Our pick of this year’s finest ways to send season’s greetings.

Contrary to what you might expect, the tradition of sending, receiving and displaying Christmas cards is alive and well in the UK. Last year, Britons bought almost 100 million single Christmas cards.

Whether you are on a shoestring or want to splash some cash, whether you want the ethical option or a luxurious one, there is a card out there with your name on it.

Here, we choose six of the best sites selling cards this year.

The V&A Shop


The ever-tasteful V&A shop stocks a vast range of Christmas cards featuring lovely vintage illustrations. You will be spoiled for choice – but the Skiing at Christmas box is a seriously eye-catching option.

HoneyTree Publishing
www.honeytreepublishing.com



Personalise your Christmas cards with this Somerset-based company, by adding your own photo or you can choose from a range of charming illustrations. Have fun with fonts too. It's fuss free and festive.

Cards for Charity


This clever, not-for-profit website pulls together the Christmas cards of legions of major charities, including the British Red Cross, Age UK, Mind and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. You can search by card type, charity or price range. Giving has never felt this good.

Mount Street Printers


With their shop in the heart of Mayfair, Mount Street Printers has been producing exquisite bespoke stationary since 1981. Their online offering is very strong. Of their exceptionally elegant Christmas card styles, our favourite is the Holiday Carousel card. Quality like this doesn’t come cheap, mind you.

Liberty


There is a beautiful selection of religious cards at the grande dame of department stores, Liberty, this year. The Holy Night ones will enhance the fireplaces of all of your favourite people. And there are plenty of nostalgic secular designs available, too.

Paperless Post


Another option is simply to send your cards over the internet (saving paper and stamps and swerving the queue at the post office). Paperless Post is the most stylish and efficient way to go about it. Kate Spade’s Confetti Branches card, with the words “MAY YOUR DAYS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT” emblazoned across it, is deeply pleasing.

November 2018