Babble Best Holiday eCards of 2011
If your November came and went without any thought of holiday photo sessions or card ordering, there's no need to panic. E-cards may have originally been looked at as a cheesy, last-minute stand-in for greeting cards, but today's versions are more entertaining, convenient, and sometimes more thoughtful than their paper alternatives. (And the fact that you can wait until the very last minute certainly is a plus.) Although nothing can replace the feel of cardstock or the excitement of getting an envelope in the mail, many of these e-cards would blow away even the most dedicated paper enthusiast. So whether you're looking for photo cards, video greetings, or even holiday party e-vites, we rounded up our favorite e-card options for the holidays and beyond. Did we miss one you love sending out? Nominate it here! - Michelle Horton
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Readers’ Choice | Jacquie Lawson
Jacquie Lawson, an artist living in Southern England, has designed almost 200 e-cards that include hand-painted animations (using actual paints and brushes!) and custom-composed music. Her Christmas and New Year’s cards often feature picturesque winter scenes: a cozy fireplace, dogs playing in the snow, a wintry cottage. You’ll pay a small membership fee, but Jacquie’s designs offer a level of unique artistry not found in other e-cards. She offers winter-themed cards as well as picks for Christmas and New Year’s.
Get it from JacquieLawson.com, $12/year or $18/2 years