it’s almost time.
Soon, you’ll find that holiday greeting cards are popping up every day — filled with smiling faces and coordinated outfits from your family members and friends.
If you haven’t started making your holiday cards yet, you still have plenty of time. To help you focus on which company’s card offering works best for you, we’ve put together this list of holiday greeting card companies and how much you can expect to pay.
10 Companies Your Holiday Greeting Cards Will Be Ordering From This Year
These card companies have deals and discounts running throughout the holiday season. So much so that you’ll probably never “100%” pay the cost, no matter what.
To help you figure out what you’re getting, we’ve gone through the ordering process for some of the most popular holiday card companies currently. We looked at how much it costs to order 50 standard stock cards. Nothing fancy or extra. just the basics.
Remember, these prices were for a random Tuesday in November. Prices are subject to change until you order. But these examples should give you a good idea of a ballpark price with each card brand, as well as which are generally considered more affordable or high-end.
We include shipping in the per card cost when possible but do not calculate sales tax as it varies greatly.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get started.
Shutterfly has been involved in the holiday card game for a while, so they have a huge selection of quality cards sure to light up you and your family.
We placed a sample order for 50 5×7 cards at $2.15 each, some of the more expensive cards we found. That’s $107.50 total and that includes the envelopes. There was a deal for free shipping when checked and Shutterfly runs sales often, so let’s call it $107.50 for a 50-card order. Depending on the deals you find, your sum could be much lower.
Cost per card: $2.15
The folks at Snapfish give you a variety of options when it comes to personalized Christmas cards and holiday photo cards. If you want cards with fancy embossed gold foil typography, their offerings start as low as $1 per card and can go up to $3.70 per card.
For our 50-card example, we’ve chosen a set of 20 standard stock 5×7 cards that run $1 each. Since our chosen theme only comes in sets of 20, we’ll need to order 60 photo cards for a total of $60. Standard shipping is $11.49 on a set of three cards.
This puts the total cost for 60 cards via Snapfish at $71.49.
Cost per card: $1.19
Minted gives you tons of options when it comes to choosing your Christmas holiday card. You can add a photo and create your own design, or go with a pre-designed card. You can choose a style and a format. You can choose religious Christmas cards or non-religious cards.
Minted’s holiday greeting cards definitely run on the expensive end, but come with high quality. For our cards, we chose a basic non-foil 5×7 card (foil costs). For 50 cards, the cost comes to $114, or $2.28 each.
Shipping ranges from $3.95 to $9.95, making the total cost around $120.
Cost per card: $2.40
Vistaprint offers pages full of card designs to showcase you and your lovely family. Prices start at $11.99 per 10 cards for many. Many of their holiday photo cards also have an embossed foil option which may cost extra.
For a 50-card order on 5×7 standard stock, Vistaprint will charge you $59.95. Standard eight-day shipping runs on an order amounting to $11.99.
This brings your order total with Vistaprint to $71.94.
Cost per card: $1.44
5. Paper Culture
Like nearly every company we researched, Paper Culture had discounted holiday cards in November.
For our basic 5×7 50-card order, Paper Culture only offers premium stock cards. This comes to a total of $66 at a cost of $1.32 per card. They also offer 4×6 cards for $1.20 each.
With the standard flat rate shipping cost of $8.99, the total cost of our card through Paper Culture comes to $74.99.
Cost per card: $1.50
Zazzle offers quite a few well designed as well as heavily custom Christmas card options.
We “ordered” 50 original flat 5×7 cards for $1.22 each. It came to a total of $61. While Jazz didn’t provide much shipping rate information, we estimate around $9 to $12 based on other companies’ costs.
After shipping, our order total will be around $70.
Cost per card: $1.40
Etsy offers plenty without the family photo in the form of a traditional, designed card if you don’t want to. Although they have those options as well. Even better, you get to support small businesses and independent designers while you’re at it.
That said, many of these cards come in smaller quantities per set, making them more expensive. This lovely 12-card set of Snowy Village cards costs $18 per set, which would cost us about $72 for 48 cards.
The particular Etsy seller we’ve chosen offers free shipping over $35, so we’re good to go down to a flat $72 for holiday cards through Etsy.
Cost per card: $1.50
Paper has a great selection of pre-designed cards, as well as customizable Christmas greeting cards ready to photograph your family.
Most paper options range from $18 to $24 for a set of 10 to 12 cards. We selected the Bold and Bright Border Flat Holiday Card Set. This set starts at $22 for 10 cards. The cost per card drops as your order grows. Our total was $90 for 50 cards.
The shipping cost is a very reasonable $4.99, bringing the total cost of our 50 5×7 card set from Paper to $94.99.
Cost per card: $1.90
9. Artifact Rebellion
Artifact Rebellion also has a few options when it comes to customizable holiday photo card themes.
As with other companies, the more cards you order, the cheaper your total per card. Most 50 card orders come to around $2 per card. For our order, we chose Minimal Greeting Holiday Cards, which costs a total of $100 for 50 5×7 cards.
Artifact Rebellion didn’t provide an estimated shipping cost, but we’ll estimate around $110 for our order after shipping.
Cost per card: $2.20
If you’re looking for something simple without family photos, Amazon has plenty of no-frills options.
These original “Happy Holidays” cards come in a set of 40, with envelopes, for just $12.14. You could double that amount and still come out under $25 — much cheaper than any other option. But, once again, there’s no flashy photo of your beautiful family with these card options. These are original Christmas greeting cards.
Cost per card: 30 cents
Don’t forget about postage, which will increase your cost. The good news is that you can buy stamps for less than face value if you know where to look.
5 Ways to Save on Holiday Greeting Cards
We’ve established that you can get 50 Christmas cards (without photos) for less than $30, and you can get 50 photo Christmas cards for over $100. Plus, there are many options in between.
But what if you’re looking to save a little more? We have ideas.
1. Look for Deals
deals. Many of these companies are always offering some kind of discount. Our examples above were just that – examples. By the time you read this, the discounts we’ve got may have been replaced by even better or worse options. The point is to visit all these sites and compare prices to see what best suits your budget. Waiting for a better deal? Sign up for email notifications.
2. Go with a digital card
There’s no shame in saying “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” via email. Not only are these digital cards delightful and engaging, many companies provide them for free! Sites like American Greetings, Blue Mountain, and Punchbowl have tons of free options for sending your holiday cards online.
3. Cut down your list
Do you really need to send 50 cards this year? maybe 25 will do? Think about narrowing your list down to the most important people in your life or people you don’t see often. You may spend a little more per card, but overall you’ll save money.
4. Deliver by hand when possible
Save on shipping costs by just skipping them altogether when you can. Leave the cards on a coworker’s desk, put them in your neighbor’s mailbox, or deliver them at the front door with a smile.
5. Buy as soon as possible
This advice is for next year, but go ahead and start comparing prices for next year’s personalized holiday cards in early fall. If you’re not including a family photo, go ahead and order next year’s cards right after Christmas this year. You’ll usually save more by ordering first, especially after retailers mark down holiday items.
Robert Bruce is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
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