Last Minute Christmas Cards

Last Minute Christmas Cards

I love sending out holiday cards but let’s face it  the holidays are crazy and holiday cards can get expensive especially if you are sending them out at the last minute. This year, I printed our Christmas cards out myself which saved a lot of time and money.

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I committed to doing Christmas cards this year. I didn’t get them out last year and I felt bad about it. Even though I know it’s not a critical thing, and I am sure people understand when they don’t get out, but this year I was determined. I signed up for a mini photo shoot with our favorite photographer in November (if you are in the DC area check her out) and had the photos back just after Black Friday.

There was a decent Cyber Monday deal at Minted, but the cards were still more expensive than I wanted to spend. That’s when I saw that one of my go-to invitation shops was having her own small business sale. She was offering 50% off of her Christmas card designs and I jumped on it. I found the perfect buffalo plaid template for our rustic photo shoot photos.

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One of the reasons I love shopping small so much is the personal touch and great customer service. After I ordered the card I heard back from her within 48 hours with a proof of the card and an explanation that she changed the color of the lettering because it would look better with the picture I selected (and she was totally right). I approved the proof and within 24-hours I had a PDF of the card.

From there, I could have had her print them (which is a great option) but I chose to print them myself. This is why a print-your-own Christmas card is perfect for the last minute.

Here is how to print your own last minute Christmas cards:


  • 65 lb. card stock
  • Color Printer
  • Envelopes (I purchased a package of 50 5×7 envelopes from Michael’s)
  • Address Labels


1. Print the cards on the card stock
2. Cut out the card
3. Stuff the envelopes
4. To save time, write your addresses in Excel and mail merge them on to labels
5. Create festive return address labels in Canva
6. Stuff the envelopes, add the labels and mail!

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It’s so easy and since you get your card proof in 48-hours there is still time to get those last minute Christmas cards out affordably.

Do you send last minute Christmas cards usually, or do you get them out early? I would love to hear your tips.

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Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to an energetic preschooler and newborn, a wife to my amazing husband Dan, and I work full-time as a meeting planner. I started this blog because, after having my first little guy, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the amazing (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Realizing that we would probably have more kids in the future, I wanted to document everything, so we would remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!

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