I love them. I make them to send each year and I actually keep all of the ones that I get and used them to decorate my house each holiday season.
But also, so expensive.
I’m a photo artist, I get the reasons why.
But man, this year I came thiiiiiis close to just not sending them.
And then, Artifact Uprising. I just stumbled across them and fell in love.
Everything is so clean and fresh and gorgeous.
So not gonna be the same card you get from three of your friends.
I’m working on the photo book gifts I’m giving this year as we speak (well, as you read)!
But, you don’t have to invest hundreds of bucks in holiday card awesome to spread joy and cheer this year.
Your friends and family don’t necessarily care if your card has the best paper, or the thickest envelopes, or whimsical fonts. If I’m honest, probably half of the people on my holiday card list wouldn’t know whimsical if it showed up on their doorstep sprawled joyfully across an envelop. All they want is to be thought of, and a card with your children’s smiling faces sprawled across it is the perfect way to show you did that.
So save your cash this year and try one of these money saving ways to say hey-yo to your friends and family members this holiday season. Holiday card ideas on a budget, FTW!
Budget Holidays: Alternative to the Break the Bank Photo Cards
1. Do a digital card. You can make your own with all kinds of fancy accoutrements on PicMonkey for free. When you’re done just email it to your buds or put it on Facebook and tag them so they can see it.
2. Use a service like Jib Jab to design a funny video card. These aren’t free but they certainly aren’t $100 bucks.
3. Design your own card and then print it at a cheaper retailer. With a fun idea your friends and family members won’t even care that it’s not on fancy schmansy card stock. This was ours a few years ago…
4. Send the old fashion fold over cards that come 30 to a box for like $10 and just slide a photo of the fam inside.
5. Go for something good. If you do plan to blow your stash on custom holiday photo cards, go for a good one. Bloomin holiday cards are made on recycled card stock, can be customized with a photo, and get sent to your recipient with a seed pocket attached. That way, after they are done enjoying your cards they can plant the seeds and smile every time they see the wildflowers you sent them. Also, good? The cards made by the peeps at Artifact Uprising.