cheap idea for a family holiday card

I’m feeling extra tight with cash this year, but I really didn’t want to cut holiday cards out of the budget entirely.

If there’s one time of the year I enjoy picking up the mail, it’s the holidays.  Almost all human contact has been lost in the world, but personalized holiday cards remain.

family holiday cards

I really want to keep this tradition alive, so I decided to go the cheap route.  I turned my favorite family photo from the year into a post card.

cheap holiday cards

Instead of paying .44 cents per card, I’m going to pay .17 cents each with the added bonus of not licking a single envelope.

{The surfing adventure was crossed off my life list in October.  I’ll write about it soon}

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) :

    I love this idea! We already have ours planned but this would make an awesome mid-season card too! Like Easter or even an invitation :-)

    • Allison :

      Totally! I love the idea for an invitation. So cheap.

  2. man :

    I agree, that’s a super idea! AND OMG that girl is a mini-you!!!

    • Allison :

      I hear that all the time! I wish I could see it!

  3. ellen patton :

    I’ve sent Christmas card postcards the last two years and it’s my new thing (FYI — the postage is 28 cents). :)

    • Allison :

      What? I just bought stamps that were .17! The post office is in trouble….

    • jane :

      awwww, I love that my friend ellen from my boston life is commenting on my friend allison’s blog from my current life…two great people, you really should be connected, so this is a good thing :)

      maybe postage is cheaper in utah? maybe I should move there after all? :P

      • Petit Elefant :

        Ha! Everything is cheaper in Utah, including the men.

        *zing!* I’m here all week folks…

  4. jane :

    love it!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Me too! Yours is in the mail!

  5. Emily :

    What a fun adventure!

    I sent pics as postcards last summer. It’s nice to have cheaper postage. :) I probably would’ve gone this route if I didn’t find 60 photo cards with free overnight shipping for $5.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Holy cow, are you kidding me? Who’s a thrifty mama now?


      Merry Christmas to you too!

  6. Emily W :

    You got stamps for $.17!? I did postcards for our Xmas cards and I paid $.28!! Awww nuts…

    • Petit Elefant :

      Maybe my postman loves me? I swear, I bought a pack of 50 for .17 each. Maybe I’m living in an alternate universe?

  7. Heidi E :

    Great idea! I love how cheap it is. Thanks!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Every penny counts right now, doesn’t it?

  8. Michelle :

    Great idea! I am also broke but went the route of a collage card that I created sent via email. Sad about not sending something to physically be opened, that is definitely something that I love this year! Happy Holidays :)

    • Petit Elefant :

      You know what, I think that’s better than nothing, and frankly, who doesn’t love a good collage? No one, that’s who.

      Happy Holidays yourself!

  9. TwinMamaTeb :

    I did this 2 years ago when my xmas list exploded due to it being a xmas AND birth announcement card. No time to stuff envelopes. Beauty of it (besides the price) is you can alter the pic however you want, ie text, etc, and just have it printed on cardstock in matte and voila!

    Last and this year I did what the PP did-, 50 free cards you just pay shipping. I’ll stuff envelopes for that price!

    • Allison :


      I love it. The second batch, {yes, I sent out too many} had a little Christmas message on the front.