One of the joys of being a family photographer is seeing the photos I create for my clients come back to me in the form of family Christmas cards! As we head into the busy season - as we photographers call it - I know that many of my families are planning to use their photos from our sessions in their holiday card designs this year! That’s why I’m excited to highlight the holiday cards offered by Basic Invite!

But before we get into what makes the holiday cards from Basic Invite so great, let’s discuss why sending a family Christmas card is so important!

Family Christmas Cards

Create A Personal Touch

In this digital age, where communication is often impersonal and fleeting, sending a physical family Christmas card provides a personal touch that stands out. A well-chosen photograph as part of your holiday card design conveys warmth and authenticity, reminding recipients of the love and happiness shared within your family.

Allow You to Connect Across Distances

When families are spread across different cities, states, or even countries, a family Christmas card helps bridge these distances by creating a visual connection. When you send out your beautifully designed holiday cards, you're not just mailing pieces of paper – you're sending a piece of your family's story and allowing family and friends to get a glimpse into your world and feel a stronger connection, no matter how far apart you may be.

Preserve Memories & Spread Joy

Incorporating your cherished photos from the year into family holiday cards gives your loved ones a tangible keepsake to treasure. These holiday cards become a timeline of your family's growth and journey.

The holidays are a time of celebration, and your family photographs have the power to spread joy and warmth. A beautiful holiday card design featuring your favorite family photos can bring smiles to faces and uplift spirits.

Help Keep Traditions Alive

In a rapidly changing world, traditions often ground us and remind us of our roots. By sending out holiday cards year after year, you're not just participating in a time-honored practice; you're also creating a legacy for your family. Your children and their children will be able to look back at these cards and see not only the growth of your family but also the enduring bonds that tie you all together.

Are you convinced to send out a family Christmas card yet?

I know I am. Let me make your job a little easier this year by sharing with you my review of the holiday card designs offered by Basic Invite.

A large white envelope with polkadot indents and gold letters sayin Basic Invite on a braided rug
a large white elvelope holding a fanned stack of family Christmas cards ordered as a sample from Basic Invite

Sample Cards

I ordered 5 custom sample family Christmas cards and they arrived quickly in a beautifully packaged envelope. The 5 sample cards also came with 5 envelopes! I really appreciated being able to see my designs in person and feel the thickness of the paper and the quality of the printed colors, both in my photos and in the design. Speaking of colors, did you know Basic Invite has over 180 colors to choose from? Not only that, but once you choose a design you can adjust the color of every element allowing you to make the card exactly as you want it! This truly sets them apart from almost any other online stationary company.

A tattooed arm holds out an open pamphlet from Basic Invite showing all of their color options for holiday card designs
a cream family Christmas card with green vines and red holly berries showing a single family photo from a tree farm

My 5 sample cards came with 5 plain white envelopes but you can choose from over 40 different colors of envelope for your family Christmas card if you really want to stand out! With so many options, customers can make their envelope match the invitation. Plus, all of Basic Invite’s envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be closed quickly and securely.

hand holding up the color pamphlet from Basic Invite showing the foil color options available

Another thing I really liked about Basic Invite’s holiday card designs is that they offer gold, silver, or rose gold foil in many of their designs. And if you know me, you know I love all things shiny and sparkly. You can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

a fan of 5 cards from Basic invite showing the fun designs on the back against a braided rug

Bonus, the holiday card designs had fun and festive backgrounds! I love it when a design is thoughtful and thorough. Little details like these really elevate your family's Christmas card.

5 different holiday card designs from Basic Invite showcased on a braided rug

The best feature, IMO

In my opinion, the best (and most time-saving) feature of Basic Invite’s holiday cards is their Address Capturing Service. This is seriously the coolest thing for a busy mom like me. The Address Capturing Service allows you to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request your friends and family’s addresses. The addresses are stored for you in your account and can be selected during the design process. It gets even better because Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders!

Honestly, the collecting of addresses and then getting the addresses on the envelopes is probably the single greatest obstacle that has kept me from sending out cards myself. I’m telling y’all, this is my year! Be watching out for my link on social media so you can give me your address if you want to get a card from me this year!

metal wreath on braided circle rug holding 5 family Christmas cards from Basic Invite

In Conclusion

The tradition of sending family Christmas cards carries a timeless charm that transcends generations. It's a chance to connect, to share in the joys of the season, and to show appreciation for the relationships that enrich our lives. In a world that's becoming increasingly digital, holiday cards stand as a tangible reminder of the beauty of human connection. So, as the 2024 holiday season approaches, take a moment to reflect on the importance of sending family Christmas cards – not just as a gesture, but as a heartfelt way to spread love, create memories, and strengthen the bonds that truly matter.

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Don’t just take my word for it! Check out Basic Invite for yourself. You can find them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. So go ahead, request some holiday card design samples, and start creating today! Just make sure to add me to your recipient list!

Have a thought or just want to connect? Send me a message! Looking for a Chattanooga-based photographer who specializes in families and children? I'd love to chat! Let's get that perfect Christmas card photos that will make all your friends and family jealous this year!

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brother and sister sit on antique sled at Christmas tree farm for family mini session

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In the Holiday Spirit? Enjoy some of my favorite Christmas family photos!

mom and dad kneel on either side of son and daughter and kiss their cheeks at christmas tree farm
family of 4 holds hands and the kids run and drag the parents through a row of christmas trees
little girl kisses her mom on the cheek. mom is smiling. both have blonde hair. christmas tree farm photos
blonde brother and sister sit on antique sled at Christmas tree farm for family Christmas card photo
little girl in red and blue Christmas scene dress sits on antique sled in row of Christmas trees
little boy sits in red radio flyer wagon in row of Christmas trees for christmas tree farm mini session
little girl holds out candy cane. her hand and the candy cane are in focus but her smiling face is not
son and daughter run towards parents withoutstretched arms at Christmas tree farm for family photos mini session
son and daughter hug each parent from behind while mom and dad hug each other in row of Christmas trees
husband and wife crouch next to red radio flyer wagon where their dogs sit in the middle of a Christmas tree grove
close up of 2mo baby girl in an evergreen tree outfit held by her dad at christmas mini sessions
little boy listens up against his mother's pregnant belly at their Christmas tree farm family photo for Christmas cards
pregnant mom and dad hold and hug their young son at sunset at the Christmas tree farm
close up of mom and dad's hands holding son who has 2 candy canes coming out of his back pocket in shape of a heart
husband and wife each hold a candy cane up to wife's pregnant belly in the shape of a heart
mom and dad each hold a child and crouch down among the christmas trees at a local tree farm mini session
mom and dad crouch down in between Christmas trees while holding their 2 children. mom kisses daughter
mom and dad crouch down to the hight of their son in between Christmas trees. all 3 are wearing sweaters.
husband holds up a mistletoe bunch with one hand and his wife held in his other arm as they kiss underneath
mom and dad kiss son on the cheeks at Christmas tree farm mini session at sunset