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Sending heartwarming correspondence during the holidays is always a lovely idea, but now more than ever, brightening someone’s day with a thoughtful piece of snail mail feels especially worthy. It’s also never been easier to find festive stationery that represents your style, thanks to a slew of cool indie designers making seasonal cards that are anything but traditional. 

They’re using modern messaging and bold typefaces, and no color is off limits—bright pink, ochre, and mint green are all A-OK. We did a deep dive to round up our favorites for 2021. Keep scrolling to find the one that speaks to you. Then send it off to someone you love.

Block Party

Every piece this Iowa-based brand creates feels superspecial, and these geometric, color-blocked cards are no exception—it’s the little details like white-foil type that make all the difference. 

Just My Type

The subtly off-kilter spacing of this letterpressed piece is part of its charm, and its color gradient—from tomato red to deep forest green—feels like a fun, not-too-literal take on traditional Christmas colors. 

Traditional With a Twist

All of the details of this foil-printed Hanukkah card can be customized—color, paper type, and even the silhouette (with six shapes to choose from). 

Fresh Pick

As it turns out, a pared-down evergreen branch—screen printed on recycled paper in Michigan—is a beautifully simple way to spread holiday greetings. 

Rosy Outlook

This charmingly quirky letterpressed design feels like it’s hand-painted, and its muted palette is subtle while retaining a festive quality. 

Sleek & Simple

On a scale of one to chic, this card is off the charts. There’s nothing overtly holiday about it, but you just know it’s sending good tidings. 

Written in the Stars

We’re pretty sure this letterpressed beauty is a hand-drawn interpretation of the sparkle emoji—and that you’ll feel like you’re dropping a little magic in the mail when you send it off.

Celebrate Good Times

Cover all of the holiday bases (well, at least six of them) with this one card. It’s printed on heavy, recycled stock in an unexpected, superfun, two-tone bright pink. 

In the Lines

An updated take on the traditional Christmas palette with shades of blush pink and mint green in the mix. A metallic gold-foil message gives it the right dose of holiday flare. 

Clean Sweep

This hand-letterpressed (in Los Angeles), gold-foil greeting is straightforward and to the point in multicolored block letters. 

Check, Mate

U.K.-based stationery brand Papier has some of the coolest collabs—this one included. A painterly plaid card created by fashion designer Rosie Assoulin can be customized with a personalized closing to make sending your holiday best wishes super-easy. (We know we said no red and green, but this one was just too good!)

In Flight

This illustrated card, based on a hand-painted original, depicts white doves—a symbol of peace—along with wishes for a happy Hanukkah.

Square One

It’s official: The super-on-trend checkerboard motif has even infiltrated the holiday card market. This cheery multicolored version is screen printed by hand in Los Angeles on archival paper.  

Animal Crossing

Illustrator Nolan Pelletier turns his signature decorative style to holiday cards with this fun, vibrant, and humorous design.

Give ’Em a Hand

A cheeky way to send good vibes this holiday season—via a hand-letterpressed version of the international symbol for peace on superthick cotton paper. 

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