12 Extra Special Christmas and Hanukkah Cards

I'm the first to admit that when it comes to holiday cards, I'm pretty choosy. Because I'm in touch with friends and family throughout the year thanks to social media and email, my list is quite short... and for this reason I'm okay with spending a little more on the few cards I do buy rather than grabbing just anything at my local discount store come mid-December.


While I was looking for a unique card to send this year, I narrowed down my choices and then had the thought, why not share them with you too? Perhaps all my clicking around on Etsy will save you a bit of time in the busiest season of the year. 


papercut holiday card with winter trees, two red cardinals, and snowflakes design surrounded by wrapped gift and knitted white wool


From Megan at the Gotcha Covered Team of GCNotebooksShop in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania comes this pretty laser cut trees, snowflakes, and cardinals card set complete with full color envelopes. Free shipping too!


pop up menorah Hanukkah card displayed on table


Liifpopupcard in San Francisco just has this one Hanukkah pop up card, but it's lovely. And of course they offer many other designs for all year round.

ice skating cats holiday card


GoodCauseGreetings supports homeless pets via this adorable Skating Cats card. Shop owner Cathy in Massachusetts proclaims these as cards that give twice... it's hard to argue with a portion of your purchase going toward a good cause. There are lots of pawsome designs to choose from, many of which were created by Pennsylvania artist Meg Auchenbach. Free shipping too!


Lara and Bil Pendergast in upstate New York are the owners, designers, and makers of all the neat things that fill shop SweetBellaStationery. Since I showed you skating cats, it's only fair to give dog lovers an equal opportunity...


australian shepherd black-tri newborn puppy asleep on sheepskin

But first, cue the oohs and ahhs... meet newborn Ridley! One of my sons and his wife will be welcoming this little Australian Shepherd puppy into their home right after Christmas...

white Christmas card with red envelope features Australian Shepherd standing under hanging misletoe displayed on flat surface with pencil and mistletoe sprig


...so of course I gravitated to Sending Christmas Kisses. But then I had to flip a coin when I spotted Peace, Joy & Wags as it's mighty cute too. Quite a few dog breeds are available in the shop along with Aussie cards.

 rectangular card featuring bird in Santa hat standing on branch
If you're a decorative paper lover, you might be as enamored as I am with Carve Designs cards. Paige Canfield creates reproductions of her original designs that feature Japanese chiyogami paper. I'd say they're the next best thing to creating your own cards... in fact, I ordered a box straight away. 
 patterned paper bird and dreidel Hanukkah card
The Bird in Santa Hat is one of my faves and what's even better is that you can do a You-Pick-It mixed set of ten cards - ideal if you can't make up your mind. The shop also stocks a number of really nice Hanukkah cards, including this bird and dreidel. Not all of the designs include birds, by the way... I just happen to like them.

 pen and ink wreath design Christmas card displayed next to ornament and tree

Artist Jocelyn Boblink of SaxonBlueInk in Indiana works in conjunction with artists Jared Barlow and Glenna Barlow Fennell to fill the shop with elegant cards that are printed professionally on high quality stock. The message of A Thrill of Hope is always a phrase that resonates with me as life would be pretty dismal if we didn't have hope, not to mention I love the pen and ink design.


snowy woods scene holiday card shows child holding peacock feathers, lion, and birds


With more than 138,000 sales, Etsy shop PamelaZagarenski in Connecticut is a force to be reckoned with. A picture book artist and painter, Pamela creates each card design, front and back, from an original painting. In other words, the card (above) would be folded in half vertically. They are printed in an environmentally conscious print house on recycled paper, plus the envelopes are made with recycled materials and the cellophane sleeves are compostable. This set is called Conspiracy of Love.

all-white embossed Christmas trees card with embossed snowflakes on envelope flap
For those who admire minimalism, these all-white embossed tree cards from Angela of WriteCards in Idaho are pretty.  She describes them as clean, crisp, and elegant enough to send as is, but you can always add color.... pastel chalks would be a nice touch. There are many more embossed designs from which to choose.

 quilled menorah and Christmas tree square holiday card with envelope

QuillingCardUS, based in Massachusetts with the quilling done in Vietnam, has the right idea with this design for families that celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.

quilled cactus decorated with Christmas lights and Santa hat on square card with envelope 

No matter whether you live where it's hot and dry or cold and snowy, you'll find a frameable card that's just right for each person on your list. 


two quilled white reindeer in snowy scene on square card with envelope

Quilling Card cards are truly second to none with exceptional quilling and appealing designs. Honestly, it would take me close to a full day to complete a card so perfectly!


personalized open book with flower bouquet design as book owner embosser

FYI, there are a number of handy Etsy-curated gift guides. For example, Gifts $25 or less with Free Shipping has some very neat ideas. I love to give personalized items and because both of my daughters-in-law are avid readers, I'm sure they could put a book embosser from Pickled Stamps to good use when loaning out their favorites.


Perhaps you prefer to make your own cards and to that I say, go for it! Recipients will feel extra special knowing you spent time making something special just for them. In need of ideas? Here are some of my favorite holiday card making projects and there are even more on this Tutorials page:


Papercut Peace Card

Christmas Tree Collage Card

Personalized Printable Card

Christmas Tree Card

Easy Pocket Card Holders


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Ann Martin
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