Unique Things to Put in Christmas and Holiday Cards
Unique Ideas for Christmas Card Inserts
Times are tough, and you might be considering sending only a Christmas or holiday card instead of a gift this holiday season. You also don't want to spend a lot of money for holiday gifts, and these lightweight holiday gifts will save you money on postage. Since it is the thought that counts, you may also want to add special value to show the loved ones on your Christmas card list how much you care about them.
Tuck a Surprise Into the Envelope
There are several little things you can tuck into the envelope to provide a pleasant surprise for your loved ones. Most of these ideas are quick and simple and efficient. For many of these ideas, you create one, and then make copies for everyone.
Giving cards is a great Christmas tradition, and by including a little surprise, you are taking full use of your first class stamp. (Just be sure that whatever you are adding doesn't add so much weight that you will have to pay additional postage.) These items are inexpensive and provide a special and thoughtful touch to your Christmas cards. You can mix and match the ideas, or come up with some of your own:
- Family Photographs
- Holiday Letters
- Personal Notes
Type up your favorite holiday recipe and add a photo if you have one. Make lots of copies, and tuck them into your Christmas card. If there is a special memory that goes with the recipe, be sure to include that as well.
If you have a favorite family recipe written in Grandma's handwriting, then you may consider simply copying the recipe instead of typing it.
Drawings or other flat things would be appreciated. Your children could draw a picture and you can copy. Use a copier at home or at the office, you can simply go to a local print shop. Most office supply stores also have copying services. For just a few pennies, you will make your card special. Another option is to simply have your children draw directly on the card for a special and unique touch.
3. Family Photographs
Take your favorite candid photo, and make many copies. Or you can get a professional photograph and order wallet size photos. They don't even have to be one photo—take several pictures and decide which card recipient get which photo. You can even go through photos you have taken throughout the year and decide which ones you want to share.
- Tuck in a photo or two in your Christmas card and the recipient will enjoy seeing your presence with the card, especially if you live far away. If you do this every year, they will enjoy seeing you and your family change through the years.
- Instead of tucking a photograph into the envelope with your card, you could also consider printing the photographs on the card. There are many services now that will turn your photographs into holiday cards.
- You could also send a photograph of the card recipient if you have taken one during the year.
- If he has moved away, a photograph a local establishment he used to frequent or another point of interest in the town would be good to bring back cherished memories.
- Instead of a recent picture, you can also send an older one, to remind the recipient of days gone by or of relatives who have passed. If the recipient doesn't have Greataunt Ethel's picture, she would probably appreciate having a copy.
4. Holiday Letters
Write a letter or newsletter about your year and share it with your holiday card recipients. You can add photographs, drawings or clip art to decorate it. You can even include recipes in it.
A Christmas letter is a good way for your friends and family to catch up on events they might have missed throughout the year, and helps you remember the special things that have happened.
It is also a good way for you to see how things change over time in your family. I save a copy of each holiday letter with my genealogy files so I can keep track of the changes in our family history.
5. Personal Notes
Taking the time to write a personal note on the card is a great way to add meaning to a holiday card. Maybe remind them of something great you did together during the year, or tell them why they are so special to you. A personal note adds a great deal to the boilerplate Christmas card.
It is fun to get a small check, cash or a gift certificate or gift card in a Christmas card. I don't know of too many people who might object, although it might make them feel obligated to reciprocate.
Other Things to Put in Your Christmas or Holiday Card
There are other small and flat gifts you can add to your Christmas cards:
- artists' trading cards
- your favorite quotation
- gift card
- tickets for a play, concert or movie
- baseball cards
- charm squares of fabric
- announcement for a subscription to a magazine
- handmade coupons for favors and chores
- lottery ticket
These do not cost very much, and—more importantly—they don't weigh very much, so you can fit them in without having to pay additional postage.
Make Your Christmas Cards Special
It takes just a few minutes and a few cents to make your next Christmas card or holiday card special. But it means so much to the recipient to have something to cherish and helps them remember how much you mean to them. Make their holiday season a little brighter by tucking in a special something before mailing off your Christmas cards this year.
© 2011 Shasta Matova