It’s that time of year, friends. Time to order your holiday cards! I love sending cards, but I know it can be a daunting task. From deciding what your family will wear to selecting the perfect card, the process can get chaotic. Thankfully, I have some tips for taking the stress out of holiday cards.
WHAT TO WEAR
First, let’s talk about the outfits. We take family pictures every six months (seriously), so I consider myself an expert in this subject.
This is likely only time of year you take family photos, which means it’s important that everyone looks put together and coordinated. You don’t have to get fancy, especially if that causes your sweet kids (and husband) to look completely uncomfortable and unnatural. That doesn’t make for great pictures.
You also shouldn’t “match.” Please do not dress everyone in white shirts and khaki pants. I know that’s easy, but you can do so much better.
I share my foolproof formula for perfectly coordinating outfits in this post: What to Wear for Family Pictures. So many friends have already used this to select their family picture outfits, and you can, too. It produces beautiful pictures every time.
Sutton: Shirt (similar) | Jeans | Sneakers || Me: Dress (similar) | Necklace | Booties || Ella: Top | Jeans | Booties || The Mister: Shirt | Jeans (similar) || Grace: Shirt | Necklace | Jeans | Booties
Goodness, I’m a lucky wife and mama. These people are even more beautiful on the inside.
SELECTING A CARD
- They have countless designs to choose from- Holiday, Christmas, Religious, Hanukkah, and New Years. One picture, 2 pictures, or a whole holiday book of them.
- The paper quality is unbelievable- I always pick the standard/signature paper, but you can choose recycled, pearlescent, and likely diamond-coated 🙂
- There are so many ways to customize- Pick the size, color, and shape. You can add a pattern, pictures and/or words to the back.
- FREE recipient addressing- Yes, free. This means your hand won’t cramp up, and you don’t have to print computer labels! Minted also gives you tons of pretty options for the addressing. You just upload your addresses in an Excel spreadsheet. Minted saves it for you so you only have to do it once. Tip: any time I receive a “We’ve Moved” card, I log on and update the address in my Minted address book.
- Return addressing- For a small fee, you can save yourself even more time by having your return address printed on the back of each envelope. Definitely helpful in a pinch. I bought a self-inking stamp when we moved into our house years ago. It’s so useful for holiday cards and throughout the year. They also make great gifts!
- Minted can stamp them for you- Want cute stamps? They can even print your family’s picture on them. BTW- did you know stamps are now 49 cents?!
Here are some of my favorites.
Minted also has a membership program, Minted More. For $50 a year, you get 30% off holiday cards, 15% off all Minted products (they have incredible gifts, stationery, art, and more), plus free shipping. And right now, your membership will also earn you a Minted More gift box valued at $160 which contains greeting cards, gift wrap, a table runner and four napkins. Such a great deal!
From now through Monday, you can get 20% off foil-pressed cards, as well as 15% off your Minted order of $150+ or 10% off $100+ with code SHINE17.
**Local friends- if you order from Minted this month, you can receive 15% off your order and give 15% back to our school with code FUNDRAISEUPE .
I’m telling you, Minted is the way to go. I got our family pictures back from the photographer on Monday, ordered cards that evening, and they arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I’m so happy to check that off my list.
And no, Minted is not paying me to say this. I just love it so much and wanted to share it with you!
KEEP IN MIND
If you don’t have time for family pics, don’t let that stop you from sending holiday cards. The people you love want to see your family–whether it’s in coordinating outfits or with messy beach hair or in ski gear.
In the pre-Facebook era, holiday cards were an important way for friends and family to stay connected. Growing up, I always loved helping open the mail in December and getting to see everyone’s family photos. Now we see pictures of each other’s kids all the time. Even so, holiday cards are such a lovely gesture to let people now you’re thinking of them during the most wonderful time of the year.
Good luck, friends. If you need help picking outfits or cards, please reach out. I can’t tell you how many emails and Instagram messages I receive for things like this. And I’m always happy to help!