The Best Christmas Cards (& Alternatives For Something A Little Different)

By Lottie Woodrow | 23rd November 2022

With five weeks to go and multiple post strikes coming up, there’s never been a better time to start ticking off your Christmas card list. Whether you’re after a traditional card lined with the Twelve Days of Christmas or you want something a little more unique, we’ve put together a guide to the best cards to buy this winter. Plus, a few extras if you want something a little different.

For those not ready to commit, the last day for 2nd class post is Monday 19th December and 1st class post is Wednesday 21st December. Stamps at the ready!


From Father Christmas lugging sacks of toys to nutcrackers and wreaths, nothing quite beats a traditional festive scene. 

We love Katie Leamon’s red-checked design, a simple yet effective design that channels that classic red-and-white design. While the Red Cross has a lovely festive ‘Twelve Days Of Christmas’ design, complete with partridges, white doves and maids a-milking.


Whether you’re sending to friends who have flown the London nest or for a family who lives afar, a classic London scene is hard to beat. The London pack from Selfridges’ Project Earth for Nature range is guaranteed to add a smile to any London lover’s face, while Fortnum’s has a charming musical number complete with Santa’s sleigh and the city’s skyline in the distance.


Give back this Christmas and opt for a charity number instead. There are many brilliant designs championing the best causes and work that the UK’s top charities do, from the British Heart Foundation’s snowman design to Macmillian’s quaint hiker illustration.

Looking for more charity Christmas cards? Check out our guide here.

Festive Slogans

Sometimes all you need is a catchy saying on the front to get you into the festive spirit. We adore Heather Evelyn’s brilliant designs. So simple yet so effective.  

Something different

Don’t fancy sending a card? Opt for something extra special, from personalised baked treats to a more eco-friendly e-card.

Electragram is a brilliant way to send on your well wishes without having to make a quick dash to your local postbox. Brought to life by ex-Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his wife Anna, it’s a stylish way to send digital correspondence that’s a little different to your usual end of year round-up email. Simply choose from their festive designs or make your own and bring a smile to your recipients face.

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