Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holiday Cards

I've already started writing out my holiday cards this year so I can get them out earlier than I did last year! I've also had a few readers ask me where I buy my cards so I thought I would share a few suggestions.

For custom holiday cards, you can try Crane's, Dempsey & Carroll, and William Arthur. Personalized cards are obviously more expensive so you have to think about how much you want to spend. Even though they are preprinted, you should still personalize them by writing the recipients name, a quick message and handwriting your name.

I usually pick a few cards each year so I can send the right style to the right person. I am also lucky since there are always great cards available with a New York theme or photo. The cards from R. Nichols are always fun and cheerfully reflect Christmas in New York. I also bought an assortment of holiday cards with black and white photos of a snowy New York that are perfect for friends who don't celebrate Christmas. Kate's Paperie always has a great assortment to choose from each year.

There are also a lot of smaller printers for letterpress cards and even hand made options on Etsy. My original idea this year was to have my cards printed using a photo that I took but I ran out of time so that will have to wait until next year. Family photo cards are obviously good options for families with children or cute pets.

One of the best ideas for holiday cards are those that benefit a worthy cause. UNICEF, Robin Hood Foundation, and the ASPCA are just a few charities with their own cards.

I'm sure your friends and family will be happy to receive which ever holiday card you choose because really, it's the thought that counts! Happy Holidays!

13 comments:

Merilin said...

It's such a wonderful thing, to hand write cards on Christmas. I usually try to make them by myself, althouhg I need some time and inspiration too for it and I end up doing it all too late. I hope this year to start earlier with it, thanks for reminding it;)

Keri Shrimpton said...

Thank you for the great suggestions...I really do have to get going on finding my cards! I also want to say your desk area is absolutely beautiful...such a pretty setting must make card writing all the more enjoyable!

The Curious Intellect said...

I would add Paper Source to the list - www.paper-source.com. They have wonderful, classic wrapping paper as well.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Let's talk about how beautiful your desk is! Are you a designer or something like that? It's divine! So chic and in order- layered and not cluttered! LOVE IT!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

I love writing thank you notes and sending personalized cards to people. Thank you for the suggestions!

Anna said...

Ok..I need to get organised and jump on that band wagon and start writing mine also...beautiful cards..thanks so much for sharing. Anna x
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susan said so said...

I was hoping to be in a new (to us) house by Christmas, and hoped my holiday cards would double as change of address notices. Alas, the Universe apparently has other plans, but holiday cards are still on the agenda! Thanks for all the great suggestions. : )

xox,
susan

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Teresa Hatfield said...

I love this post! You are on the money!
Crane is my favorite, but I will certainly looka the others.
Merry Christmas!

La Dolfina said...

Love your desk!!

the NEO-traditionalist said...

Stop it! Could your desk be any chicer??? I'm dying. Love the little Diptyque---which reminds me, my Baies is almost out. Adding to the xmas list!
XXX Kate

Sallie Ann said...

I love giving and receiving holiday cards. Spent today (as it was rainy and perfect) using my new stamps, glitter and pens to create a few cards, but will go to Paper Source to get the rest. I too like to mix up the designs a little.

Jennifer said...

oh boy, I've got to get going on mine! if only I had such a lovely desk area, surely I would be more motivated ;)

Casey said...

I spend Black Friday/Buy Nothing Day in my pajamas, writing out my Christmas cards.

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