It’s December, so that means one thing: the time to send Christmas cards is now! If you’re looking for a way to save time and money while spreading that holiday cheer, eCards are your answer. More and more people every year are switching to Christmas eCards for many reasons: they cost less, are easily shared, environmentally friendly, and are more customizable than traditional cards—just to name a few. The trick with perfecting a Christmas eCard is to give it your personal touch. Just follow these four easy steps to make someone’s inbox jingle.
1. Choose the right photo
Your holiday photo is arguably the most important component of the card. Be sure to pick one that is high quality, in focus, recent, and appropriate for anyone’s fridge. If you can’t just pick one or two photos, then you should consider making a Christmas collage, instead. All that being said—if you’re camera shy or more of just a words kind of person, feel free to forgo this part of the card.
2. Pick a matching template
Once you have your photo, select a template that fits the theme or style of that image. There are countless Christmas eCard templates online, ranging from playful to sophisticated, traditional to modern, funny to meaningful. If you’re using a formal family portrait, choose a classic template layout and font. If you’re going with a goofy picture, maybe a quirky Christmas character template would be a humorous supplement.
3. Ramp up the personalization
Next comes the part where you really touch some hearts: the customization. Play around with the colors, fonts, music, text, and number of photos until your card looks exactly how you wish. Start off with a traditional Christmas greeting, such as “Merry Christmas to you and your family.” Then add more personal wishes, along the lines of:
“The [insert last name here] family wishes you and all those close to you a joyous holiday season and new year filled with happiness and health.”
Or, if you prefer something generic that applies to everyone on your list:
“To those we love and see each day and other loved ones far away, to all good friends who mean so much and those with whom we’re out of touch… Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.”
Remember, the best Christmas wishes of all are those you come up with on your own. People can feel the difference.
4. Sharing: the easy (and fun) part
Christmas eCards are a cinch to deliver. No postage and no waiting in line. With just a click you can share your beautiful card with friends, family, coworkers and more, via email or social media. If you prefer the paper-card feel, go ahead and print your eCard at home and hand it out the traditional way.