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The way we celebrate the holidays is constantly changing to incorporate fun, new ways of telling our family and friends exactly how much we love and care about them. New Year’s greetings have become the new normal and some are just as good — if not better — than Christmas cards.
Indeed, sending a “Happy New Year’s” greeting card is a great way to bring in 2021 and wish your family and friends a great year ahead. There’s plenty to think about when looking for such a card, including design, etiquette, and photos.
Designing Your New Year’s Card
The first aspect of the card you’ll want to think about is the design. While you don’t want it to be too similar to a Christmas card, you still want it to be festive. Think about colors, fonts, and layout. Want to stick with traditional colors for New Year’s, like gold and white, or would you rather do something a bit different and shake things up a bit? Leaning toward a fancy font or a more casual font? You can choose from a variety of different card types from companies like Minted or scour the Internet for other inspiration for your New Year’s card.
Considering Etiquette When Crafting Your Message
Next, you’ll want to mind your Ps and Qs when it comes to greeting card etiquette, particularly as it relates to deciding which side of the card you’ll write on and the type of salutation you’ll include for colleagues, family, and friends. Case in point: Should your New Year’s card be more formal or informal? That will likely depend on the recipient.
If you’re sending one to your parents or your older relatives, you may want to opt for a more formal etiquette when it comes to deciding what’s going inside of the card. Of course, the type of relationship you have with these family members should also be a deciding factor. Conversely, if you’re mailing a New Year’s card to your friends, you might go with a more informal message.
Finally, you might decide to send one to your colleagues. When creating the message for your New Year’s card, go for a simple, yet inspiring, message for well wishes and success in the new year and beyond. Don’t be afraid to add a bit of humor (when appropriate), but avoid bragging — it’s just not in the spirit of the holidays.
Adding Photos or Not Adding Photos?
Deciding which photos to include on your New Year’s cards may be your most difficult decision. After all, you don’t want to reuse the same photos from your Christmas cards (if you sent them) and you might not want to send old photos, either. Taking new photos is one option (if you have the budget for it), but you can also use photos taken during your New Year’s Eve celebration. You might even opt not to use a photo at all and just send a heartfelt message with a nice font or stock photo. Ultimately, the decision is yours.
A Hope-Filled Message for the New Year Ahead
Sending New Year’s cards to your family and friends might be a new tradition for you, but it’s also something that can give your recipients a little bit more to enjoy during the holidays. In that vein, kick off the New Year with a heartfelt message to your loved ones. Whether you decide to include family photos, fancy fonts, or traditional holiday colors, make your New Year’s card memorable — one that delivers a message of hope and inspiration for the year ahead. If you haven’t already, start shopping now for your New Year’s card. It’s not too late to send one for 2021.