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It’s that time of year! Yes, time to start thinking about sending Christmas cards. You don’t have to deck your halls just yet but this is one piece of the holiday season that you need to think about in November. To make it a little sweeter, I partnered with Minted so you can enter to win one of three $100 gift cards to minted.com (only for my readers! entry period ends 11/15/16) – but please do me a favor and help me pick the design for our family Christmas cards this year by voting below.
And I put together the best tips and tricks to make sending holiday cards simpler and stress-free – isn’t that what we all want?!
Order Your Cards Early
Last year, I ordered my cards LATE (from a different company) but paid for rush shipping guaranteed by a certain date. Guess what? They didn’t arrive on time and I was left frustrated, stressed and with late Christmas cards. This year, I’m ordering EARLY (and from Minted) to avoid the stress and hassle.
Use a Spreadsheet
I keep a master spreadsheet of addresses on my computer, with columns indicating first and last names, street addresses, city, state and zip. I also add a column each year to indicate whether or not I’m sending that person/family a card. This way, I don’t have to guess to whom I sent a card last year or dig through an old text conversation to find someone’s address.
Take the Freebies
Minted offers free recipient addressing (hello, timesaver!), which means I don’t have to waste time writing out people’s names and addresses. They also look 10,000xs better than if I were to write them myself.
No need to double your order but it’s helpful to have a handful of extra cards on-hand to send a reciprocal card last-minute. To know how many you need, reference your spreadsheet to see how many you sent the year before and scan your list for any changes (deaths, new friends, etc). Subtotal the number and you’ll know how many to order.
Plan Your Look
Think ahead when planning what your family is going to wear. Are you going for a polished, modern look and thinking of black, white and gold cards? Or a fun, vintage Christmas theme with bright reds and greens? Think about the overall vibe and plan your outfits accordingly. Here are my tips for wardrobing family pics. Once you have your pics taken and chosen, you can upload them and have them instantly plugged in to every card design with the find it fast option. Yasssss.
And… I need you! Enter to win 1 of 3 $100 gift cards to minted.com & help me choose my Christmas cards – just vote below in the comments with number of your favorite design:
Here they are one by one if you want to take a closer look: