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6 Tips For Sending Holiday Cards


Start Early (But Not Too Early)

Get your cards in the mail as early as you can, but not more than a week before Thanksgiving. The best time for your cards to arrive is in early or mid December. Send them early and you’ll check something big off  your to-do list. It also gives the post office enough time to make sure they arrive in time.

Do The Write Thing

It might be tempting, but don’t send e-cards as a substitute for real cards. The best Christmas cards have a personal touch. Clicking send on a computer screen probably won’t bring the same holiday cheer (and could even be seen as impersonal).

Include Your Return Address

Definitely put your return address on your cards.  That way, your  card will be returned to you if it cannot be delivered. It also it gives the recipient your current address if they haven’t sent you a card yet, but want to. (If you want to keep the front of your envelope neater looking, it’s perfectly acceptable to put the return address on the back of envelope, on the top flap.)

Put Pen To Paper

Use your own handwriting wherever possible, especially on the outside of the envelopes and inside signatures. This will give your cards a personal touch and show that you care enough to take a few minutes and give each card some attention. Need a little help writing neatly? This envelope addressing stencil is the perfect tool.

Don’t Bring Them To The Office

You might want to save on postage, but don’t pass out cards to co-workers at the office. Instead, mail the cards to their homes the traditional way. This is more personal, and avoids conflict in case you aren’t sending cards to everyone you work with. It also avoids awkwardness if the recipient doesn’t have something to give you in return.

Know When To Keep it All Business

If you’re sending cards to business associates, it’s often most appropriate to mail them to their offices –the exception being if  you also know them socially. Sign the cards with a note from you personally, but avoid including family photos and holiday letters.


  • Anne Sunkel Says:

    According to my southern upbringing, everything you noted is spot-on.

  • Joan Youngblood Says:

    These statements truly make good sense!!

  • Cynthia McDonald Says:

    I love doing cards!!!! Birthdays of family and friends, but my favorite is holiday cards. I remember my grandmother sitting and personalizing her cards and, as my dad became an outside salesman for an electronic parts company in the mid 50's, she ordered cards with imprint of name and return address and always wrote a personal note on each card. And don't forget Thank You notes should be the same:personalized.
    I hope others will read and get the message!

  • Laurie Says:

    Date the cards! At least with the year!

  • Stephanie Says:

    Where do you get one of those address templates pictured in this blog?

  • Tori Says:

    Stephanie, You can get the Lettermate right here at The Grommet: https://www.thegrommet.com/the-lettermate

  • DEBORAH Says:

    Thank you for this information on holiday card sending. It keeps this tradition prevailing.

  • Sharla Arter Says:

    I do a lot of addressing cards for my friends. I'm 80 years old and send out at least 10 cards a week to people at church. It warms my heart to have them come to me and say how much they needed the card.I'm so glad I can brighten someones day.

  • betty Says:

    I love this information and I fully agree. Thank you for sharing.

  • maryjane Says:

    Hand written cards/letters have, unfortunately a lost art. To receive an Ecard on a birthday is a real insult!! Just lazy and self absorbed, the same for Christmas or Easter. The ecard was made for the classless slobs.

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