Monday, October 17, 2011
Early Holiday Card Prep | Family Economics
Planning ahead in October for December holidays can help you not only save money, but alleviate a lot of stress as well. Here’s how I plan ahead for holiday card giving before the holiday madness arrives:
• October is a great time to update mailing lists for greeting cards, make lists for gift giving and schedule holiday-related events. It’s also a great time to begin crafting handmade gifts for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and teachers. Crafting in advance takes the pressure off finishing those last minute details the week before the holidays!
• If you are going to use a family photograph for your holiday cards, take your photos this month and order custom cards early. Be sure to also order return address labels or rubber stamps for holiday cards and packages. Having everything readily available for shipping will make mailing a breeze!
• With greeting card lists getting longer every year, you may be compelled to type and print labels for addressing envelopes. However, traditional handwritten addresses on personal greetings are always more warmly received. Handwriting on decorative labels ahead of time works great. By getting a head start, you’ll be able to write several labels at a time over the next few weeks, if not all at once. When you have your cards and envelopes purchased or crafted and hand-signed (don’t forget to include a nice salutation) simply label or stamp your return address and they’ll be ready to send in early December.
• Print out the free PDF decorative label file here, which provides full sheet label stock that you can trim out to use for early holiday card addressing. You can also use them as labels for canned food gifts or as tags for holiday presents.
When do you send out your holiday cards? Are you an early bird or do you wait to send closer to the actual holiday?