They don’t call them “greeting cards” for nothing. Who wants to be “greeted” by another piece of e-mail? If you want to send a proper holiday hello (or thank you) to the many special people in your life, avoid the e-card fad and stick with real paper and ink.
Hundelrut Studio in Plymouth makes delightful holiday and Christmas-themed cards with intricate line art and amusing sentiments that speak volumes. Remember, you can’t string up e-cards over the fireplace or cut them up the next year to make gift tags.
Cards for a Cause
CASA of NH (Court Appointed Special Advocates) sells beautiful cards designed by local artists, students and photographers that come blank or personalized. Proceeds help abused and neglected children in NH. See all the choices at casanh.org/cards.
Photographer and frequent New Hampshire Magazine contributor Kathie Fife’s new holiday greeting card features a beautiful scene of Canterbury Shaker Village. See and order it here.
Real Life Stationery Stores
Support your local stationer! These wonderful, colorful shops are filled with great products, including unique holiday greeting and thank you cards.
Gus & Ruby Letterpress
The owners of Gus & Ruby Letterpress have an honest-to-goodness letterpress from the late 1800s on which they craft outrageously beautiful one-of-a-kind paper creations. Their lovely, welcoming store also offers a large range of paper products, stationery, holiday cards and more. They’re located at 29 Congress St. in Portsmouth.
Steele’s Stationers opened way, way back in 1871, making it the oldest business in the Monadnock area. It’s located in the historic Anderson building, which still has the original tin ceiling and wood floors. It seems a fitting place to shop for fine stationery and greeting cards. Steele’s is located at 40 Main St., Peterborough.
Black’s Paper Store
Located in lovely downtown Wolfeboro, in addition to paper goods, Black’s also sells locally made items such as Winnipesaukee Chocolates — just in case you wanted to get in a little other holiday shopping (or buy a treat for yourself).
This Dover rubber stamp and paper arts store has everything you need to make your own cards.
Mailed From Bethlehem
Since the 1960s, the post office in the small town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, has postmarked holiday mail with a special stamp picturing a star over, well, the town of Bethlehem. Once you’ve purchased (or made) your cards, head up to this beautiful place to put that perfect finishing touch on your annual greetings.