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#Support613 Gift Guide: Holiday greeting cards

By Christina Bondi on December 1, 2020

Part 8 of Apt613’s holiday gift guide helps you find the perfect card to go with that amazing present.

You’ve found the perfect gift. You’ve wrapped it up. But it’s missing that little extra something to make it more personal and sentimental: a card. You know you want a card that’s a bit more original, but you’ve come to terms with the fact that you probably don’t have the artistic skills to make one yourself. Not to worry! Here are some local (in-person and virtual) shops with holiday greeting cards that will take your gift to the next level.

The Gifted Type

254 Elgin Street

Hoping to get some laughs this holiday season? Check out The Gifted Type for a wide range of witty and quirky holiday cards that are sure to tickle those funny bones. The Gifted Type is open for in-store shopping, but there are a few other options to receive your cards, like curbside pickup and local same-day delivery. You can even opt in to the Snail Mail Card Writing & Delivery Service, where they’ll write a message of your choice and mail the card directly to family and friends!

Morgan Makes

Among the virtual shops at Etsy is Morgan Makes, which has a delightful collection of vibrant and 2020-themed illustrated holiday cards that also offer up a dose of humour. If you get a set of cards, there’s even the option to mix and match! Spend $25 and you’ll get free shipping for the delivery.


Holiday cards by Scatterbee feature colourful and charming illustrations that will give you the warm fuzzies. The Mischievous Pets card, for example, will certainly make pet owners smile! Shop online via Etsy and claim your purchase through local contactless pickup (be sure to use the code PICKUPOTTAWA) or delivery.

Kelly Dixon Art

Have a nature or animal lover in the f(r)amily? Kelly Dixon Art sells watercolour and ink cards with Canadian flora and fauna as the focus. Cards like Holiday Cardinals and Winter Chickadee are perfect for the holiday season, and they also come in packs of six. Check them out on Etsy or at the Holiyay Virtual Craft Market. Cards can be delivered, with free shipping.


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A Bloom Made

A Bloom Made has designed a lovely collection of watercolour cards that immediately remind you of the holidays, including hot beverages, poinsettias, ornaments, and more. I especially adore the candy cane hot chocolate card—just looking at it is giving me cravings! These cards are available for delivery and can be purchased via Etsy or the Holiyay Virtual Craft Market. Can’t decide which card to get? Holiday packs of assorted cards are also available.


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Colin White

With illustrations of wintery scenes featuring different spots in Ottawa, Colin White’s collection of holiday cards will make any local smile. Elgin Street, Chinatown, and Bank Street each have a card dedicated to them. There’s also one card that captures different stay-at-home scenes for 2020. Packs of 5, 10, and 25 are available. You can do curbside pickup in Chinatown or delivery.

Ming Wu

If you know someone who’s into mixed-media art, they’ll probably enjoy this pick. Ming Wu uses the technique of collage to create funky holiday cards with vintage graphics. You can order these cards online for delivery. DM @collages613 for prices on prints/artworks you see on Instagram.

Sonya Gankina

Sonya Gankina is a budding artist (and Apt613 contributor!) who creates holiday greeting cards using a calligraphy pen and modern lettering techniques; and sells limited runs on Instagram. She makes custom cards for $12, with your choice of text and an illustration (like a wreath, ribbon, champagne flutes… see examples of Sonya’s work here). Send her a DM!

Got a favourite local card artist or supplier who’s not included here? Let us know in the comments.