choice if you happen to live in a desert locale.
What to Look for When Shopping for Holiday Cards
Theme and Aesthetic
'Tis the season! So there's no better time to play with festive designs and create something that's unique to you and your family. Whether you want something cheery and colorful or you go with a classic and timeless design, holiday cards should reflect your personal style.
If you want to make your cards extra unique and special, look for holiday cards that offer a variety of personalization options. For instance, you might consider displaying some of your favorite wedding photos on the card to relive these special memories with loved ones—we especially love the Minted Joy Is All Around Holiday Cards. Many holiday cards also allow you to customize the color scheme, fonts, and message.
How early should I order and send holiday cards?
If you're ordering printed cards that you plan to mail out during the holiday season, it's best to order your cards before Thanksgiving. This ensures a timely arrival and gives you enough time to write and send out the cards yourself. To make sure everyone gets their cards before the holidays, it's a good idea to send them the first week of December.
Is it okay to send a virtual holiday card?
Absolutely! Not only is it more convenient and affordable for you, but sending an e-card is also better for the environment. This is also a great option if sending holiday cards slipped your mind and you need a last-minute solution—the holidays are an incredibly busy time, so we get it!
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world for over 15 years as a prop stylist. With a discerning eye and astute mind, she considers quality, function, and design when selecting winning and festive holiday cards, thoughtful gifts, and more.