Thank goodness it only comes round once a year… the amount of time it takes to sift through our mailing list, we could spend the whole 12 months mailing out all our Christmas cards! Just don’t forget to check out Hong Kong Post’s official guide to the latest dates of posting to ensure your festive greetings arrive on time!
Shop “Off the Rack” in Hong Kong
Shop 230, Prince’s Building, Central, Hong Kong, 2523 9811
G/F, 37 Staunton Street, Soho, Hong Kong, 2217 7707
Shop 2127, Elements, 1 Austin Road, Kowloon, 2196 8112
Shop 3315, Level 3, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2175 5018
We love Prints’ colourful and contemporary selection of cards, and their Christmas ones are no exception. They also sell loads of coloured pens, including festive favourites gold and silver, to add that extra special touch to your season’s greetings! Stock up on gift tags and wrapping paper too.
Harbour City, IFC, Times Square, Festival Walk, Prince’s Building
Papyrus is another great one stop-shop (though a little pricey) for buying Christmas cards a plenty – and they’re especially good at offering cards personalised for dads, mums, siblings, grandparents and the rest of the family tree!
Various locations including 11/F Causeway Bay SOGO, Telford Plaza, Central MTR, APM, Windsor House (see full list here)
Hallmark’s speciality is cards, cards and more cards, meaning their range is certain to cater for all your card needs! They do some delightful Japanese pop-up Christmas cards that my friends back home can’t get enough of, whilst if you’re a fan of Forever Friends or Disney, you’ll find plenty to please! Sassy top tip: head to the store in the upper echelons of SOGO; it’s far more spacious than the other Hallmarks around town and since it’s so time-consuming to get up there, it’s generally pretty quiet!
Marks & Spencer
Various locations including Cityplaza, Harbour City, Times Square, Festival Walk, New Town Plaza (see full list here)
Marks & Sparks does a fantastic range of cards in box sets – great for buying in bulk, if you have loads to send to friends and colleagues from all over. You know you’ll get great quality and good value and they always refresh their range with new and gorgeous designs every year.
City’super & LOG-ON
Various locations including Festival Walk, Times Square, iSquare, APM (see full list here)
City’supers with a Lifestyle section, or their dedicated LOG-ON stores, offer a selective range of greetings cards, often from Japan and Korea. Many are super-stunning (if a little pricey) with hand-made aspects, whilst they also sell a range of 3D stickers and crafty accessories ideal for DIY cards.
Festival Walk, Harbour City, Times Square
Page One sell a small selection of Christmas cards with arty and unique designs, which are great if you’re looking for something a little bit different. They even have some made out of recycled wood and cotton!
Charity Christmas Cards
If you want to support a good cause with your festive missives, you’re spoilt for choice! If there are any specific charities you’re passionate about, it’s worth contacting them to see if they’re selling charity Christmas cards this year, but here are a few definites for starters: The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children, Christina Noble’s Children Foundation, Hong Kong Society for the Protection Of Children, the Community Advice Bureau and the Salvation Army Family Store.
If you want to add a really personal touch, try tailor-making your card at these fab stores (see individual sites for pricing, shipping and minimum order details – but generally, the bigger your order, the cheaper each card!)
We absolutely adore Minted.com’s range of classy, cool and beautiful holiday cards. You can personalise cards through the text, the colour or even by adding a photo – and since these are such a Sassy favourite, we’ve managed to snag a discount code for y’all. Simply enter SASSY15 at checkout to get 15% off your Christmas card order until November 30th.
Studio M Stationery
1/F Tung Yiu Commerical Building, 31A Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Fresh, creative and classic – it’s no wonder we’re in love with this HK-based custom stationery company! The design really is all down to you, so drop by Studio M for a browse or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2525 0765 to arrange an appointment.
These come recommended by one of Sassy’s go-to photographers (Ifat of Hindessight Photography), so we know they must be good! Their cards are more from the colourful contemporary side of things with a small minimum order quantity (so no huge stockpile left for next year!) and they offer great photo personalisation options. Their DIY Christmas card section, where you create your own custom card totally from scratch, is also totally fantastic!
This British-based company has a cheeky sense of humour; I particularly love their spoof magazine cards, which you personalise with photos and (hopefully!) witty captions, the source of much amusement amongst my family for several special occasions! [They also do more classic cards, cute ones for kids, simple photo-based ones and discount multi-packs too.] The best bit is that they deliver the cards for you – so if you’re sending to the UK, US or Australia, rather than paying international postage and worrying about dates, you can pay local shipping charges (generally peanuts) and know your mail will get there super-quickly.
If you want to personalise your cards with photos that are a little more pro than quick family snaps, how about arranging a session with some of these top photographers? They all come with the Sassy seal of approval!
Radhika Rao Photography
email@example.com, 9416 0972
Radhika specialises in family portraits, either at home or another location of your choice – ideal for taking a fantastic family photo to feature on your Christmas card! She does a combined photo package consisting of a 90 minute photo session, two 4×6”, two 5×7” and one 6×8” print and ten low-res images for email/online viewing for $3,950; you can check the rest of her product prices here.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 6140 8181
Ifat Kafry Hindes is the photographer behind many of our That Mama shoots, so you have some idea of how fantastic we think her work is! Her standard package costs $3200 to shoot a maximum of five people, including a 2-hour photo session and a CD with 20-25 high-res images ready-to-go! In the spirit of festive goodwill, she is also offering a special free Animation Slide Show of your shoot (valued at $600) and a $160 voucher towards your next session for bookings until December 24 – and if you mention your shoot is specifically for Christmas cards, she’ll ensure a super-speedy turnaround too!
email@example.com, 9031 0366
If your family includes littlies, Cheeky Monkey is another great choice as they focus on capturing the innocence and personality of cheeky monkeys on camera! Their 60-90 minute portrait session covers up to five people and includes a CD of all edited low-res images and a 30-page 8×8” hardcover coffee table book. They can also print your cards themselves, to a design of your choice, with prices starting from $1100 for 50 cards.
Maria Z Photography
Maria’s our latest discovery for sweet and simple newborn and infant photography (you can check out our full write-up here) so she’d be another fantastic option for family photos. Sessions with Maria start from around $4800 – but she’s been kind enough to offer a fab Sassy discount for all our readers, just in time for the festive season! Use the code ‘Sassymama’ to get a 10% discount from your session until December 31.