WHY YOU SHOULD BE SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS THIS YEAR MORE THAN EVER! (+ loads of makers to buy from)




I’ll start by saying I do actually love sending (and receiving) Christmas cards. For a person who designs a lot of greeting cards, I’m not actually that good at sending them - at least on time anyway! So I like being able to sit down with a list of all the people I want to send a card to all at one time and write them (and hopefully not forget anyone).


But this year when physical contact has been very much limited, for a lot of us at least, I think there’s something more to receiving a handwritten card that a loved one has spent time writing, addressing and sending, will mean so much more than a text or a Facebook post to the masses. Being able to hold something they’ve held, even with deeply sanitised hands, and then to see it throughout the festive period on a shelf or strung up on the wall, will just bring that connection to other people closer.


So basically the point of this post is to ask, if you’re not really a Christmas card person, you think they’re a bit old fashioned or that there are better things to spend your money on at this time of year, please just reconsider. Think of each card as that hug you’d normally be giving to each of them to wish them a happy Christmas and show you care. And if you send it early, it will last so much longer both in their memory and just their vision, than a digital message would.


Another huge bonus of course to sending cards is that it’s a really easy way to support independent businesses at this time of year. Whether that’s buying your cards online, directly from creatives like me, or supporting small independent shops near you. Of course there’s nothing wrong with buying bigger, cheaper packs from the supermarket, especially if they’re also supporting a charity with their cards as they often are which is obviously wonderful, so you can always do that too! Just maybe consider buying a couple from little businesses and give them a slice of that festive cheer, as well as your pals. Just a Card can really help!


To help you find some independent Christmas cards, I’ve compiled a list of just some of the many independents I know are selling their own Christmas cards this year. I got a bit carried away so there is more than just "some", so I’m hoping there is something here for everyone! I've added the maker's names and locations because they're real people in real places and they'd all love you to buy their cards!


1. It Was A Rabbit Illustration | Lora in Wilmslow

2. Embers and Ink | Emma in Sheffield


3. Charlotte Hepburn | Charlotte in Yorkshire


4. Helen Richmond Design | Helen in Warwickshire | Currently on Maternity Leave


5. Jessica Woodhouse | Jessica in Chesterfield


6. Joy Jen Studio | Jenna in Leeds


7. Ink Flo Store | Steve in Manchester | Coming Soon!


8. Pen and Gwyn | Nicky in Hull


9. Annie Dornan Smith | Annie in Watford


10. Plewsy | Fiona in Yorkshire


11. The Littlest Falcon | Merlyn in North Yorks


12. Wildwood Paper | Grace in Sheffield


13. The Happy Chappo | Steven in Slaithwaite


14. Yuk Fun Wow | Lucy & Patrick in Portslade-by-Sea


15. Orange Pippin | Helen in Sheffield


16. Citrus Bunn | Clemency in London


17. Cranfield Creations | Aaron in Manchester


18. Our Version Greetings | Sam in London


19. Katie Tinkler Illustration | Katie in London


20. Charis Raine Studio | Charis in York


21. By Sam Bull | Sam in Winsford


22. Dick Vincent | Dick in Macclesfield


23. folio. | Ian in Cardiff


24. Katrina Sophia | Katrina in Nottingham

25. Amy Harwood Illustration | Amy in Southampton


26. Textiles By Rachel | Rachel in Cardiff


27. Tom Hardwick | Tom in Hull


28. Sophie Heywood | Sophie in Stockport


29. Loaf and Bear | Laura in Lymm


30. Shufflebotham Fine Art | Jennifer in Kenilworth


31. Nicky L Art | Nicky in Warwickshire


32. Jade Muat-Dodd | Jade in Liverpool


33. Dan Hill Illustrations | Dan in London


34. Own Way Co | Katie in Sheffield | Also at Curated Makers in John Lewis Sheffield


35. Harriet Cox Illustrations | Harriet in the UK


36. Martha and Hepsie | Martha in Sheffield and Hepsie in Barnstable | Also at Curated Makers in John Lewis Sheffield


37. Doodles and Dogs Art | James in Lancaster


38. LDM Design | Lucy in Holmfirth | Also at Curated Makers in John Lewis Sheffield


39. Holly Francesca | Holly in West Yorkshire | Also at Curated Makers in John Lewis Sheffield


40. Mountain Man Draws | Connor in Nottingham


41. Kate Thornton Design | Kate in Huddersfield | Also at Curated Makers in John Lewis Sheffield


42. Tihara Smith | Tihara in London


43. Ricicle Cards | David in Somerset


44. This Thursday | It's me! Tori in Sheffield | Also at Curated Makers in John Lewis Sheffield


45. Reconsidered Retro | Rebecca in Manchester


46. Paper Pocket Designs | Sophie in Longton


47. Front Bum Cards | in Leeds


48. Pippa & Paper | Emily in Bristol


49. Thorns & Roseway | Niamh in Staffordshire


50. Hofficraft | Manda in Abingdon


51. Mister Peebles | Helen in London


52. Robyn Draws Stuff | Robyn in Northamptonshire

53. Crafts in Circles | Jenni in Sheffield


54. Hey Jude Greetings | Gemma in Sheffield

55. Heather G Designs | Heather in Barnsley


56. Inky Pinky Cards | Eleanor in Sheffield


57. Pixie Drew | Nicola in Sheffield


58. Vicky's World | Vicky in Sheffield


59. Crabapple Moon | Anya in Sheffield


60. Joanne Hawker | Joanne in Taunton


61. Fox and Fauna | Sarah in Bury St Edmunds | Coming at The Crafty Fox Market


62. Josephine Dellow | Josephine in Sheffield


63. Emmmakes | Emm in Camberwell


64. Ellie Good Illustration | Ellie in Seer Green


65. Natàlia Juan Abelló | Natàlia in Saddleworth


66. Yellow Fred Creative | Beth in Manchester


67. Taaryn B | Taaryn in Leeds


68. OR8DESIGN | Owen in Leeds


69. Alex Ashman Design & Illustration | Alex in Manchester


70. Skelton Draw | Laura in Southport


71. Studio Maddy | Eline in Ghent, Belgium


72. Delilah Moon Design | Lucinda in Stoke on Trent


73. Every Goose | Imogen in Ramsbottom


74. Left Handed Night Drawings |


75. Illustrator Kate | Kate in Sheffield


76. Lizzie Lomax | Lizzie in Brighton


77. Emma Fisher Design | Emma in London


78. Bryony Moss | Bryony in London


79. Forget Me Not Cards | Danielle in Sheffield


80. Ariana Martin Design | Ariana in Sheffield