If you've walked by a post office recently, then you've likely seen lines of Santa's elves dutifully waiting their turn to send seasonal cheer. Yes, it's time to start thinking of holiday cards, and no, it's not too late! Whether you're in search of a service to take care of the signing, sealing, and delivering to Santa's Workshop (what we prefer to call the post office this time of year) portion of the card tradition or you still want the chance to include a yearly update letter in the card, below is a card service for your needs.
- Red Stamp — The most diverse service we tried, Red Stamp lets you make cards on the website or iOS app, then send via snail mail, email, social network, or text (that's app-only). The website pulls photos from a variety of accounts, including Instagram, Facebook, Google Drive, and Dropbox, among others, while the app synchs with Facebook, Instagram, and the internal photo library. Individual cards are $2 each, 2-24 cards are $1.59 each, and 25-74 cards are $1.39 each.
- Cheergram — Since you're on Instagram several times a day anyway, make that time productive and use your account with Cheergram to make cards in the time spent waiting in line for a morning coffee. Choose from a selection of preset holiday themes, match it with an Instagram photo, add a message, and you're set. For $29, you'll get 25 cards with envelopes.
- Cards, by Apple — Download the free iOS Cards app to create letterpress cards with up to three images with custom messages from your iPad or iPhone. Send a card within the US for $3 (worldwide for $5 per card), and Apple takes care of the postage and mailing to each recipient. Plus, receive a push notification when the cards are set to be delivered.
- Sincerely Ink Cards — Download the free app for iOS or Android to get started making five-by-seven-inch glossy cards using photos from your phone's library. Add well wishes on the front, put a personalized message on the back, select the recipient, and then Sincerely takes care of the postage and trip to the post office for $2 a card.