In addition to turkey and pie, hopefully the recent holiday gave you the chance to grab a great family photo. And now that Thanksgiving has past, it’s time deck the halls, trim the tree and send out those holiday cards. I know there are plenty of big name photo card producers you can choose from, but this year I wanted to go in search of something different and highlight a handful of card companies you ought to consider when you send out your mailbox merriments. Plus we have giveaways galore to get you off and running – 20 different winners plus coupon codes for all! (See below for entry details.)
PAPER CULTURE: If you’re tired of glossy, bright photo cards, the selection at Paper Culture will hit the spot. A perfect match for the budding home photographer, the styles and designs at Paper Culture meld beautifully with artfully taken family photos. Printed on sturdy card stock, these cards will make any mantle merrier.
GIVEAWAY – Win 25 free personalized photo cards from Paper Culture.
PRINT ART KIDS: For a truly personalized holiday card, use Print Art Kids to turn your little one’s drawings into your holiday mailers. Whether it’s a holiday landscape, an alien spaceship or just scribble of colors, showing off your kids’ art skills with holiday cards from Print Art Kids will warm the heart of relatives – and make your kids feel pretty special too.
COUPON – Free standard shipping on all orders of $50 or more (before tax & shipping). Use code “MWSship”. Orders for holiday cards and gifts must be ordered by Thursday, December 9 for free non-rush shipping, but the free shipping code is good through December 31 for all other items (New Year’s cards, thank you notes, etc.) (NOTE: The discount will be applied manually and will NOT show up in your shopping cart. Never fear, it will be applied when the item is shipped and your card is charged.)
PINHOLE PRESS: Something about the cards at Pinhole Press seem to make the focus more on your picture and less on a glitzy background or font. I love the simplicity and warmth of these layouts and designs. Check out the old school Message Stationary that comes with a photo card and a personalized stationary card for a handwritten note. Or try the gorgeous, 7-picture accordion cards when you can’t choose just one picture to share.
COUPON – Get 10% off your order by using the code “PinHolePressVIP”.
DEAL – Free shipping on all orders through December 31st.
SNAPILY: 3-D is all the range in the movie theater these days and now you can have it on your holiday cards too! Choose from more than a dozen 3-D (pop off the page – no glasses required!) and Animated cards (when you turn the card, the image flips between two different pictures). These unique cards are sold individually and best saved for those special people who will appreciate something different in their mailbox.
GIVEAWAY – Snapily is giving away one free 3-D picture notebook. A perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a co-worker!
CREATIVELY ENGAGED: Owner and designer Alisa Donohue handcrafts a selection of holiday cards available in her Felt and Wire shop. She has a number of magnetic holiday cards though her collection of folding photo cards are my favorite. Plus there’s a LOL option for the Jersey Shore fans in your life.
GIVEAWAY – Win a $50 gift certificate to Creatively Engaged!
METRO BABY CARDS: With a tagline of Modern. Funky. Unique. you know that Metro Baby Cards is going to offer you something different. These cards have unique photo layouts and vivid color options. Plus any of the cards can be modified into birth announcement/holiday card combinations – perfect for parents like me who’ve recently had a baby and don’t want to send out two cards.
GIVEAWAY – Win a $50 gift certificate to get cards, invitations, thank you notes and address labels.
SHUTTERYFLY: Okay, I know Shutterfly isn’t really an unknown entity in the photo card world, but I just had to give their Story Cards a mention. We haven’t branched out into the world of holiday letters to accompany a picture, but sometimes there are a few highlights that would be nice to pass on. Shutterfly’s Story Cards are the perfect solution with room on the photo card to add in brief updates from your year. Brilliant!
OH BABY PRINTS: Help your holiday card really stick out with Oh Baby Prints’ magnetic holiday cards. Although traditional cards are also available, I love the idea of your holiday card lasting on the fridge long beyond the holidays. Plus Oh Baby Prints has a great selection of multi-photo cards when there are too many cute pictures to choose from.
GIVEAWAY – Kelly at Oh Baby Prints is helping you celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas by giving 12 lucky MWS readers 12 cards each!
MOO HOLIDAY CARDS: Strange name, great cards. MOO’s holiday cards are perfect for people who never want to settle on just one holiday photo and those who like to always include a handwritten note. Upload up to 25 different photos to adorn the front side of your holiday cards – mix and match 3 or 4 different holiday covers or make each card unique with its own photo. Plus MOO’s folded holiday cards give you the space to write your own personalized note or greeting to each recipient. Another great idea? Make thank you notes with pictures of your kids holding each gift – a personalized way to say “thanks!” to the giver – and easy to do with MOO’s format.
GIVEAWAY – Win a set of 25 cards designed by you, printed by MOO.
PICABOO: You may know Picaboo from their free desktop program that helps you turn your photos into photo books, but they also have a stunning collection of flat and folded holiday photo cards. The program is free to download and extremely easy to use. Upload pictures, change text size, font, position and content and order! Plus while you’re at it, the grandparents would love one of their easy-to-make photo books or calendars.
GIVEAWAY – Win a $50 gift certificate from Picaboo good on holiday cards, calendars or photo books.
COUPON – Receive 30% off Classic Books and Calendars (CODE: HOLIDAY30), and 15% off all Cards (CODE: GREETING15)
HI THERE PRESS: Send holiday cheer and do the Earth a favor with Hi There Press’s holiday cards printed on 100% recycled post-consumer waste. With a wide selection of holiday, Christmas and Hanukkah cards, you’ll be sure to find a design to suit your tastes. Plus Hi There has a great selection of photo gifts like magnets, water bottles, puzzles, coasters, wall prints and more.
COUPON – Get 20% off on your Hi There Press order using the code “HI203JE9”. Good until December 31st.
IN A BABY CARRIAGE: Momprenuer Amber Gatej breaks out of the box with her holiday cards – literally! What makes Amber’s cards unique? These double-sided cards are die-cut in a variety of shapes and borders. I love the festive shape of the Ornate cut cards and the Scalloped Circle cards are perfect to use as ornaments. With holiday cards from In A Baby Carriage, you definitely won’t be just one more card in the pile.
GIVEAWAY – Win 25 die-cut ornament cards from In a Baby Carriage!
COUPON – Take 10% off any orders with the code “MOMMIESWITHSTYLE”.
CAFEPRESS: CafePress lets you personalize just about anything. From baby blankets and boxer shorts to clocks, calendars and iPhone cases, CafePress lets you design a wide range of products perfect for your holiday gift giving. Their extensive collection of over 150 different holiday card designs will satisfy those looking for traditional, modern or funky cards. Plus CafePress just launched a special collection of holiday photo cards that help your choice of five different non-profit groups: Breastcancer.org, Operation Gratitude, Rock The Vote, PETA and Greenpeace. Select the card designed for your charity, customize it with your photos and text, and send out your holiday greetings knowing that with the proceeds of your card purchase going to charity, your cards are doing good far beyond the fridge or mantle they land on.
GIVEAWAY – Win a $50 gift certificate to use on cards and more at CafePress.
COUPON – 20% off and free shipping on orders of Flat Holiday Photo Cards through December 25 with code “CARD20”
CONTEST RULES: One entry enters you into all the giveaways. Enter by leaving a comment below to “What is your favorite holiday tradition?” Earn additional entries by liking Mommies With Style on Facebook or any of the retailers featured here (leave a SEPARATE comment below telling us you did for each “like”). All entries must be received by WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. You can’t win more than one giveaway. Please check directly with the retailer about any shipping costs and ordering times.
Note: Some of these companies sent samples of their cards for review or allowed me to create my own card to sample the process.