I love “real” holiday cards–especially designing them–but even more in our social media frenzied world where we rarely send “physical” mail anymore, receiving a personal card or letter is a rare delight.
Although I think about creating our family holiday card well in advance, planning what it takes to make the card happen (design/photo/updated addresses/night to write and stamp them) slips behind once the December bustle takes over – making and shopping for gifts, baking cookies, attending special holiday events. All too often our holiday card becomes a Happy New Year greeting.
This year I am ready. I updated my address list last year and have a fun family photo (where we’re all smiling) taken by a stranger while on vacation in NYC this fall. I prefer making our cards by hand, but this year I want a simpler option without losing my creative style.
After checking out the growing number of online pre-printed photo card options, I am trying minted.com this year. I love their modern style and the multitude of designs with a variety of options (flat/folded/fancy edges/pre-printed envelopes). The hardest part will be picking the layout, with so many to choose from. I am placing my order this weekend and should have them in time to hand address them (yes, I still do this) and mail them well before December 25th.
Depending on which cards you order, whether you customize cards and envelopes, or want a proof and shipping method, cards will arrive in 4 – 10 days. Check here for shipping details.