5 Ways to Manage Holiday Greeting Cards

Posted December 2, 2012 by Marcy Farrey in Life After Five
Yes, it is that time of year. It’s time to send out your holiday greeting cards!

I always love sending cards — in theory. I get excited and buy discount boxes at various stores, a whole range of serious cards and funny cards and cute cards. I make lists of who gets which card, and then spread out my holiday-colored pens. Yes, I am this much of a dork.

But honestly, once I set to work, I start to burn out. Suddenly my hand hurts, I’m running out of unique things to say, my handwriting is starting to look crooked and sloppy. Maybe I should take a break and eat some cookies…

And this is how it goes every year. My cards go out late, if at all. But I don’t want to run out of steam — and I’m sure you don’t either — because holiday cards a great, personal way to stay connected with all the people in your life: friends, family, customers, and networking connections. So I’ve come up with a few ways you can stay on top of your holiday cards.

  • Find a place, set a date, and grab a friend. If you still are set on sending out personalized cards that you’ve created and stamped yourself, this is a great way to make sure you stay on top of it. A few weeks back, I recommended changing your space because it forces you to focus. If you’re at your house, your mind may wander to the many other things you “need” to do (or the holiday movies you need to watch). So, if you want, find a friend who also wants to work on her cards and head out. Or, if you work better alone, find a place and camp out for a few hours with coffee or hot chocolate.
  • Find cute stationery and type up a letter. When you have a lot to say or catch people up on, handwriting your messages can be a process. If you go to a stationery, craft, or scrapbooking store, you’ll find tons of great stationery you can feed through your printer. Type up messages to each person, maybe keeping one general paragraph that goes in every letter.
  • Use a service. I recently learned about a great service that sends out your cards for you. Ines Katharina Kinchen explains how SendOutCards can help:

The amazing thing about SendOutCards is that you get to send real, pretty, totally personalized greeting cards right from your computer. You can choose from thousands of pre-designed cards or create your own with photographs and graphics. The cards then get printed at our facility, stuffed in an envelope, addressed and sent in the mail with first class postage. You can send cards for less than a dollar, no matter how many you want to send… one or one thousand (or more). By the way, you can even attach videos via QR code in our cards.

  • Use e-cards. I actually love e-cards. And if you hate the idea of sending a mass message, you can find different e-cards for the various people in your life. For example, I send friends and family Hoops and Yoyo cards — they’re funny and cute. But if I’m sending one to a business contact, I’ll find something more conservative on Hallmark.
  • Try a video greeting. Video greetings can be a lot of fun, especially for businesses or organizations. You can have as much fun with them as you want, even crafting full scripts for them. You can do one for customers and one to play at the company holiday party. There are a lot of great services out there that provide templates for video cards, if you don’t want to hire someone or don’t have anyone in your office with video editing skills. Check out more on crafting video holiday greetings on my website by clicking here.

Do you have any other tricks you use to stay on top of your holiday cards? Or are there any services you’ve found helpful? Let us know!


About the Author

Marcy Farrey

Marcy Farrey is a videographer, writer, and editor. In her previous life, she worked as a broadcast news reporter and producer in Lincoln, Nebraska and as a writer and producer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. Learn more about Marcy on her website www.marcyfarrey.com.


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