How to Save Time on Holiday Cards

It’s that time of year! Christmas carols, hot cocoa, Hallmark movies, lights, decorations, and holiday cards. If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with Christmas cards. I love receiving and displaying them, and even love sending them. But, I hate the work that goes into it! Between tracking down addresses, shopping around for the best price, and addressing and stamping envelopes, it can be a real Christmas buzz-kill and takes way more time than it ever should, am I right? Well, I have some tips to make the process smoother.

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This post is sponsored by Pretty Polite Print Boutique. As always, all opinions are mine.

Use Excel. My Christmas card list every year has been an evolution of the list we used for wedding invitations many moons ago. Every year people are added and, sadly, removed. But, we use the same list and save a new version every year. Be sure to enter the data in a way that can be easily used for…

Mail Merge. Save your poor hand and wrist from cramping after hours of envelope addressing and use your Excel file to do a mail merge to print out mail-to address labels. It’ll only take a second to stick those babies on the envelopes! Yay, technology!

Self-addressed self-inking stamp. I’ve been know to use a stamp for the return address on our envelopes. It’s super easy and you can use it for more than just holiday cards. I use mine all year!

Pretty Polite Print Boutique. Sure, you could do the things I mentioned above or you can visit this amazing online print shop where you can design beautiful holiday cards and have them addressed for you for no additional charge! Yes, you heard me right. All you have to do is upload your Excel address file (since you have it already, right?) and it will address all of your envelopes in stunningly beautiful fonts and colors that match the card you picked out. Return addresses are included for free, too!

Mail merge and self-addressed self-inking stamp not necessary!

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Pretty Polite has many beautiful design options along with different options for trim, paper type, and foil! You can also choose to have your envelopes lined on the inside, like I did. Once you design your card online, a designer will email you a proof (super quick, like the next business day). Once you approve it, your cards will be in the mail within 3 business days. Then all you have to do is stuff, stamp, and mail them! Voila!

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I loved everything about my Pretty Polite experience and am so happy to be ahead of the game this year! I can’t wait to mail these babies out!

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So what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the game and order your cards today!

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  1. November 27, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Love these tips! And the cards are so pretty! I’ve never heard of Pretty Polite, but I’m definitely going to check them out. The mail merge tip is probably my favorite. It really does speed up time!

    • November 27, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Krista! I hope you find cards you love at PPPB! Use code HOLIDAYCHEER16 for 40% off until 12/16! xo

  2. itsahero
    November 23, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    These Christmas cards are beautiful! :O

  3. November 23, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    That’s so cool that they will address your cards for you!

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      For FREE!! Best thing ever.

  4. November 23, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Great ideas! That’s wonderful that they offer addressing for free!

    • November 23, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Total time and cost saver!

    • November 23, 2016 / 11:59 am

      Thanks so much!

  5. November 23, 2016 / 1:34 am

    Oh this is a great idea. Thank you for sharing the website, I will get to it this weekend.

    • November 23, 2016 / 6:09 am

      Awesome! Good luck!

  6. November 22, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Umm..Thank you for this. I need all the help I can get to get these out faster!

    • November 22, 2016 / 11:57 pm

      Haha! You’re welcome! Good luck!

  7. November 22, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Great tips! I totally need to update my wedding addresses and get on making my Christmas cards! You card looks great!!!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks, girl! You’ll be glad you did!

  8. aretzlaff
    November 22, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    I ADORE having great ones and HATE ordering them and getting them together!!! Great Post!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks! It’s such a drag!

  9. fawnrosenbohm
    November 22, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Such a great post I am with you on the love-hate relationship of Christmas cards !

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Such a complicated relationship! LOL

  10. November 22, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Great tips! Thank you! I’m always so late on our holiday cards…argh!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you! I’m so happy that mine are done!

  11. November 22, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Wow I so needed this because I agree with you this can be a real buzz kill! Thank you for the tips and link!
    xo, Nicole

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you! Total buzz kill! I hope it’s easy for you this year!

  12. November 22, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    I’m not organized enough to use Excel. I actually haven’t sent out Christmas cards in years, I probably should get on that…

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      I use Excel to BE organized! I would be a mess without it!

  13. November 22, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Aww your cards are so so so cute!!! The turned out so well.

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m happy with them!

  14. November 22, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks for reading!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you! They have a lot of cute ones!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      I agree! Thanks for reading!

  15. 21flavorsofsplendor
    November 22, 2016 / 10:56 am

    Great tips!! I would have never thought to use Excel for the addresses, but that makes things so much easier. I plan on working on my Christmas cards this week, so this was right on time.

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks for reading! I hope it’s easier for you this year!

  16. November 22, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Great ideas and tips and these turned out beautiful! I am all about saving a dime! Thanks!!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks so much! Me, too! Except, I will pay for convenience!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks, my friend!

  17. November 22, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Thank you for the tips… I promised myself I was going to do a Christmas card this year… love the mail merge idea!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Thank you! I hope you get it done!

  18. November 22, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I LOVE the idea of an Excel spreadsheet. My mom does that with hers too. I really need to get going on one!

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      It’s been a lifesaver! I save a new version every year and have used it for birthday invitations and all sorts of things!

  19. November 22, 2016 / 8:44 am

    I love finding different companies to use for cards. And if they can take the hassle out of sending them I’m all for it!

  20. Momma To Go
    November 22, 2016 / 7:48 am

    WORKIng on cards right now hoping to get a Black Friday sale, I’ll have to check out this site

    • November 22, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      It’s so. much. work!

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