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 Design | Paperless Post
We had a hard time choosing between Paperless Post and Cocodot for the top “best overall” spot. Not because Paperless Post has a bigger selection or better prices (in fact, their e-cards will end up costing you a small fee for e-stamps and customizable upgrades), but the designs are simply unmatched – especially for those who prefer the luxe look of traditional cardstock. Hands down, Paperless Post has the best designs found in one place (for both photo and non-photo holiday cards), so you’re only sifting through the cream of the crop when it comes to aesthetics. (Designer collaborations include Mr. Boddington’s Nephew, Hello Tenfold, and famed calligrapher Bernard Maisner.)
And if you’re sending e-vites, Paperless Post not only offers guest lists and RSVP management, but they offer the ability to link right to Eventbrite so you can quickly and easily sell tickets for a holiday event or fundraiser.
Get it from Paperlesspost.com, 25 free stamps and 10 free “premium content” coins when you sign up.