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Your Guide To The Best Online Holiday Cards

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By Vicki Little

As frustrating as it is to walk through stores that today happily display both Halloween and Christmas decorations, it is also a good reminder that we should order holiday cards soon. Then we’ll have enough time to procrastinate before we send them to their destinations in time for the holidays. Don’t be too hasty, though. Over the next few weeks, you will find special deals on many card sites, such as free shipping or discount codes. The best way to get a deal is to pick a site with your favorite cards, then sign up for their email list so you know as soon as those codes are available. Happy holiday card shopping!

 

CARD STORE

Price: Starts at $1.75 per individual card, $26 for 10 cards, or $1.80 per card for 76+

Minimum Order: Some choices can be sold individually

Standard Shipping: $1.55 for one up to $16 for 76

Selection: More than 900 choices

How Many You Get For $25: 10-15

Pros: Addressing envelopes and mailing to recipients available for extra charge, money back guarantee, low minimum order, low shipping costs

Cons: No filters (with over 900 choices this makes selecting one difficult), no custom designs

 

MINTED

Price: Starts at $47 for 25 cards or $1.15 for 100+ cards

Minimum Order: 25 cards

Standard Shipping: $3.95-$7.95

How Many You Get For $25: none-$64 seems to be the lowest amount for most cards

Selection: More than 600 choices

Pros: Free recipient addressing, high quality, express service on many cards, metallic foil selections

Cons: High minimum order, no money-back guarantee, no filters (making selection more difficult), more expensive

 

PICABOO

Price: Starts at $20 for 10 cards and $1.45 per card for 125+ cards

Minimum Order: 10 cards

Standard Shipping: $4.99-$14.99

How Many You Get For $25: 13

Selection: Over 250 choices

Pros: Three separate sections for seasons greetings, Christmas and Hanukkah, many promotions offered right on the site, clear pricing structure, high quality

Cons: Smaller selection, higher prices

 

SHUTTERFLY

Price: Starts at $1.25 per individual card, $14 for 12 cards or $.99 per card for 100+

Minimum Order: Some choices can be sold individually

Standard Shipping: $5.99-$19.99, shipping is based on weight

Selection: More than 850 choices

How Many You Get For $25: 10

Pros: You can create and upload your own design, low minimum quantity, matching address labels for extra charge, addressing envelopes and mailing to recipients also available for extra charge.

Cons: Higher shipping and card costs

 

SNAPFISH

Price: Starts at $2 per individual card, $15 for 20 cards or $.57 per card for 80+

Minimum Order: Some choices can be sold individually

Standard Shipping: $5.99-$19.99

Selection: More than 1, 300 choices

How Many You Get For $25: 20

Pros: You can create and upload your own design, some selections have no minimum, prints can be picked up at Walgreen, pre-order envelopes to address them early.

Cons:  No price range filter (making selection more difficult), higher shipping costs.

 

TINY PRINTS

Price: Starts at $20 for 10 cards and $1 per card for 100+ cards

Minimum Order: 10 cards

Standard Shipping: Free shipping to you for orders over $49 ($3.95-$7.95 for a smaller order), you can have Tiny Prints send your cards to your recipients for $.35 + cost of stamp.

Selection: More than 650 choices

How Many You Get For $25: 15 cards

Pros: Selection of different trips and papers to make your card unique (there is an extra charge), money back guarantee and multiple filters making selecting a card easier.

Cons: Minimum quantity of 10 cards with increasing increments of 5.

 

Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids.  A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, camping, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.

 

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