Sending ecards via email is now very popular. Not only does it save on the shopping time and costs of purchase and postage but it means we tend to send cards more often and to more people. We send ecards to online social networking friends, more distant relatives and old friends.

Another advantage is that if you have run out of time to send cards via mail, especially overseas, you can still send your greetings to arrive before Christmas. You can send an ecard for free or with extra customization for a small cost. If you would still rather send a card via post there are sites that will do it for you. If you choose a site in your own country local delivery times mean you can do this even closer to Christmas.

The addition of animations, music and video add fun and novelty to ecards. One disadvantage is that you can often only view the cards online and if you are unable to download and save them or take screenshots they are not keepable.

Here are a selection of sites offering ecards and mail delivery of Christmas Cards:

Ecards

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Free

  • CardCow.comFree – This site sells vintage postcards and collectables but allows you to send their extensive selection of postcards as ecards for free
  • Care2 Greetings Cards – Free – plus you generate donations for charitable causes.
  • ICQ GreetingsFree animated cards with music including an interactive Christmas word puzzle which would be good for children. (although I admit to playing it a few times!)
  • Jan Brett Free. Jan Brett is an illustrator and children’s book storyteller. Her cards are printable too.
  • JibJab – Christmas E-CardsFree Video ecards
  • Pingg choose from Pingg’s galleries or upload
    your own image – free with ads included or you can pay to have them removed.
  • Postcard FM – Free – add a photo or image and an mp3 file and send audio postcards
  • Some Ecards – “when you care enough to hit send” Cards with a humorous and sometimes irreverent twist (some not suitable for under 18’s)
  • Vlad Studios Free ecards by designer Vlad Gerasimov.

Free Trial then payment

card-smileboxSmilebox

  • 123greetings Blue Mountain – 14 day free trial. Customizable ecards available – you can even create one with your own Face and Voice!
  • SmileboxAdd photos, videos or use the Smilebox image gallery. Requires the installation of a small program. Free to use with a basic account accompanied by ads. Otherwise a premium service with a free 14 day trial period. As well as cards you can make a variety of items – invites, slideshows, scrapbooks, photo books etc
  • Yahoo Greetingssome free ecards available otherwise this is a paid subscription service with a 14 day trial period.

Payment required

card-ojolieOjolie eCards

  • Hallmark ecards – US99c per card or US$9.99 per year unlimited
  • Jackie Lawson – Delightful range of animated, musical ecards – by membership only – annual AU$14.75) or 2 years AU$22
  • Katie’s Cards Animated musical ecards. Membership AU$9 for 12 months
  • Ojolie Animated ecards – All cards created by artist Frederikke Tu – Membership: 1 Year US$10.00 ,
    2 Years US$15.00

Order Online – send by mail

card-hallmarkHallmark

  • Hallmark Personalized Greetings Cards
  • Shutterfly Individual photo cards from US55c plus postage and handling. They will stamp and mail any quantity of individual cards directly to your recipients for an additional $0.99 domestic or $1.49 international per card.

2 thoughts on “Online Christmas Cards

  1. This is a very nice collection you have here and in one place. Many of them I’ve yet to use however I am a huge fan of Jacquie Lawson cards.

    Happy Holidays to all!

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