In the process of devising my holiday card strategy, I realized that trying to dig all my friends’ addresses out of random text messages, email threads, gchat histories, and little scraps of paper tucked around my office was kind of a nightmare. I needed to get organized, and quick. This card file address book turned out to be a really lucky Etsy find — it’s filled with alphabetical tabs and 100 blank sheets of paper that can be moved and arranged however you like. Plus, how cute is that little mailbox graphic? The only way it could be more perfect is if a hot mailman were involved. [$14.95, Etsy]
Get a look at the holiday card sent out to some lucky recipients from the cast and crew of “Saturday Night Live” — it’s Norman Rockwell meets Stefon, “Weekend Update”‘s resident club kid! Seeing this gave me the gentle push I needed to spend 30 minutes watching Stefon skits on Hulu (four of which are above). Thanks, NBC!
E-cards work well for a quick greeting, but sometimes you want to give the pleasure of a physical card in the mail. Gone are the days of simply finding a card in the store, signing your name and maybe writing a word or two. Thankfully, there are some great, easy ways to send cards without ever having to set foot in a Hallmark store. With these apps and websites, you can create and send personalized cards right on your phone to have delivered in the mail. Read more…
Like most of you, my mailbox has been filling with Christmas cards over the last couple weeks from extended family members and far-flung friends of my husband’s and mine whom we haven’t seen in an eternity. And while it’s nice to get mail other than bills and junk, I can’t help but feel a little jaded and Scrooge-y every time I open one of those cards and find there isn’t so much as a hand-written signature, let alone a personal note. In a lot of cases, these cards aren’t even really greeting cards as much as they’re photos of friends’ kids with text below their smiling faces that says something like “Happy Holidays! From the Gordmans!” The back of the photo cards are almost always blank with plenty of room for a brief greeting. So, why isn’t there one? Keep reading »
‘Tis the season to send holiday cards to all the people you haven’t been in touch with since last year’s “Season’s Greetings!” And while a physical card sent in the mail is nice, we like The Merry Newsinator, a cheeky take on those corny family newsletters that had their heyday in the ’90s (“Middle daughter Catherine got all A’s on her report card this term! … We’ll be taking a trip out to California next spring to visit cousin Billy and his family.”) Just fill in the blanks, check a few boxes, and a silly-yet-somehow-informative newsletter gets spit out, ready to be emailed to your 472 closest Facebook friends. Check out mine after the jump. Keep reading »
If you’re going to bother sending out physical holiday cards this year, put some pretty ones in the mail. Why waste time signing your name over and over and putting stamps on envelopes when the note just reads “Seasons Greetings”? Keep reading »
Every year we mean to send out holiday cards, and every year we get so sidetracked by all the pretty lights and mistletoe and marshmallow snowmen that we never get around to it. And after the holidays we even go so far as to stock up on holiday cards that are 75% off at all the stores so we can save money and have cards when the next holiday season rolls around. But by then, we have no idea what has happened to those cards and once again, we get sidetracked by the prettiness of the holidays and we never get around to buying new ones. WELL NO MORE! This year we will start early, we will get cards before we are sidetracked. We will buy pretty cards, like these, and we will write in them and address them and mail them off in record time and everyone will love them! Only, it will have been so long since they’ve heard from us they won’t remember who we are. [Box of 12 for $18, Shop Red Bean] Keep reading »