The Best Alternative Greeting Cards for Birthdays, Weddings, Sympathy & Just Because

Who says letter writing is dead

Email is wonderful, and texting so easy, but nothing beats receiving a note delivered after a few days by a uniformed letter carrier. I love getting mail "just because." And there's a whole world outside of Hallmark! You can find a card for every occasion and every personality. 

Below, I round up the best alternative greeting cards - the Weezers of the world of correspondence, if you will. This list includes cards from the beautiful to the unusual and the snarky to the heartfelt. 

Rifle Paper Co.

Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. is my hero. I followed her blog for years, and when she started her online shop, it blossomed faster than I could keep up. She makes the prettiest vintage-inspired paper goods and patterns.

Rhubarb Paper Co.

Rhubarb Paper Co. has a high-quality selection of sweet & honest cards, including a unique line of compassion cards for those who suffer from anxiety & depression disorders. 

Finch and The Fallow

A collection of quirky, cheeky cards, for any occasion (even divorce!) can be found at Finch and the Fallow

Tattoos & Love Letters

A funny little shop called Tattoos & Love Letters with witty & snarky greeting cards and (you guessed it!) temporary tattoos. 

LovePop Cards

Lasercut pop-up cards?! What a fun surprise from LovePop Cards.

Grain & Dot

Attractive, typographically-pleasing cards from Grain & Dot are perfect for the well-meaning, unemotional stoic in your life. 

Paper Plane

We Are Paper Plane offers bright, graphic, often irreverent cards that "tell it like it is."

Gemma Correll @ Ohh Deer

Ohh Deer, a wonderful UK shop carrying quirky illustrations from over 35 different artists, carries a line of Gemma Correll's greeting cards that are so special! I love her illustration style!

Emily McDowell Studio

And, saving the best for last: Emily McDowell, with her recognizable illustrations and hand-written typography, is THE alternative greeting card queen. Her cards are sweet, funny, genuine, and adorable. She has become known for Empathy Cards, which are the most honest & sincere line of cards focusing mostly on illness & cancer and is unlike any other messages on the subject you can find (unfortunately). 

I bet nearly anyone you can think of in your life today would absolutely love receiving a note from you. Now, go send a card!