Christmas is right around the corner and we’d just like to get a hip hip hooray! We’re excited — can you tell? You’ve probably already been listening to Christmas music and crossing your Christmas shopping list off — one by one. Now it’s time to mail out your Christmas cards! The best part of the holidays, if you ask us. Luckily you don’t have to spend a million hours writing out addresses, stuffing envelopes or waiting at the post office for stamps. Postable will do all of the leg work for you while you sit back and take care of the fun stuff — like choosing this year’s Christmas card.
So, who to send Christmas cards to?
Perhaps you’re updating your Christmas card list this year and not sure who to include. Well, we got you covered.
[Pro tip: If you need some help collecting (or updating) your lists’ mailing addresses — use the free Postable address book to do it for you. It’ll take you all of a few minutes so you can get to the fun stuff.]
This one is kind of a given, but mom and dad aren’t the only ones who would love to receive a Christmas card from you. Besides your grandparents — who obviously also deserve a card — think about your cousins, uncles and just about any other extended family you may have. Basically anyone you’d love to know that you’re thinking of them. This would be especially great for any family member that may be too far away to join in on the family activities — it sucks to be alone during Christmas so make sure they know that they’re in your thoughts.
Another obvious one — true. Once again, give it some more thought. While the friends you stay in touch with now should be on your Christmas card list, what about those that you’ve lost touch with? Remember your childhood bestie that you speak with maybe twice a year? They’d likely love a Christmas card from one of their oldest friends. What about those friends that you’d like to get back in touch with? A Christmas card is a great way to get the communication train back up and running. Then there’s the family friend. Perhaps your best friend’s parents have been your extended family your whole life — why not send them some love during the holidays? Don’t forget your work friends! What would life be without the people that make the work day that much better?! Mondays wouldn’t be the same without them — let them know you’re grateful for their existence.
Business Holiday cards are a great way to touch base with your customers during the most joyful time of year. There are about a million reasons why it’s both business savvy and just nice to send Business Holiday cards. First of all, you’ll be putting your brand in front of existing customers (hello customer retention!) during the highest peak season of the year. The time that most consumers are getting ready (or have already started) to begin shopping for gifts and services is definitely the time of year it’s a good idea to remind customers of your products and services. The basic idea behind customer retention is building a relationship with your clients. What better way to do that than to send personal business holiday cards?
Boss & Employees
Staying with the business theme for a minute — think about sending a special Holiday card to your boss and employees. Even if you have a few higher ups that you consider your boss(s), take the time to write personal messages to all of them. Assuming there are only a few, each personal card should only take a few minutes. If you’re on the fence about sending your employees their own Holiday cards — don’t be. Sending out company holiday cards to your employees will be the single easiest way to boost morale and that’s not something to take for granted. Your employees want to know that they’re appreciated.
We’ve already established the importance of mailing Holiday cards to clients, but what about potential clients and other business contacts? Again, the perfect opportunity to remind people of your brand and open the door for new opportunities. Thank your business contacts for their support over the last year and start the conversation for future business together. A short (and sweet) holiday message will go a long way.
Let’s start with your neighbors. Whether you’ve been close (or not) with the folks living next to (or above) you — why not try and warm up relations if not just a bit. Next time you see each other out on the driveway (or in the stairwell of your apartment building) you’ll have that delightful Christmas card to talk about. And you already know their address, so addressing the cards will be a breeze. Next, think about the folks that make up the rest of your community — your local firefighters etc. Think about the folks who do a whole lot for your community. These people deserve a little extra warmth this holiday season!
There are some families out there that won’t be home for Christmas. It’s likely not the easiest time of the year for them and they could use a little extra love this Christmas. Thankfully you can offer a tiny bit of that love by sending them Christmas cards. It’s such a simple act that can go a really long way. Charities like Cards for Hospitalized Kids do all the leg work — all you have to do is send the card to:
Cards for Hospitalized Kids
7290 W. Devon
Chicago, IL 60631
Last, but absolutely not least — send Christmas cards to our soldiers. Another small task that can easily go a long way to giving a little warmth to someone’s holiday season. It’s the least we can do. Many of our service members are out serving their country — away from their family and friends. Send them a warm message and thank them for their sacrifice.