$82 for 50 ($92.50 with foil)
Features: gold foil (+), custom liners (+), return address option (+), no added logos
Despite it's name, Paperless Post certainly does paper, and they do it well. We went through them last year and were delighted with our cards. This year, like many companies, they've added gold foil options. Plus, you can also buy the digital version for those recipients who appreciate the speediness and efficiency of emailed cards or to cut down on mailing costs. We also found them to be one of the most affordable, without cutting quality. Note the price does not include an envelope. There's an option to add envelopes (they work out to be about $1 each), and they automatically come with envelope liners and return addresses. I actually think its a nice opportunity to buy your own envelopes and not be automatically charged.
$108 for 55 ($127 with gold foil)
Features: gold foil (+), Unique Shapes (+), Free Addressing, Envelope liners (+)
Minted is one of the best in the business. They feature a ton of designs, often from independent artists, so there's a ton of variety. Their extras are often quite luxurious (gold glitter liner, anyone?) and can tempt you into spending an extra dime or two. There is a plethora of backer options (add more photos or write something personal - this does cost more money), personally I prefer to make use of this blank real-estate when given the option. Holiday orders come with self addressing in a lot of cute styles for free, you can also add return addressing for a small fee - this is worth a ton in my opinion. Envelopes are included and for a small charge you can upgrade to Kraft or silver envelopes. If you have the means, this is the best option.
$112 for 50 ($130 for Gold foil and $190 for Letterpress)
Features: laser cut printing (+), foil options (+), letterpress (+), envelope customization (+), unique shapes (+)pssst - great deal - 50% off on Gilt City
Tiny Prints has so many options including Letterpress! They also have coordinating items so you could potentially have your gift tags match your card design. Pretty cool! The big downside for me is that there is no way to get rid of the Tiny Prints logo on the back - I don't want to pay for their advertising, especially if I'm spending a chunk of change to begin with and I don't want anyone to easily look up how much we spent on card designs etc. I prefer some mystery. But they do have a ton of designs and also a ton of deals going on, this option might be the best bang for you buck! Maybe some strategically placed Washi tape could cover the logo?
$94 for 50 ($144 for foil; $150 for tri-fold)
Features: gold foil (+), addressing(+), delivery service(+)
Shutterfly has many beautiful options for holiday cards. I especially love the option for them to address or send the cards for you for a no-hassle holiday card experience. Again, there's the logo issue on the back - you can't seem to be able to select a design or option to eliminate this. Am I the only one bugged by this?
$60 for 50 cards ($87 for foil)
Features: gold foil (+), photo retouching(+), addressing(+), mailing(+)
I haven't yet had the opportunity to use Simply to Impress, but I love how easy the site interface is, they have many beautiful designs and have a lot of price points to work with. At $60 for 50 these are the most affordable of the options and they include envelopes. Price just includes a front of a card, but for more money, you can add backer options (which include a logo...) that also doubles the thickness of the paper used, too. Envelopes are included at every price point, but customization for photo liners is limited. There's even an option for designers to check photo quality before printing and they can even retouch your photos for you (you'll get a proof to sign off on). Oh, and don't want the hand cramp that comes with writing addresses, they'll do that for you, and mail them too, for a small fee.