Tuesday, October 12, 2010
It's just about that time of year again already! Last year my Christmas card intentions fell by the wayside...we moved into our apartment just a week or 2 before Christmas and had a newborn...I was lucky to have gotten the birth announcements out! This year I've been looking into ideas already, hoping to get everything sent out and in a timely fashion (for once!). Here are some awesome ideas that I've found through blogs as well as cards we have received that make you go, "Hey, I love that idea!"
1. Pictures, pictures, pictures!
With kids (or pets!) growing and changing each year, pictures are a great way to include a more personal touch to your cards. Either by choosing a photo-type card from the start (which can be a huge time saver), or by including some school or family photos in a more traditional card. PurpleTrail.com has a great selection of personalized holiday cards to make it easy to create a beautiful photo card to share with friends and family.
Don't forget to include names and ages of kiddos on the photos sent, the last thing you want is for someone to not know which kid is which!
2. Hand make it!
I can't tell you how many beautiful handmade cards I've received. I simply love to get them and would love to try to get the kids involved in creating one this year. How cute would that be? Time consuming, but I'm sure cherished by loved ones.
3. Make it personal.
It's super simple to buy a box of traditional cards and sign names. If that's all you really have the time for, then there's nothing wrong with that! Make it a little more personalized by having each household member sign their own name in a pretty, festive pen or ink color. If you can swing it, add the family or individual's name to the top of the card to make it more personalized (just make sure the right card gets in the right envelope!).
4. Include a short letter.
We've all gotten them, those holiday letters that serve as a yearly update. These are probably some of my favorites, I love reading about what other people have done throughout the year. Nowadays, with all the social networking, I'm sure some of these letters have fallen by the wayside..with updates and pictures shared online, it's hard to think that there could be anything left to share! A short summary is still a great idea for the people you may not share the day-to-day with!
5. Include a "surprise!"
These are the cards that make me giggle. The cards that I'm sure drive some people crazy, but I think are super fun! Including a bit of sparkle (glitter, shaped sequins, etc) is a fun way to make someone smile! If you're worried they may not like the surprise effect, you could always put a "caution when opening, surprises inside" warning. I think most people would figure it out. ;)
What ideas do you have? If you care to share, please leave a comment, I love to read about new ideas!
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