In case you’re living in denial, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but in two days you’re going to have to start caring about Christmas. It’s coming, whether we’re ready or not. If you’re a check-list-checker, probably the first thing you’ll be looking to do is order Christmas cards. I’m more the type that delays this task as long as possible, then panics and stresses about it unnecessarily, and finally gets it done just in time. Because that’s the true meaning of Christmas you know, procrastination and panic.
This year I’m happy to say that I’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the actual true meaning of Christmas because my Christmas cards are DONE! We had about 10 great family pictures from our recent New Zealand vacation, so that part was easy (though I must say, my #1 piece of advice for Christmas card pictures is that you should wear make-up if you think there is any chance you might take a snapshot that will eventually be mailed to everyone you know and then posted on the internet).
There are tons of options when it comes to picking a Christmas card, and this year I went with Pinhole Press.
I was really drawn to their clean, simple website and design interface, and they had a broad selection of holiday cards. I’m fairly picky (or as Katy recently told me, “selective”, which sounds so much classier), so usually I can only find one or two designs that I like on any given website, but I immediately found 7 or 8 on Pinhole Press that I loved. I prefer a bold statement card without a lot of frills or decoration and they really fit the bill.
I finally settled on this card because one side features your entire 5×7 picture with no text, so recipients could technically frame it or display it if they really loved you enough.
The other side has space for some text which you can customize to any message. The only change I would make to the Pinhole Press interface would be an option to change the font and font color. I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen this one, but I’m fine with it. Other than that, the interface for customizing your card was the most user friendly of any I’ve ever seen. I was very impressed with the simplicity of the whole process.
The paper quality is excellent, a nice thick matte card stock. The picture quality is slightly less crisp when you print on cardstock versus photo paper, but it’s a trade I’m willing to make for a nice substantial card like this. (plus, it helps with the no make-up issue.)
Pinhole Press has a ton of card options for any occasion, but they also offer framing services, photo books, decor, calendars, journals, labels, and my personal favorite – reusable wall decals! They can even turn your photographs into a puzzle. I received this fun puzzle of our family picture and my girls were so psyched about it I wished I had saved it for Christmas. I chose the option for a 12 piece puzzle, but you can also choose 60 or 252 pieces if you’re adventurous!
What kid wouldn’t have fun putting together a puzzle of themselves? Or perhaps decapitating their siblings’ picture whilst taking it apart?
Pinhole Press compensated me for this post, but all opinions are my own. I genuinely recommend them for your cards this year if you’re still shopping around. Right now they have free shipping if you spend $75 too!