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 Talking e-Cards | American Greetings
Here’s a cute idea for kids: Insert your little one’s face into an animated talking card that moves and blinks, and then have him or her record a message that will be played (and mouthed) in the card for a fun holiday greeting to send to Grandma and Grandpa!
Beyond American Greetings’ collection of talking cards, you’ll find hundreds of other e-cards that can be customized with music and photos. You can even personalize your own store-quality paper cards and print them out. Although they do offer a free 7-day trial, American Greetings then charges a small membership fee for their extensive features.
Get it from AmericanGreetings.com, $3.99/1 month, $19.99/1 year, $29.99/2 years