I love holiday photo cards, both giving and receiving them. It is fun to see friends and family through the years and much more personal than the standard boxed holiday cards. For the past few years, I've ordered my cards through Shutterfly. Shutterfly has a wide range of designs and offers folded greeting cards, flat stationary cards and flat photo cards. There is no minimum purchase for the folded greeting cards. Flat photo cards can be purchased in sets of 12. I like that you can have cards made with minimal investment. Personally, I prefer the folded greeting cards, but if getting all of your cards as folded greeting cards would bust your budget, you can get just a few for very close friends and family and order the rest as flat photo cards. Also, if you are really running short on time, Shutterfly will mail the cards directly to your recipients.
There are lots of great designs this year, including Story Cards. I am thinking of using the Story Cards for my holiday cards this year. This design is would be great for baby's first year or to show all of your adventures throughout the year. This design has a section inside for 4 pictures with text boxes so you can say what individual family members have been doing. This design is a short version of the holiday letter. I think people appreciate pictures with short text more than a 3 page holiday letter.
I may just go simpler, though. Something like this or this where the picture is the primary feature. Or, if I have a good grouping of related photos, maybe this. I need to look at the pictures I have. I need to get on it, to since it is November already and the time between Halloween and New Years seems to fly by.
I've also ordered many photo gifts through Shutterfly including calendars, ornaments and necklaces. Last year, our Christmas card pictures made awesome keepsake ornaments.
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