Whatever happened to “Great prices ….. all the time”?

Just when I thought I saw the last email promo during the holiday season from one of the stores where I shop, I received another variation in my inbox. Looking back over the last couple of weeks, here’s a small sampling:

Black Friday
Cyber Monday
Cyber “Week”
“Extended” Cyber Sale!
“Extended AGAIN ” Cyber Monday
“Last Chance” Sale!
“One more day” extended!
“Our FINAL” holiday sale!
“A special gift – We’ve extended” our sale for you!

AHHH!

The trend is clearly turning into one continuous promo each season with no way to trust when any one of them will really end. We already can safely assume there will be another one beginning.

These inbox surprises are part of a calculated promo calendar that basically leaves many customers feeling a little toyed with and led on. Why say something will end, when it will simply be extended again or another equally discounted coupon will be offered? Why not just keep prices the lowest possible and offer occasional promotions that are truly valuable?

At Holiday Cards Unlimited, we make great products and offer them at the lowest possible price, we avoid gimmicky promos, we respect and appreciate our customers, we’ll beat any competitor’s pricing if a customer happens to find the same item currently priced lower (which only happens if we weren’t aware of that pricing), and we provide attentive and thoughtful customer service.  If we have some sort of special sale, it’s truly “special”.

Does anyone have a great subject line to convey this?

Five Funny Christmas Cards for Business

5 Funny Holiday Cards

Peace, joy, and love are great, but sometimes the holidays can feel a little heavy.

Lighten up with humorous holiday cards – they’re not limited to your family and friends.

Here are some of our favorites that are whimsical and work-appropriate:

Absent-Minded Santa

If you or your customers use computers, you’ve been here, too.

There's No Business Like Your Business

Bonus points if you’re in show biz. Annie Oakley would be proud.

Construction Santa

Too bad Santa isn’t as smart as your customers who hired you to do the construction instead!

Reindeer Stethoscope

Make your patients smile (and remind them to use up that HSA by the end of the year).

Funny Face Photo Card

Really small staff? Let them see your smiling faces – and your sense of humor – for a truly personal touch.

Not for you? Try one of our other humorous holiday cards instead.
Happy Holidays!

Sharing the Holidays Through Christmas Letters

Central Park, Manhattan

My wife’s family lives in South Carolina, mine lives in Tennessee, and we live in New York. We don’t get to see either side as often as we’d like, though we fly south when we get the chance.

The holidays are a problem.

We want to see both families, so we try to divide and conquer. We spend Thanksgiving with one side, and Christmas with the other.

Both families want us for Christmas, though, so we alternate years. Last year was Christmas with her family, and this year we’ll be with mine. It’s the best we can do, but it’s far from perfect – one family always misses out on Christmas morning.

We make phone calls and send gifts, but what really helps is the Christmas letter. When we mail our Christmas cards, we enclose a 1-2 page letter describing highlights from the past year, along with a couple of photos and funny stories.

Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. The holidays are a time for storytelling and reflection, and these letters help our friends and family feel more connected to us.

Even if you don’t have time to write a letter, you can send a photo card with a personalized message. Family photos are great, but pictures with a story behind them can be even better. Find a way to let loved ones into your life this Christmas, even if you can’t be with them in person.

Do you send an annual Christmas letter?

Photo credit: Jon Nicholls

My (New) Thanksgiving Tradition

Not-So-Festive Thanksgiving Table Setting

Whether your traditions are old or new, there is always room for people. Growing up in a military family we never spent the holidays in the same place. No matter who hosted us, however, my fondest memory is trying to fit everyone around the holiday table.

As an adult living la vie Boehme in New York City, most people eat their holiday meals in studio apartments on couches or even the floor. This was an appalling adjustment for me. It didn’t seem fair.

So, being resourceful (as an NYC transplant must be), I made the best decision of my life: I bought a dining table and insisted on hosting Thanksgiving dinner each year.

My table is magical.

The first time someone comes into my home for a holiday they see the table, the china, the candles, the servingware, and they usually gasp with delight and say, “Wow, you have a TABLE? It’s just like going home!” Somehow, a carefully set table with a dozen or more places, a clever centerpiece, and a 23-pound turkey make us all feel comforted and happy.

My old tradition of jostling family members for the best seats at the family table has transitioned into my new tradition: making the community of family-less Bohemians of New York City feel warm, welcome, and at home for the holidays.

I’m sure I’ll continue tweaking my traditions to fit into my chaotic life, but one thing will always remain constant: Thanksgiving is about connecting with people, and my beautiful table helps us NYC Bohemians celebrate the holidays as we were meant to do: with family.

What is your Thanksgiving tradition? Have you been to the same seat at the same table for the last 30 years? Or are you a nomad like me? Do you spend your Thanksgivings watching football, or do you rest in preparation for Black Friday shopping?

Image credit: BFS Man

Thanksgivingukkah: Two Holidays in One, and Just This Once

Happy Thanksgivingukkah!

As a child, I had a couple of friends whose birthdays fell on or near Christmas Day. I remember thinking that sounded pretty great – that it would make both celebrations more special. In reality, though, my friends felt like they were getting a raw deal. Instead of two celebrations, they only got one, and they had to share it!

This month has its own combined celebration: in an incredibly unique overlap, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah both fall on November 28. This once-in-a-lifetime coincidence is made possible by an unusually early Hanukkah, and the fact that Thanksgiving falls on the latest date it can possibly occur.

Mathematician Jonathan Mizrahi has worked out some fascinating information about this unique overlap, which the internet has dubbed “Thanksgivingukkah.” The last time this occurred was in 1888. The next time won’t be until the year 79811.

Yes, you read that right: this is the last Thanksgivingukkah for more than seventy-seven thousand years!

Remembering my friends with the Christmas birthdays, I think I’ll send two cards to my Jewish friends this November: one for Thanksgiving and one for Hanukkah.

How are you celebrating this once-in-a-thousand-lifetimes occasion? Let us know in the comments.

Happy Thanksgivingukkah!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2012 and prepare to ring in 2013, we want to thank you again for your business and support.

In the coming year we will continue to provide choice, convenience, and quality through our customized greeting card offerings. We will also use this space and our social media opportunities to help build relationships, both personal and professional. We want to help you do the same.

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

Three Tips to Honoring All Holiday Traditions at Your Work Party

Engineering Department Christmas party, 1957

Photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives

Political correctness is here to stay, and your holiday work party is a prime opportunity to practice it. The trend for holidays these days is to steer clear of any single tradition and instead, attempt to include them all.

Although that can seem like a massive task, these three tips can help you throw the most all-inclusive work party yet!

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3 Ways to Express Gratitude at Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Flickr Friends

Photo credit: Don Kennedy

Yams and pumpkin pie are dandy indeed, but they are not the only things Thanksgiving is all about. Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. Gratitude is that overall feeling of being so very thankful, a feeling that often comes with the urge to show your appreciation or return an act of kindness. A few tips from The Change Blog can help you express that gratitude while reminding you of all the wonderful things in your life.

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Holiday Greeting Cards for Business or Personal Use

Previously we posted some of our new Thanksgiving cards, so this month we are highlighting some holiday greetings we’ve recently added to our collection.

Click the images for more details about individual cards.

Four-Color Forest Scene Holiday Card

Many businesses and families want to choose a card that’s unique and festive while still being inclusive for all recipients. That’s why we offer a large selection of “season’s greetings” and “happy holidays” cards that don’t refer to a single holiday.

“Nature’s Beauty” highlights a forest scene of winter trees and deer with panels of jewel-tone colors. The card stock is pearlized white with “Greetings of the season” shining in gold foil underneath the image.

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