It's never too early to start checking out holiday cards. Am I right? Lets be real, Christmas is hands down my favorite holiday. It's when everything looks so pretty with all the lights, people seem to be so happy and generous, and food, theres always some peppermint chocolates or cookies laying around.
When we were kids my parents would dress my brother and I up in these completely ridiculous outfits. We would go to JCPenny and get our photos taken. There was basically no smiling, just melt downs and tears. Regardless, my parents stuck to that tradition so that they could send out holiday cards each year.
And while I was scarred from those very dark days for years, I seem to be coming around as Mike and I grow our family (with Kona our seven month old puppy that is). I feel like overall I've just become more domestic and want to do some more "basic" things that a typical wife would do, I suppose. Like hosting dinner parties, baking desserts for fun, and sending out cards with photos that are already slathered all over social media.
There is something about the novelty of receiving a card. Since basically everything is online, we train our brains that the only things we get in the mail are newspapers no one reads, coupons we all forget to use if we even bother to look at them, and bills that we already paid online. But, when you do get a card in the mail, its so unexpected, and if you're anything like me, you get a little giddy.
But, where do you even go for cards these days? Where can you find something that you can customize, because having the same holiday cards as someone is not even in question. If you're anything like me, you want to be able to try out different colors and layouts. In my search, I ended up stumbling onto Basic Invite, a custom holiday card website.
I'm such a sucker for customizing cards, invitations, basically anything related to design and you have my attention. I can't tell you how many invitations I went through for our wedding and how many color combinations I did until they were just right! We ended up going with watercolor, obviously if you know anything about me. And to my surprise, Basic Invite has some amazing options for watercolor holiday cards. If you'd rather show off your adorable little pup, or your gorgeous family, they have a selection of holiday photo cards. Or, if you just want to stick to the basics, there are some great modern holiday card options, as well. It only takes a few minutes to customize, which is so nice that you're not spending hours trying to do what I did before I found this company.
Basic Invite has so many features that will really make your holiday card shopping so much easier and heres why.
Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.
Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.
Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.
Foil - Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.
Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code 15FF51. Use at checkout for your next holiday card purchase!
Give them a try and let me know what you think!