Well, Thanksgiving is over… so it must be time for Christmas! We listened to holiday music on our drive home from the in-laws’ on today, and then spent some time looking for boxed cards that we could agree on. (We’d already struck out at Target and Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago.) You’d think this would be easy, but I love stationary and have pretty high standards, and sometimes it is a little tricky to mesh two people’s tastes together.
So, was I ever glad when I stumbled upon Night Owl Paper Goods during a Google search for cute, original, preferably eco-friendly Christmas cards. I had no idea it was a local company until I saw the 205 area code in front of their phone number. What a nice surprise! They have adorable card designs, some printed on recycled cotton paper and some on thin pieces of wood, some that can be personalized and some that can’t. Even better, the cards I liked the most were on sale! (Be sure to click on the “sale” section because those do not come up when you click on “holiday cards.”) They also have an assortment of gifts like bookmarks, pocket-sized notepads, calendars, etc.
My other favorite card site (and the one I ordered Christmas cards from last year) is Curly Girl Design. I love her unique sayings and artwork, full of personality, cheer, and exactly the right sentiments. Last year I also had a great experience with the customer service team, who happily adjusted my order when I had a “Doh!” moment and realized I could have saved money by ordering a boxed set instead of several individual cards. Leigh also has a fun, eye-catching blog at curlygirldesign.com/blog.
If you are looking for classy return address labels for your holiday cards, I came across some today on Lemon Tree Paperie. Stylish, modern, and lovely, they come in both circular and rectangular shapes. However, they’re quite expensive, so I’ll probably just stick with my old standby Vistaprint, but if you wanted to get some really pretty labels as a splurge or a gift, I am drooling over their selection. It looks like they have all kinds of other gifts too, like personalized plates, bibs, bag tags, ice buckets, etc. (By the way, if you decide to go the Vistaprint route, you never have to pay full price there. Just sign up for their email list, and every day you’ll get an email for 25% off or 140 address labels “free,” etc.)