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15 Dark Holiday Cards for the Cold Hearted

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(blows pitch pipe, clears throat)

Blood-drops on presents, and dapper black paper,

Bright shiny skeletons, and Krampus’ capers,

Annoying young children tied up with strings,

These are a few of our favorite things…

…which really sucks when trying to find holiday cards without chubby Santas, cheerful snowmen, and adorable kittens surrounded by string lights. Whether your tastes run slightly evil, magically mystical, creepy cute, or edgy elegant, this collection of non-conformist salutations has just what you’re looking for.

Krampus Greeting Cards: Gruss vom Krampus!

Images via Monte Beauchamp (editor)

Will sending these delightfully bizarre Krampus cards keep you off the Naughty List? Probably not. Get them anyway. Twenty cards in 10 designs, all inside a Krampus-emblazoned tin that you can keep for yourself.$19.84

Holiday Ouija Cards

Image via Dosestrellas

“Holiday spirits” take on a new meaning with these pretty Ouija board-themed cards featuring artwork by Available in quantities from 5-50, with your choice of six envelope colors. Dosestrellas//$13+

The Ghost of Yule Greeting Card

Recipients will want to frame this enigmatic specter by Alexandria Noël. Thealexandrianoel//$4

GingerDead Ennui Merry and Bright Gothic Holiday Card Five Pack

Image via GingerDead

The most dreadfully cute holiday cards ever. Even your mom won’t complain about getting one of these in the mail. Calan Ree’s GingerDead Greeting Cards//$11.95

Mari Lwyd Holiday Greeting Cards

Image via ellipsisdesign/Joseph A. Krystofiak

What, you don’t give out holiday cards featuring obscure Welsh folk lore? Weirdo. Ellipsisdesign//$15+

Silent Night Christmas Card

Adulting isn’t so bad if it means sending these understated, chic black-and-white scroll-stamped cards.  They’re made with acid- and lignon-free papers and inks. Special touches include a raised title and cutout motif details. The Crafty Card Co//$4.75

Yuletide Greetings Card Pack of Five

Celebrate Yule with this simply beautiful design from illustrator Caitlin McCarthy. Caitlin McCarthy Art//$20

Christmas at Hugglebee Pond Holiday Notecards

Image via The Gorey Store

The holidays should always be a little Gorey. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of The Twelve Terrors of Christmas while you’re at it. The Gorey Store//$12

Horror Xmas Card Set

Image via Daemon237

Who wouldn’t want to give out sassy horror monster cards that say things like, “Gold, Frankenstein, and Myrrh?” You can choose either plain or blood-splatter design envelopes to go with this set of eight. Daemon237//$16.55

Gorgeous Handmade Skull Christmas Card

Image via Edith Johns

Make your holidays shiny and bright while still keeping them dark. Handcrafted from textured black paper and embossed high-reflective silver foil over cardstock, this greeting is basic yet beautiful. Edith Johns The Farmer’s Daughter//$5

Pack of Four Alternative Xmas Cards

Image via Other Side Silly

These oddly adorable cards are perfect to mix and match. Create your own sets of four using these and other designs. Other Side Silly//$15.17

All You Can Eat Feelings Card Box of Eight

Guac is extra, but envelopes are complimentary. Emily McDowell Studio//$19

Bat Christmas Cards

Image via Teeth and Claws/Nicola L. Robinson

We couldn’t not put these festive bats on the list. This set of six includes three of each design. Teeth and Claws by Nicola L. Robinson//$20

 Fireplace Humor Christmas Card

Cinder Klaus is coming to town. Inside reads “Warmest Wishes.” Greeting Card Universe//$1.39+

Krampus Holiday Card

Image via GhostRose

All right, one more Krampus card. Just because you asked so nicely. It’s hard to do better than this Victorian-style picture of Santa’s favorite sidekick embellished with handmade black filagree. GhostRose//$7

Feature image via Daemon237.

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Rachel Runyan is a darkly inclined alternative beauty enthusiast from the Pacific Northwest. She has degrees in Journalism and English. When not writing about makeup, she enjoys using makeup, looking at makeup, buying makeup, and talking to people on the internet about makeup.

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