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Holiday Thank You Etiquette

As the holiday season winds down to a close, it’s time to think of everyone who thought of you this December. Getting to work on your holiday thank you cards can be a tiny bit daunting–but if you get them sent off by New Years, you ensure that they’ll be thinking of you as the year begins and that you’ll have a clean slate of your own this January!

Here are a few dos and don’ts to make writing your holiday thank yous a snap!

  • Don’t mention the gift first. Focus on a kind holiday sentiment to introduce your thank you note. Reflect back on your holiday season, and show them the part that they played in making it bright.
  • Do share a fun holiday story! If your friend or family member couldn’t be there this Christmas–they’ll love to hear the family fun that happened as a substitute!
  • Do thank them for the gift and tell them how you’ve used it or plan to. They don’t just want to here how much you like it–they want to be able to envision you using it.
  • Don’t just talk about you! Ask about their holiday season and the family memories that they made as well.
  • Do end with your wishes for the New Year. Show them that you care about them and their family by writing a personal New Years wish.
  • Don’t forget to send within two weeks of receiving your gift! You’ll love not having a thank you note hanging over your head, and they’ll be impressed by just how on top of it you are!

What sort of special touches do you add to your thank you cards around the holidays?









Holiday Thank You Cards Pictured: Woodgrain Thank You Card, Much Thanks Snowflakes Thank You Card, Red Scarf Thank You Card.

Don’t Forget December Birthdays!

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget December birthdays. Don’t let it happen to you–December babies deserve love too! It might be tempting to just add a happy birthday message to their holiday card, but going to the extra effort will mean a lot to them. While you shop for your holiday cards on site, why not double check your calendar, and throw in a few December birthday cards as well? In a few quick steps, you can personalize a birthday card with a photo and heartfelt message, and make sure that their birthday doesn’t get forgotten as you inch closer to Christmas. Make sure you won’t forget by using our Future Send feature, which lets you prepare cards that you want to send later in advance!

Do you have a December birthday? How often do people forget it?


Holiday Card Checklist

The holiday season is for spreading cheer–and while most people make sure to send cards to friends and family, it’s easy to forget the people you encounter every day. Here is a quick checklist that includes everyone who makes your life better all year round, to ensure that you don’t miss anyone this Christmas! Can you think of anyone we’ve missed?
















Need inspiration for card ideas? Here are a few of our favorites…


What to Write in your 1:1 Christmas Cards

It’s easy to forget, in the flurry of holiday activities and decorations, that Christmastime is really for celebrating the people in your life. Sending a personalized Christmas card with your own custom message to your grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, or spouse is a great way to explore the more personal side of holiday giving. Attaching a personal card to your holiday gift gives it that heartfelt touch–and will have friends or family thinking of the sentiment long after they’ve enjoyed your present. Here are a few tips for making your personalized holiday card full of Christmas cheer.

Select a holiday card that matches your recipient: This is the fun part! At Cardstore, we’ve got hundreds of cards that are already personally made for whatever friend or family member you want to share the holiday spirit with this year. Just browse our 1:1 holiday cards on site to find the perfect Christmas or photo holiday card for your purposes!

Begin with a holiday greeting: Start off your note with a celebratory holiday message to set the tone.

Share a Christmas memory: Have you shared holiday seasons with this friend or family member before? Do you have any special holiday traditions? Make mention of your favorite holiday memory here, to let your friend or family know how they contribute to making your holiday season festive each year. They’ll love to reminisce with you about what made Christmases past so special.

Tell them the gift they are to you: What makes your friend or family member unique? In the spirit of holiday giving, share with them the things about them that give you happiness day in and day out. Show your appreciation to give them that little holiday twinkle in their eye.

Sign off with a smile: Add your wishes for a merry Christmas morning or hope for the new year to make sure that your personalized holiday card ends on a festive note!

Who will you send a personalized Christmas card to this year?

Cards shown above: Merry Christmas Mom, Dad Christmas Blocks, and Christmas Furry Bears.


Holiday Hand Lettering Cards

It’s no secret that what makes a card unique is often its sentiment–and how that sentiment is presented. Beautiful lettering amounts to beautiful cards, and Cardstore artists make beautiful lettering a priority! Looking at the finished card, it can be easy to forget the artistry that goes into it. With the array of intricate types available, the art of hand lettering is often forgotten. However, looking at some of our holiday cards, you can see that the lettering has more to it than any ornate font could. Here are a few before and after shots of hand lettering in holiday cards, and so that you can get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at Cardstore.

Here’s what hand lettering looks like at the artist’s desk:

Here is how those same hand lettering projects are used to create the holiday cards that you see on site:

Does hand lettering play a role in your selection of the perfect holiday card? Let us know!


3 Steps to the Perfect Holiday Message

When creating a personalized holiday card, adding your own message can be the just the way to make it perfectly yours. We understand that coming up with the words can be difficult, especially if you want your message to be unique, witty, and original. We’re here to help!

Holiday cards are the perfect place to focus on sending good cheer, being thankful and sending warm wishes for a bright future year. Here are three tips to help you write your own merry message:

STEP 1: Send Thanks– Whether you’re thankful for a year of great profits, or just happy it’s time for Grandma’s snicker  doodles, lead off with happy thoughts of gratitude.

STEP 2: Customize Message to Audience- Are you sending your cards to clients, employees,  or volunteers? Your tone can change greatly based on the recipient. See below for a few examples for each.

Holiday Cheer for Clients

1. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season!

2. Here’s to a great year for a great partner.

3. This Holiday Season we celebrate valuable clients like you.

Yuletide Greetings to Employees

1. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season from the _________ family!

2. Happy holidays and a wonderful New Year from ______________.

3. Thank you for being part of what makes this company so successful. Wishing you a festive holiday season and Happy New Year.

Send Joy to Volunteers
1. During this season of giving, we give thanks to people like you who give so much all year round. Season’s greetings from ____.

2. Great people like you are what make our organization so successful. Thank you and  happy holidays!

3. Thank you for another year of your dedication. We wish you a new year filled with peace,  joy, and the same happiness you bring to the world.

STEP 3: Sign Off– After you selected the perfect card and expressed your thanks in your own words, be sure to finish up your
personalized card with your own signature. (Add your digital signature with our new digital signature app.) 

Don’t stress too much about the exact words, as long as your message is sincere it is sure to be appreciated. Your holiday cards are your way of sending good cheer, showing your thanks and bringing warm wishes for a bright future year to those who matter most to you.

Save 30% on Holiday Cards!

Check out Cardstore’s collection of holiday cards, and get 30% off your purchase for two days only. Get a your holiday sneak peak today and tomorrow, and don’t forget to use the code CSHOLIDAY11 at checkout!

New Holiday Cards & Promotion!

Yesterday, our Facebook page featured a sneak peak at some of our new holiday cards. They’ve gone live at the site today; visit Cardstore to take a look!

In other news, we have a new promotion going. Buy one card and get the second half-off by entering the code BOGO50 at checkout. It’s good through August 23rd!

Celebrate International Friendship Day

Did you know that July 30 is the International Day of Friendship? While the first Sunday of every month was traditionally designated as Friendship Day in countries around the world, on April 21 of this year, the UN offically made July 30 the holiday to show your friends how much you care. Send a friendship card to celebrate the the relationships you cherish. Friendship Cards from Right To Left:

Bees Knees Friendship Card by O+D

Life Beach Friendship Card by Ann Scott Designs

Absolutely Fabulous Friendship Card by O+D

Take 2 Tuesday: BBQ

bbq-take-twoAs Father’s Day gets closer and closer while the weather is getting warmer and warmer, thoughts of barbecuing are flooding my mind. My dad absolutely loves to fire up the grill, so I’m looking for something BBQ related to give him this Father’s Day. A pretty picture of some grilled kabobs paired with this Barbecue Fun Father’s Day Card from artist Great Arrow Graphics are the perfect way to start off a Father’s Day for the grilling enthusiast.

Barbecue Fun Card from

Grilling Photo from Flickr photographer Dontknowy