Maybe the only positive thing to come out of 2020, but Christmas cards are making a comeback. Here are 14 Irish Christmas cards and packs to snap up so you can keep it local.
2020 will see the return of the Christmas card. With few people travelling and unable to pop into the neighbour’s for a cup of mulled wine, greeting cards are one of the loveliest ways to let friends and family know you're thinking of them.
Couple that with the push to #buyIrish this Christmas, why not keep your Christmas cards local too? There are plenty of gorgeous Irish artists and illustrators out there doing seasonal designs this year and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to show your support.
They don’t even really need to be Christmassy either, so we’ve included a few none traditional options in here too. Why not send them a card they can frame or leave up long into the New Year?
Irish Christmas Cards
As always, Bold Bunny has an excellent collection of festive greeting cards in contemporary and fun designs. Designed and made in Ireland and printed on environmentally friendly paper, there are tones to choose from including these two cuties.
If it's gag cards you're looking for, CraftsbyK8 have plenty of choice. While the Father Ted festive cards did make us chuckle, this 12 days of lockdown (€4) is just too on-point to pass by.
Irish card designer Lainey K always seems to have her pulse on the nation. Her cards of witty and charming, and there's always a few punny ones if that tickles your fancy.
Handmade in Dublin from recyclable materials, we love the simplicity of this cosy cards.
Simple and sweet, what's not to love about Lilly & Bright's Christmas collection.
Irish Christmas Card Packs
If you're sending cards to Irish people abroad who can't make it home for the holidays, why not make it extra Irish with a seasonal illustration of O'Donoghues of the Custom House? Irish print house Clover Rua has offers on individual cards (€3 each) or bumper packs from four cards up to 52 cards (€106).
For something a little more traditional, this Oíche Chiúin card from Picked Pom Pom really captures the cosiness of the season. You can buy one card for €3 for a pack of five for €14.
These prints of Irish artist Hannah Sayers' favourite seasonal paintings are bright and colourful and the pack of six (for €15) includes this one, a decorated reindeer, a cosy cottage and a Christmas robin.
Let loved ones know you're thinking of them with one of these gorgeous Nollaig Shona cards designed and made in Co Waterford. You can buy a pack of six for €14.50 or a pack of 12 for €24.
Paperbear.ie are known for their really detailed pop-up cards and they're Christmas selection is no different. A little bit pricier than a regular card, one pack of six is €26.90, but send them to selected few close friends and they're sure to pop up year after year.
If you want to buy Irish but would prefer it wasn't specifically festive-themed, below are three creators making their own card collections. Sorrell Reilly is a talented Irish illustrator who has given a number of her beautiful Irish landscape prints the card treatment.
Dublin photographer Liadh Connolly has been capturing corners of Dublin and Ireland through the lens for some time now and she's just launched a print and card collection, which you can pick up on her website.
Seasonal in a more natural sense, Superfolk's notecards are worthy of framing. Their beech tree prints cover the four seasons of the year from their hand block print collection and include five of each season.
Featured image: Clover Rua
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