Monday, October 16, 2017

Get Your Holiday Cards Ready Through

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I guess I’m one of those people who are skeptical about giving out holiday cards. I was like, “Can we just get a piece of paper, simply write “Merry Christmas!”, and then get on with our lives? I was fixated at that thought because it’s stress-free and saves me a lot of bucks. That was until I received a gift that had a holiday family card on it. I have to say it was one of the nicest gifts I received and the holiday card did give a smile on my face especially since the sender is someone close to me. Thanks to that wonderful gift and card, I now have two vital reasons why Holiday family cards are essential:
  1. It Makes Me Feel Special. Receiving a gift with a holiday card or simply just a card with a special message indeed makes me feel special and brings a smile to my face because someone actually remembered me and he/she actually took the time to write a nice message for me.
  2. Gives me an idea of what the sender currently looks like. For families, especially those who don’t see each other very often, an (updated) family Holiday photo card is a very nice touch because it gives their families and friends an idea on what you, guys, look like now especially the kids. People get to see how big they’ve grown or they get to know how many kids does your family currently have.

Where do we get these cards?

Great quality holiday cards are available in! They’ve got some ready-made formats for you to choose from for our cards regardless of the season (e.g. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday, etc.). The site also had a mini contest where readers get to vote their favorite Holiday designs and here are some of the top-voted designs that I love:

I love how this card merged the Christmas season and their wedding. So if you're getting married in Christmas or anytime during December, this is a great card to use. 

This is one Holiday photo that stood out for me in their Holiday collection. It has a warm family feeling into it thanks to the Earth-themed colour. 
You may click here to see more of  Minted's Top-Voted Holiday Card Designs

You can find the perfect holiday card by going through the website’s holiday card guide. They offer lots of card designs that will definitely suit your style. They also offer FREE recipient addressing on all cards, from their original Holiday Cards to Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards to Letterpress Holiday Cards and more. Click this link for Minted's 5"x7" Holiday Cards

You can personalize the cards you want.

Personalization options are also included in the site where you can edit pictures, fonts, colors, shapes, paper upgrades, backers & interiors and free recipient and return addressing. They offer simple tools for you to use to do the editing yourself. 

Here's a screenshot of my work trying to personalize a card 
This year, launched a NEW service called Text Us Your Photo. You can simply text them your favorite holiday photo, and your Minted stylist will text you back your photo styled in five holiday card designs - for FREE. Here's how it works: 
  1. Text your photo to 415-31-CARD (2273) and answer a few simple questions, all from your mobile phone. 
  2. Your Minted stylist will choose cards that are perfectly suited to your hpoto, and text you back 5 choices styled with your photo, greeting, and family name - all with the exquisite, unique design that Minted is known for. 
  3. Your saved card designs will be waiting for you in your Minted account. Select your favorite design and check out!

Too busy to personalize the card now? You can buy the cards now and personalize them later!

Here's how it works:
  1. Pick a card. Browse their beautiful selection of holiday cards to find your favorite. 
  2. Personalize. Click "personalize" on the card's detail page. If you're not ready to add text, photos, or addresses, click "next until you reach the "add to cart" step. 
  3. Choose "Buy Now, Personalize Later." Choose the "Buy now, personalize later" link instead of "add to card." Complete your purchase. 
  4. Finish when you're ready. They won't print anything until you say so. Just come back to your account to finish personalizing. 

Visit now to take advantage of their discounts + FREE shipping! 

For those who plan to make holiday cards, here are some essentials to take note to make card-making/card-giving easier: 

1. First of all, make a list of recipients on who you want to give out the cards to. They can be officemates, families, relatives, close friends, close friends you haven’t seen in a long time, or simply people you want to send a Christmas cheer to. 
2. For friends and family, it’s okay to address them casually with their first names. But for officemates or colleagues, you’re not close to especially to your seniors, it’s best to address them with their titles such as Mr., Mrs., Director, Doctor, etc. 
3. After writing their names, now comes your message. It’s best to write a short but heartfelt message to each and every one. For your friends or family, it would be nice if you would add a famous line or phrase you always use long ago or use a funny phrase that they could relate to. 
4. To close your holiday card, your signature is very important. I do get some cards that are already printed or they used stickers, and I understand completely that they use that to save the time and effort, but still, a simple signature would make a big difference to the card’s impact. 

Thanks for reading, folks! May you have a  stress-free Christmas. 
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