Forget to send out a family holiday card this year? Never fear, there is an easy and eco-friendly solution that comes in the form of an eCard. Over the last few years, eCards have moved away from the painfully corny and totally tacky greetings that they were once infamous for. With an array of beautiful messages and gorgeous designs, be sure to check out my favorite eCards of 2012, and get busy sending your holiday greetings!
Best Design | Cocodot 1 of 10With holiday eCards spanning from modern to traditional with everything in between, Cocodot is the place to go no matter what design tickles your fancy. Looking for a minimalist black and white card with simple Christmas trees? They have one for that. Or maybe you're into vintage artwork this year. They have some of those, too. The options are endless, and even better, the prices are free.
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Best for Snark | SomeeCards 2 of 10SomeeCards' blunt holiday quips are easy to get hooked on. With their witty sayings and cheeky humor, you can now send out a holiday card that explains exactly how you feel about the holiday season. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.
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Best App | Sincerely Ink 3 of 10Sincerly Ink allows you to send out personalized Christmas cards straight from your phone or iPad! While they aren't exactly eCards, (they're sent from your phone and end up in your loved one's mailbox), this free app eliminates the hassle of addressing envelopes and buyings stamps. And like an eCard, with just a few clicks your holiday card will be on its way to your family and friends!
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Best Photo eCards | Paperless Post 4 of 10With so many darling options, Paperless Post is your best bet for finding a photo eCard that fits your own family's individual style. Offering a variety of unique borders — think funky Christmas sweater prints and modern reindeer art — and a plethora of trendy multi-photo designs, these eCards are sure to make your family photo pop! And if you're on the hunt for holiday party invitations, Paperless Post has a lovely array of those as well.
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Best for Geeks | Pingg 5 of 10Whether you're an avid watcher of The Big Bang Theory or just appreciate a good math joke, this is the perfect eCard to embrace your inner-geek. Share a slice of holiday cheer with your favorite nerd with this clever Christmas pi, erm, pie.
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Best Video eCards | Animoto 6 of 10Adding a video clip to one of Animoto's holiday video styles is a simple way to create a quick holiday greeting that even the least tech-savvy member of your family can handle! And my favorite part? There's a theme for everyone, from Hanukkah and winter wonderland styles, to wrapping paper and ornament backgrounds.
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Best for a Laugh | JibJab 7 of 10Spread some holiday cheer with these seriously hilarious eCards from JibJab. Remember the Office Max "Elf Yourself" videos? Like those, these DIY music videos are cheesy and funny in the best sort of way. Whether you're doing the holiday disco or crooning Winter Wonderland as a penguin, there's no doubt your friends will be laughing through tears.
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Best for Animal Lovers | American Greetings 8 of 10We all know that special someone who treats their four-legged counterparts like their kids. So if you have a serious animal lover on your holiday list, send them something they're sure to appreciate: a video eCard starring man's best friend! From this holiday greeting where a pup patiently waits for Santa to arrive, to one where cat and dog pals prove there can be peace on Earth, these eCards will make any animal lover swoon.
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Best Overall | Paperless Post 9 of 10With consistently fabulous designs and an easy-to-use set up, Paperless Post takes the cake for the best overall site to find your eCards! From gorgeous photo cards to holiday cards available in a variety of styles from modern to traditional, Paperless has something for every taste.
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And the runner-up is … 10 of 10At a close second place, Punchbowl takes the silver medal for best overall eCards. I love that Punchbowl's designs have the traditional look and feel of classic holiday cards. Also, they come with the easy option of including a digital gift card, helping you simplify your Christmas shopping!
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