Christmas will be here soon, it’s time to get your cards ready so you aren’t stressed when it’s here. This post is sponsored by Minted, a great place to shop for your holiday cards.
The holidays are a wonderful time. It’s a time we spend with our loved ones and there is so much magic around the season. Unfortunately, we can miss out on a lot of the good of the season because of the stress.
One task we can get off of our to-do list ahead of time is Christmas cards. We want to be able to send them out in enough time for people to enjoy them before Christmas gets here.
Tips for Getting Your Christmas Cards Ready
There are some great time and sanity savers when it comes to Christmas cards. They are some of the things I’ve found helpful over the years.
Keep Track in Your Christmas Planner
A holiday planner is a great way to stay on track with everything you need to do for the holidays. I have created a Christmas planner that I like to use. I keep details like menu plans, shopping lists, keep track of gifts I’ve purchased and need to purchase, to-do lists, and all the other things I need to stay on top of.
In my Christmas planner, I have card planner sheet. It details all the things I need to do to get our Christmas cards ready. Things like buy stamps, get addresses, write a Christmas letter, and of course order our cards. This helps me stay on track and get things done on time.
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Create a Christmas Prep Space
Start by giving your house a good deep cleaning and declutter as much as you can. Clearing out this space is helpful for all of your Christmas prep, including Christmas cards.
I also like to set up my office for any holiday projects and chores. I have my wrapping paper organized, my desk is kept clear, I have a space to finish my Christmas cards, and this year I’m also going to set up for doing December Daily, a memory keeping project.
If you don’t have a home office or even a spot you can dedicate to these projects another option is to have a bin or two with your supplies organized so it’s easy to pull out and work on projects.
Making sure your envelopes, cards, addresses, address labels, stamps, and anything else you need for your Christmas cards is in one place makes everything so much easier and less stressful.
Start Preparing Your Christmas Cards
A great place to order your cards is Minted. They have a beautiful holiday card collection this year. They have so many great designs and they have extensive personalization options, including colors, shapes, paper upgrades, backers & interiors and free recipient and return addressing.
The free addressing option is a huge time saver and that is a great way to reduce your stress this year. Another time saver is their new Text Us Your Photo service. Simply text them your favorite holiday photo, and a Minted stylist will text you back your photo styled in 5-holiday card designs. The best part is this is also free so there is no reason to not try it out.
You can also buy your cards now to take advantage of some of their great promotional offers and go back later to add photos, text, and all of the other details you may not have ready.
I usually prefer non-photo holiday cards and Minted has a great selection of those as well. If you don’t have time to get a holiday photo this year it’s a great way to save even more time and stress.
I really love all of these time savers and that you still get beautiful cards. I used to hand make all of our cards and I really enjoyed the results but it was time-consuming and stressful. The last couple of years I’ve really wanted to reduce my holiday stress and stopping this tradition was one of the things I cut out. With Minted I can still have unique cards without the stress and time commitment.
Send Your Christmas Cards on Time
For domestic shipping, USPS says the deadline is December 20th and international shipping deadlines vary but can be as early as December 1st. So be sure you know what the deadlines are and that you get your cards out in time for your friends and family to enjoy them.
Want more tips for a stress-free Christmas? Check out A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide.