How to Make Email Christmas Cards

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How to Make Email Christmas Cards
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Sending electronic Christmas cards is a quick, easy alternative to the painstaking process of handwriting dozens of cards and mailing them. You can design your own Christmas cards for email, bringing inexpensive joy to your recipients.

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Make Your Own Christmas Cards Electronically

If you want to make your own Christmas cards, there are plenty of ways to do so online. Some such sites don't charge for some types of cards. Even if you pay a nominal fee, it will almost certainly be less than purchasing paper cards and paying for stamps.

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This is doubly true in 2021; the USPS imposed a temporary price increase from October 3 until December 26, 2021. During this time, the price of a regular postage stamp is 58 cents, not 55. With an online card, you also don't have to worry about how long your cards will take to arrive, since email greeting cards arrive immediately.

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Sites like Greenvelope offer email greeting cards for Christmas and Hanukkah, with hundreds of designs available. You can use their templates and add your own photographs, animation and music. Choose colors and themes, and write personalized messages. The instructions are easy to follow for most such sites, and you can preview the cards before clicking "send."

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Free Cards and Free Trials

Websites like Got Free Ecards offer free cards, but most of these provide simpler designs. Some, like Blue Mountain, offer a trial subscription if you want to try their services before committing.

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When you join a fee-based email greeting card provider with a free trial, it may require your credit card information. It is important to write down the last date of the free trial, so you can cancel; otherwise, your card will be charged. It can be nice to be a subscriber however, as some services like this allow you to make unlimited electronic Christmas cards and other cards for specified amounts of time.

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When using any of these services, you will have to create an account with a username and password. The designs and options for free email greeting cards are more limited than paid services, and they may have a lot of pop-up ads as you work. You may be able to sign up for unlimited cards for a month during the holidays, cancel and then join again later.

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Premium Email Greeting Card Companies

Making your own Christmas cards saves time and money, and some companies provide "handwritten" options and choices of emailing or texting the cards. Smilebox is among these, with free, unlimited options, plus $5-a-month premium services. For $12 a month, you can download unlimited cards and print them.

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Punchbowl is another good service for sending cards, but your cards will include ads if you want to pay nothing. Its $3-a-month plan removes the ads and provides video messages on up to 10 cards a month. Evite started as an online invitation platform, but you can design custom e-cards on its site, attach photos and videos or even add e-gifts from Amazon.

Speciality Greeting Card Providers

The Christian company DaySpring is in the business of religious greeting cards, and besides Christmas designs, it offers cards for anniversaries, birthdays and other life events, all focusing on thankfulness. You cannot customize these cards, but they are free.

There's also Culture Greetings, a Black-owned business that offers cards with diverse themes. You can personalize these with a script-like font that makes the cards look as if you actually signed them. Culture Greetings will print and mail the cards for you, if you like. The company will also include gifts if you choose that option.

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