One of my favorite parts of the holidays season is sending and receiving holiday cards. Sure, its a busy time of the year and true, many of us keep up with each other one way or another in this digital age, but there’s something to be said about good old fashioned mail. The feeling you get when you open your mailbox to find it stuffed with cards. I love displaying the cards and then later, taking snaps of them and using them in my digital address book.
One of my least favorite parts of holiday cards is photos. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s some simple tips to get those cards done and out the door.
1) Choose your photo type – did you already have a professional family photo done this year? Great – save yourself some time and stress and use it. If not, try not to worry too much about perfection and just take some cute snaps of those important people in your life. Kids don’t have coordinating clothes? No worries – change the photo to black and white. Or maybe do a selection of candids – this is what we did last year, with some Disney World photos. This year, even though I took family photos for a friend, the holidays snuck up on me and I was left with no time to take photos of my own (my kids schedules are INSANE). No sweat – I refuse to stress over it. I scrounged up a cute photo from one of our vacations this year and used that.
2) Buy your stamps online or in bulk at a place like Costco. Save yourself time by not having to hit the USPS this time of year and the pain of running out of stamps.
3) Update your address list
4) Update your card list. When in doubt, always send one.
5) And the fun part…time to select and order those cards!! Last year, I ordered our postcard style cards from Pear Tree and was so happy with the process and the quality that I decided to use them again. This year, they have two new additions to their holiday line: their premium cards and the Genevieve Gorder Holiday Collection. It was a hard choice to decide which design to go with!
During the ordering process, you can order envelopes that have your return address printed on them. You can also order extra envelopes, as well as other options. The cards come nicely packaged and quickly.
Right now through 12/15, they have their Jingle Sale, which saved me $20! They also have extended their Cyber Monday sale through the week with the code CYBER30 for 30% off. I encourage you to check them out…I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!