High Tech Keeps Us Low Tech

They left their gifts at my house.

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Holiday cards. We love getting them…we “love” sending them? OK probably not. As adorable as our families are, getting them to all look in the same direction at the same time without at least one person breaking into tears is almost impossible. Every year I say I’m not going to do them, but I always cave in. Why? Because in this day and age of emailed instant-gratification, there is something so nice about opening our old-fashioned mail boxes and discovering cards. In our high-tech world, it’s nice to sometimes enjoy the low-tech pleasures. Thankfully, there are three easy ways I’ve found for holiday card-sending.

If you are one of the 70 bazillion people with some sort of iGadget, definitely check out the the Cards app. You take a picture with your device, choose your card, type in the addresses, and hit send. It costs $2.99 to send a card in the U.S. or $4.99 anywhere else (price includes postage). Pricey, but you can do it from ANYWHERE.

If you want to print your card at home, you have a lot of options. I have personally used (and loved) the HP Creative Studio. It’s free, there are tons of templates to choose from, and it’s so easy it’s ridiculous. I’ve also heard great things about Greetingbee, but I haven’t used them myself!

Finally, you can’t go wrong with using an online card service. There are so many – Shutterfly, TinyPrints, Kodak, Snapfish, VistaPrint, just to name a few. These sites are great because, besides having great template options, they also offer “mail it for you” services – you just upload the addresses you want your cards to be sent to, and the company does all the work. This is such a good option for someone like me, who can be super on-the-ball about ordering her cards…and then completely lazy about actually sending them.

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