New Hampshire Holiday Greeting Cards

Don’t forget to say “Hello” and “Thanks!”

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.

Artful Greetings

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

At left is a CASA holiday card designed by Kristen Droney and on the right is a greeting card from Hundelrut Studio in Plymouth.

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.

Cranberry Bog

The Cranberry Bog is another Seacoast shop that will delight paper lovers. They also specialize in custom invitations and stationery, but also offer a number of other products on their shelves that range from home goods to cards. The store is located at 27 Lafayette Rd., North Hampton.

Steele's Stationers

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.

The Paper Patch

It's back to the Seacoast to visit the Paper Patch. The first store was established in 1974 in Portland, Maine's Old Port district, and the Portsmouth location opened a few years later in 1981. They offer local items, gifts, journals, books and of course lovely stationery and cards. The Paper Patch is located at 36 Market St., Portsmouth.

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More holiday festivities and local gift ideas

In Their Own Words: Father John Routos

Let Orthodox priest Father John Routos introduce you to the man who became Santa Claus.

Visit Santa's Village

This local icon is open all year long, but Christmastime is when the park really shines. Literally - over 400,000 Christmas lights really set the holiday mood!

A Hands-on Art Experience

Touch is welcome at this League of NH Craftsmen exhibit. It also happens to be an excellent place to pick up a unique holiday gift.

Holiday Vinegar Recipes

Recipes include holiday thyme apple cider vinegar, raspberry thyme vinegar and more.
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