Sending Christmas ecards doesn’t have to be stressful this late in the game if you use one of our favorite easy apps and websites that make delivering a holiday message as easy as a few clicks. With tons of personalization, you don’t even have to worry that your digital cards will look like the ugly stepsister to those paper ones. In fact, in some ways, these are often cooler.
Smilebox makes it so easy to turn a cute photo with Santa or my daughter’s first Nutcracker performance into an email-worthy card to send to family. Especially love the animated cards that use technology to make something you just can’t put into an envelope.
As close to “opening” a paper card as you can get on your handheld device or laptop, Paperless Post’s cards include matching envelopes and even stamps for that “real mail” look. You’ll need to use their iPad app or the Paperless Post website to design a Holiday greeting (the iPhone version will be out later next year), but with such beautiful cards from which to choose, it’s nice to have the larger screen so you can see all the details.
We recently featured the Red Stamp app on Cool Mom Tech because of how easy it is to create real paper cards that can be sent straight from your phone. But, if you don’t have time for snail mail, you can also end your cards digitally. Meaning you’ll hear the compliments about how cute your kids are much sooner.
Collaborations with Threadless artists is one reason we love Open Me. The other is a quirky sense of humor that will help you find a great card for your older brother or that eccentric aunt you wish lived closer. Create and send your digital cards for free from your PC.
Available as an app for iOS or Android, or online at their original website, for years we have loved how easy it is to create a meaningful video of the kids using Animoto. What a great way to share photos of your kids’ visit to Santa with the Grandparents, their first snowman of the year, or a roundup of photographic memories made since last Christmas. I even made my husband a video back when it was his first Christmas as a dad, and think it may have been his favorite gift of the entire day. (Free for short videos and limited features, with affordable upgrades available.)
Still want to send paper cards? Check out these cool card apps and websites that will get out a Happy New Year message before we ring in the new year.