Holiday card messages + lots of ideas for how to add pizzazz to all those holiday cards. Nothing ordinary here!
I typically do not send out Christmas and Holiday cards.
In fact, I cannot remember a single Christmas when I did. Year after year, without fail, I receive thoughtful cards in the mail from friends and family that bring me joy. But along with gratefulness and happiness, I feel slightly ashamed at not sending my own batch out.
This year I decided to take the time to show my friends and family how much I care through the mail.
How much joy and holiday cheer can one envelope hold?
Aside from beautiful cards, letters, and opening your mailbox to find something other than advertisements or bills, I decided to brainstorm around this question and figure out ways to add some extra cheer this season to the lives of those I love.
Extras that Meet Postal Guidelines for a 45-cent Stamp
If you wish to use a 45-cent stamp, then you need to maintain a flat envelope that weighs one ounce or less. In addition to a card, you could include a lottery ticket, photos of the person from an event you both attended over the year, a cherished recipe hand-written on an index card, patches/rhinestone designs to iron onto something (check out your local craft store), a piece of origami, a drink token for a local bar (depending upon how flat it is), a pocket inspirational card with a verse or piece of wisdom (think fortune cookies), a car freshener, a menu pamphlet at a local cupcake/coffee/restaurant place with a date for when you would like to meet up with them, or a bookmark.
Extras for the Kids
This year I decided to send each of our nieces and nephews some reindeer food in addition to a Christmas card. I can picture them now, intently following the directions by spreading the reindeer food across their parent’s yard to attract Santa’s sleigh. Other ideas include buttons with instructions to use as eyes and a mouth for a snowman, Japanese erasers (they are just so cute!), ponytail holders, a piece of candy, etc.
Extras for the Pets
If you are sending a Christmas card to a pet owner, you can immediately make them smile by adding in a toy or treat. My aunt is receiving a small catnip stick for her two cats. I also thought it would be cute to include a small biscuit or treat from the snack bar at pet stores for a dog. I guess the only downfall would be if the dog/cat smelled the goods and tore apart the envelope first!
Extras for Everyone Else
For everyone else on your list—co-workers, friends, family members, teachers, etc.—here are a few ideas to add pizzazz to their holiday cards:
- A mini anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
- A small plastic bag of miniature marshmallows, aka “snowman poop” (this made each of my envelopes cost $0.64 instead of $0.45 to ship)
- A chocolate square, an individual serving of hot cocoa, a travel coffee pouch, a teabag, candy canes
- Little jingle bells (again, this brought the cost of postage to $0.64 when I mailed my cards off)
- Sprig of mistletoe
- Keychain (the flat kind that have a light for safety reasons could be a neat and helpful gift)
- Lip gloss/chapstick
- Snazzy refrigerator magnet
Make the Card Personal
Sending personalized greeting cards will make them even more special for friends and family members that receive them. Ink & Main offer the option to add customized photos to cards, so you can send your loved ones pictures of the kids, the dogs, or a happy holiday memory!
I may not send out Christmas and Holiday cards each year, but this year I believe I have sent some smiles through the mail.
Do you send Holiday cards? What are some extras you have included over the years?
P.S. If you are looking for something to do with all of the Christmas cards you receive, check out Crystal’s post Continuing the Free but Awesome Christmas Tradition.