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20 Best Holiday e-Cards

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If you never got around to sending out holiday cards — or if you have a lot of friends and acquaintances that didn’t get a paper greeting — we found some of the most beautifully designed e-cards that you can send out right now.

And the best part? Most are completely free!

Take a look at our 20 favorite holiday e-cards:


  • Photo Upload Holiday Stripes, FREE 1 of 20
    Photo Upload Holiday Stripes, FREE
    Cocodot e-cards are free for the first 1,000 recipients, and there's an extensive catalog to choose from — both photo and non-photo.
    Get yours from Cocodot
  • Green, Merry and Bright, FREE 2 of 20
    Green, Merry and Bright, FREE
    Cocodot also has the best e-mail display of any e-greeting site.
    Get yours from Cocodot
  • Photo Upload “MERRY”, Free 3 of 20
    Photo Upload "MERRY",  Free
    Free up to 1,000 recipients.
    Get yours from Cocodot
  • Photo Upload Sparkle and Shine, FREE 4 of 20
    Photo Upload Sparkle and Shine, FREE
    Free up to 1,000 recipients — and appropriate for both Christmas and New Year's.
    Get yours from Cocodot
  • Happy Chanukah, FREE 5 of 20
    Happy Chanukah, FREE
    A beautiful Chanukah greeting, free up to 1,000 people.
    Get yours from Cocodot
  • Blue and Red Graphic Holiday, FREE 6 of 20
    Blue and Red Graphic Holiday, FREE
    If you want to send something quick without a photo, this is a pretty non-denominational option.
    Get yours from Cocodot
  • Mr. Boddingtons Nephew — Parade, 1 coin/1 stamp 7 of 20
    Mr. Boddingtons Nephew — Parade, 1 coin/1 stamp
    Paperless Post gives you 25 coins and 10 free "premium content" coins to sign up. If you're sending to more than 10 people, you'll need to buy more stamps (starting at $5 for 25 coins). If you're sending to more than 25 people, you'll also need to buy more stamps (starting at $5 for 30 stamps).
    Get yours from Paperless Post
  • Mr. Boddingtons Nephew — Oh Santa Baby, 1 coin/1 stamp 8 of 20
    Mr. Boddingtons Nephew — Oh Santa Baby, 1 coin/1 stamp
    I love the Mr. Boddington's Nephew collection that looks like an electronic version of fancy letterpress. And like most Paperless Post e-cards, you'll need more coins for over 10 recipients, and more stamps for over 25 — costing anywhere from $5 to $20.
    Get yours from Paperless Post
  • Mr. Boddingtons Nephew — More Gin Please, 1 coin/1 stamp 9 of 20
    Mr. Boddingtons Nephew — More Gin Please, 1 coin/1 stamp
    Another favorite for the adults in your life.
    Get yours from Paperless Post
  • Mr. Boddingtons Newphew — Making Spirits Bright, FREE 10 of 20
    Mr. Boddingtons Newphew — Making Spirits Bright, FREE
    This Paperless Post e-card is completely free.
    Get yours from Paperless Post
  • Mr Boddingtons Newphew — Santa Looks Good in Chevron, 1 coin/1 stamp 11 of 20
    Mr Boddingtons Newphew — Santa Looks Good in Chevron, 1 coin/1 stamp
    A stylish greeting for anyone in your life. Paperless Post also has a fancy email presentation, with an envelope and everything.
    Get yours from Paperless Post
  • JibJab Hanukkah, $12/year 12 of 20
    JibJab Hanukkah, $12/year
    If you haven't heard of JibJab, these music video cards are hilarious.
    Get yours from JibJab
  • JibJab Music Videos, $12/year 13 of 20
    JibJab Music Videos, $12/year
    It's super easy to insert your friend's and family member's faces into these JibJab cards — and the result will make you laugh so hard you'll cry. You'll pay a yearly fee for the holiday content ($1 a month), but once you see the preview, you can't help but fork over the cash.
    Get yours from JibJab
  • Someecards Christmas Season, FREE 14 of 20
    Someecards Christmas Season, FREE
    For the snarkiest way to say Merry Christmas — especially for the non-traditionalists — someecards has an extensive collection of borderline inappropriate greetings.
    Get yours from someecards
  • Red Stamp e-card app, FREE 15 of 20
    Red Stamp e-card app, FREE
    If you already mailed out a holiday card, you might just want to send a little something extra — like a jazzed up holiday text. And this is a great mobile greeting app.
    Get the app from iTunes
  • Pingg: Santa Claus is coming to town, $10 Pingg Plus 16 of 20
    Pingg: Santa Claus is coming to town, $10 Pingg Plus
    $10 might seem steep for an e-card, but a Pingg Plus membership helps support indie artists who design these Pingg cards.
    Get yours from
  • Pingg: Be Merry Candy Cane, $10 Pingg Plus 17 of 20
    Pingg: Be Merry Candy Cane, $10 Pingg Plus
    Another Pingg Plus design.
    Get yours from Pingg.
  • Santas Map, FREE 18 of 20
    Santas Map, FREE
    Such a pretty greeting — and for free!
    Get yours from Paperless Post
  • A Very Merry Holiday Hello, 1 coin/1 stamp 19 of 20
    A Very Merry Holiday Hello, 1 coin/1 stamp
    Here's another Paperless Post design that we love.
    Get yours from Paperless Post
  • Cheers, 1 coin/1 stamp 20 of 20
    Cheers, 1 coin/1 stamp
    And lastly, one more photo card from Paperless Post.
    Get yours from Paperless Post

See more holiday e-card options in our Babble Best eCards of 2011.

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