So, I have to admit, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with sending Christmas cards.
First, they always seem to move Christmas on me. I’m usually just bee-boppin’ along enjoying the fall and then, bam!… it’s already the first of December with Christmas just a few weeks away. And by that time, if you don’t already have your Christmas card with your perfectly staged photo of your perfectly dressed family all done, you’re way behind.
And don’t even get me started on getting the perfectly staged photo of the perfectly dressed family. We all know that’s a myth, right? But I digress…
So you know what, this year I’m flipping the script and making my life a whole lot easier… and being nicer to the planet… by sending digital Christmas cards!
This post is sponsored by Paperless Post. All opinions are authentic and my own.
Why send digital Christmas cards
Less stress, less time
- It’s usually a several week saga for me when creating traditional Christmas cards. From the family photoshoot or the time spent sifting through the year’s photos… to designing, printing, addressing, stamping, then standing in line at the post office to finally mail the stack of greetings.
- With digital cards, I can sit down at my laptop on a Sunday afternoon and have my card created AND SENT to everyone on my list in under an hour. Boom! Look at all that time I suddenly have back to make new holiday memories.
Exactly what you want
- I have had varying luck over the years with Christmas card companies. And I’ve tried a lot of them. Often, the resulting card in my hand was never exactly how I envisioned it or how it looked on my laptop. With digital cards, it is EXACTLY how you see it on your laptop. No changes, no color variations, exactly the same.
- Our Christmas budget is always tight. And I would rather spend the money we’ve saved for the holiday on gifts for family and friends, rather than a card that will get recycled on January 1st. Digital cards save you the cost of printed cards and envelopes and stamps.
- More than 1.5 Billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. each year, 3 Billion in the UK and 100 Million in Australia. And it all adds to paper waste, which makes up 40-percent of the trash clogging our landfills. Not to mention the number of trees it takes to produce those billions of cards.
The best way to send digital Christmas cards
Paperless Post has long been the premier company for sending luxe digital invitations. I first used it ages ago when planning a vow renewal party for my tenth wedding anniversary. And they are far more than that. You can use Paperless Post for any kind of digital card you need… from party invitations and birth announcements to holiday cards and thank you notes.
Part of what sets Paperless Post apart is the beautiful, high-end designs. And they even have collections created specifically for them by top designers like Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang.
If you were going to go for that kind of high-end, luxurious look on printed cards, you would pay a fortune. But on Paperless Post, it’s accessible and affordable.
And the process couldn’t be easier:
- Pick a type of card
- Pick a design
- Customize it
- Send it to your email address list
- Sit back and wait for the oohs and aahs from all your family and friends
Get personal replies
And this is my favorite part!: Your recipients can send you a reply message.
Usually, when I send physical Christmas cards, I hear nothing back. I honestly don’t even know if they were received or not. But with Paperless Post, it’s super easy for them to click a button and send you a message about how amazingly stylish and smart you are for using Paperless Post. 😉
Paperless Post coins
Paperless Post uses a coin system. As you can see in the image below, the card I customized will cost 5 coins per recipient… which is determined by the card, envelope, backdrop, etc that I chose. You can choose to make your card as simple or as fancy as you like, which will determine the price.
25 coins cost $10, 100 coins cost $20, and so on. The more coins you buy, the cheaper they get.
So for example, if I want to send my Christmas card to 40 people at 5 coins per recipient, I will need 200 coins, which will cost $30.
That’s $30 to send to my entire list of family and friends, without licking envelopes or standing at the post office… with personal reply messages in my email.
That’s what I call a happy holiday!
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