Running a company in the midst of 2020 turbulence cannot be easy. Celebrating the 2020 holiday season, however, can be quite doable (albeit an exit from the norm) with a virtual company holiday party! So, maybe the idea of planning a virtual company holiday party is making you a little nervous. We get it — it’s totally new terrain for many company owners and managers. Luckily, planning and executing a successful virtual company holiday party is a lot like any other holiday event. It just requires a bit of brainstorming, organization and planning — the guide to which is right at your fingertips. We’re here to help make sure your employees and team members are talking about the insanely fun virtual holiday event their management pulled off during an unprecedented holiday season.Continue reading
Want to cheer up a friend? Especially nowadays with everything feeling a little over-the-top gloomy… The global pandemic is very much still present and social distancing measures means many of us have been isolated for months. Safe to say that’s pretty gloomy. So again, if you could cheer up a friend — wouldn’t you? Luckily — sending funny greeting cards to your friends (and let’s not forget family) will do just that! And it couldn’t be easier because Postable can literally do it for you.
Our pick of 41 funny greeting cards to send someone with a sense of humor (or not).
Even after the pandemic is [hopefully] nothing more than a distant memory, sending funny greeting cards to friends and family will still be a simple and easy way to bring some joy into their lives. Maybe you’re the king of good jokes and can easily make everyone in your life giggle uncontrollably. But if you’re anything like the rest of us, you may need a helping hand to make the folks in your life instantly cheer up. Lucky for you, this epic list gives you plenty of options to choose from.
If you’re already plotting festivities for the 2020 holiday season, we’re going to be great friends. Here at Postable, we’re kind-of-sort-of obsessed with the holidays and get all sorts of giddy about answering questions like when to send Christmas cards. We’ve got straight forward answers along with plenty of tips and tricks to make you a Christmas card sending pro in no time. So hold onto your horses (or reindeer) and let’s dive right in.
As a rule of thumb, the post office typically takes 3-7 days to deliver domestic mail. In some cases it may take less than 3 days and others it can take longer than 7. It happens. But for the most part, the 3-7 day rule of thumb applies. That is of course, unless it’s the holiday season. When the number of people using the post office increases, it tends to slow the mail delivery times down. And while not everyone mails a Mother’s Day card (shame on you), most people do place holiday cards in the mail at about the same time of the year.
You can imagine this kind of mail traffic will cause some delays. During the holidays the typical mailing time slows down to around 2 weeks. Sure, there’s still a chance it will be less than that, but in our experience 2 weeks is generally the case.
Additionally, this year the post office may be experiencing even further delays given the cutbacks.
Pro tip: You can schedule all of your Christmas cards ahead of time with Postable. Beautiful cards mailed for you.
So, how to know when to mail out your cards? Let’s break it down by a few holidays.
When to send out Christmas cards?
Dec 1st – December 10th (sort of)
In an ideal world, you’d mail your Christmas cards on December 1st. This will give them plenty of time to arrive by Christmas and will help your recipients feel the holiday love leading up to the big day. Be careful not to mail them too early — if Thanksgiving hasn’t rolled around just yet we’d suggest holding off on mailing out your Christmas cards.
Again, remember to estimate about 2 weeks for your mailing time (especially this year as there may be even more delays with the post office). Also consider that the post office doesn’t deliver on December 24th or 25th (postal workers have families too!). Count the days from December 23rd — this gives you December 9th as your 2 week buffer.
It’s not an exact science. But if you want to assure your cards arrive prior to Christmas — place them in the mail by or around December 10th (the closer to the 1st the better). They may arrive a few days early, but by the time December rolls around we’re all in a permanent holiday state of mind anyway!
And if by some chance your Christmas cards arrive a few days after Christmas just know that your recipients will still feel the love and joy from your greeting. Many people enjoy receiving Christmas cards after the 25th as it keeps them in a jolly state of mind (the Christmas tree is still up after all).
When to order Christmas cards?
If you’re planning on writing and addressing your Christmas cards yourself, you’ll want to order your Christmas cards well in advance. Not only will you want to leave time to place them in the mail, but you’ll also want to allow plenty of time for yourself to write your personal message and address & stamp all the envelopes. Speaking of which — don’t forget to buy your USPS stamps in advance too!
If your to-do list is quickly taking over your life or you simply wish to spend your free time on other holiday-esque activities like baking cookies and proceeding to eat them all, Postable (hey, that’s us!) can address and mail them all out for you. Yes, we use real USPS First Class stamps. All you have to do is the fun part: choose & customize from a selection of gorgeous cards designed by world-class artists! Yes, you can order a box of cards too!
Who should you send Christmas cards to?
The question should really be what card should you send to whom because at the end of the day, most people in your life would be delighted to receive a Christmas card from you. Especially in a year as hard as 2020. On the other hand, maybe skip mailing your long lost friend from middle school a random Christmas greeting.
The key to remember is not everyone on your list should receive the same Christmas card. Your friends will adore seeing your kids’ smiling faces, but may very well confuse your clients.
Pro tip: You can choose and customize different card designs when you use Postable and select the recipients with ease.
Some suggestions on people you should send a Christmas card to (certainly not a limited list):
- Friends (both immediately close and those you see on occasion, but are still a part of your life)
When to mail Holiday cards?
December 1st – December 15th (sort of)
Holiday cards, much like Christmas cards have a similar dilemma — the post office seasonal back up. If you’re just aiming to get your holiday cards delivered before the end of December — try to get your cards in the mail by December 15th. This will give the post office about 2 weeks to get the cards out and delivered. The earlier you get them out, the less of a chance there is that your cards will get lost in the post office shuffle.
As with Christmas cards, if they’re a little late — no harm done. Most people will still be getting a stream of holiday cards in early January along with their New Year’s cards. If nothing else, it’ll give them that little boost of festive joy that they’ll already begin to miss.
When to send out business holiday cards?
December 1st – December 15th (or later)
Here is the simple answer: same as your other holiday cards. Business holiday cards tend to be mailed in bulk quantities and thus represent a decent investment, so we’d recommend mailing these out as close to December 1st as possible to avoid having any of them get lost in the post office holiday shuffle.
If you end up placing them in the mail later, it’s ok. They may get received later in December or early January, but your clients and employees will appreciate receiving them nonetheless.
Pro tip: Sending business holiday cards to clients vs. employees.
Given the differences in relationships between the one you have with your customers and the one you have with your employees it only makes sense that you treat the cards a bit differently. When addressing business holiday cards to your clients you’ll want to use their professional office address. On the other hand, you’ll want to mail your company holiday cards to your employees’ homes.
When to mail New Year’s cards?
December 1st – January 7th
New Year’s cards are a bit unique in that the holiday they’re celebrating will continue for a whole lot longer than just one day. Because of this you’ve got yourself a much wider acceptable window. You can send your Happy New Year’s Cards early during the holiday season or if you happen to wait until the last minute — getting New Year’s Cards during January still makes perfect sense. So long as your recipients get your New Year’s wishes before the end of January, they’re fair game!
This means you can place your cards in the mail pretty much as early as the beginning of December up until about the first week of January.
When to mail Thanksgiving Cards?
November 7th – November 14th
Thanksgiving cards — while totally awesome and greatly appreciated by everyone — don’t tend to cause the same rush of mail as the rest of the holidays. Good news for those who may wait until the last minute! The typical 3-7 day delivery time still applies so if you get wrapped up in life it’s not the end of the world. Though, as mentioned before, there may be extra slow downs this year so keep that in mind.
Remember — the post office will not be delivering the cards on Thanksgiving. This means when you’re calculating how far in advance (using the 3-7 days) use the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as your day 1. That means if you want to get your cards delivered by Thanksgiving — put them in the mail by November 17th. Also something to keep in mind — late Thanksgiving cards don’t have quite the same effect as late Christmas cards. People will still love getting a late Christmas card. However, once Thanksgiving has come and gone, people have moved on to more exciting things. So try to get those Thanksgiving cards in the mail on time. Earlier is definitely better in this case.
Timing on sending cards out-of-state or overseas:
If you’re mailing out-of-state Christmas cards, the timing recommendations mentioned earlier generally apply the same across all continental states.
However, if you’re mailing overseas you’ll want to take special consideration. Timing will be varied and depend greatly on the recipient country’s postal service. As a very general rule of thumb international mail usually takes at least 14 days during non-holiday months.
How to send Christmas cards out on time?
Ok, so we’ve told you when to mail out your Christmas cards, but now you’re wondering how to make it actually happen with everything else you’ve got going on. We get it. To-do lists are never ending. So here are a few of our tips to actually make it happen in 2020!
Put each step here on your calendar!
Organize your Christmas card list.
Write your holiday message.
Address & stamp the envelopes.
Put them in the mail!
Pro tip: You can skip steps 3, 4 & 5 with Postable.
Put it on your calendar.
If you’re an avid calendar user then you know the value in actually adding tasks in. If it’s not on your calendar, it may very well not happen… At least not on time.
Organize your Christmas card list.
The first step is to get organized. Whether you have a list from previous years or you’re starting from scratch. Make a list of folks you’d like to send a card to (refer to the list we mentioned earlier for advice) and then fill out their actual mailing addresses.
You can use a spreadsheet to keep track of everything and send out emails and texts to collect the information. Remember to check if anyone has moved.
The easiest way to do this — without having to figure out Excel or send out a million emails — is to use Postable’s free (yes, free) holiday address book. This handy tool allows you to quickly collect mailing addresses and keep them organized. If you’re already a proud owner of this handy dandy tool, you can even use it to quickly update your recipients’ information.
Safe & secure. Easy to use holiday address book. Collect and organize your Christmas list with ease.
Write your holiday messages.
This should be the easier step. Write from the heart, but keep it short and sweet (this isn’t a novel). Writing heartfelt holiday messages may be tough after the difficult year we’ve all had, but try not to focus too much on the negative.
Address & stamp the envelopes.
Have your USPS stamps at the ready and your organized list nearby. We’d suggest knocking this step out all at once depending on how many cards you’re sending or break it down into a few days. Just remember to add this into your calendar!
Postable will do this step for you!
Once you add your personal touches to your chosen design, Postable will address, stamp and mail your Christmas cards for you.
Put them in the mail!
That’s it. If you plan out these steps in your calendar in advance you’ll be able to place your cards in the mail on time.
OR use Postable to easily get all of these steps done in minutes.
Phew. That’s a lot of information to digest all at once. Here’s a quick summary of *general rules:
When to send summary:
- Christmas cards — Dec 1st – December 10th
- Holiday cards — December 1st – December 15th
- Business Holiday cards — December 1st – December 15th
- New Years cards — December 1st – January 7th *most flexible*
- Thanksgiving cards — November 7th – November 14th
Schedule your Christmas & Holiday cards to be mailed out on time for you. Beautiful selection without the hassle.
Most companies understand the value of mailing business holiday cards — brand visibility during peak season while people are earnestly opening their mail boxes is a big deal. What many companies don’t know, however, is the missed opportunity of mailing out business Thanksgiving cards. Showing gratitude is no small gesture and it’s certainly not one your customers and employees will forget any time soon. A simple thank you goes a long way and while sending business thank you cards throughout the year is always a good idea, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to share your gratitude. Especially in a year like 2020.
Before you take off for the family holiday be sure to get your business Thanksgiving cards ready to go. You can always schedule your cards well ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about this task during the busiest season of the year.
Not sure why sending business Thanksgiving cards makes good business sense? Here are four good reasons to change your mind.
Efficiently mail all of your business Thanksgiving cards from your computer. Postable will print, address and mail them for you!
1. The start of the holiday season means — sales.
Let’s get straight to the point. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of peak season for many companies. Consumers have created their season’s shopping list and are already on the prowl for the best deals. 2020 has obviously been a tough year for everyone so you can bet consumers will be extra conscious of how and where they spend their holiday money.
To avoid perverting the American holiday that’s all about gratitude, don’t use Thanksgiving to blatantly sell your products. Not only is that in poor taste, it may very well backfire and turn your customers away.
But sales are definitely one of the main benefits of mailing out your business Thanksgiving cards. While showing your gratitude, you’re inevitably going to be placing your brand in front of many potential sales. Holiday marketing will likely begin well before Thanksgiving even graces us with its presence so your clients will have already been bombarded with deals upon deals.
Use this as an opportunity to express gratitude and kindness and watch your customers pay attention. They will no doubt appreciate the gesture and your products will be at the top of their minds when shopping begins.
2. Customer retention.
Let’s pretend Thanksgiving isn’t the beginning of the highest shopping season of the year. The core of customer retention marketing is all about creating and maintaining relationships with your customer base. What better way to foster a strong relationship than to show gratitude? Customers want to shop and be associated with brands that have human qualities. Sending business greeting cards is especially important for online businesses where the human contact is missing from the customer experience interaction.
At a time when everyone is yearning for more connection, use this tool to foster better relationships with your base.
3. Thanksgiving cards for business marks an element of surprise.
As we mentioned, most companies have already gotten on the holiday card bandwagon. Rightly so. However, not nearly as many companies send Thanksgiving cards. Your company will likely be one of a few cards that your recipients will receive. Everybody expects a full mailbox during December, but a card in the mail before the season hits the fan will likely land as a big surprise. With that said, sending business greeting cards just about any time outside of Christmas will stand out. Combining the element of surprise with the human aspect of your brand for Thanksgiving will serve as a double whammy.
4. Focus on your brand.
Not only will the surprise factor be much higher — and who doesn’t want to delight their customers with a surprise — but you’ll also benefit from concentrated attention. Once December comes around, consumers will be sorting through a bunch of holiday cards — both personal and not-so-personal company cards. Their attention span will be divided and your job to get your company’s holiday card to stand out will prove to be tougher. On the other hand, if you send Thanksgiving cards, your clients won’t have their attention span divided since yours will likely be one of a few select.
Do’s and Don’ts with business Thanksgiving Cards
Do send your Thanksgiving cards for business on time.
Unlike other business holiday cards, late Thanksgiving cards don’t quite have the same effect. If a client receives a business Season’s Greetings card in early January — it’s not a big problem as many people will even appreciate the late holiday card. However, Thanksgiving cards received mid-December just don’t have the same effect. If you’re going to send business Thanksgiving cards, try to get them either scheduled well ahead of time or get them in the mail about 7-10 days before the holiday (the post office won’t be delivering on Thanksgiving so it’s better that they arrive a day or two early).
Don’t try to be too salesy.
While sending Thanksgiving cards is a great opportunity to grab your customers’ attention just in time for the highest sales season of the year, you don’t want your cards to appear sleazy. That totally defeats the effort of sending a card showing your gratitude. Simply putting your brand in front of your customers and associating it with something your clients can appreciate will serve the purpose. If you normally email your list with 25% off coupons — skip this in your Thanksgiving card to keep the meaning.
Do send a Thanksgiving card to the assistants.
Especially those assistants that work with your most important clients. These people are the ones usually responsible for setting meetings and forwarding messages. It’s always a good idea to show your appreciation for them separately — it will likely pay off in the future.
What to write inside your business Thanksgiving card?
Composing a business Thanksgiving message can be tricky. Especially in a year like 2020 (are there other years like 2020?) where you should definitely acknowledge the hardships many of your customers are experiencing without being depressing. Because let’s be honest, nobody needs more of that especially during the holidays.
The same tips and tricks that apply to your business holiday message applies here, but the main things to remember are:
- Keep it short.
- Acknowledge the elephant in the room — aka the sh*t storm that is/was 2020.
- Keep the focus on gratitude and a positive future.
Using Postable to mail out your Thanksgiving cards for business means you can use a template for all your recipients and then customize each Thanksgiving message further using the Carbon Copy tool. Oh, and Postable will mail your cards for you (if you’d like, of course)!
Efficiently mail all of your business Thanksgiving cards from your computer. Postable will print, address and mail them for you!
Move over Valentine, Galentine’s Day is in the building. Almost. And we’ve got the most perfect Galentine’s Day cards for all the best gals in your life to celebrate what’s arguably the greatest day of the year — February 13th.
As you’re prepping for the big Vday we’ve made it crazy easy to prep for the big Gday. And in case you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your besties this year, this list of greeting cards and gifts will also work for all your valentine’s day gifts for best friends. We know how busy life can get so we’ve done the leg work for you and found everything you could ever need to show the women in your life how amazing they are. But first, let’s answer a few simple questions.
What is Galentine’s Day mean?
For those not familiar with this glorious holiday, let us break it down for you. Galentine’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating lady friends. It’s really that simple.
What day is Galentine’s Day?
Galentine’s Day falls on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day.
Who started Galentine’s Day?
Leslie Knope, the delightful fictional character played by Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation, introduced the world to this wonderful holiday. And humankind is better for it.
During the Holidays, you should be spending time with your family watching re-runs of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and drinking copious amounts of eggnog. The precious time you do have during the holidays shouldn’t be spent scrambling to organize holiday cards. Long lines at the post office, waiting for your box of holiday cards to finally make it in the mail — no thanks to delayed delivery times– and cramping your hand from writing all of those mailing addresses are all a thing of the past. Let’s be honest, who actually enjoys writing out all those mailing addresses? Better yet, who has the time or the handwriting to make them look remotely legible or attractive? Wouldn’t you rather be baking holiday cookies or something?
We’re certainly not suggesting anyone give up holiday cards altogether. No Grinches here! In fact, sending holiday cards is our favorite holiday activity! That’s why we do it for you.
Ok, so how to send holiday cards without spending endless (precious) hours on stamping, stuffing and mailing?