How to Make Virtual Holiday Cards

I love sending paper cards. It’s a simple way to brighten someone’s day. In fact, when my Aunt Dee was alive she would send them and remind us all that we were loved. 

But I realize that a lot of people will probably make the switch to digital this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This year, so many people are staying with family for extended periods or not where they usually are to stay safe from COVID-19. 

I actually really like virtual cards too and when I was planning my virtual 40th birthday party this summer, I had a blast making the invitations!

You never have to worry about sending a card to the wrong address when you send virtual cards. Whether it’s a yearly “happy holidays!” card or an invitation to a holiday party, virtual cards make it easy to send festive personal messages. 

And they’re COVID-19-friendly — you can schedule the e-cards in advance and cross that item off your list without ever having to go to a post office!

Websites offering virtual cards have really stepped up their game in recent years. It’s such a good way to make a virtual holiday celebration feel even more special. 

I put together a list of my favorite virtual card websites so you can get started today!

Paperless Post

I love the beautiful designs on Paperless Post — and it’s so easy to use! You can customize your cards with your own photographs, lots of fonts, and little graphics. There’s all kinds of well-designed templates for holiday cards and virtual holiday parties. They even have virtual envelopes so your family and friends don’t have to lose that fun feeling of opening a card!

Some card designs are free to send, while others start at $10 per 25 invitations.


Punchbowl is a lot like Paperless Post, with many of the same features — photograph insert options, pre-made layouts, and a great selection of fonts. Punchbowl also offers virtual envelopes!

Some card options are free up to 50 guests, while others start at $5.99 per month for up to 100 invitations. If you see yourself sending a lot of virtual cards in the near future, this is a great choice.


Whether you’re a graphic design newbie or a seasoned pro, Canva makes it easy to make polished cards and flyers for a holiday “hello” or or virtual party invite. You can choose from tons of well-designed templates or start from scratch, with lots of options to personalize with photos, graphics, and fonts. 

Lots of the templates and tools are free, but some require Canva Pro, which is $12.95 per month.

Are you going to send virtual holiday cards or paper ones this year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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