It's not too late to print custom holiday cards and calendars

December 7, 2018

Custom holiday cards and calendars make exceptional gifts, whether you’re seeking a personalized gift for friends and family, branded holiday gifts for customers, or countertop freebies designed to keep your company top-of-mind all year long.

Consider these holiday calendar and greeting card statistics:

The best part? With the right tools, you can print custom holiday cards and calendars quick, easy and affordably — which means it’s not too late to print custom holiday calendars and greeting cards. Here’s how to get your custom products delivered in time for the holidays.

STEP 1: Create your holiday card or calendar design

Start by designing your calendars or holiday cards. If you're printing holiday calendars, it’s a good idea to set a theme. For example, you might feature your favorite family photos each month. Or, if you own a pet store, you might feature fun pet photos each month. Then, you can download a free calendar template, add your photos with your favorite design software, and upload your file to print (alternatively, you can hire a designer).

If you're printing holiday cards, decide whether you want to print flat holiday cards or folded holiday cards. Then, choose your favorite free holiday card template in the PsPrint design library. You’ll be able to select your card size and pick between multiple color options. (Have your own design in mind? Use the free blank holiday card template.) 

Once you’ve selected a template, open it in the free online holiday card maker to customize it however you’d like. You can:

  • Upload your own photos and logos
  • Add your own custom text
  • Rearrange design elements
  • Change fonts and font sizes
  • Add shapes, images and more

When you’re done designing your own holiday card, you can download a free PDF proof to see what it looks like before you go to print. The entire process only takes a few minutes.

STEP 2: Choose your printing options

For calendars, decide whether to print 12 months or 18 months (which can give you a head-start going into next year). You can also decide which cover and interior paper stock you’d like and whether you want a hole drilled for easy hanging. Binding options include saddle-stitched (stapled) and either black or white wire-O.

For greeting cards, you can select your preferred paper stock and whether to have your greeting cards scored, folded or perforated. You can also add matching envelopes to make it easy to personalize and send custom holiday cards.

For both holiday cards and calendars, you have an option of selecting expedited production turnaround — a lifesaver if you’re in a time crunch since you can have your calendars and greeting cards printed in just one business day.

Finally, you’ll need to choose your shipping options: ground, two-day or next day. Again, this depends on how fast you need to distribute your calendars and holiday cards. If you need them ASAP, you can go from concept to delivery in as little as three days.

STEP 3: Print and distribute your holiday cards and catalogs

With your design complete and your printing options checked, all that’s left to do is print your holiday cards and distribute them to your audience. Once you submit your artwork and options, your calendars and cards will be printed and shipped according to the timelines you selected.

Once they arrive at your doorstep, all you need to do is get them to your audience. For family calendars, that might mean simply handing them out over Christmas dinner. For holiday cards, you might send one to every person on your list — complete with a personalized message handwritten inside.

Businesses can place calendars in strategic locations such as countertops and free information racks to encourage people to take them home. Or, send them to your list via direct mail. Direct mail is likewise perfect for sending holiday cards to your house list or via Every Door Direct Mail to reach everyone in a defined geographic area.

So, how long does everything take? If you expedite printing and shipping you can have your products delivered to you in around three days — and that’s all you need if you’re handing them out locally. If you’re sending via direct mail, you’ll need another three to five days for them to arrive at their destinations, for a total of six to eight days from start to finish. That means it’s not too late to print holiday cards and calendars!

Ready to wow your recipients with custom holiday cards and calendars this year? Do it for less with discount holiday printing services today.

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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