Spread seasonal cheer with this selection of locally designed cards
The busy elves in the city’s print shops spend all year preparing thoughtful ways for Torontonians to wish friends and family a happy holiday season. Below, we round up five homegrown designs that make a case for the timeless tradition of putting pen to paper.
And a friendly reminder: anyone hoping to get their cards in Toronto mailboxes by the 24th needs to send them by Dec 21!
Smitten Kitten’s cheeky gold-foil greeting is sure to delight pepperoni fiends. Other cards in designer Amy Kwong’s fast food-themed collection speak to the donut, French fry and whiskey-lovers in your life. Talk about a tasty holiday feast. $5, at I Have a Crush on You
With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and a snowy winter in the weather forecast, Gotamago’s card is a cute fusion of all that we have to look forward to this December. Perfect for that family member who’s still crushed that there was no squawking Chewbacca mask waiting for them under last year’s tree. $5, at Labour of Love
Artist Alanna Cavanagh captures the magic of the season with a composition of twinkling stars, patterned baubles and jazzy snowflakes. Her ruby red design is a surefire way to charm that fashionable friend who enjoys celebrating every occasion with sophisticated style. $5, at Swipe
The iconic Toronto streetcar’s ribbon of red looks particularly joyful in Made in Brockton Village’s cute illustration, which depicts passengers rushing home with their treasures – including a freshly cut Christmas tree so large it’s been tilted out a back window. Thankfully, the driver seems rather jolly about the whole situation. $7, at Scout
Flakes Paperie’s neon-hued card promises to be the highlight of any recipient’s holiday card haul. Starring a pink-and-green snow jacket that wouldn’t look out of place on the slopes in the ’80s, it would pair perfectly with a day pass to Blue Mountain. $8, at Room 2046
For anyone faced with wrapping up something larger than a gift card, Kid Icarus offers whimsical rolls of screen-printed paper. One pattern features a study of sleds through the ages – from old-school wooden toboggans to newfangled GT snow racers – while another includes all the makings of a seriously swinging cocktail party. $5/ sheet, at Kid Icarus