10 Best Electronic Christmas Card Sites

Make holiday greetings quick and easy this year

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Electronic Christmas cards are a convenient way to send holiday greetings to your friends and loved ones, but finding the best sites online can be challenging.There are a ton of digital Christmas card websites, including many free and many paid card-sending services. Some even let you use your own holiday clip art!

We've collected a list of our favorite, top-quality electronic Christmas card services that represent a mix of free and premium, animated and static, interactive and traditional digital greetings.

All allow you to send cards electronically to your friends. It's never too early to spread holiday cheer!

Largest Collection of Online Christmas Cards: American Greetings

American Greetings has a huge selection of egreeting cards, including many with animation and customization options including the ability to upload your own photos and put yourself into the scenery. They mostly require paid membership, though. You can buy a membership in American Greetings online greeting service for one month, one year or two years.

American Greetings has some fun talking Christmas cards like the Merry Mistletoad talking card which allows you to record a greeting in your own voice and have it play while a ridiculous looking animated toad in a Santa hat appears to be reading your greeting in your voice.

Silliest Animated Christmas Card Site: JibJab

JibJab offers one of the Web's best collections of animated video greetings with music and elaborate personalization options.

"Music videos starring you" is how some of the cards are described. JibJab specializes in humor, and many of their cards tell elaborate stories. Annual membership is cheap for unlimited card sending.

Leading Christmas Card Site For Facebook: 123Greetings

123Greetings has a wide variety of free egreetings, including some nice YouTube video messages, including Elvis singing over vintage Christmas scenery.

With 123Greetings, it's easy to connect to Facebook and send a free card to all your Facebook pals. 123Greetings is a large site, with thousands of different cards, including many for Christmas greetings.

Most Elegant Christmas Cards: Jacquie Lawson

Jacquie Lawson is a British illustrator in southern England who started creating electronic greetings in 2000 and has since built an impressive collection of animated Flash greeting cards with music online. They aren't free but they are very high quality and it may be worth the yearly membership fee if you want to send a truly classy message to your friends.

Easiest Site To Customize Christmas eCards: Hallmark

Hallmark has some classy ecards online, but they cost money. For an annual cost, Hallmark gives you a lot of customization options, including the ability to send cards featuring various cartoon characters, popular music, and TV shows. The Christmas section is nicely categorized, allowing you to sort by character names, tone (funny? heartfelt? religious?) and options such as music and customizable animation. Hallmark also has user reviews of its cards, a nice touch.

Most Unique Christmas Cards: CowrieCards.com

It's a small but special collection of Christmas cards you will find at CowrieCards.

The company launched from a need for more colorful cards carrying the African American wit and wisdom that has been passed down for generations. Cards range from modern photographs to hand-drawn pictures. 

Best Vintage Christmas Cards: Victorian Trading Company

A good deal of sly humor shining through every other pixel notwithstanding, these Christmas cards more than a hundred years old are seriously wonderful. If you're over it with talking Christmas cards or crazy jumping graphics, this might be the site for you. For a vintage upgrade from the usual, peek at these cards inspired by our ancestors.

Coolest Christmas Cards Inspired By Kids: UsBorne eCards

Few places can be better for finding wonderfully charming illustrations for Christmas greetings than children's books. At Usborne, you can send just such drawings as e-cards. You can also choose fonts and background colors to create cards that are uniquely you. 

Most Eco-Friendly Christmas Card Site: E-Cards.com 

This site offers sweet and simple Christmas cards with a twist: support of wildlife and the environment. The company donates a portion of its revenues to non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving the planet we live on. The lack of glitz and glamour in these cards is what makes them unique, plus you can build an address book with reminders and add your own photos to the cards.

Funniest Christmas e-Cards: Sloppy Kiss Cards

Looking for canine-inspired cards? The dogs of Sloppy Kiss Cards shop for presents, decorate the tree and travel the world in lovely Christmas e-cards and for the dog lover's delight. You can create your own cards, too, with photos of your own beloved fur-baby or add your personal photos to current card selections. Dogs might not receive Christmas e-cards but they sure look cute in them!