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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

5 Ways to Make Your Christmas Cards Unique

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Although we're barely midway through November, for most people, Christmas preparations are already well underway. From ordering in supplies to getting the decorations and presents all sorted, there is plenty to do. But in amongst all the hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget about one very special part of the season - the tradition of giving holiday cards to friends, family and loved ones.

Let's be honest, when it comes to Christmas cards, most of us simply grab a cheap box of cards from the supermarket and scrawl out a few cursory seasonal greetings in reply to cards we have received. It's seen as an obligation or a chore, but in fact, it should be a part of the holiday to embrace.

To help you stand out from the rest and go for the unique approach this year, here are some of my top tips for making sure that your Christmas cards dazzle!

Make the Cards Yourself

For the ultimate thoughtful touch, nothing says it better than a handmade card. Even if you aren't particularly crafty, there are plenty of quick and easy step-by-step tutorials online, and after all, sometimes even the simplest of designs can end up looking the most effective. Plus, what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by spending an afternoon in front of the fire coming up with some beautiful new festive designs?

Personalised Messages

From adding your loved one's name to the card or writing a wonderful festive poem inside, taking that little bit of extra time to put some thought into the message behind your card is the perfect way to show someone you care this Christmas. If you can, take some time to add a personalised message to each card you write - even just a sentence tailored to the recipient can add a nice touch and show that you're thinking of them.

Something Quirky

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Break with tradition and go for something a little different this Christmas. Whether it's a pop culture reference or a funny pun, opting for a quirky card will ensure it stands out amongst the plethora of snowy scenes and 'season's greetings'. If you're feeling particularly brave, I recommend checking out the range of festive designs from You Said It - to put it mildly, the card pictured above is definitely one of their safest options!

Beautiful Artwork

Of course, nothing beats a truly stunning piece of beautiful artwork. From traditional images to a more modern take on the classic Christmas scene, sometimes all you need is nothing more than a good-quality Christmas card to take their breath away.

Rehash Old Cards

Reuse and recycle - perfect for your inner eco-warrior and doing your bit for the planet. Winter can be an incredibly wasteful season, so this year, make a few changes and commit to reducing your impact on the environment however you can. Instead of spending money and resources on another brand new pack of Christmas cards, why not dig out all your old ones and spend some time mixing and matching, turning them into some brand new, up-to-date designs? Your loved ones are sure to appreciate the extra effort, yet it's a lot easier than making a card from scratch. A win-win situation!

Are you looking forward to Christmas yet? The festive season will be here before you know it, so take the opportunity to get started on your Christmas card list and guarantee a beautiful, thoughtful gift for your loved ones this year.

* This is a collaborative post.

How do you make sure your Christmas cards stand out? Share your top tips in the comments below!

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