I love snail mail (both receiving and sending). The three major occasions I send out cards is for birthdays, thank yous, and for the holidays. I always look forward to the end of the year and putting together holiday cards. I wish more people sent postal mail — come on friends, go forth and send a handwritten note!
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I’ve been sending out Christmas cards for as long as I remember, and I’ve been personalizing our cards using Minted since 2013. It really is my favorite paper goods site — not only do they have gorgeous designs, but it’s easy to use, you can buy ahead but design later (which is great when you don’t want to design your card immediately), and they offer free custom envelopes and recipient addressing. To me, that’s the kicker. Not only are you sending someone a card, but it’s beautifully packaged. I also typically add a wax seal stamp to enclose the envelope… just to add that special touch.
A preview of our last three holiday cards:
Last year I didn’t get a chance to send out our annual holiday cards because of wedding planning and I happened to be working on the wedding invitations this time last year so I was a bit overwhelmed by all the cards I had to think about. This year, I’m making it a point to plan ahead and start early.
Here are a the holiday card designs I’m considering this year:
I’m a fan of collages (as you probably noticed from our past holiday card designs). I like being able to feature multiple photos to highlight different memories from the past year.
Since we just got married this year, I thought a newlywed holiday design would be cute so we can feature one of our wedding photos. I’m liking the options below:
What do you think? Are there any designs that stand out?
There are also great options for the back of the cards, like adding more photos or a backdrop, but I typically like some blank space on the back of the card so that I can include a handwritten note. I think it makes it a tad more thoughtful. I’ve now even
forced encouraged the Frenchman into writing handwritten notes for his family/friends, and I think he enjoys it. He always makes it a point to write a personalized note for each person.
Minted frequently has promotions especially around this time of year. Right now they’re offering up to 15% off + Free Shipping on holiday cards with promo code: HOLCARDS (valid until 10/30). So this post is to urge you to go send your holiday cards… your friends and family will be happy receive your good tidings.