We believe in the power of this season to bring people together. When limits imposed by physical distance - or simply shyness - prevent us from expressing ourselves in person, the holiday card swoops in; a magical vehicle for seasonal well-wishes and love. To ensure your efforts are well received, we invite you to consider heeding some of our etiquette tips, including a photo with your card, and diving headfirst into envelope decorating this year. Read on for tips and inspiration!
HOLIDAY CARD ETIQUETTE TIPS
- Add a personal touch Don't skimp this time of year or recipients might think you're sending simply out of obligation. At the very least, include a short sentence addressed specifically to the recipient letting them know you're thinking of them. If, for whatever reason, you need assistance with the actual penning of the card, call on a friend to help you write while you dictate.
- Send early Maybe you've noticed, holiday cards are key players in seasonal decor. Be sure yours arrives in time to stand tall alongside pillar candles and cedar bows on mantel displays, hold its own among mistletoe in doorway swags, and hobnob with shiny orbs on the Noble fir. The sooner you send, the longer your card can be appreciated!
- When in doubt Be thoughtful and courteous with your greeting. "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" are safe bets when you're unsure what holiday your recipient observes.
- If you are too late New Years! What a great holiday for reflection on what has been, and anticipation for what will be! Sending New Years cards is a fun tradition, and the cards are appropriate for anyone. What's more, cards can be sent later in the month, a bonus for those of us waylaid by December holidays...and spiked Eggnog.
It's too easy to order photos these days NOT to include them in your holiday cards. Fun and stylish options abound. Here are a few of our favorites:
Social Print Studio
Mini square photos! Photobooth style photostrips! Mobile or desktop options.
Imagine if Kinfolk had a photo printing company. So tasteful.
Same-day printing! What's more, they offer square prints and the ability to print from Instagram.
Tips from Emily Baier, resident envelope beautifier.
- Leave room for the stamp!
- If you want to try a new technique or drawing, do it on a separate piece of paper and glue it on afterwards.
- If you accidentally address your envelope off-center, balance it out with a drawing or sticker to make it look purposeful.
- If the recipient has a long name, but a short address, spell out everything in the address (street instead of st., boulevard instead of blvd.)
- Write your return address on the back of the envelope - it frees up room on the front to get decorative!
- Play with spacing, caps, cursive, and different lettering styles.
- Brighten up dark colored envelopes with a white Sakura of America Gelly Roll pen - a personal favorite!