Last spring Canada Post increased the cost of stamps to 85¢ (if bought as a pack, or $1.00 for individual stamps) and that price hike will affect my Christmas card list this holiday season. I usually mail out about 50 cards, but this year I think I will only send cards to close friends and family who live outside of the province. That doesn’t mean I am not giving cards to anyone else, but I will have to be more creative about the way I deliver them. For example, friends who live nearby will get hand delivered cards and family will just have to wait until we see them at holiday gatherings.
For the cards that are not being sent through the mail, I wanted to get a bit more creative than simply writing in it and putting it in an envelope. This year, I plan to use my photo cards as part of the packaging for gifts. Instead of a little gift tag and a bow, here are a few quick and easy ways to dress up any box, bag, or bottle.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, even just attaching the card to a wrapped gift with a little washi tape or baker’s twine looks great!
This is my favourite idea since a bottle of wine is a great hostess gift for holiday gatherings. Attach a 4″ x 6″ photo card to a piece of card stock that has a 1 3/4″ hole punched at the top. Slip it over the bottle and add a nice bow for a beautifully presented gift.
Gift bags are quite popular at the holidays because you don’t have to worry about wrapping paper, tape, bows, ribbon, etc. Just pop in your gift and add some pretty tissue paper. This year, try using a plain kraft gift bag and attach the photo card using a fancy clothespin. It looks great and only takes a minute!
Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for all those Christmas cards. It is not too soon to start thinking about Christmas cards because there are only two days left to save 15% if you are ordering photo cards through Birdwing Paper Designs.