Is there anything better than getting a card in the mail? It never fails to put a smile on my face. Time doesn't always allow for a handwritten note, but when it does, I try to take advantage. In this day and age it's becoming somewhat of a lost tradition, which makes it extra special when you do receive one.
There are certain occasions where an e-card is acceptable — Christmas isn't one of them. Please, I beg of you, send a real card in the mail at Christmas! To make things easier, I've picked out a few of my favourite lines, all of which have charming holiday collections. Even better, they're all made in Canada. Now all you need are some pretty holiday postage stamps and you're good to go — no excuses.
Kate & Birdie Paper Company is a fabulous Canadian line based out of Winnipeg. Their hand-drawn greetings feature festive, atmospheric scenes like this beautiful snowy bridge.
The winter evergreen design is also very pretty — and very Canadian.
How adorable is this little guy? This squirrel bearing good tidings comes from Ontario-based Loo McNulty Design Studio. Designer Loo McNulty has worked as an illustrator for years, but just recently used her talents to launch a line of greeting cards.
I also love this golden lab playing fetch with a star.
You know you're a scrooge when... This Yellow Bird Paper Greetings card is perfect for the grumpy uncle or grandfather in your life — we all have one. Psst...this line's a big Canadian success story, started by designer Charmaine Carlson in North Vancouver, B.C. and now sold worldwide.
This sugar cookie and doughnut design, also from Yellow Bird Paper Greetings, is colourful and fun.
Cartolina Cards has been around for a while now, but their vintage designs still make them one of my favourites. The line's founder, Fiona Richards of Nelson, B.C., is inspired by old-world treasures and vintage style. You may remember her from our photo gallery.
Okay, I lied. They're not all Canadian, but this ornament card from Rifle Paper Co. was so sweet I had to include it.