The Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards

November 17, 2016 by Erin Behan

Despite the all encompassing digital landscape in which we find ourselves, the time-honored tradition of sending holiday greeting cards continues unabated (an impressive 1.5 billion cards are sent yearly in the U.S.) — and if anything, the choices for crush-worthy Christmas, Hanukkah and winter cards just keeps getting better.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
Not that choosing a holiday card is always easy. After all, when you take time to write, address and stamp greeting cards, you want them to be memorable and reflect your own style and personality. To that end, we've scoured the top stationers, everything from small mom-and-pop shops to more established paper brands, to uncover the best holiday cards of the 2016 season. Did we miss a favorite? Leave it in the comments.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
Los Angeles-based Red Cap Cards, run by husband-and-wife team Hal Mertz and Carrie Gifford, works with ace artists and illustrators to produce stationery that tells a story. And who better to set a peaceful holiday scene than John Klassen? The illustrator of the children's "Hat" trilogy has created several beautiful holiday cards for Red Cap, including the spare Fox in the Snow, enchanting Owl and Rabbit and serene House in the Snow. Single cards are $4.50; boxed set of 8 is $16.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
San Francisco-based letterpress outfit Hello Lucky, a collaboration between sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, has created an impressive Holiday Doodles collection for the season that's all about embracing your roots. Holiday well-wishers who want to send love from Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Boston, San Francisco, or New York can do so with these very festive cards. Foil sets off the whimsical, geographically relevant doodles. Singles are $5; boxed set of 6 is $16.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
Husband-and-wife duo Anna and Nathan Bond from Winter Park, Fla., have taken Rifle Paper Co. from a dream to a worldwide business (Vanity Fair called the brand "the Most Popular Stationer on the Internet"). The old-fashioned aesthetic in their No. 10-sized cards take us back to the holidays that exist in old movies: both the foil-stamped Carolers Christmas and Santa's Sleigh are hard to pass up and just the right size for slipping in cash or a check. Singles are $5; boxed sets of 6 is $18.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
Katie Gastley started Idlewild in Brooklyn six years ago and in that short time, she's seen her bright, sunny designs make their way to an international audience and moved her studio to Vero Beach, Fla. Any of her holiday cards, from the colorful Hanukkah Peacock to the mid-century inspired Scandinavian Solstice will brighten someone's day. Singles are on sale for $3.75; boxed set of 8 is on sale for $13.50.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
If the holidays are a time to let your inner punster and prankster loose, Smock Paper out of upstate New York has you covered in high style. Whether you want to wish someone "Happy Elfing Holidays" or just get right to the point with "Bah Humbug," you can do it in letterpress on sustainable bamboo paper. If you want more traditional cards, they're available too. Singles are $5; boxed set of 6 is $16; boxed set of 30 is $50.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
Paper novelty shop Snow & Graham, based out of Chicago, has been in business since 1998, but its stationery recalls an era when written correspondence was all about refined grace. Its letterpress designs, like this graphic-inspired Pointsetta and Twinkle cards, are especially handsome. The beautiful simplicity of the Holiday Wren is hard to pass up, too. Boxed set of 6 is $16.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
The San Diego-based stationery and design company Elum, founded by Melissa Foster with her husband Brad in 2001, turns out beautiful letterpress cards with big pops of color and a sense of humor. The line's holiday cards give us all the warm, fuzzy feelings, which might have something to do with the coziness of the Sweater Deer or the fun festivity of the French Holiday. Boxed set of 6 is on sale for $11.20.

17 of the Season's Most Dazzling Holiday Cards
We've featured Lovepop before, and the 3-D card company goes all out for the holidays on its cards that are spectacular enough to double as gifts. For a mix of styles, the 12 Days of Christmas Pack is a deal. And the Christmas Pointsetta card is every bit as stunning as a live plant (and it won't drop leaves on the carpet in February). Singles are $13; boxed set of 12 is $99.

If you don't find any to your liking and want to design your own Holiday Cards, shop at Distinct Papers for cardstock and envelopes.

Erin Behan

Written by Erin Behan

Erin Behan is an L.A.-based writer and editor who considers fine paper one of life's little pleasures.


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