Writing Christmas cards is one of those jobs that always takes longer than you think. But a little planning can go a long way. Here are the Hour Hands top tips on how to turn a Christmas chore into Christmas cheer this year.
With the latest technology at our fingertips and social media keeping us connected around the clock, address books can feel a little redundant. But don’t we all love to receive a proper handwritten card through the letterbox? And it’s surprisingly common for people to confess to holding addresses for their nearest and dearest in a selection of address books lurking around the house. But by the time you’ve worked out which of the addresses for Cousin Michael is the latest, it’s time for the last Christmas post and you’re scribbling on the envelope whilst walking to the postbox. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Read on for the latest of our posts to make life easier this Christmas.
Don’t forget, if you’re short on time then Hour Hands will happily take care of this for you. We can create your complete list from your address books (however many you have!), and can even handwrite your Christmas cards on your behalf. Contact us to find out how we can help.
Christmas card spreadsheet
A favourite tip of the Hour Hands team is to use this simple and free Excel template that makes creating your list a whole lot easier. There’s a column for everything you need, including address details and the date your card was sent, to help you keep track. The template allows you to list as many people as you want, and can also be used to print out address labels – a useful shortcut to save time writing out envelopes.
Personalised cards are lovely to receive, and a photo card offers a treasured memento that can be enjoyed all year. These are quick and easy to create – Snapfish or Photobox are our go-tos for a great range and price – and your family and friends will appreciate the thought behind their card.
Last posting dates
It pays to highlight the last posting dates in your diary as prominently as you can, since there is always lots going on at this time of year. Last international posting dates this year start on 2nd December, with the Middle East and Africa. Final UK posting dates are Tuesday 19th December (2nd class) and Wednesday 20th December (1st class).
If you’ve downloaded your spreadsheet and are keen to get started, take a look at our favourites from this year’s Christmas card selection.