These tips will help you get personalized holiday cards made and mailed this holiday season. I partnered with Minted and they gave me some credit to make my own awesome holiday cards. I have bought them myself though in the past. I am a HUGE fan of Minted. Read more to find out why.
I absolutely love receiving personalized holiday cards even in this age of Facebook and Instagram. It is so wonderful to receive an update from friends and family and pictures from their lives this year. Finding the perfect photo and card and addressing and mailing the cards can sometimes feel like just one more thing on the to-do list during the busy holiday season. There are a few things though that you can do now to make sure you save yourself some time and stress and help you send an amazing holiday card your friends and family will love.
1. Think About the Photo ASAP
Go through your pictures now if you like to use a snapshot from the year. If you like to have professional photos taken, make the appointment now. Here is some inspiration for coordinating outfits for the whole family for Holiday Photos.
We were lucky enough to have photos taken by the talented Evan Willingham of Evan Willingham Photography before we left Germany. I used these photos for our holiday cards this year. You don’t have to get family photos taken during the busy holiday season. Instead, schedule your photo season in the summer or fall or just use fun family photos from throughout the year. I put an individual photo of each of my daughters on the back on the card. My oldest is one of her senior photos taken last summer and my younger daughter is a photo from a color guard performance.
2. Select Your Card
Once you find your favorite photo or photos Minted makes it easy to see what they would look like on each card. They have a “find it fast” feature that will show your photo on all the available cards. It was easy for me to see which cards would not work with our photo. You can filter by the type of card and the number of photos as well. I had just one main photo for the front of the card so I filtered the cards that had just one photo on the front.
Here is a picture of the front of the personalized holiday card I chose. I love the holly and gold. The card is absolutely beautiful. You can also see a portion of the back of our cards with the pictures of my daughters. I also wrote a quick update underneath the photos. I love to get a little update from friends about their lives every year. I wanted to share a little something on our card as well. I was able to add two pictures and a personal paragraph to the back of our card. I love this feature! They even include a few sample paragraphs to get you started.
Last but not least are the pre-addressed envelopes. This is such a time saver. Most of my addresses were already in my Minted account and I just had to update for those people who had moved and I added a few new people to my list.
3. Get Your Envelopes Addressed for Free
Minted will even address your envelopes for free and they even have cute fonts that match your card. This is a HUGE time saver. The first time I used Minted for my cards I was able to upload a spreadsheet with all my addresses which made the process super easy and now I just update it!
4. Impress Your Friends with Premium Quality & Craftmanship
The holiday cards at Minted are printed on high-quality paper. Without an extra fee, they are printed on a thick and luxurious stock in an off-white hue with a creamy cotton texture, usually reserved for fine stationery. There are also options for foil pressed and letter pressed cards. Many of the designs are by independent artists and are picked as part of design challenges. This makes it easy to find a card in a style you love.
5. Get A Proof of Your Personalized Holiday Cards
Are you worried you might make a typo when you make your card? Each card is reviewed by a real person for mistakes and a proof is sent to you for review. If you are in a hurry, you can skip the proof, save $5 and receive your cards two days faster.
I hope that this post inspires you to send out holiday cards this year or next year. I promise that Minted will make it easy for you! It is getting a bit late to get your cards but you can also consider New Year’s cards as well. Minted has a HUGE selection of New Year’s cards in addition to personalized holiday cards.
Now that you have your holiday cards all handled, let cross off everyone on your gift list. Check out unique gift ideas for everyone on your list here.