Thank You For Your Donation Notes: Examples, Tips & Templates

When an individual makes a donation to an organization or another individual, it’s important to send a thank you for your donation note. Acknowledging the effort, regardless of how small or large, is an important part of this exchange. If you’re unsure what to say in your thank you for your donation letter, you’re not alone. It can be a little odd writing this type of thank you note, but it doesn’t have to be. Everything you need to know before getting started is here in one neat little package — including: tips, examples, and the importance of writing thank you for your donation letters.

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Congratulations on your new home: Housewarming Wishes

According to the U.S Census Bureau, Americans bought new family homes in April 2021 at a rate of about 48% higher than that of the same time last year. That means there are a whole lot of ‘congratulations on your new home’ wishes to give out! If you know someone who’s moved into a new home recently, this is your chance to wish them all the best in their new home. Whether the move was an exciting first time home buying experience or it was more out of a necessity — sending a congratulations card can be a lovely and warm gesture nonetheless. If you’re unsure of what to write in these congratulations on your new home cards, you’re in the right place. This post has wording examples that cover just about any situation with some pretty stellar congratulations cards you can mail without ever leaving your couch.

You can send really nice congratulations cards in minutes without leaving your home. Postable will print, address and mail them for you.

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Virtual Company Holiday Party Guide for a Festive 2020

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.

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41 Funny Greeting Cards To Cheer Someone Up

Funny greeting cards can be a great (and easy) remedy for the blues. So whether you know someone whose going through a tough breakup, a career rough patch, or for one reason or another –and let’s face it 2021 hasn’t been the rainbows and unicorns we’d hoped for after the sh*t storm that was 2020– is just feeling blue, here’s your chance to change that gloomy trajectory. Cheer up your friends, siblings, parents, neighbors, teachers, local hairstylists– you name it– with a few clicks of a button (don’t worry, these are ALL real hold-in-your-hand greeting cards). Just send them a funny card to lift their mood in no time. Here, we have the most epic list of cards to get you started.

Our pick of 41 funny greeting cards to send someone and cheer em’ up.

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.

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BUSINESS GREETING CARDS: HOW SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE USING THEM TO GROW

Ever wonder how small business owners use business greeting cards to set up effective campaigns increasing customer retention and building loyalty? You’re in the right place. Direct mail flyers have been around for what seems like eons, but that’s not what you’ll find here. Business greeting card campaigns take the efficiency and almost guaranteed open rate of direct mail flyers and combine it with the quality of branded greeting cards. The best of both worlds means you know your open rate will be 100% and your customers will associate your brand with quality. 

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Why Marketing Automation Matters For Your Business

Thought about your marketing approach lately? If you run a business, big or small, then the answer is undoubtedly — yes. At least we hope so. There is no business without a healthy dose of customers. You’re probably placing a good chunk of your efforts in bringing in new clients and nurturing existing ones.

Marketing in 2021 is not the same as it was even a few years ago. Whether you’re running an online eCommerce operation or a brick and mortar store — digital marketing is no longer an option. That’s just how the marketing cookie has crumbled. Luckily changing times have brought easy solutions.

Automate really nice business greeting cards in minutes. Postable will print, address, and mail them for you.

Enter: Marketing Automation.

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SURPRISE AND DELIGHT: HOW YOU CAN PULL IT OFF WITH YOUR BUSINESS

Surprise and delight is a customer retention and brand loyalty technique with which many marketers, when executed correctly, find success. And though it may seem a little intimidating at first, this marketing method can be outfitted for any budget and any business endeavor. It isn’t something to snuff at and definitely worth integrating into your own business — however big or small you may want to go.

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When to send Christmas cards & New Years Greetings in 2020

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):

  • Family 
  • Friends (both immediately close and those you see on occasion, but are still a part of your life)
  • Clients
  • Employees
  • Co-workers
  • Neighbors

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!

  1. Put each step here on your calendar!

  2. Organize your Christmas card list.

  3. Write your holiday message.

  4. Address & stamp the envelopes.

  5. 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.

Thanksgiving Cards for Business: Message Tips & Reasons to Send Them in 2021

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 2021.

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24 Galentines Day Cards To Celebrate Your Lady Friends With Gift Ideas

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.

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