10 Best Free Christmas E-Cards

Send warm digital Christmas greetings to your family and friends

Christmas e-cards are a wonderful way to send holiday greetings to your friends and family. They're a great alternative to traditional Christmas cards because they're free, quick, and great for the environment. Here are our picks for the best free Christmas e-cards based on style, customizability, and ease of use.

Looking for more free Christmas digital fun? Check out free Christmas wallpapers, online Christmas games, downloadable Christmas music, and free streaming Christmas music.

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Sweetest Family Greetings: Joy of Family E-Card by American Greetings

Joy of Family Free Christmas E-Card

American Greetings has e-cards for every occasion. While many require a paid subscription, there are still some lovely free Christmas e-cards to personalize and send. Our favorite is the Joy of Family free e-card, which features an animated Christmas illustration with a message about the gift of family.

If you venture over to American Greetings' paid offerings and find some you like, take advantage of the free seven-day trial to test out the service and send some free cards.

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Best for Simple Elegance: Christmas Ball by Greetings Island

Merry Christmas Free E-Card

This free Christmas greeting card features a black-and-white ornament that says Merry Christmas, all tied up with a red bow. There's also a gold-and-black color scheme if you prefer.

Customize this free e-card with various layouts, your message, text styles, photos, and virtual stickers. Email the card, print it, or download it as a PDF, if you prefer.

To eliminate ads and gain access to more designs, consider a premium plan for $1.95 per month.

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Most Whimsical: Stockings by Imaginary E-Cards

Colorful stockings on a green background in a free Christmas e-card

Stockings by Imaginary E-Cards is a colorful Christmas e-card featuring whimsical stockings filled with candy and toys. This free e-card has some limited customizability options, including adding a unique message and emoticons.

Imaginary E-Cards has a vast selection of free Christmas e-cards, some with music and animation, so be sure to take a look.

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Best for Personalization: Circle Wreath From Greetings Island

Free Christmas e-card with a place for photos

A rustic wreath of holly and berries surrounds your photo choice in this classic Christmas digital greeting.

Choose from different layouts, add stickers, customize your e-card, and opt to print it if you prefer.

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Best for Cat Lovers: Merry Christmas Kitty by 123Greetings

Merry Christmas Kitty Christmas e-card

This simple GIF Christmas e-card features an unperturbed tangled kitty atop a Christmas tree wearing a Santa hat. Send this free e-card to Facebook friends or add recipients' email addresses. Customize your message, choose your music, and send the e-card immediately or at a scheduled future time.

123Greetings has an excellent selection of free Christmas e-cards in many categories, so be sure to check out its offerings.

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Best Traditional Manger Scene: A Savior Is Born by GotFreeCards

A Savior Is Born Christmas e-card

This lovely animated Christmas e-card is set to the classic Christmas carol Silent Night and is the perfect choice if you're looking for a traditional manger scene digital greeting.

Opt to send through Facebook, email, or Instagram, add your message, and then share your holiday sentiments with friends and family.

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Best Funny E-Card for Kids: Merry Christmas by Kisseo

Merry Christmas Santa and Elves free Christmas e-card

Kids will love this fun Santa-and-elf animation set to music. Send your free e-card by email or share it to Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and more. Kisseo has tons of free Christmas e-cards to browse. You can also select traditional greeting cards to buy and send.

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Best for Starring in Your Own Card: Ho Ho Ho Bell by Smilebox

HO HO HO Christmas E-Card

Smilebox has a beautiful assortment of digital Christmas cards that let you add your photos. Our favorite is the Ho Ho Ho Bell e-card. Add a photo and turn yourself (or your child or dog) into a dancing elf in a video set to music. Upload a photo, add Smilebox music or upload your own, use filters, backgrounds and titles, and then share your e-card.

The Smilebox free plan lets you share your e-card to Twitter at no cost. To email or share it on social media, you'll need to upgrade to a $2.99-per-month Premium plan.

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Best for Dog-Loving Sinatra Fans: Frank Sonatra Christmas by DoozyCards

Frank Sonatra free Christmas e-card

DoozyCards has a wide selection of unique and fun free Christmas e-cards. Our favorite is the animated singing Frank Sonatra dog crooning holiday greetings. Select the e-card, type your message, and then post it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or LinkedIn for free.

To send DoozyCards through email, you'll need to upgrade to a $2.99-per-month paid account.

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Best Classic Christmas Greetings: Wintry Tune by Paperless Post

Wintry Tune Christmas e-card

Paperless Post has hundreds of Christmas e-cards to choose from. To see its free e-cards, check the Free box on the website.

Many free Christmas e-cards are lovely and professional-looking. Our favorite is Wintry Tune, where you can upload family photos against a traditional wintry background set off with the greeting, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Check out more Paperless Post free e-cards to find a style that perfectly suits your family.