Organizing Your Holiday Cards
If you usually send out cards for the holiday season, you know it can be difficult to get everything together and delivered on time. Each year seems like a mad rush to get cards addressed, sealed and delivered. This year, start early and organize the process so you can send your holiday cards without all the holiday stress! Here are a few tips for making the process a little easier:
Keep a spreadsheet
Gone are the days of bound address books. Create a spreadsheet with all of your contact information in one place. Some e-mail providers can also store this information. When the time comes to address envelopes, use word processing software to import that spreadsheet and do a mail merge. All the most recent addresses should be printed on ready-to-stuff envelopes in no time.
Choose your cards wisely
Make sure you choose a card with a warm message inside. This will cut down on the amount of writing you have to do in each card. Of course, it’s always sweet to include a personal handwritten message to those closest to you, but a canned message ensures you’re not reaching for words when filling out your distant cousin’s holiday card.
Whether you choose a photo card or a holiday design, there are services that can personalize the message for you so you’re not writing it by hand each time. MiDesign@Michaels is a new service from the craft retailer. Here you can personalize all of your holiday cards and choose from a wide variety of designs. You can even search by holiday, price point and color. This is a great option whether you want to include a brief family update in your cards or just make them more your own.
Get organized today and you’ll thank yourself tomorrow!