Charity Christmas cards
Choosing charity Christmas cards from RSPB means you can help save nature while you shop. 90% of net proceeds will be used on conservation, public education and advocacy.
Plastic-free packaging with all our Christmas card packs!
All our new charity Christmas cards for 2023 come in home compostable wrap or cardboard boxes. We continue to significantly reduce plastics across our range.
Fully recyclable & eco-friendly Christmas cards
Our charity Christmas cards are foil and glitter-free, and fully recyclable.
Christmas Card FAQs
Can christmas cards be recycled?
If you're not getting your cards from us, those containing glitter, foil or plastic decorations for example will not be recyclable.
When should Christmas cards be sent?
The best time to send Christmas cards is the first week of December. If you're ordering your Christmas cards online, do this around 4 to 6 weeks before the festive season begins
Why do we send christmas cards?
The sending of Christmas cards is a festive tradition we're all familiar with, and it's a lovely way to show friends and family you are thinking of them during the festive season. As we get older it's often hard to find the time to keep in touch, and although nowadays it's much easier to communicate via social media and messaging apps, it's extra special to take the time to choose a card and write a personal note to the important people in your life
What year was the first christmas card sent?
The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843. Sir Henry Cole along with his artist friend John Horsley started the tradition.
The RSPB produced the first evercharity Xmas card in1898, selling 4,500 that year. These days they are as popular as ever, selling about 2 ½ million each year and raising vital funds for our conservation work. Our range of eco-friendly Christmas cards for 2022 feature birds, wildlife and traditional Christmas scenes.
What to do with used Christmas cards?
If you want to do more than pop your Christmas cards in the recycling bin (assuming they can be recycled) you could try the following ideas:
- Use them for gift tags next Christmas
- Create new Christmas decorations for you tree by cutting out your favourite pictures, poke a hole in the top and add some string
- Cut out your favourite images to create a mini bunting by connecting them together with ribbon or string
- Cut out your favourite images and use them to create stencils
- Cut them into odd shapes to create some small but fun jigsaw puzzles