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One of my favorite holiday traditions is sending (and receiving) Christmas cards. Even though Facebook and Instagram keep up to date with friends and family near and far, I still love giving and getting good old-fashioned snail mail at Christmastime.
I usually send a holiday photo card because they’re my favorite kind to receive, and it’s a great way to make sure we get at least one good picture of our family each year.
As the kids get older, that’s harder and harder to achieve, but this year I managed to get a decent shot of the five of us after dinner one night in Maine. No one was color coordinated or anything, but these days I take what I can get!
Then I filled in with some shots from other fun and momentous events from the past year, like my 50th birthday, our family beach vacation, and our trip to Disney World to see our daughter perform with the marching band.
Fortunately, Shutterfly has so many gorgeous designs to choose from, I was able to find one that makes my mediocre smartphone pictures shine! I chose the Swanky Message Holiday Card in red with gold foil accents.
I was really pleased when these arrived. They’re printed on a nice, thick cardstock with a triple-coated front that is optimized for superior photo and foil quality. The colors are vibrant, and the raised gold foil typography makes them a little extra special. I also like how there are several layouts to choose from.
In addition to their wide selection of designs, Shutterfly photo cards come with the option to add matching liners. I love this extra touch!
Plus you can upload your address book into their system and have the envelopes arrive all addressed and ready to go. That, my friends, is a glorious thing!
You can also get your return address printed on the envelopes, but I opted to order coordinating return address labels. It’s a little extra work on my end, but I think they look really nice.
If you haven’t ordered your holiday photo cards yet, definitely take a look at Shutterfly. They have a nice selection at competitive prices, and right now they’re 50% off with free shipping with code BESTCARDS!
Plus, first time Shutterfly customers can use my code SHOPSTYLESHANE for an additional 5% off sitewide!
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photos: Alison Cornell