Best Christmas & Holiday Photo Cards for 2013 Season

Best Christmas Cards 2013

Best Christmas Cards 2013

** UPDATED for 2014 ** The Holiday season has begun! If you want your 2014 Christmas cards delivered to your family and friends BEFORE the big day, you need to order them NOW. I’ll show you the latest trends and designs, the best sites to order your cards and give you the best COUPON CODES to save big.

I’ve searched through the top photo card websites to find you the best deals, the prettiest card designs and the widest style selection so you don’t have to waste your time. You’ve only got a few short weeks to get your cards in your hands and mailed out so they’ll arrive before Christmas. Remember, mail slows down the closer to December 25, so don’t delay!

Best Photo Card Sites

I’ve ordered from ALL these sites and I’ve been very happy with the results. Printing and card stock are high quality. They have great customer service and stand behind their products with 100% guarantees. All include printing on the back of card, except on photo paper cards.

Mixbook – Hands down best for total customization and really pretty designs. Choice of 3 card stocks (no photo paper). 724 designs for 0 to 4+ photos. Make your card at Mixbook now.

Mixbook 2013 Holiday cards

Examples of Mixbook’s 2014 Christmas card designs

Shutterfly – 595 designs including tri-fold cards for 1 to 4+ photos. Standout: new shimmer pearl paper option and rounded corners for 10 cents/card extra. There’s also regular card stock and inexpensive photo paper cards. Return address printing and addressing/card mailing available. Shutterflyicon.

Shutterfly's 2013 Christmas Cards

Samples of Shutterfly’s 2014 Christmas cards

Snapfish – 2,173 (not a typo) designs on matte or glossy photo paper, regular or premium cardstock for 0 to 4+ photos. Add rounded corners for 10 cents/card extra. Return address printing available. Make your card at Snapfish now.

Some of Snapfish's 2013 Christmas Holiday Cards

Some samples of Snapfish’s Christmas holiday cards

Picaboo – 173 very colorful 5×7 flat or folded designs on regular or premium cardstock for 1-2 photos. Free return addressing printing on premium cards. Free shipping on all orders all the time. Create your cards at Picaboo now.

Picaboo 2013 holiday cards styles

A sampling of Picaboo’s holiday card styles

What’s the Cost?

Average Price for 20 Cards – A set of 20 flat 4×8 photo paper cards with envelopes will cost between 80-85 cents per card without a sale. Flat 5×7 cards on standard cardstock average $1.39-$2.29 per set without a sale, 5×7 folded cards are approx. $1.59-2.49 pre-sale and trifolds are about $3.49. But there are good deals RIGHT NOW with savings up to 50%, so don’t wait!

Card Formats

Photo paper cards are printed on front only and they’re the least expensive. Find these at Shutterfly and Snapfish.

Flat and folded cards – usually 5×7 or 5×5 with room for multiple photos. Find these at Mixbook, Picaboo, Shutterfly and Snapfish.

Shutterfly's trifold Christmas cards give you more room for photos and text

Shutterfly’s trifold holiday cards allow you to add photos and text to both sides, giving you lots of space for your message.

Accordian fold – check out Shutterfly


All but Picaboo offer collages. For Newsletter and Top 10/Year in Review styles, try Mixbook, Snapfish and Shutterfly. For religious cards, Shutterfly and Snapfish have the best selection. The chalkboard style is very popular; Mixbook, Picaboo and Snapfish have a good selection.

Need more details? See the handy chart below:

Photo CompanyShutterflySnapfishMixbookPicaboo
Sizes5x5, 5x7, 4x8, 6x85.25x5.25, 4x8, 5x75x7, 5x5, 4x8, 4x6, 3.5x3.55x7
Standard Paper110lb Signature110lb stationary stockStandard - satin coated 111 lb, 14pt with a slight sheen; Signature Matte 100lb 12pt smooth matte finishSignature Cardstock 120 lb silky smooth finish 15pt thick
Premium Paper110lb Pearl Shimmer Cardstock (Extra 10 cents ea)130lb stationery stock130lb 16pt matte finish120 lb tactile eggshell finish, 18pt thick
Photo PaperGlossy or MatteGlossy or Matten/an/a
Rounded corners on cardstock cardsOn 800+ designs (Extra 10 cents ea)481 designs (Extra 10 cents ea)nono
PersonalizationPhotos, text and font onlyPhotos, text and font onlyTotal customizationPhotos, text and font only
Envelope addressingYes - return address and/or recipient address $0.39/env.Yes - return addressnoReturn address $0.29/envelope
Special NotesSome designs (photo paper cards) can be picked up in retail partner storeFree shipping on all orders, no minimum.

* Thickness is often referred to by weight in pounds, which is the weight of 500 sheets, and it is often measured in points as well. Points is the thickness of the sheet in thousandths of an inch. It can get confusing; just remember the higher the point, the thicker the paper. So, 17pt is thicker than 15pt.

Processing and Shipping Time

Will your cards arrive in time? Here are the estimated processing and shipping times for popular companies. Be sure to double-check when you order, to avoid disappointment:

Company Standard Ground Expedited
Shutterfly 5-7 business days 4-5 business days
Snapfish 4-10 business days 2-6 business days
Mixbook 7-9 business days 5 business days
Picaboo 4-10 business days 2-6 business days
Smilebooks 6-9 business days Not listed

Tip: In a big hurry? You can order photo paper cards online for local in-store pick-up (i.e. Target, Walgreens) via Shutterfly or Snapfish, sometimes with 1-hour or next-day printing, but you are usually limited to photo paper style.

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