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Paperless Christmas Cards

Christmas has snuck up on me this year, and I’ve had to squeeze all my holiday preparations into just a week. One thing that’s helped me save time (and paper): electronic Christmas cards.

Isn't it lovely?

I discovered Paperless Post through my friend Lesley. The company mostly does paperless invitations for weddings and the like, but they’ve expanded their line to include holiday cards, birthday cards, etc. The graphic design is to a higher standard than most e-cards. Because of that, they’re not free—each card costs at least $0.17 to send, more if you want to customize certain aspects, like the envelope. Mine came to about $0.50 each. Granted, I did send more, since I figured that couples would view them separately on their computers, rather than together at home, but still cost less than if I sent paper cards. And for each of the cards that I chose, Paperless Post donates a pound of food to a food pantry (City Harvest).

But here’s where we come to the real savings—time. No searching through address books and hand writing addresses. Paperless Post imported my Gmail address book, and I just clicked on the people I wanted to send it to. And since the post office isn’t involved, I could send them out late without worrying that they wouldn’t arrive in time!

There were a few people on my list (mostly older people) who don’t have easy access to computers, so I sent them paper cards. But I think as more and more people get comfortable with computers, e-cards will be the way to go.

There are lots of other good e-card sources: Native Energy cards fund alternative energy generation, someecards are really funny, and World Wildlife Fund cards feature animated animals. So many choices… Is there an e-card company that you really like?

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