You might remember last year about this time when I reviewed custom photo holiday cards from Minted.com. Imagine my pleasure when someone from Minted contacted me again this year to do another review. I admit, that besides the lure of beautiful, professionally crafted Christmas cards to mail out to friends and family, that I was intrigued to see what the company had changed this year and what new designs they had to offer.
I wasn’t disappointed! I couldn’t say for sure, but I think this year they’ve doubled (or maybe even tripled!) the number of available designs to choose from. And there is literally something for everyone. Do you want a secular holiday card, appropriate for passing out as someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas? Or maybe you’re looking for something with a heart-felt message of faith? Do your interests swing towards the more modern, or retro-stylish look? Perhaps you prefer a traditional, elegant card. Whatever your fancy, Minted has what you’re looking for.
Last year I mentioned that the cost might be somewhat prohibitive. It’s still a little pricey for those of us who do most of our Christmas card shopping at places like Walmart, but when you consider the quality and service you get with Minted, the prices are really not that bad. Especially when you consider you can get corporate cards, engagement announcements, wedding invitations, baby shower announcements…. the list goes on. Custom cards like that aren’t exactly cheap, and Minted’s prices are very much in line and often, you can get a great deal on something that looks like it cost a whole lot more.
Last year, everyone was very impressed with our Christmas cards. We had many people ask us where got them from and I was more than happy to pass on the information. We’re not usually the bragging sorts, but it felt good to have people ooh and ahh over our cards (and the cute kiddo pics we selected go on them!).
It also needs to be mentioned that Minted has made the ordering process even simpler than it was last year. Last year I wanted to have a picture of each of my three children on the front of the card. Unfortunately, it was next to impossible to get everyone together in one picture and looking appropriate. I wanted to use one picture for each child. My solution was firing up my trust photo editing program and creating a collage that I saved as one image and then used that. Not difficult at all for me, but I can see where other people might not be able to or know how to do that for themselves. This year, Minted offers many cards that are MADE for multiple images. I had my pick of beautiful designs, since I planned to do the same this year, with three separate images.
Once you submit your order, the folks at Minted proof it closely, making sure the typography is centered and that the photos are looking their best. I was impressed at how quickly they got back to me via email with a proof to approve. And once approved, it took just a few days for the order to show up on my doorstep. So if you’re thinking it’s too late to get custom cards this year, think again!
Consider pampering yourself (and your loved ones!) with a custom card from Minted this year. It sure had eliminated a lot of guesswork for me this year and I’m actually (gasp) looking forward to sending these out! I just need to go get stamps and I’m all set!