Some traditions are worth keeping around, and one of my favorites of all is family holiday cards! I love receiving them, so I feel obligated to send them.
This isn’t an obligation I resent, actually. I look forward to selecting them and mailing them out. I realize MANY people dread it, and maybe dislike the task, the expense, or the whole tradition. I hear that. But hear me out, there are some pretty simple and quick ways to send cards these days.
You can find tons of lovely designs on TinyPrints, Paper Culture, Minted, and Shutterfly. However, let’s first discuss a couple of things you will need to get done before picking out the cards; family photos & what exactly you want your card to say.
Holiday Family Photo Session Tips & Tricks
Our Rookie Mom photographer, Kelsey Smith, wrote a whole article about how to get the most out of your fall family photo session. Check it out here!
If you just welcomed a new baby to your family, you might be considering just featuring them on your card. Birth announcement and holiday cheer all in one? We’ll take it! Check out our best newborn photography tips here.
How To Do a Modern “Year in Review”
The traditional long, typed year-end letter has been turned upside down with some clever typeface treatments. You no longer need to come up with a paragraph about each family member. Just a few key metrics, and you’ll have your own personalized infographic to send across the country.
If you want to jump on this trend, but are coming up short on facts to share about your family because you did not adopt a dog or change jobs this year, I’ve brainstormed a few ideas for you, some more relevant than others depending on the age of your child(ren):
- Number of full nights of sleep
- Longest nap on record
- Number of bottles washed/diapers changed
- Number of baby teeth erupted
- Number of date nights the new parents have had
- Hours logged at park or playground
- Greatest consecutive number of steps taken
- Number of airline flights survived by parents
- Boxes of Mac + Cheese prepared
- Teeth lost/tooth fairy visits
The Best Holiday Cards of 2021
Below are our favorite holiday cards on the market this year from the classics to the glittery and the hilarious.
Our Favorite Holiday Cards from Minted
Minted is probably my favorite place to buy cards. They make it easy to pop in your photos and offer tons of customization options from the card shapes to the sayings.
Tops Picks from Tiny Prints
Tiny Prints is another way to make beautiful customizable cards. I personally love all of their foil options because they give holiday cards a little extra pop.
Amazing Options from Shutterfly
Shutterfly is a classic choice for anything that has to do with customizing photos, from family albums to holiday cards. Here are our 2021 holiday card favorites.
Paper Culture Holiday Cards We Love
Paper Culture designs dreamy holiday cards that you will make you want to hold on to a copy forever. Best of all, though, they have a mission to sustainability and with every order, they plant a tree.
Ink Cards; The Quick and Simple Way to Send Out a Holiday Card
Let’s talk about Ink Cards for a minute. This year they have become my go-to for last-minute card send-outs. You can create a card right from their app on your phone, they are budget-friendly, and they send it right out to the recipients without passing through you first. Download the app here to check out all of their card options!
Does sending cards make you happy or bum you out? The holidays can be overwhelming as a parent! Don’t feel pressured to partake in any tradition that doesn’t bring you happiness!