Prepping for the Holidays / Holiday Cards

The holiday season is upon us and it's time to start thinking about those holiday photo cards! Here are a few tips to make getting your holiday cards made and sent easier.

1. Take inventory of who you will be sending cards to this holiday season. Utilize a tool like the Holiday Card Tracker in the printable library to keep track of those names and addresses.

2. Once you know how many people you will be mailing to, go ahead and order your stamps from USPS. Popular designs will sell out early or inventory at your local post office could be sporadic. Plus ordering in advance helps you avoid the lines at the post office.

3. Take inventory of your return address stamp. Do you need a new ink pad? Have you moved and need to update your stamp? Order your new stamp now to avoid delays when it comes time to send your cards.

Self inking stamps are the quickest. But if you are feeling really festive, choose a wood mounted step so that you can customize the ink color. Most local craft stores have a good selection of ink pads.

4. Look through your photos from this year. Do you have a good option to share with friends and family this holiday season? If not, schedule a family photo session as soon as possible. Fall is a very busy time of year for family photographers. Or take your own with a tripod.

5. Select your holiday card design and edit with your family photo and text. With production and shipping timelines being what they are, be sure to order with plenty of time to spare.

The last day to utilize first class mail for on time delivery is December 17.

prepping for the holidays / holiday card checklist