How To Up Your Holigay Card Game

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Many of you might be planning to make and give holiday cards to friends and family. Here are some surefire ways to make your holigay card awesome!

Step 1: Order your dog a sweater

Bonus if your dog actually needs to wear one like mine (he shivers and cries when it’s 60 degrees out).

I ordered this one from Chilly Dog.

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My other top choices:

Preppy “Boyfriend” Sweater
PJs (If someone gets this I need a photo please and thank you)
HATS (this one mostly because of the model tbh)

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Optional Step 1.5: Extra points if you have a baby and get them a sweater to match the dog. Or if you buy this outfit. If you do SEND PHOTOS IMMEDIATELY.

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If you have a lot of babies please dress them all as Santa because it is my dream in life to see a squad of baby Santas.


Step 2: Decide on your style.

Are you going to be super classic and go to Sears? Honestly, I really wanted to do a super creepy perfect family photo there but bringing my giant dog would present a problem and also my grandma probably wouldn’t want that on the fridge. Are you going to be candid or posed? Outdoors or indoors? We shot outside, posed and candid.

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Step 3: Ask your photography-inclined friend to take the photo.

(or book your appointment at JC Penny or Sears)

Please don’t use that cute selfie from your road trip, a photo from Pride where you think you look hard, or that funny photo you took one time. Grandma won’t put that on her fridge. I asked my friend who happens to be a great photographer. Thanks Leah!

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Step 4: Find holiday outfits in your closet.

I happen to own a lot of Christmas sweaters but my girlfriend’s family is Jewish so we went for a more suburban-lesbian-seasonal vibe. And we obviously coordinated to our dog’s sweater.

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Or you can order these.

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Step 5: Pick your printer.

Here you have a sea of options. I personally am not a fan of the pre-made cards from Costco or Walgreens, but you can order prints there and make DIY cards. Or go with an online printing company. I order from artifactuprising.com because I already place a lot of orders with them for books and prints, and I found that for what I wanted they had the best price. Also their interface is so much better than anyone else.

Here are some other options. I haven’t actually ordered from here so I can’t speak to their quality but I’ve played around with their templates and they’re fun.

+ minkcards.com
+ minted.com
+ sweetletterpress.com
+ shutterfly.com

Here’s a digital version of our final card — don’t show my Grandma it’s a surprise.

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Molly Adams is an LA-based photographer. You can find documenting life from Afghanistan to Standing Rock to the LA queer nightlife. You can also find her on Instagram.

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21 Comments

  1. my friend told me about artifactuprising and i finally checked it out since you mentioned it here and it’s so freaking cool! i think i’m getting my girlfriend one of those instagram photobooks

    thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Okay: I don’t have a dog, a baby, or a significant human. Are photo cards a thing we singlefolk are supposed to do?

    I looked through several of the sites you linked above and ALL their examples are couples/families/babies, so I’m going to say no.

    I did move this year and want to send “happy hols, here’s my new address, life is good” cards, but I don’t need to compete with friends’ adorable children OR look like I’m overcompensating for my lonesomeness. Is a store-bought card + printed letter still okay, or is that too ’90s?

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