The holiday season is upon us once again. Celebrating is always hectic, which is why we wanted to offer some ideas for your annual Christmas card. Whether you’re going for a classic look or something new, we have ideas for you!
Seasonal Washi Tapes
You can get inexpensive and seasonal washi tapes just about everywhere these days! These cute and colourful tapes are a great way to decorate with great results and low commitment. Select a few you like and apply them to cards in geometric patterns, or make a sheet covered in this tape you can cut shapes out of and glue on top! This is a great craft to do with little ones!
This classic and simple style has been in fashion since the 1800s! To do this craft, have your family members stand in profile and take a photo of them. Either print out or trace their outline onto a new piece of paper and then you can transfer this silhouette to your card. Arrange the silhouettes into a nice pattern and glue them down or trace them in place. The silhouettes look best in a solid contrasting colour. Black is most traditional, but you can mix it up with other colours like red, green, or silver.
Try your hand at some simple lettering for a really personal touch to your holiday greeting cards. Otherwise, there are plenty of beautiful calligraphy typefaces you can download online and print for maximum ease. You can also combine these methods! Print out your message in the font you like. Place on a lightboard with your card overtop or tape it to a window and trace the lines for a hand-lettered look without needing to hand-letter at all.
Wrapping Paper collage
Get creative with your wrapping paper scraps! Collage these pieces onto cards for a pop of colour and maybe you can make the card look like a little gift itself! Add a bit of paper, ribbon, or string to complete the effect. This simple and fun card idea is a great way to use up scraps of any kind without tossing them. If you want to be especially coordinated this year, you can match the card to the gift with its wrapping!
You don’t need to be a master at sewing to make impressive, embroidered cards! Get some embroidery floss of your colour choice or even some ribbon and some embroidery needles if you don’t have any. Mark small dots faintly on your card in the design you would like (thicker paper or cardstock works best for this) and use a sharp object to punch out these holes to make sewing through them easier. Make sure to spread out the holes a little so the design doesn’t tear out. While it takes a little preparation, this card idea is a fun way to practice some basic sewing skills.
Pop-Up cards seem harder than they are. You can make a fun winter scene with pop-up animals like reindeer, bears, rabbits, or otherwise. You’ll need a couple different papers and some patience to make it all fit together, but it’s a great project for a slow afternoon. Once you’ve done a few, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to do these before!
Let us know if you end up using any of these ideas and if you want to share your own ideas, we’d love to hear them! Post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag, #HolidaysWithHazeltons.
A handmade card is such a wonderful personal touch to add to a thoughtful gift. If you need help with the gift part, browse our extensive gift baskets or assemble your own custom gift set from our Custom Gift Basket tab.
Finding things to be thankful for is difficult in the best of times, but that’s why it’s so much more important in the worst of times. We know it’s been a challenging year and we have been looking for ways to make this holiday season brighter this year.
One of the ways you can help lift the holiday spirit is to practice gratitude. Once a week or so, you can write down or say aloud 3-5 good things that happened, or you enjoyed, put them in a notebook or app on your phone to refer to when you are feeling down. For instance, maybe you had an especially good cup of coffee the other day, or you made progress on a project you’ve been working on, or even just getting a good night’s sleep. Reckless positivity can be grating on the nerves, which is why it’s good to be thoughtful and acknowledge the difficulties while also embracing all the little good things about life. Gratitude can be as complicated or simple as you want to make it, but it is about savoring the good and having things you know you can look forward to. When Thanksgiving rolls around, you can read from your gratitude list and share the wonderful aspects of life with your loved ones!
It may very well be hard or impossible to travel to see loved ones this year, so why not find some other ways to show them you care. You can send them a letter or give them a call to talk about your favorite holiday recipes! We also have a wide selection of festive gift baskets with delightful gourmet items to suit every taste. From bath and body products to wine and plush animals, there’s a little something for everyone so you can really tailor your gift to the recipient and give them one more thing to be thankful for!
We would love to hear what you are thankful for, so if you feel up to sharing, please let us know by posting on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #HazeltonsGratitude.
There are many different types of moms out there so naturally each type would find some gifts more appealing than others. Our collection of Mother’s Day gift baskets certainly cater to different types of moms, but honestly, if you want a ‘one size fits all gift’ for Mother’s Day, you probably wouldn’t go wrong with buying any type of mom her favourite flower. Flowers are perfect for expressing how you feel about your mom. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a flower is worth at least ten thousand! Read on if you’d like to get something a little more personal than flowers for your mom.