Holiday Cards are Still My Thing

Holiday Cards getting sent out

Holiday Cards are Still My Thing

Quote of the day: “An ugly idea left unchallenged begins to turn the color of normal.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you are anything like me, then you still love getting holiday cards every year. And I still keep all of the ones from previous years that have photos on them. That’s why I said I’d work with Basic Invite to introduce you to this company. They are offering a 30% discount with the code holi30 if you would like to try out their service.

First, I have to tell you that I chose this quote for a reason. Because I realize that we can send cards electronically, and I’m sure the more and more we do that it will seem normal. And I hate to be one of those people who “walked to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm”. Yet I’d just hate to see the holiday card trend go to the wayside.

I’m also showcasing an old holiday photo card that I found in my stash from back in the day down below. No laughing!!

Basic Invite

Let me show you the cards I chose and give you some insight into this company. Basic Invite has an amazing amount of variations and options to consider when choosing your holiday cards and envelopes. No longer do the envelopes have to be a boring white.

Of course I should point out that they make all kinds of cards for almost any occasion. And the best thing? You can order a printed sample of the card or invite to see exactly how it prints and feels before you place your final order.

Jodie's Touch of Style on holiday cards

Another fabulous service is the address book they have available. They have a free address printing service so you can even skip that part of the holiday card chore. And if you don’t already have the addresses? This company has a way to collect them via a private link through your social media accounts. Talk about thinking of everything.

Couples photos for holiday cards

And of course, you can have text on the back of the card to give some insight of what happened during your year.

message on holiday cards

Other Examples

I just had to include some samples of other types of holiday cards that you can choose through Basic Invite. There’s always the simple photo with subtle design around it below.

Or there’s the trifold version to incorporate some text among the photos.

trifold holiday cards

I absolutely loved this photo, and the fact that the picture takes up the entire card, with the lettering over it.

holiday cards for the season

And then there’s the option of including many photos from the year on your card.

And just in case you’re wondering about the cost of these cards, most are easily under $1 each. I know I’m always wondering if I could print them myself for less money, but have you ever thought about how expensive the color toner is for your personal printer? I only say that because we just bought ours and it wasn’t cheap.

Past Holiday Photo

Here is that old holiday photo back from my working days. This must have been about 2008 and I thought you’d enjoy seeing a glimpse of my crew from back in the day.

holiday cards from the past

Don’t forget if you want to try out Basic Invite, they are offering my readers a 30% discount with the code holi30. It will be good until well past Christmas, so you can use it for many events too.

And here’s another thought. Even if you aren’t interested in using Basic Invite’s service for your holiday cards, I always find it incredibly inspirational to look through their examples. I’ve gotten quite a few great ideas of ways to photograph people and the backdrops to use. For example the card above with the little boy between the parents. Isn’t that a fun way to show the family?

I was sent two cards and was paid for this post. But you know, that everything I say is absolutely true, and I thought this site would be very appropriate for all of us who still send out cards.

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  • I need to check this out. I really struggled to find a place that wasn’t too expensive and it shipped to Canada. I love Xmas cards, both the traditional and the photo ones of the family. I am really intrigued by the tri-fold option you mentioned because it bridges the card with a quick family update. Enjoy writing your cards up.

    • Thanks Bo! It has been amazing finding some of the great options out there. For a couple of years, we tried printing our own, but that didn’t seem any easier or cheaper. It has been so, so nice to find another way to keep the tradition alive!!

  • I love personalised cards and I save all of those I receive with photos on. I usually send my Mum and Dad personalised cards on special occasions with photos of my daughter but I haven’t had a batch of Christmas cards made up yet. I think I may do that this year, it makes them so much more special.

    EMma xxx

    • It really is so special with photos on them!! Maybe sometime we won’t be that way, but I just love seeing photo cards!!

  • Personalized card sounds like a really awesome idea. The fact that you can give it a personal touch makes a whole world of difference. This is really thoughtful gift to give.

    Jessica |

  • How fun that you classy gals have created a Christmas card for the three of you. I like the sentiment on the card with your photo and Rob’s. Happy everything…perfect.

    • They have some really nice sentiments!! I’m just not creative enough to come up with my own—

  • These cards are all adorable. You *almost* make me want to do cards again. 🙂 I’ve started sending cards mainly to those who aren’t on Facebook, but I do love, love getting cards.

  • Before I would send out cards all the time, with the passage of time, it seems like less people even have a mail box ! So I have to admit I stopped.

    • That’s interesting, Lorena!!! I never even thought about that issue!
      Is that a Panama thing?

      • I think it is… the postal service here is almost absent. Just to give you an idea, I use to go to the post office every Saturday. One Saturday when I went the had moved the POSTAL office !! torn it down and moved to a slum. Since then I quit paying for the service as I was terrified of going to the postal office.

        • Wow!! That’s such a different way than here ! I can see why you wouldn’t go!!

  • I love the title of this post, because that’s me! I can’t even begin to tell you how sad I feel that hardly anyone sends Xmas cards anymore. I get less and less every year. Now everyone does a FB post instead. It’s just not the same as getting a card in the mail and displaying it in your house for a month! I really love the ones you created, and I especially love the trifold card and I might case that one for myself!

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one Amy! Because I hate to be one of those people that thumbs their nose at the new technology. But there are some things that are still near and dear to my heart!
      There was even a time, I thought I’d make my own Christmas cards—ha ha—that definitely didn’t happen! But ordering them is so much easier!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I love that you can get a sample card sent to you before purchasing all your cards. What a great idea. And that’ so awesome you can put text – like an update on your year – on the back of these!


    • Thanks Lauren!! I don’t know if all card companies do these kinds of things, but I thought it was fabulous!!

  • Bette A. Stevens

    Beautiful personalized cards! 🙂 Thanks for sharing; I’ll share your post too. <3 Happy Holidays!

  • Stevie Turner

    Great cards!

  • Shahab Khan

    As usual very interesting post! Thanks for sharing….!!!

    printing in India

  • Awesome! Even better that you can print out a sample first!

  • ohhh gosh it has been years since i last sent out a holiday card…heheh but certainly love the personal touch to it!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

    • Thanks Mahryska!!
      It is easy to get out of the habit…but I just love getting these from my friends, so I’ve been trying to do it yearly!

  • I really like that quote, and I think you are right, we can let cards disappear if we keep on this path. Though a part of me also feels that photo cards lose just as much of the charm I expect from a holiday card. I like having something that folds, which I can display – remember when a photo used to be tucked on the inside? And most of the time photo card senders don’t even bother to sign the card, let alone write a personal message. At the same time, I appreciate what services like Basic Invite do to help make card sending simple, stress free, and affordable.

    • You are so right Lydia!! Because when I send out these cards, I don’t write a personal message or sign them. So even these have gotten too automated maybe??
      I’ve been talking with friends how we should try to embrace change, yet there still are many things I want to keep like before.

  • These are so delightful, thanks for sharing! I love the quote of the day too, xox


  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    OMG I love your Christmas cards photos, Jodie! You all look amazing and happy.
    TOO CUTE FOR WORDS! Thanks for sharing all these!
    Have a great weekend!
    Much love, Len

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    I’m not and have never been much of a card person, but these personalized cards are really cool! I might have to check it out…

    • I guess I’ve always been a card person!! For awhile I was even making cards. But that’s definitely gone by the wayside now!!
      But having family photos on holiday cards really makes me feel like I am keeping up with all of my friends!!

  • Wonderful post Jodie! All photos are lovely but I especially love the first and the last! I think hand-written cards are a lovely tradition, there’s something nostalgic getting a real card delivered by a postman. Thank you for introducing us to this site and giving us a discount code.

    Busy days ahead with the most wonderful time of the year coming up soon! At the end of the day, it’s keeping in touch with people we love that is important. I must admit, I use social media and the old-fashioned telephone to connect with friends and family. It’s been too long since I’ve actually mailed a letter or card.


    • It’s definitely true that mailing cards has gotten fewer and far between! But having these photos to hold onto always seems special to me. Even if I see the photos on social media, I don’t print them. And I usually go through them and look at the old ones at least every couple of years!!

  • I think these are a great idea. Great to send to pr’s with our logo or photo on too! xx

  • Oh my gosh I remember making holiday cards for friends in school! Ahh good old days, sadly, as I grew up this tradition completely died. Now all we do is send texts or wish on social media! This seems like a very wonderful idea, I am going to give it a try this year, will definitely check their site 🙂

    • You’ll have to try this again Anita!! It’s such a joy to get theses in the mail!!!

  • I need to check this site out! Love these personalized cards!

  • fashionistha

    THis is adorable..such memories though!

  • Lippie 143

    Really enjoyed Reading the post.. i love holiday cards too.

    Lippie 💋

  • We are getting our family Santa photo done tomorrow, gotta get a move on with my Christmas cards, haha! 🙂 We always send a card out each year, but lately I’ve been sending them out late, need to try be more on time!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I think it perfectly fine to get your cards out late, Mica!!! It’s still a wonderful holiday greeting no matter when people get the card!!!
      I hope you’ll show us the fabulous photos!!!

  • Thanks for this post! going to make my cards soon =)



  • Mother Daughter

    I love Christmas cards though I haven’t went any for a couple of years. I don’t think the online cards have quite as much sentiment. I am going to pass the name of this company along to some friends who send picture cards.

    • These are some nice cards, Victoria!!
      I’ve seen some nice online cards, but to me it’s not the same!!!!

  • How fun is this? Christmas cards are my favorite! I think heya re so special!


  • Judy Gramith

    We’ve never done a holiday personal photo card but always mail an actual card each year. Thls year, because of our move and newly built home, it might be a perfect time to start a new tradition.
    I’ll be checking out this offer with the tempting 30% off for sure!

    • As much as I like normal holiday cards, I never feel the need to keep those after the fact!!! And I think you’re right……this is the perfect time for a photo card!!!
      I want to see what you pick!!!!!!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    Since I got married, I have sent out holiday cards! They are so fun to look back on!

    Stylin In St. Louis

    • They really are great memories!!!
      Thanks Jacqueline!!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I’m not much of a holiday card person any more. Yours look beautiful, you are so crafty!

    • You’d have some great ones with you in your wetsuits!!!!

  • I really love holiday cards! I always save ours too. So fun to see yours! That pic of you and your hubby is too cute!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Jodie, these are wonderful. I do the same thing! I love the personal touch of cards, even though I get Holiday E-cards, getting a physical card is special. These are great samples! I sent mine out last yr with a pic of the pups in thier santa suits! ;-0
    Have a great weekend!
    jess xx

    • I love cards with pets included!!! And your two pups are the cutest!!!

  • I love holiday cards, especially when they are personalized. Digital cards are just not the same!


    Tamara –

    • I’m so glad to hear you say this Tamara!!! Because I wondered if I thought this because I’m old!!!!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I already ordered my Christmas cards. How far past Christmas will they honor the code as our Foundation will be doing a tea in early spring?? Would love to try them! Let me know…we’d probably order invites by late Feb.
    Bev xo

    • Wow. You are really on top of thing Bev!!!
      And I bet that they will honor the code even then! My contact, Katie made it sound like it would be good for awhile!!!!

  • Oh my gosh I love that photo of you from 2008! Look at you with the fancy neckline that is so on-trend right now! You were (are!) a trendsetter! I have a relative that sends out cards at Valentines b/c she’s too busy during the winter holidays and then they are really unexpected and don’t get lost in the holiday shuffle. Cards have really come a long way haven’t they?

    • They have come a long way!! I always want to send out New Years cards for that same reason but my hubby vetos that idea! He likes his Christmas cards!!!
      Thanks Julia!!!!

  • Fantastic! Did you and Rob share a business?
    I am all for self made cards! Our Cats have to put up with dressing up for years! Happy weekend Jodie!

    • Rob managed my dental practice the last 8 years I practiced!! It was so nice to have him keeping things organized!!!
      Thanks Nancy!!
      I want to see your kitties dressed up!!!

      • I can imagine that! You had quit a practice with so many employees!
        I will defenitely show them with their Christmas Suits!😂😂😂😂

  • BarbaraRP

    Hi, Jodie! Yes, I still love sending out Christmas cards and take great care to choose the perfect card that best reflects my wishes to loved ones for that year. Although I have a master list that gets slightly tweaked from year to year, I strive to keep my list to 50 people or less. Otherwise, the task ceases to be fun. I always use boxed cards and add a personal message. Last year, I found the perfect card at Marshall’s! I’m on the hunt, but so far have not discovered my perfect card for 2017.

    • I used to always get the sale cards from the year before, but now we just don’t have the room to store that!!! But there are some fun cards available every year!!
      Good luck with the search and thanks Barbara!!!!

  • Great photo/card of the three of you ladies!

  • We love sending out Christmas cards! I love the one from the 3 of you it’s so perfect!

    • It really makes the season so special!!
      Thanks Laura

  • kim

    I will have to check these out Jodie! I love to send holiday cards. I love that you can see the card and feel it before you order.

    • It’s amazing how easy they make the process now and all of the options!!
      Thanks Kim

  • I’m definitely a card sender. I spend a good deal of time looking for just the right card and verse and insert a photo collage of the family to keep.

    Like you, I keep the photo cards we’ve been sent over the years…and display them on a tree we put up in our back hallway.

    Love cards! ❤️

    • That’s such a great idea to display the old cards!! I’ve done that with the new ones from everyone one year but I never thought of that with the old ones!!!
      I may have to put that on my winter bucket list!!!
      Thanks Em!!!!

      • We put up the older photo and nes and add the new ones as they come in…it’s fun to see the families and friends grow.

        Adding this bc I forgot to say l loved your idea of adding a mini digest to the BACK of the card…wonderful idea!!!

        • I really like this aspect of it too, Em! I mean, I really enjoy the photo, but it’s also nice to hear a little about the year (not the entire page or 2 ones that I sometime get…..LOL)

  • Shahab Khan

    great post.!!!
    letterhead printing

  • Karen

    Those are beautiful cards. I still send Christmas cards too because I’m old school that way! I really enjoyed seeing the picture of you and your staff! That’s a fun idea and I’m sure patients liked receiving those. I liked your summary of your year. So many times you get those Christmas news letters from the impossibly perfect families, but yours is real and fun to read. This gives me the idea of creating cards for my sons using family photos from when they were really little. Creative juices are flowing now….!

    • That’s such a great idea to make a card from old photos!!! That would be super fun!!
      I do love new technology and want to keep up with the world, but I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready to give up these holiday cards!!

  • Pretty cards! I always mean to send cards out!

    • It does take some time to put these together, but I love having them from all my friends!!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    How cool lovely ideas!!
    Mónica Sors

  • Such lovely cards! Have a nice weekend.
    Gemma xx

  • Thank you for sharing this with us love. Wishing you a happy November. Kisses, Dominica from London.