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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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$64.00

"Send out this year's holiday greetings with style. Your special photo will look great in these unique and modern holiday photo ca...rds created for you by Minted's global community of independent designers. Don't have enough room on the front? Add a custom backer or interior to include even more photos and a more detailed message. If you have any questions or special requests for your card, please email us." read more

$64.00

"Send out this year's holiday greetings with style. Your special photo will look great in these unique and modern holiday photo ca...rds created for you by Minted's global community of independent designers. Don't have enough room on the front? Add a custom backer or interior to include even more photos and a more detailed message. If you have any questions or special requests for your card, please email us." read more

Lang
$11.59

Find cards: invitations and stationery at Target.com! Boxed Christmas Card - Mother & Child

Lang
$14.99

Find cards: invitations and stationery at Target.com! Boxed Christmas Card - Snowy Night Santa

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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$5.95

Fathers love receiving artwork that their children created and now with our Daddy and Me�� Oversized Greeting Card you can give hi...m exactly what he wants this Father���s Day with a personalized piece of art he will treasure forever!Not only does your little one get to personalize the cover of the greeting card with their first name and daddy���s name, they can choose from 2 character designs so the cartoon people look just like them, too! Add your own special 10-line message on the inside and then comes the greatest part ��� they get to color the cover and inside art for a one-of-a-kind Father���s Day gift he will never forget! Write your own 10 line personal message inside the card! Greeting card measures 8" x 11" folded and includes a white, pearlescent envelope. Enter your personalization and immediately preview your card, so you know exactly how it will look! read more

$5.95

Offer greetings of BIG love with our oversized Happy Valentine's Day Personalized Greeting Card!Include any name across the front ...of one of our 5 exclusive designs for a very personal touch. Write your own 10 line personal message inside the card (8 lines for the message and 2 lines for the closing sentiment). Greeting card measures 8" x 11" folded. Your card will be placed inside a white envelope for an impressive presentation. Enter your personalization and immediately preview your card, so you know exactly how it will look! read more

Personalization Mall
$16.95

Our Shop-a-holic�� Personalized Ornament & Gift Card Holder makes the perfect gift for that someone special who deserves a spe...cial gift from you this holiday! We will professionally laser engrave any 3-line personalized message across the front of the 3D shopping bag for all to see! Celebrate this holiday in personalized style along with sliding a gift card inside. Gift card holder also doubles as a keepsake to hang on the tree year after year!Our adorable 3D shopping bag design features a black and hot pink polka dot print, black cord handle and large resin bow to complete the look! Handcrafted of colorful resin. Features open slot to conveniently hold a gift card. Includes black cord for easy hanging. Measures approx. 3 1/2" H x 3" W x 3/4"D. Presented in an elegant velvet drawstring bag making it ready for gift-giving and providing protective storage year after year. Gift card not included. read more

Personalization Mall
$5.95

Sweeten up Valentine's Day for your little ones with this oversized personalized Valentine's Day Greeting Card that is sweet as ca...n be!We will custom personalize the card with your choice of 4 titles and any one line of personalization on our exclusive design. Complete the look by uploading any one photo or two photos for a personal touch made just for them! Choose from the one or two photo design below. Write your own 10 line personal message inside the card! Greeting card measures 8" x 11" folded. Your card will be placed inside a white envelope for impressive presentation. Enter your personalization and immediately preview your card, so you know exactly how it will look! read more

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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$24.99

The TAG Tree Greeting Card Holder will help make your holiday season merry and bright. Each greeting card holder is made from wire... in an antique bronze finish and is modeled after a festive Christmas tree. The greeting card holder can hold multiple... read more

Couleur Nature
$19.99

Made with the utmost skill, our artfully crafted Accessories and Barware collection will last you for years to come. From bottle o...peners to iron hooks, the mix of iron and raw materials such as bamboo provide for a unique and rustic aesthetic. Caravan... read more

Personalization Mall
$16.95

Our Shop-a-holic�� Personalized Ornament & Gift Card Holder makes the perfect gift for that someone special who deserves a spe...cial gift from you this holiday! We will professionally laser engrave any 3-line personalized message across the front of the 3D shopping bag for all to see! Celebrate this holiday in personalized style along with sliding a gift card inside. Gift card holder also doubles as a keepsake to hang on the tree year after year!Our adorable 3D shopping bag design features a black and hot pink polka dot print, black cord handle and large resin bow to complete the look! Handcrafted of colorful resin. Features open slot to conveniently hold a gift card. Includes black cord for easy hanging. Measures approx. 3 1/2" H x 3" W x 3/4"D. Presented in an elegant velvet drawstring bag making it ready for gift-giving and providing protective storage year after year. Gift card not included. read more

$36.95

Our impressive 31.75" Mahogany Tree Folding Tabletop Christmas Card Display Holder will creatively display the precious Christmas ...cards you have received this holiday season. Sure to make a statement this holiday season! Measures an impressive 31.75"H x 19.5" in diameter; perfect for tabletop display or floor display. Quality constructed of mahogany metal, easily attach cards to wire spirals. Conveniently folds to half the width for easy storage, year after year. Holds up to 33 cards for display. 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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C.R. Gibson
$13.44

Self-adhesive gift tag labels coordinate well with C.R. Gibson's greeting cards and notepads but also with any gift wrap you choos...e for the holidays. Remember, it's all about the packaging and presentation! Deliver your treats with extra love and care this holiday season! Labels can be used on canned or baked holiday goods or use them to accent wrapped packages. Each package contains 4 sheets, each measuring 5 x 6-Inches for a total of 24 labels to use. Or, instead of using them, they are pretty enough to give to friends, neighbors and teachers as a Christmas gift to make their holiday baking and gift giving that much easier! Quick and convenient when you are addressing parcels, packages and gifts or envelopes, gift baskets and Christmas treat goodie plates! When you want the best in giftware, trust C.R. Gibson, who partners with artists and brands whose collective work brings character and flavor from every corner of the globe with a unique style of products that celebrate life's memories, milestones and celebrations. read more

$16.95

Your gift is certain to stand out from all others this season with our exclusively designed Holiday Greetings Personalized Gift Ta...gs.Our exclusively designed Holiday Greetings design features any greeting above your choice of one of 4 holiday graphics along with any family or first name(s) across the front of each gift tag, for a very personal touch. 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. 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 write the gift recipient's name on the reverse side for the ultimate in convenience and style! Perfect for gift boxes, gift bags, wine bags and more! read more

Personalization Mall
$16.95

Your gift is certain to stand out from all others this season with our exclusively designed Holiday Greetings Personalized Gift Ta...gs.Our exclusively designed Holiday Greetings design features any greeting above your choice of one of 4 holiday graphics along with any family or first name(s) across the front of each gift tag, for a very personal touch. 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. 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.Simply write the gift recipient's name on the reverse side for the ultimate in convenience and style! Perfect for gift boxes, gift bags, wine bags and more! read more

Personalization Mall
$16.95

Your gift is certain to stand out from all others this season with our exclusively designed Season's Greetings Personalized Gift T...ags! Select a holiday greeting in your choice of 3 color combinations and we will personalize it with any family or first name(s), for a very personal touch.Simply write the gift recipient's name for the ultimate in convenience and style! Perfect for gift boxes, gift bags, wine bags and more! 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. 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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$2.16

This customizable Safari Invitation / Jungle Invitation / Zoo Invite is designed on the invitation and would interest those who li...ke jungle, safari, zoo, birthday, party, elephant, and giraffe stuff. read more

Gartner Studios
$29.99

Find cards: invitations and stationery at Target.com! Create romantic, classic wedding invitations at home with these white cards ...that are adorned with golden hearts and trim. Includes 50 invitations, 50 invitation envelopes, 50 response cards, and 50... read more

Gartner Studios
$24.99

Find cards: invitations and stationery at Target.com! Convey the romantic nature of your union and upcoming ceremony with these he...art invitations. This set comes with everything you need to invite up to 50 guests. Matching response cards and envelopes... read more

$2.33

This customizable Rustic Mason Jar Sunflowers Wedding Invitations is designed on the invitation and would interest those who like ...country, wedding, rustic, sunflower, sunflowers, wood, and barn wood stuff. 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
$119.84

White French Scroll Wrapping Paper 24" X 417' 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
$20.00

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
$304.80

This wholesale snowman holiday wrapping paper will be a great edition to your Christmas wrapping supplies. This premium grade wrap...ping paper roll is 18" wide and 833' long. Gift wrap is factory direct and sent from our east coast warehouse. read more

Paper Mart
$278.93

Holographic Christmas Wrapping Papers 24" X 417' is just one of the many wrapping paper patterns we have available for you. Our wr...apping paper is made of the finest paper materials for quality gift wrapping. Our gift papers are thick. 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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This Itoya Art Profolio�� Photo Album has the same archival safe polypropylene construction that has made the Art Profolio the boo...k of choice for professional artists and photographers. Album is specially designed for storing up to 360 4x6 sized prints or postcards. Each page holds three images and is perfect for standard photo paper and digital photo paper.Profolio also features an exclusive black opaque polypropylene dust cover to help keep sunlight as well as airborne contaminants away from your precious images. A reversible spine insert allows for personalization and an enclosed storage pocket on the inside cover is ideal for storing CD's and memory cards. Holds up to 360 4x6 photos or postcards. Opaque protective cover to keep sunlight out. Clear pocket sheets hold 3 photos per page. Overall dimensions: 7-1/8"W x 13-3/8"H x 1-7/8"D. Inside CD/digital storage pocket. Reversible spine insert. Durable polypropylene construction. Archival safe, acid free, PVC free, lignin free. read more

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Rich walnut and black top-grain leather. Business card holder and pencil cup. Letter opener tray and holder. Desk pad dimensions: ...34L x 20W in.. 4 x 6-in. memo holder. About Dacasso Limited Inc Located in Gainesville Florida Dacasso offers quality desk sets and unbeatable customer service. Dacasso manufactures leather and wood desk accessories and their product line ranges from complete leather desk sets that perfectly present a professional look to leather calendar holders that provide organization for day-to-day responsibilities. A company that believes in its products and service Dacasso guarantees your satisfaction. read more

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