Costco Christmas cards

December 9, 2011

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FE_DA_HolidayCard_HolidayShoppingSlideshow.jpgBuying holiday cards doesn't have to be pricey.

I cannot recall exactly when personalized holiday cards became the thing that everyone sent out, but they are more popular than ever! While nearly everyone I know sends out personalized photo cards, I am regularly amazed to learn that not many people know just how many companies there are selling personalized photo cards online these days. By doing a little comparison shopping, you can be sure to get the best deal.


Some of my old coworkers introduced me to the holiday card offerings at Costco, which are some of the cheapest on the market. Costco does not offer the range of designs that some of the other stationery companies on this list do, but the price is just right as cards cost just 69 cents each and additional discounts may be available for members. Though the options may not be as plentiful, the design options that are available are super cute.


Minted ( is actually the first place that I turn for personalized holiday cards because they work with independent designers who create unique cards that you will not find on any other site. In addition to holiday cards, Minted carries fun items like personalized holiday wrapping paper and custom photo gifts that are all of the utmost quality. The only downside to Minted is that they tend to be one of the more expensive sites on this list and they do not offer coupons or discounts as frequently as other sites.

Night Owl Paper Goods:

I have long felt like Night Owl Paper Goods ( is my own little secret because this is a company whose designs I have admired for a long time but they do not get the press that some of the other companies do. While not particularly budget-friendly, Night Owl Paper Goods has a line of personalized wood holiday cards that are perfect for those looking for something completely unique. Some of the wooden cards have mini calendars on them, so they are an item that can be used throughout the year. They also offer traditional paper holiday cards, as well as personalized holiday ornaments as well.

Paper Culture:

While Paper Culture ( has a wonderful selection of personalized photo holiday cards, they also have one of the best selections of non-photo cards that can be personalized with holiday greetings. With more than 2, 000 holiday card options, there is likely to be something for everyone on this site.


TinyPrints ( is the one site that most people seem to know about, likely because their designs are super cute, the site is user-friendly, and the prices are relatively affordable. Another great aspect to using TinyPrints to create personalized holiday cards is that discounts are frequently available, either through daily deal sites or on-site coupons. Unless you are in a rush, there is really no reason to pay full price for cards from this site.


While many are familiar with VistaPrint ( because they offer cheap business cards and business accessories, not as many people seem to know that VistaPrint also offers personalized holiday cards, though their selection does not seem to be as robust as some of the other sites. That said, if finding a good bargain is more important than having a vast selection of designs from which to choose, then VistaPrint is definitely your site. VistaPrint prices are pretty affordable to begin with, but they also seem to offer more sales and coupons than any of the other stores on this list. Additional discounts can occasionally be spotted on daily deal sites like Groupon or Living Social, as well.


Zazzle ( sells nearly anything that one could ask for that is personalized and that includes a fairly large selection of holiday cards. The prices at Zazzle can vary quite a bit depending on the design of the card, though higher quantities purchased will usually yield a discount of some amount. This is another site that tends to offer discounts via daily deal sites, so keep an eye on Groupon and Living Social for additional discounts.

Holiday cards can be a fairly pricey expenditure, but by comparing the designs and discounts available at all of these different sites it is definitely possible to not only find a unique design but also a discount that could save you quite a bit of money!


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