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Make Your Holiday Card Stand Out From The Rest

Think about all the holiday cards you receive in December and January. They’re enough to fill a basket, a corkboard in the kitchen (as I do), or—more likely—the trash after oohing and aahing at how your loved ones are growing up so fast. I strive to stand out from the rest, so I send our family card (although they aren’t usually cards) the week of Valentine’s Day. It’s a nice surprise that will surely make others smile.

While the form and timing are striking, I do keep the content somewhat traditional by always including a short written message and at least one picture of the family. Over the years, I have gotten many phone calls and emails from friends and family who love receiving a sentiment around this sweet holiday. Even if my notes end up in the trash after the oohs and ahhs, I know they stood out much longer than the rest for a few seconds! To really catch the eye of your recipients, try sending your message in one of the creative forms below.

 
A greeting filled with visual candy

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One of my favorites! I came up with this playful idea during a vacation in Anguilla*. We stopped by the Viceroy Hotel to have lunch, and the restaurant gave the children at the table viewfinders instead of menus. I thought to myself, What a brilliant idea! How can I incorporate this into my work? Loading them with family photos is a wonderful alternative to the traditional holiday letter.

After a bit of research, I found Image 3D, a company that custom-makes the image reels. There’s even a DIY portion on the website for you to upload your own photos. I had the cards printed from Etsy, and voilà! A fabulous Valentine’s Day gift.

 

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Customizable sweets

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The inspiration for this was Papabubble candy. Pappabubble has stores throughout Asia, Europe, and Central and South America, but the only one in North America is in New York City. The things they make out of sugar are truly remarkable and, most important, taste delicious! The card and box were produced by a small business here in Baltimore called Petal and Print.

 

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A card disguised as a present

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Who doesn’t love opening a beautifully wrapped present? I used that philosophy when creating this card with the help of Two Paper Dolls, a cool shop outside of Philadelphia. The card is so well-crafted it’s sure to stay propped on its recipient’s mantel for some time.

 

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I hope these ideas inspire you to change it up a bit this year with your holiday greeting cards. Get ready to wow!

*In Anguilla, we stayed at a fabulous house, which can be rented through Inspirato. I highly recommend checking them out if you plan to visit the area!