Christmas Cards on a Budget

December 13, 2013

If you’re anything like me, chances are you love Christmas cards. I think sending Christmas cards is one of my favorite traditions this time of year, along with receiving cards from friends and loved ones. It’s always so fun to check the mail during the month of December!

Since Joe and I have been married, I’ve used various card services (like Pinhole Press, Tiny Prints and Minted) to create our Christmas cards. It’s easy and the cards are beautiful, so what’s not to love? Hmm… maybe the price?

This year Minted seems to be all the rage. Has anyone else noticed all the blog posts about their site? I got sucked in while designing a card on Minted and was super pleased with the final design. But when I went to check out I couldn’t stomach the idea of paying nearly $2/card. We send out a lot of Christmas cards each year, so shelling out that much per card resulted in a hefty chunk of change. In the name of being thrifty (who am I?) I decided that I could easily create my own card modeled after a Minted design with a couple hours an limited Photoshop skills.

After a few attempts, I finally landed on something that I was really pleased with! I printed a sample at Target to make sure I liked the way the finished product looked, and then took advantage of a Cyber Monday deal with Target Photo and had 150 prints sent to my house.The total cost? About $30. Crazy, right?

Have you designed your own Christmas cards? Or do you prefer buying them and having it over and done with?


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  • Reply Urban Wife December 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Cute card! Sending Christmas cards is certainly one of my favorite traditions. šŸ™‚ I’ve always ordered them from Snapfish or Shutterfly in the past, but this year I did attempt designing my own in Photoshop. It worked, yay! But after doing some price comparison and online deals, it cost me less to go with Snapfish again. Maybe next year I’ll get a chance to use my own design.

  • Reply Rachel December 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I completely agree! I so prefer to do my own because I get to control the design and shop around for the best price. This year I was backed into a corner because we got professional photos done of my daughter and they don’t give the originals (who does that in 2013?!) Next year, I’m back on the DIY train!

  • Reply lindsay December 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I love this idea, Madison! Can you pick the type of paper you print on through Target?

  • Reply natalie December 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    man I *love* browsing Minted, but you’re right that the cost is so high. we weren’t going to do cards this year, but then I won 100 from Red Stamp. know what else is expensive? cutting your own Christmas tree. winning some and losing some this year.

  • Reply Katherine Kelly December 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I totally get the Minted obsession … so many of their cards are gorgeous. We decided to not do Christmas cards this year (which was hard for me since I love them!) but I love yours!

  • Reply Angela December 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I totally did the EXACT same thing this year, only I printed mine at Costco. I loved the Minted cards but could not justify paying over $100 for Christmas Cards

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