Looking for some inspiration for your Christmas cards this year? We’ve got you covered from head to mistletoe!
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to shop for the perfect Christmas card and send them out before it’s too late! Whether you’re looking for a more old-school Happy Holidays card, or a custom-made “Feliz Navi-dog!” with a picture of your pet, here’s where to shop for your Christmas cards this year. We’ve also prepared a list of last postal dates so you don’t miss any of the important deadlines!
Editor’s Note: Postal deliveries and schedules in Hong Kong and around the world are constantly being revised. All dates were correct at the time of publication, but expect delays and/or changes. It’s best to send those cards out as early as possible!
Where To Buy Christmas Cards
Picking out seasonal cards is definitely one of our favourite parts of Christmas! Check out our top picks below:
Custom calligraphy cards? Done. With 100% of profits from its prints going towards supporting grassroots NGOs globally, Barefoot Love is a social enterprise that aims to inspire and empower. These creative and individually-designed cards are the kind that you’d stick up on your wall like a piece of art – and you can also revel in the joy that comes with lending a helping hand to a great cause! Get in touch with Gloria So for personalised cards or else you can pick up cards from centres in Jordan and Central.
Barefoot Love, Breakthrough Centre, 191 Woo Sung Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
This Christmas, opt for cards that pair the iconic landmarks of Hong Kong and Asian flair with a truly seasonal touch. Biscuit Moon Designs has a collection of beautiful cards that are hand or digitally-drawn with distinctive painting techniques and thoughtful phrases. You may even choose to send some love out of the city to family and friends overseas with its special “from Hong Kong” cards!
From classic bestsellers to trendy water bottles, Bookazine’s got it all. With nine stores across Hong Kong, this one-stop paradise is your best bet when it comes to funky stationery items and Christmas cards! If you’re hoping to take a closer look at the cards (and maybe window-shop a little), be sure to head over to its physical stores for more fun designs and goodies!
Puppies and puns? Sign us up! From adorable Dachshunds to hand-drawn Hong Kong ferries, Cha Siu Papers offers one-of-a-kind greeting card designs perfect for every occasion. On top of that, its greeting cards are produced with 100% recycled paper! While you’re shopping for Christmas cards, don’t forget to also check out the brand’s newest (and very relatable) Social Distancing card collection. Free shipping is available from the online store for Hong Kong orders and cards are $40 each.
Looking for a creative option? Cheeky Monkey Kids takes those photos and clips that you’ve constantly snapped throughout the year to turn them into a short keepsake film that will be treasured by your family for years to come. We see this being a huge hit with grandparents overseas who are missing out on the festive season visits this year.
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Boutique stationery brand, Ditto Ditto offers simple and cute holiday cards for the festive season. Each card is printed by hand and can be completely customised to suit your needs. Check out the dainty creations featuring snow, reindeer and, of course, the big man in red himself!
Providing everything from travel necessities and bags, to functional organising tools and stylish gifts, kikki.K also has a range of Christmas cards to pick from. Offered in various sizes, its seasonal cards are designed with a Scandinavian touch and will definitely not disappoint.
A firm favourite of the Sassy Mama team is The Lion Rock Press, popularly known for its quirky, adorable designs that combine notable local sights with Western humour. The best part? 100% of profits from its charity Christmas card collection will go to Mother’s Choice. If you need further incentive, 100% of the profits from its gift wrap, tags and washi tape will also go towards charity. From the cutest dim sum wrapping paper to intricate little Christmas ornaments, this is our go-to for unique Hong Kong presents.
Sassy Mama tip: Keep your eye out for the adorable Christmas decorations that are available each year! We’re particularly loving the 2020 VIRUS Set.
Lion Rock Press, www.thelionrockpress.com
From minimalist designs to botanical scented cards (nothing wrong with being a bit extra!), Paper & Cards Studio offers a wide range of card designs from all over the world. The shop also features other (very aesthetic) paper goods such as planners and sketchpads, so you might want to check it out and do a bit of Christmas shopping while you’re there! Free shipping is available on orders over $500.
Whether you’re looking for a unique, eco-conscious way to send the love, or if you simply missed the postal deadlines (easily done!), Paperless Post is a great option to deliver online Christmas cards to your love ones across the globe. From (virtual) envelopes to backdrops, each card is easily customisable; if you’re hosting a Christmas party, you can even add reply cards and track RSVPs online! Unlike your usual cards, you will be paying through virtual coins that can be topped up as you go. To make things even more exciting, the first 25 coins are free when you sign up for a Paperless Post account!
Paperless Post, www.paperlesspost.com
Catering to the eco-conscious whilst maintaining a strong sense of luxury is a tricky task, but Paper-Roses has risen to the occasion. The hand-illustrated designs are printed on top-quality, 100% recycled paper. Aside from the festive numbers, it also offers a bespoke design service, where invitations and personalised note cards can be tailored to suit your tastes. The cards are available online and at local markets throughout the year, plus you can order online to get yours delivered throughout Hong Kong and internationally.
Besides offering bespoke stationery items such as gift tags and notebooks, Pen & Paper House also provides unique and sentimental cards for every occasion. With the option to get your cards tailor-made, it’s on a mission to make sure each one you purchase has its own personality. Grab one of these elegant cards and insert a note, because nothing says heart-warming quite like a handwritten message! There’s also international shipping available for those that want to send it across the globe.
Pen & Paper House, www.facebook.com/penandpaperhouse
Looking for something more personalised? Time to get a little creative (with a bit of help) during a time of great festivity! With Photobook Hong Kong’s wide range of easy-to-use Christmas card templates, you’ll be able to turn your festive family photos into personalised Christmas cards. Even better, you can do all that with (literally) the touch of a finger! Since the Photobook app is available on iOS and Android, you’ll be able to access Photobook’s selection of Christmas cards anytime, anywhere, and with almost any device.
Christmas is all about spreading and celebrating love, and there’s no better way to do so than by supporting a meaningful cause! Established in 1953, SRDC has been featuring differently-abled artists in its Christmas fundraising events to help young artists unleash their artistic potential. On top of that, these cards all include colourful designs of Hong Kong which we absolutely love!
With over 12,000 greeting cards to choose from, the St. John’s Cathedral bookstore offers a broad selection of Christmas cards, as well as gift wrap! While it takes some time to head up that little slope to St John’s Cathedral, we promise the fine selection of Christmas cards and books is worth the hike. It also offers fine woodcarvings and candles, so definitely take a look if you’re interested!
Last Postal Dates
Because we know working out when to post your cards to various countries can be confusing, our handy guide below will make sure you don’t miss the cut-off date this year (which, FYI is very early!). If you can’t find the destination you’re looking for, this link from Hong Kong Post should also help. Do remember that these are the dates for surface mail only as postal services are gradually being resumed to overseas destinations. Do keep checking the Hong Kong Post website to find out which services are currently available.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 22, October 2019 and updated by Lydia Ching in September 2020.
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Barefoot Love via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Bookazine via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Ditto Ditto, image 4 courtesy of Lion Rock Press, image 5 courtesy of Paper & Cards Studio, image 6 courtesy of Pen & Paper House via Facebook, graphic courtesy of Sassy Media Group.