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In just about a month, my wonderful husband and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary! WHAT? Yes, it's true, we are that old! As an early gift, Madalynn surprised us with a photo shoot! Our photographer, Melissa @ Aww Snaps Photography, did a great job! And in spite of my trepidation about a photo shoot and my non-photogenic qualities, she was able to get some cute shots of us and the entire experience was a lot of fun!
With these great photos in hand, what could I do except get Photo Christmas Cards printed this year. In 40 years, this is the first time I've done this. Sure, I've included photos in our cards before, but this is the first time that we've had professionally printed photo cards. I think I always felt that it was out of our budget. But, I love receiving photo cards from family and friends and seeing that everyone else and their children are growing just as old as we are! HaHa! It does seem to be the trend of late to send photo cards rather than just regular folded cute Christmas cards. So, this year I took the plunge and it didn't turn out to be nearly as expensive as I thought it was going to be!
Of course, you don't have to have a professional photo done to use it to make a Photo Card, so many of the cards are just creative selfie snapshots! Digital photography certainly helps to keep the costs lower because you can just snap a photo, download it and send it to the printer that you will be using. Then, you just choose the design you want and the process is easy as pie.
Speaking of pie, it is almost Thanksgiving and there are some good deals out there right now for ordering photo cards, so you need to hurry and take advantage of them! Everyone knows that the weekend of Thanksgiving is the best time to send out your Christmas Cards because after that, the chances of them making it into the mail before the New Year is low. (I may or may not be speaking from experience). Anyway, here is a list of places that I have found that I have either used for other projects or one of my kids has used them. There are links to special deals and lots of choices of designs!
Snapfish is a company we have used before for simply printing photos. They do a great job and they are always offering discounts and special offers! But, if you want 75% off of your photo cards, their special for that ends today! So, if you have a photo ready, order right now! It is an easy process. Use code NOELCARD at checkout. Snapfish also offers other photo gifts like books, calendars and canvas prints.
Minted does beautiful photo cards and gifts all year long and their designs are wonderful. But, once again, their 15% discount ends today! So, hurry! If it is your first time ordering from Minted, you will be offered a 20% discount! Minted also has beautiful fabrics and home accessories to choose from. I love looking through their site.
Mixbook Earlier this year I used Mixbook to make a photo book to share with my grandchildren. I love it and I love reading it to my grandchildren. Mixbook offers many photo gifts and book templates. Right now, they are doing 11 days of deals, so you have a few extra days, (until 11-29) to get your photo card order in! Use code BFDEALS at check-out.
Shutterfly is a great place to store photos and print awesome gifts. One year for Christmas, we received an adorable Christmas ornament with our grandson's photo from Alicia and her husband. It is a treasure! Shutterfly is always offering awesome discount offers and freebies. Right now through Thanksgiving they are offering 50% off Christmas Photo Cards, plus an additional 20% off. Use Code EXTRA20. While I was looking at their site, a pop-up came up offering me 4 free gifts! I love free!
Costco Lindsey just let me know about the great deal Costco is for printing Photo Cards! They offer 50 Photo Cards for $13.99 and include gold foil lined envelopes. They also have 20% off of foil embossed cards. Lindsey said that last year they gave her a small photo calendar for free when she ordered cards. I don't know if that is an offer this year, but it sounds cool! Also, you can order your cards one day and then pick them up the next! Or, you may choose delivery within 5-7 days. They also offer photo gifts and one gift that they offer is a plush photo blanket! Wouldn't that be cute with a picture of a pet or a beautiful landscape?
Walgreen's I hadn't thought about using Walgreen's until I received an email from them offering a great deal on Photo Cards. What I loved about them is that I ordered the cards in the morning and I was able to pick them up at my local Walgreen's after lunch! Using the code CARDSTAT through November 30th, you will get 60% off of your card order. If you click on the Deals category on their website, you will see that Walgreen's is offering 75% off of photo books! Who knew that Walgreen's does photo books?
I ordered our photo cards from Walgreen's this year. I was excited to get them the same day. But, you may like another company's designs better or extra offers, so peruse them and see what you think! Just do it quickly so you don't miss the deals! And, Happy Thanksgiving!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!