Minted Christmas cards + a giveaway!

6 November 2014

Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Molly L., commenter number 99!

I love Christmas cards! I love browsing potential designs, I love choosing one, I love writing notes, I love sending them, I love receiving them, and I love displaying them in our home. The whole process is one of my favorite holiday traditions! Like the last two years, we’ll be sending a Minted design, and like the last two years, there are too many good options! So once again, I’m enlisting y’all’s help. Which one is your favorite?


1. Snowy Love and Joy | 2. Very Merry Lettering | 3. Be Merry Pine Branch | 4. Merry Typography | 5. Hap-Happiest Time

Best believe I’m using a photo from Natalie + Joe’s wedding, courtesy of Meredith Perdue! We don’t look this good too often :)

Minted’s editing software is seriously sophisticated – I love that you can adjust your photo and the design elements so easily. Their foil-pressed options are also amazing, but I think the real star this year is their new envelope addressing! The envelope designs coordinate with the card designs, and they offer recipient addressing for free!! I love doing my envelopes in calligraphy, but the designs are ridiculously cute…

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Now for the extra-fun part: I have a $250 Minted gift certificate to give away!! To enter, just comment below with either your favorite option from our Christmas card finalists, or the Minted design you’d most like to order for your family! (Or both!) I’ll randomly choose a winner next Friday!

P.S. Yes, our newsletter will be back! I’ve gotten many emails about this, so I wanted to say it here: I’m opening up three spots to design similar newsletters! $100 for a ready-to-print file, customized with your family’s stats and news. Email me at em (at) to reserve your spot or ask more questions!


Minted has graciously gifted us our Christmas cards, but I chose to write this post, and the opinions are my own! I have loved everything about Minted — especially their crowd-sourced designs — for many years, and I love sharing what they’re up to with y’all.

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November 6, 2014 7:09 am

I love number 4, “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and your photo is beautiful! What an amazing giveaway! I love sending out our family cards each year. I have never used Minted but really want to this year since they offer the free envelope addressing. What a time saver!!

Anna Frahm
November 6, 2014 7:27 am

definitely #1 – and your picture exudes both love & joy! so perfect! I would probably choose #1 or #3 for myself

November 6, 2014 7:30 am

I also like #1 the best!

November 6, 2014 7:44 am

I like #1, too! They’re all beautiful, though!

Katie C
November 6, 2014 7:44 am

I like the Be Merry the best! I must say this pic of you and john is pretty fantastic!

November 6, 2014 7:51 am

Is it weird if voting on the Thomas family Christmas card is a Christmas tradition I look forward to? :) Love #1!!

November 6, 2014 8:12 am

I love #1! But, I also love #4 because the message is sweet, and the background color coordinates so well with your dress. Thank you for sharing your Christmas card options with us every year, Em!

November 6, 2014 8:15 am

#1 all the way! It fits with your photo beautifully!

November 6, 2014 8:17 am

Love number 1!

November 6, 2014 8:22 am

number #1 looks so great!

November 6, 2014 8:39 am

I think 1 is my favorite, but 4 is a good option too.

November 6, 2014 8:41 am

I absolutely adore #1. Such a wonderful picture and dress! Christmas card perfection :)

Kyra B
November 6, 2014 8:45 am

I love the love & joy. Beautiful photo too!

November 6, 2014 9:18 am

#1 and #3 are my favorites!

November 6, 2014 9:19 am

The first option is my very favorite, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these! Minted is the best. And I adore this beautiful picture of you two!!

November 6, 2014 9:19 am

I love #1!! I like how the love and joy fills the negative space at the top! Also, your newsletter is awesome! Such a great idea to send out!!

Alexandra W.
November 6, 2014 9:25 am

I love #4 the Merry Typography.

November 6, 2014 9:33 am

Ummm, #1 is absolutely perfect! It almost looks like it’s snowing!! And I agree with Lisa, I love getting to vote on the annual Thomas family Christmas card. Yay! Also, swooning over all the lovely other options from Minted.

November 6, 2014 9:39 am

I like #2 the best!!

November 6, 2014 9:41 am

#1 is my favorite as well! Followed by #4. All are great options though!

November 6, 2014 9:43 am

#1 is my favorite!

November 6, 2014 9:49 am

I’m torn between number 1 and number 5. I noticed the addressing they are offering this year and just about jumped out of my chair…what a time saver that will be!

November 6, 2014 9:54 am

#2 is my favorite!

November 6, 2014 9:59 am

they are all adorable but your faces say LOVE & JOY so that’s my pick. j :)

November 6, 2014 10:05 am

I love #1!

I think we’ll be using “Sentiment Stack” in the seafoam color option–it works perfectly with the seafoam trim from a building in our engagement photos!

Thanks for introducing me to Minted! I’ve also designed our save-the-dates there, and I love them! :-)

November 6, 2014 10:22 am


I laughed out loud when I read this post–“best believe” is perfect phrasing! The picture is wonderful and as a result, I agree with the majority and think you should go for #1, but if not #1, then 4 or 5 to prevent your beautiful selves from being obscured!

November 6, 2014 10:23 am

Love love love #1!

November 6, 2014 10:28 am

Love the third ‘be merry’ option :) Although really, you can’t go wrong with any of them haha

November 6, 2014 10:28 am

Option 4!

November 6, 2014 10:30 am

#1 is adorable!

November 6, 2014 10:39 am

I love your first option! Beautiful photo!

Stacey Roberson
November 6, 2014 10:59 am

#4 is my favorite. I would probably choose the block of joy holiday photo cards.

November 6, 2014 11:05 am

I like option #1 the best!

November 6, 2014 11:16 am

#1 & #2 are both so wonderful I don’t know how I would pick! I always love looking at the different Christmas card ideas and these are fantastic! and so is that Christmas newsletter!!

November 6, 2014 11:29 am

Love #1!

Tara M.
November 6, 2014 11:29 am

I really love option #1!

November 6, 2014 11:38 am

#1, love love love!!

Betty B.
November 6, 2014 11:47 am

I love the destination luggage tag holiday photo cards

November 6, 2014 12:01 pm

These newsletters are the cutest thing I ever did see!!! What a fun way to send updates to loved ones. As for your Christmas card, definitely #1! Its such a classic, beautiful photo and the “snowy” design is so delicate for the upcoming winter months.

November 6, 2014 12:03 pm

I personally love option #1, the “Love and Joy”. Classic and beautiful!

November 6, 2014 12:21 pm

I love #1 the best!

November 6, 2014 12:31 pm

The first option is beautiful and suits the season!

Alyssa S
November 6, 2014 12:31 pm

I love #4! That design has been on the top of my list for a few years now.

November 6, 2014 12:44 pm

Love the first option! The snowy effect looks adorable :)

November 6, 2014 12:55 pm

1 or 4!!! But all are great!!

November 6, 2014 12:57 pm

i love #4, we sent those out in red last year

Kelly D
November 6, 2014 1:13 pm

I like the Be Merry card #3

November 6, 2014 1:17 pm

What a beautiful picture of you two! I really like #3. For my own, I would like Glaze or Art Deco Pines. Minted has so many great options. Every year I swear I’m going to send out really cute holiday cards and every year I miss my chance and end up with something really basic and last-minute. Fingers crossed 2014 will be the one when I finally get it together!

November 6, 2014 1:25 pm

Love #2. Will be using minted again this year for our cards!

November 6, 2014 1:32 pm

Loooooooove this photo! (And good minds think alike — we’ve been thinking about using a photo from Natalie’s wedding, too!). I like #1 the best. Love how the dots look like snow.