Christmas Cards are a HUGE thing at my house. I host a giant greyhound owners Christmas card exchange and as a thank you, I generally receive about 100 cards from it. On top of the cards that I send for that (no where near a hundred!) we also send cards to all the relatives and over the years, our cards have become somewhat famous. Being the token “child-free” couple on Christmas’s past, our cards have always featured our dogs and cats, sometimes in costume, sometimes in front of the tree, but always doing SOMETHING to try to rival everyone else’s rugrat cards. And it must work, because come February, people are already asking what we’re doing the next Christmas for our photo!
Most every year (except the year we waited until two days before they needed to be in the mail!), we get our cards from Shutterfly.com. They have a GREAT selection of cards, great prices, and fast shipping. Unlike at Wal-mart and other big box stores, you don’t just get the same 6 or 7 designs that every single person on earth is using. You really have options.
Here are some of the designs I’m considering for our 2010 Christmas cards. (Sorry, I was originally going to insert pictures, but then I realized that those wouldn’t be the pictures I would use anyway, so you get random internet kids instead!)
I love that it has room for lots of pictures of different sizes!
This would be a fun one to reflect what Mason and the dogs and cat thought of 2010
Every year we talk about doing the folded (standard) card type photo cards and every year we decide they’re too expensive. Well, at $1.59 a card (when you buy more than 20), that’s definitely doable since we’d be spending $2.29+ each in a store for a boring non-photo card!
If we wanted, we could make this a really late birth announcement and Christmas card all in one!
I like this card because I wouldn’t feel bad about sending it to my Jewish and other non-Christian friends!
I also poked around more than I usually do and discovered that Shutterfly offers custom gift tags. Everyone who knows me in real life would know who their gift was from without even reading the name if they saw this…
And I could also get awesome address labels from them… with penguins on of course
They also offer really cool looking wall calendars – much fancier looking than the “We blow up your picture to fit the page” ones Office Max has and a better price! I used to do photo calendars every year for my parents and mother-in-law and may have to revisit that idea!
Anyway, now that I’ve spent way too long analzying alllll the awesome options for great Christmas cards, does anyone want to stop by and help me fit two adults, a baby, 2 large dogs, and 2 barely-baby-tolerating cats into one blissful holiday photo??
Yeah, me either!!
I received 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly.com for writing this post and you can too by visiting this link (Select Clever 1000 as the referal) I am already a Shutterfly customer, but this just proves how awesome they are!