It’s the season of giving. Family and friends feel closer and not just because of the subzero temperatures. This is a time of year when we want to show a little extra love to the people in our lives. But how do we do that? How about a Christmas card? A custom Christmas card is sure to put a smile on their face. It’s much more meaningful when you make it yourself, as the time, the effort and the care that comes from the heart goes far beyond a store-bought gift. Here a few places to get you started.

Hamilton Ink Spot
375 Wabasha St N
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 274-1994

Part of a growing downtown St. Paul that also includes Eclipse Records, Amsterdam Bar and Hall and Subtext Bookstore, Hamilton Ink Spot is a fantastic local place to create your own custom cards. The space is home to a working letterpress and screen printing studio for your custom card making needs. The hands-on staff will help you every step of the way so it looks just the way you want it. Make sure to check out the gallery as well to see what local artists have produced, and gain ideas for your own creation.

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Paper Hog
2 1st St W., Suite 103
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-1450

If you’re in or around Duluth, this downtown staple has all of your paper needs covered. From different colors of paper to different types of paper to fonts and more, there is so much variety to choose from that you might have to take a break and have a glass of eggnog so that you don’t wind up in a big Christmas argument. Since 1981, Paper Hog has provided all of the paper needs for the area, and the service is always great even during the hectic days leading up to the holiday. If you want to send a thank-you card after you get the perfect gift, Paper Hog can help with that as well.

1618 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 373-0526

You don’t want the same cards as everyone else. You want your holiday cards to stand out, to be the one that makes the recipient blown away with its creativity and originality. Lunalux in Minneapolis can help you do just that. Here, you will sit down with a personal consultant to make sure everything is exactly the way you want it. Extra charm comes from the vintage letterpress that will give your card a look unlike any other.

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Minuteman Press
750 S Plaza Drive, Suite 116
St Paul, MN 55120
(651) 228-0949

Want to use that picture of the kids playing in the fall leaves? Or how about the one from when the whole family got together for game night? Whatever you want to use, St. Paul’s Minuteman Press will turn it into the perfect Christmas card. After you choose the perfect picture, add flourishes like ribbons and bows to make sure your card truly conveys the holiday spirit.

Wet Paint
1684 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 698-6431

You can find everything you need at this recently expanded art shop in St. Paul to make the perfect Christmas card. The expert staff will help you locate materials that you may never have thought of for your custom card. Materials range from paints to inks to prints to drawing tools of every style and type, and the staff also gives you tips and ideas on how best to get started. If you want it for your Christmas card, you can find it here. Added bonus: Wet Paint hosts a holiday sale through the end of the year, so you can find all the best card-making materials at discounted prices.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.