In the battle to fit shopping, office parties and out-of-town guests into an ever-tightening schedule, did your holiday card list fall by the wayside?
Fret not, holiday warrior! There’s still time to send custom holiday cards to your friends and family in between sips of eggnog, and you won’t need to break little Johnny’s piggy bank to pay for them. It can cost less than a set of boxed cards, and they are print options that are a little more lasting than an e-card.
If the season is about celebrating friends and family, think of your holiday cards as little messengers of joy that spread cheer one mailbox at a time. Here are some helpful tips that will help you create memorable cards while you save time and money:
1. Photos make a card unique and memorable. No need to schedule an expensive family portrait session! A candid photo of the kids (or family pet) immersed in a winter activity keeps the mood fun and playful. You can also create a collage of photos that tell a story of your family’s adventures throughout the year.
2. Turn your child into an art designer. Let your son or daughter create a holiday masterpiece on a blank postcard, then run it through a scanner. Voila! You have a digital image that can be printed on card stock, and your cards are guaranteed to be unique and memorable.
3. Go online. Services like Vistaprint and AmazingMail allow you to upload your favorite image into one of their card templates, and then print only the number of cards you need, so you won’t pay for cards you don’t use. Some offer discounts off your first order or for large quantities, so do a little homework first. Check for services that stamp, stuff and mail the cards for you – some will do it in 24 hours, saving you a trip to the post office.
4. Personalize the message. It doesn’t need to be long! A quick sentiment that references something personal is more meaningful than a generic holiday greeting. And it doesn’t have to come from you – get the kids involved! Relatives will love to receive handwritten messages from the little ones, spelling errors and all.
5. Consider sending a “thank-you” holiday card after Christmas. You’ll be less crunched for time, and you can use a favorite photo from Christmas Day. Wouldn’t Grandma love to see a photo of your kids proudly showing off the gifts she gave them?
Check the websites carefully for what the last minute date is to order. Sites like www.AmazingMail.com/pr1 even let you order as late as five days before the holiday. Now onward to designing your fabulous card!