The holidays always bring on a ton of unnecessary stress, and the best way to beat that is by planning ahead! While I can’t help you avoid your in-laws, I can offer a few suggestions to rock this year’s holiday cards. Cross these off your list so that you can truly enjoy your pumpkin pie and sugar cookies! If you can have your cards ready to go before the red Starbucks cups make their grand entrance, you’ll be in great shape for the holiday season. Maybe your proactivity will even inspire you to shop for gifts before December 24th (I know I’m guilty of this!).
In the slew of holiday cards that make their way to mailboxes every year, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. This year, instead of your usual routine, here are a few tips to help your cards stand out and bring a smile to the faces of your family and friends.
Tip #1: Share some fun details!
Rather than just sharing a photo, try adding some details about your family’s year. Did you find a new hobby? Go on a vacation? What have your kids been up to?
While it’s easy to assume that people have kept up with you on social media, often important news gets accidentally overlooked. Holiday cards are the perfect opportunity to share your highlights and help people feel like they’re a part of your life, even if they live on the other side of the country.
Tip #2: Consider using multiple images.
While everyone loves that perfect holiday photo, sometimes using multiple images can tell more of a complete story than just one image. If you have more than one child, this is an especially great way to showcase your littles. Minted.com offers lots of multi-image layouts.
Tip #3: Avoid square designs.
Because unusually shaped cards have to be hand-sorted at the post office, USPS charges extra to mail square designs. Keep your holiday cards frugal by sticking with rectangular shapes.
If you’d like to have fun with the money you save, check out Zazzle.com. You can create custom photo postage to add a fun touch to your envelopes. So long, Uncle Sam!
Tip #4: Add a personal note.
Even if you only have time to scribble “Happy Holidays to the Browns!” on the back of your envelope, it will make the recipient feel like you made the card just for them. In today’s automated world, even the smallest personal touch can be very meaningful.
Tip #5: It’s never too late.
For those of you that just don’t have time to take care of cards right now, take some pressure off by sending New Year’s cards instead. Your family and friends will be just as happy to hear from you three weeks later, I promise!
PS: Please don’t forget to mail me a copy of your card — I love hearing from clients and blog readers! My mailing address is: Kate L Photography | 51 Melcher | Boston, MA 02210