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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Best for DIY Artists | Pingg
For graphic designers and artists out there who love the convenience of e-greeting sites but would rather design their own for the holidays, Pingg is the Threadless of the e-card world. A community of artists designs its own collections (which then gain exposure and earn revenue), giving us non-artists a creative pool of cards to choose from.
Those who use Pingg can pick from hundreds of free designs, or the more choosy can pay $10 for access to millions of e-card images that support indie artists. Plus, Pingg has some of the best event management tools of the e-card sites, with integrated gift registries and online ticket selling.
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