As the countdown to the holidays continues (11 days to go, woo!), Brian and I thought we’d whip up a Christmas countdown of our own. This season, we scoured the internets for the absolutely best, most whimsical, smile-inducing cards that you can give to your loved ones, colleagues, mailmen, and even strangers. And strangers’ kids. From one to ninety-two. Or whatever… Featuring cats, eye patches, beautiful typography, and non-traditional color palettes, this list includes our favorite Christmas cards this year, handmade by independent designers and makers and/or printed in the USA on sustainable materials.
10. Skiing Santa
Image above: Skiing Santa Christmas Card handmade by Lucy Letherland £1.75
I guess Santa’s gotta have something to do in his downtime.
9. Festive Tumbleweed
Image above: Festive Tumbleweed Christmas Card Set handmade by Small Adventure $18.00 for 8
Did you pull out your holiday decorations this year only to find your strings of lights tangled in an ungodly mess? Screw it! Embrace the chaos by tossing them in the nearest tumbleweed. Christmas saved!
Image above: Merrily Holiday Cards handmade by Maddy Nye of Yours Madly $4.00/ea. or $16.00 for 6
Show your minimalist-leaning friends that you care with this simple yet happy typography based card.
7. Say It With Flowers!
Image above: Say It With Flowers! Christmas Cactus Card handmade by Daniela Spoto $12.00 for 3, $15.00 for 5, or $20.00 for 10
Cacti are SO on trend this year.
Image above: Nutcracker Christmas Card Set made in the USA by Rifle Paper Co. $16.00 for 8
Fun fact: Brian used to collect nutcrackers for Christmas when he was little. Aaaawww! Now our home is filled to ceilings with festive little nutcracker men, big and small, on mantels and bookshelves, peering out at me, following me with their beady wooden eyes wherever I go. Why, Brian, why??????
5. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
Image above: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Card Set handmade by Gemma Correll $12.00 for 3, $15.00 for 5, or $20 for 10
No Westervin Christmas card list is complete without the silliness of illustrator Gemma Correll. She is magic.
4. Mistletoe Magic
Image above: Mistletoe Magic Holiday Card handmade by Laura Berger $4.50/ea.
Although no proud cat parent needs an excuse to smooch their kitty babies, mistletoe might make it a little less awkward when you have guests. Right?
3. Bah Humcat
Image above: Bah Humbug Catsmas Card handmade by Nicola Rowlands £2.20
But maybe your cat doesn’t care for your smooches. Well, bah humbug to you too, cat!
2. Snappy New Year
Image above: Snappy New Year Crocodile Christmas Card Set printed in the USA on recycled content paper $18.95 for 6
For the badass with a heart of gold.
1. Santa Claws
Image above: Santa Claws Christmas Card Set handmade by Wit & Whistle $16.50 for 6