10 best charity Christmas cards 2013

It's almost time for the big festive mail-out. Consider these out of the ordinary charity cards. 100% of your money goes to the cause

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1. Invest in ME

The charity ran a competition for ME patients and their carers to submit photos. We think this vibrant entry by Julie-Ann Gylaitis is a festive triumph.

£4.25 for 10, www.investinme.org

2. Artfelt

The arts programme at Sheffield Children's Hospital commissioned local artist Pete McKee to design their card this year. The result? A sweet but quirky little cartoon of McKee’s own dog Frank.  

£3.50 for 8, www.tchc.org.uk


The cartoonist Giles was a keen sailor and did lots of work for the RNLI. His designs are bestsellers for the charity.  

£4.25, www.rnlishop.org.uk


Everyone’s favourite desert dweller has made it onto the front of the animal charity's card. Another design features some kissing tortoises. Pucker up.

£4 for 10,  www.spana.org

5. Riders for Health

Ideal for motorbike fans but actually it’s just quite a cool design. The money goes to mobilising health workers in Africa, designed by one of the charity’s volunteers.

£5 for 10, www.riders-for-health.myshopify.com


This cute robin’s the work of Jacob, 6, a patient at Great Ormond Street.  

£4.50 for 10, www.shop.gosh.org

7. Child bereavement UK

Donated by artist Charlie Mackesy, this dove design makes an elegant card.

£4.75 for 10, www.childbereavement.org

8. Sustrans

A pretty cycling design from the charity that invests in helping people travel by foot, bike or public transport.

£5 for 8, www.shop.sustrans.org.uk

9. Home Start

Kirstie Allsopp commissioned this design for the charity. It’s by paper artist Poppy Chancellor and we think it makes a lovely snowflake.

£4.75 for 10, www.home-start.org.uk

10. Action medical research for children

Uninspired by many charity Christmas efforts, gallery owner Lynn Tait got card designers to contribute a piece of their work exclusively to the medical research charity. This cycling Santa’s by Julie Hook.

£2.50 for six, www.action.org.uk