Holiday Cards That Kinda Grow on You

December 7, 2009 by

Plantable card from

I admit it’s been a while since I sent out holiday cards. I like receiving them when they are beautifully designed, include a sincere handwritten personal note, or have been purchased through a worthy charity.  And although I always thought my own kids were pretty great, I’ve always hated receiving and would never send one of those family letters wherein the parents pontificate about how talented and gifted their children are accompanied by a laundry list of their precious offspring’s accomplishments and remarkable feats. Ok, I’m done venting. Now here are some holiday greetings that go beyond your typical boxed cards:

Cards Made from Plantable Seed Paper
Several companies produce cards made of handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, wildflowers will grow from the paper in 6-8 weeks.

One of my favorite companies, Bloomin’, offers a particularly well-designed line.

Send a Card, Plant a Tree
A tree is planted for every card purchased from One Tree per Card. They specialize in sustainably designed greeting cards that raise awareness and funds to help reduce the impacts of global warming. A portion of revenues is donated to those causes by forming partnerships with key environmental organizations.

One of the Arbor Day Foundation’s cards.

Other tree planting options with more traditional designs are available through The Arbor Day Foundation’s Give-a-Tree Cards and the National Wildlife Federation’s Plant a Tree card and ornament combos.
For each purchase of the National Wildlife Federation’s Plant a Tree card and ornament set, one tree will be planted on your recipient’s behalf in an effort to restore habitat for animals, prevent soil erosion and stop global warming.

For cards that contribute a portion of their sales to charities, visit Cards that Give to select the cause of your choice. Shutterfly’s “Support-A-Cause” card line features dozens of new styles with themes inspired by the missions of several charitable organizations including The World Wildlife Fund and Heifer International.


  1. Fern @ Life on the Balcony said:

    I am totally with you on those letters that brag about all the amazing things little Johnny acomplished this past year. If I cared that much about the minutiae of someone else’s kid’s life, I would already know everything in the letter.

    — December 8, 2009 @ 02:17

  2. Shane Shirley Smith said:

    I have seen some of these before. I don’t send out cards anymore either even though I have children! This makes me think about remembering the impact that my choices have on our world.

    — December 9, 2009 @ 23:06

  3. Ingrid said:

    Hi Robin – these are such a great find! I’ve been trying to think how to make these myself…. I imagine there are restrictions with customs to post overseas so the seeds would need to be native and sent locally I guess.

    Thanks for the great stories, I have been following your site for a while and think it is just wonderful.

    Take care,

    — September 9, 2010 @ 02:47

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