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The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start making your lists. We’re not only talking about your wish list for Santa but also your mailing list. This is the time of year to send out holiday cards to friends, family, and coworkers to remind them how much you care about them. But maybe you want to do something different this year. Getting a pack of 100 blank cards with holiday designs on it might start to get old after a while. If that’s the case, here are a few creative ideas for you to consider with your holiday greeting cards.

1. Arts & Crafts

Instead of buying a pack of pre-designed cards and simply filling them out, why not make your own? If you’re getting tired of just writing out greeting after greeting, make it a fun activity and add your own creative touch. Get the kids involved and make it family time. Buzzfeed has a great list of fun DIY cards that is sure to keep you busy. You can do something as simple as hand-drawn seasonal images or as elaborate as creating a popup card. Your recipients are sure to be wowed by your creations.

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(Source: Buzzfeed)

2. Make Your Photos Interesting

If you include a holiday photo in your cards, think about coming up with something different. Last year was the picture in front of the fireplace. This year, maybe try one of these ideas from Mashable or these ideas from Shutterfly and spruce it up a little. Show your friends and family that you know how to take a creative holiday photo!

3. Add a Treat

Garnish your holiday cards with a small treat. Adding something small to your greetings like a candy cane or a chocolate bar can serve as a nice finishing touch while also giving your loved ones a special treat they can eat!

4. Pick a Theme

Not entirely sure what to do at all? Picking a theme for your cards and photos is a good way to get you started. Dress up as your favorite TV show’s characters for your pictures and include a reference to a favorite quote or episode. Choose a holiday expression like “deck the halls” or “rocking around the Christmas tree” and tailor your cards to reflect it. Themes are a good way to give yourself some guidelines to go with if you’re having trouble coming up with you own.

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(Source: Mashable)

5. Ornament Cards

Have you ever tried a card that doubles as an ornament decoration? That’s what ornament cards do! This version of holiday cards are thick and durable, similar to a drink coaster. You can customize them with your own images and greetings, and then send them to loved ones to serve as a hanging ornament on their tree or around the house. Visit Ornamentcard.com and make your own personalized cards.

There are endless possibilities with what to do for your holiday greeting cards. You can combine any of the above ideas or use them with other ideas you might have. Get creative and show your loved ones just how much you care for them.

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