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Cards & Stationery Buying Guide

Cards and stationery are essential elements of the holidays. They bring greetings from far-flung family and friends, hasten the countdown to Christmas, and announce good tidings to the recipients of gifts. Cards and stationery can also be used to accent a color scheme or a holiday motif. Use our guide to sort through the options this season.

Types of Cards & Stationery

Types of Cards & Stationery

While the mailbox during the rest of the year may be filled with bills, newspapers, and catalogs, at holiday time there's a real treat in store delivered by the post office: holiday cards. In addition to those traditional items, cards and stationery of all types are a welcome complement. As you plan for the holidays, review the options in boxed cards and personalized cards, as well as advent calendars, card holders, gift tags and labels, invitations, and wrapping paper and gift bags. Here's what you need to know to understand the types of cards and stationery available.

Advent Calendars

Paper advent calendars are typically designed to be used just once, with doors that flip open to reveal a photo or treat, such as a piece of candy.

Boxed Cards

Found in quantities as small as five, boxed cards can be an economical way to send holiday cards to a large number of people. Some boxed cards have a slot for photos; others are postcard-style or traditional folded cards.

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Target
$12.59 $14.39
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Find cards, invitations and stationery at Target.com! Boxed christmas card - ornaments

Target
$14.99
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Find cards, invitations and stationery at Target.com! Boxed christmas card - rejoice

Target
$13.79
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Find cards, invitations and stationery at Target.com! Boxed christmas card - winter cottage

Target
$14.39
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Find cards, invitations and stationery at Target.com! Boxed christmas card - his birth

Personalized Cards

Holiday cards may be printed with an individual message or photograph. These types of cards can be ordered in any quantity, though there is typically a minimum of about 25 cards.

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Visa
$20.00-$500.00
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Thank You design Visa gift card. Select any amount between $20-500, Card ships in 2-7 Days

Visa
$20.00-$500.00
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Many Thanks design Visa gift card. Select any amount between $20-500, Card ships in 2-7 Days

MasterCard
$20.00-$500.00
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Thank You Tulips design MasterCard gift card. Select any amount between $20-500, Card ships in 2-7 Days

Visa
$20.00-$500.00
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Gaffiti Happy Birthday design Visa gift card. Select any amount between $20-500, Card ships in 2-7 Days

Card Holders

Card holders are a good way to display the current year's holiday messages or treasured holiday cards and invitations from previous years.

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FactoryDirectCraft

Dress up your Christmas gift cards this year with this fabric Santa face gift card holder. This Santa has a simple but charming ha...nd stitched look. Includes an attached wire hangers making it a sweet ornament as well. Tuck your gift card down into his beard and hang on the tree until Santa comes. read more

Cavallini & Co.

Christmas Glitter Greetings Holly Boxed Notes. Featuring vintage images from the Cavallini archives. Printed on Cavallini's classi...c cream paper stock. read more

C.R. Gibson

A fun and festive way to "gift wrap" a gift card. Prop or hang from a bough to create a gift card ornament. Each purse box holder ...measures approximately 4.5-Inch wide x 2.25-Inch tall (without the hanging ribbon). See other designs and styles available separately. Great for jewelry items, pre-paid Christmas credit cards or holiday gift cards from anyone's favorite retailer. See more holiday treat bags, goodie boxes, gift tag labels and embellished greeting cards from C.R. Gibson. read more

Gift Tags and Labels

Necessary and pretty additions to gift-wrapping, gift tags and labels come in a variety of forms. Some are tied onto presents, some are taped, and others have self-adhesive backing.

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Personalization Mall

Your gift will stand out from all the rest this holiday season with our exclusive Happy Holidays! Personalized Gift Tags!Features ...your choice any family or first name(s) across the front of each gift tag, for a very personal touch. Comes in your choice of green or red.Gift tags measure 2.5" square and feature a hole cut-out in the upper left corner along with a silver bow-tied stretch loop to easily slide on to any sized gift. Simply write the gift recipient's name after the "To" for the ultimate in convenience and style! Printed on premium heavyweight card stock with matte finish for an impressive look.Sold in sets of 20 with discounted pricing available for additional sets with the same personalization.The quick and stylish way to present gifts. read more

Invitations

Invitations are sold in two types: similar to boxed cards, with a set quantity and blanks to be filled in by hand or with a printer; or as personalized invitations in unique quantities.

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This photo baptism invitation combines contemporary design with traditional font. Colors of deep gold in dots and semi-circles mak...e this baptism invitation unique. Text is printed in a script font which adds a traditional touch to this modern design. Sold exclusively on Tiny Prints! This Gold Verse Photo Baptism Invitations design from our baptism christening invitations category is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Fur, 4.56x6.18 Flat Card, Supports 0 - 1 photo(s) read more

13054

This photo baptism invitation combines contemporary design with traditional font. Colors of sky blue in dots and semi-circles make... this baptism invitation unique. Text is printed in a script font which adds a traditional touch to this modern design. Sold exclusively on Tiny Prints! This Blue Verse Photo Baptism Invitations design from our baptism christening invitations category is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Caribbean, 4.56x6.18 Flat Card, Supports 0 - 1 photo(s) read more

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Everyone at the office will be enamored with this festive corporate holiday party invitation by Hello Little One that is adorned w...ith elegant details. Send news of your celebration in style with this arresting design. Dapper Affair created by Hello Little One for Tiny Prints comes from our corporate holiday party invitation collection and is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee just like all of our Christmas cards photo cards holiday party invitations photo books and calendars. Qualified designers will review your corporate holiday party invitation orders for layout spelling and etiquette to ensure that all of your corporate holiday party invitations are perfectly refined. Trust us with your business holiday party invite's and you'll be sure to elevate the spirits of everyone on your business holiday party invite list. Black, 5.25x5.25 Flat Card read more

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Invite your guests to an unforgettable party this holiday season with these party invitations designed by Turquoise Creative. Wint...er Buds created by Turquoise Creative for Tiny Prints comes from our corporate holiday party invitation collection and is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee just like all of our Christmas cards photo cards holiday party invitations photo books and calendars. Stylish designers will review your corporate holiday party invitation orders for layout spelling and etiquette to ensure that all of your corporate holiday party invitations are perfectly ideal. Trust us with your business holiday party invite's and you'll be sure to impress everyone on your business holiday party invite list. Moonstruck, 5x7 Flat Card read more

Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags

Wrapping paper is printed with a variety of designs on different weights of paper. Most wrapping paper is available in rolls beginning about 10 feet in length. Gift bags are available in a range of sizes to accommodate many types of presents.

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Paper Mart

Blue Christmas Trees Wrapping Paper 24" X 100' is one of our popular Christmas gift wrap patterns. We have the largest selection o...f gift wrap available. Our wrapping paper is quality made to make wrapping a holiday gift nice and easy. read more

Paper Mart

Christmas Ilex Wrapping Paper 24" X 100' is one of our popular Christmas gift wrap patterns. We have the largest selection of gift... wrap available. Our wrapping paper is quality made to make wrapping a holiday gift nice and easy. read more

Paper Mart

This adorable wrapping paper features friendly and happy winter characters. It's a Christmas wrapping paper sure to make all your ...Christmas gift boxes cute. The roll is 18" wide x 417' long. Gift wrap is factory direct and sent from the east coast. read more

Paper Mart

Christmas Bebop Green Wrapping Paper 24" X 100' is one of our popular Christmas gift wrap patterns. We have the largest selection ...of gift wrap available. Our wrapping paper is quality made to make wrapping a holiday gift nice and easy. read more

Product Features

Product Features

As with many holiday-specific items, the material and the construction are the main factors affecting the types of holiday cards and stationery. Those product features, however, don't have to affect your enjoyment: A readily available item on lightweight paper may meet your needs just as well as a custom-printed piece on heavy paper. As you review the types of cards and stationery, consider the product features, including paper type, printing type, and versatility. Here's your guide to find the specifics that work best for you.

Paper Type

One of the main ways that cards and stationery differ is by weight of paper. Some papers are very lightweight -- similar to a copy-paper feel -- while others are more-substantial cardstock. Paper also differs based on whether it is glossy or matte.

Printing Type

Some cards and stationery are printed as photo cards. The most traditional method -- and typically least expensive -- is four-color flat printing. More expensive types are letterpress, embossed, or foil-printed.

Versatility

Generic cards offer the most flexibility in use: If you have leftover cards from one year, you may be able to use them the next year. The same is true for wrapping paper that is less specific in decoration, as well as gift cards and invitations.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Most purchase considerations related to cards and stationery will affect how much you spend. For example, the quantity you order affects the per-piece cost, and envelope size and postage will determine how much of your budget to allot for mailing pieces. Another consideration: Off-the-shelf items have shorter turnaround time than those that are personalized. To make a purchase that allows you to send your holiday greetings, fit your budget, and meet your time constraints, review these buying considerations.

Quantity and Cost

For some cards and stationery items, the more you purchase, the less your per-piece cost. The type of paper and printing will also affect the cost of cards and stationery.

Envelope Size and Postage

Oversize or square envelopes for cards and invitations will cost more to mail, so be sure to review postage requirements before making a selection.

Turnaround Time

Many cards and stationery items are readily available, but personalized pieces will have a printing turnaround time of several days or longer. Include that in your planning so you can determine when cards and stationery will be ready for distribution.

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