How to send luxury Christmas cards on a budget
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. We love spending time with friends and family, enjoying the festivities and swapping gifts. The Christmas season can get expensive though. When you add up everything that you want to do, buy and get involved with, it can get a little pricey. Picking your most important things to help keep the price down is important. This means we can make memories whilst keeping an eye on the financial side of life. Something that many of us do every year is sending Christmas cards. To our nearest and dearest along with those people in our extended family and those friends we haven’t seen for months. These cards can actually be quite expensive, especially if you want something a bit special and out of the ordinary. Let’s have a look at how to send luxury Christmas cards on a budget.
One of the most creative ways to get luxury Christmas cards is by making them yourself. Get the pens and pieces of card out of your drawer and get crafty. You can glue and stick, try your hand at fancy calligraphy style writing and even bust out those colours pencils you haven’t used since your university degree and draw a festive scene. It’s a fantastic family activity too, so be sure to get everyone involved including the kids. What could be better than a cup of hot chocolate and taking some time to make individual and unique Christmas cards for the people you love? Sure, there might be an occasional cup ring on the cards but it’s all part and parcel of the fun. There won’t be any other cards quite like it!
If you aren’t feeling hands-on, why not invest in a local artist? There are so many local independent shops that have a stock of luxury Christmas cards during this season. You’ll discover how talented people in your local community are. The most you send will also go back into your local economy, helping your town or village to become a better place. Illustrators, photographers, watercolour painters, you’ll find them all! A great way to send a little bit of where you live across the miles.
Visit festive gift fairs
Along the same lines of shopping locally is visiting festive gift fairs. These are wonderful places for an afternoon out. Sample some cheese, look at incredible creations and enjoy a mug of Christmassy. You’ll find festive cards for sale from other creative people. There are so many incredible graphic designers and other creative talented people who make luxury Christmas cards. You’ll find witty puns, and colourful scenes, along with religious and traditional offerings. You’ll find plenty of these events advertised on social media. A visit to one of these is a great family trip out at the weekend. Take a look at what the next festive gift fair is happening near you and get into the seasonal spirit.
Take a photograph
A brilliant way to inject some personality into your luxury Christmas cards is by taking a photograph. Want people to know exactly who has sent the card they are opening? There is no better way than dressing u in your Christmas jumpers, holding some tinsel and maybe even posing in front of the Christmas tree. Then take a photograph and use that as the front of your Christmas card. You can find online platforms where you can upload the photograph and it will be printed directly to the card.
You could also get a number of these photographs printed traditionally. Then buy some Christmas cards where you can insert the picture. When Christmas is said and done, the recipient might get rid of the card but keep the photo. Why not head to the local park when it snows and take a picturesque family photograph that can be used for your next Christmas card? Don’t forget, this can also be shared on Facebook on Christmas Day!
If you’re an aspiring photographer, why not create your own range of luxury Christmas cards showing the local area in the festive season? A local landmark with a sprinkling of snow or the high street with lights-a-twinkling will look great on the front of a Christmas card. You can then sell them via Facebook Marketplace! It could become quite the December side hustle!
Shop the sale
One of the best ways to have luxury Christmas cards on a budget is by thinking ahead. Many of us plan for the week after next or those birthdays coming up next month. But to really get a handle on finances we need to be planning much more ahead than that. After Christmas, the shops sell off any remaining stock, at a reduced price. This is when you can swoop in and buy luxury Christmas cards at a fraction of the price they were being sold for a couple of weeks ago. Retailers need to make room for the next lot of stock for the next big event. This is why they drop the price to clear the shelves.
If you have somewhere to store things, you can buy luxury Christmas cards at rock-bottom prices, to use next Christmas. A plastic box in the loft is a great investment as it will keep all your Christmas bargains safe. You’ll find other things alongside luxury Christmas cards too. Wrapping paper, gift bags and festive novelties. Buy in the sale for next Christmas and you’ll have one less thing on your plate during the festive hustle and bustle, whilst saving plenty of cash too!
These are some great examples of how you can make luxury Christmas cards on a budget. Be sure to hand deliver any cards in your local area to save money on stamps. Also, send any cards by post with the correct postage on them. Have some festive fun making your cards this year and send some personal love with your festive greetings far and wide.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!