Buddy the Elf Would Approve: A Feel Good Source for Fantastic Holiday Cards

Many of the people on your holiday card list will know your family well – don’t sell them short them with a generic message and a hasty signature. Another subset of people on your card list are those you wish you talked with more frequently. Seeing a snappy Christmas card come through the mail with your name on the envelope should be a holiday event, bringing cheer and joy, and awesomeness.

Rules to Live By

If you know Buddy the Elf, you know that rule three of the Code of Elves tells us: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” As true as that may be, when you’re trying to send some Christmas cheer long distance, a Christmas card might be a more reliable harbinger of joy. Using this notion as a starting point will definitely help shape what kind of message you want to send others during the Yuletide season. Any tips from a North Pole Elf will only bring true joy to your Christmas.

House of Cards

When it comes to Christmas cards, I think you should go big or go home. I’m not advocating for spending the contents of your 401K by any stretch of the imagination. Since you’re going to put in the effort of making a mailing list, signing and sending a big stack of cards shouldn’t the cards themselves be worth looking at?

Minimize your holiday stress and start looking for cards now. My favorite source for holiday cards, as well as the source of most of my pins on my “Dream Stationary” Pinterest board, is Minted. They use quality materials, a graphic designer makes a digital proof of your card design before they run it on the press and they have a business model I can get behind.

Award-Winning Designs

Minted has really taken Elf Code rule two, “there’s room for everyone on the nice list,” to heart. When you buy Minted holiday cards you’re directly supporting the graphic artist who created the design. They hold open design competitions to find the best work on the web and winners receive payment when they win and a percentage of sales.

Many of the featured designers are stay at home mothers and women with full-time jobs who wouldn’t have had their work produced otherwise. Some of their stories are told in this adorable (and short) video.

All Fancy and Stuff

I think it’s impossible to browse their holiday card offerings without finding at least five that would be perfect for your family. You can choose from simple postcards, traditional folded cards, photo cards, Yearline cards and even mini-books. You can finally ditch that exhausting year-in-review letter on outdated and cliché inkjet stationary.

A cover photo, four pictures from the last year and a handful of captions can tell the same stories in a far more charming way. You’ll have a keepsake that friends and family will be happy to look at more than once. You might even get coveted refrigerator placements in some of the most discerning households on your list.

on your holiday card list will know your family well – don’t sell them short them with a generic message and a hasty signature. Another subset of people on your card list are those you wish you talked with more frequently. Seeing a snappy Christmas card come through the mail with your name on the envelope should be a holiday event, bringing cheer and joy, and awesomeness.

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