Don’t panic. Really, settle down. Yes, there’s still time. Yes, even for some fabulous personalized holiday cards. Come back.
Phew! I’m so glad that you’ve come back from the ledge of being overwhelmed by one more thing to do. Here’s a glass of wine (some good wine, too). Let’s chat.
Yes, ideally you would have ordered your holiday cards by now. But in the midst of preparing for tailgates, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, who had time to think about them? Very few of us. I am always thrilled when I receive holiday cards in the mail and try to take the time to find cards which reflect the personality of my family. Hopefully, the tips meticulously outlined by TBS will help you firm up your order in a jiffy.
Holiday Card Etiquette 101
- If uncertain if the recipient celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, or another religious faith or tradition, then send a neutral card with a greeting of Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season, or Peace on Earth.
- Write the recipient’s name inside the card.
- Write a short note wishing them well; a simple sentence is better than nothing.
- Even if your name is preprinted in the card, sign your first name after your short message.
- Including a photo of the family is always delightful.
- Send cards out in time for the recipient to receive before Christmas.
- Only send holiday newsletters to close friends and family who would be interested in the details.
- Remember to include your return address on the envelope.
- Send a card to everyone who sends you one.
- E-mail greeting cards are not a substitute for an actual holiday card.
- Buy stamps as soon as possible.
Sources for Fab Holiday Cards
- Stationery designer, announcing you, will provide the layout for these print-them-yourself photo cards for $15.
- Fashionable Chanukah Diva  cards for $5 each (love these, y’all!)
- Letterpress cards  are classic and classy. $10 for 6 … you can’t beat this price
- Chandeliers + Holiday Cards  = A speechless TBS ($10 for $15)
- TBS can’t forget about the gentlemen  (Ten for $10!)
- The oh-so-chic eco-friendly card  by annacote (less than $20)
- Finally, add the final stamp of distinction  with this custom return address stamp ($28—you need one of these in your arsenal anyway)
Parting Card-Shopping Words
- Though you’ve still got a little time to pull your cards together, do not procrastinate. Set a goal. Example, you’ll have cards chosen by December 5 and mailed by December 10.
- Don’t forget to buy postage stamps.
- If personalized or custom cards are not in your budget, boxed cards from discount stores can be sweetened with a nice note or family newsletter.