Get Minted for the Holidays {Plus, a Giveaway!}

I’m gifting and giving with this holiday season, which definitely means New Years cards, personalized art, calendars, and, of course, a giveaway for you.

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I’m going to tell you a secret.

It’s December 18th, and I still haven’t mailed my holiday cards. From LAST year.

That’s right. I haven’t mailed the cards that I printed in November of 2014. This year? I didn’t even order cards because I was all, “Yes, I can totally mail last year’s cards. Never mind that tiny 2014 on the back. No one will care.”

Truthfully, I don’t think anyone will care, and if they do, I don’t need to know about it because I’m mailing last year’s cards. There was this one moment, however, about three days ago, when I realized that I did actually manage to hand out cards to a certain set of people I saw in person last year, and so this year I will have nothing.

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No problem. I’m great at this. You know what they’re called? New Year’s cards. Season’s greetings cards. I figure the season can extend all the way into January and then some. Get them in before Valentine’s and you’re good to go. I should just order now for December 2016. My kids are old(er). I can just stretch their bodies out in Photoshop to make it look like they grew a few inches.

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How’s the gifting going? Are you done? I went to the store the other day because we needed both milk and a birthday gift for this weekend, and I nearly had a panic attack in the parking lot, the aisle, the checkout, the parking lot again.

Where did all these people come from, and what are you buying? Is the reason I don’t see you here more often on account of the fact that you don’t actually know how to drive and so don’t attempt it often?

Regardless, as a socially awkward introvert, I should avoid all stores until well into mid-January. Besides, I am historically a bit of a Grinch about Christmas, not because I don’t like giving my loved ones gifts, but I am practical and idealistic to a fault. I want it to be something they’ll cherish, not just something I gave them in order to check off a requisite box.

This is where Minted comes in. In minutes of browsing I was able to find gifts for everyone on my list, from my kids right down to my “what do you get for the person who has everything” person. And they were personalized, meaningful, and meant to be used.

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Here’s what you need to know: There’s still time to order for Christmas Eve delivery with expedited shipping. it’s even free on holiday cards (use: SHIP) to get them here by the 24th. Let’s take a look.

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Technically, I got this for me. These journals get personalized inside and out, and having a dedicated place to take recipe notes is kind of a big deal when my entire desk is covered in sticky notes.

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Lene was super excited to see that I printed this Instagram photo I took of her at the pool over the summer. I also made a personalized print for my brother-in-law and his newly minted wife and chose an art print for the teen.

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To all the people who know my mom: She doesn’t read my blog regularly, so she won’t see this unless you ruin it. Definitely do not tell her that I personalized an entire calendar for her 35th year of marital bliss, complete with wedding photos circa 1981, my dad sporting a faux mullet, and this lovely picture of my baby brother and my insanely talented sister-in-law, Bethany, after we climbed a palisade in the Boundary Waters.

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When you’re done with gifting, Minted can also supply the gift wrap, the personalized gift tags, and the party decor, from felted garland to paper table runners.

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Review products and giveaway are provided by Opinions and procrastination tips provided by yours truly.


  1. I only mailed half of our holiday cards last year. This year, I ordered them and have half of them in envelopes, but that’s it. Sigh.

  2. For me, a designer and logo developer, such tutorials are more like a job. But sometimes, I do wish I could enjoy the process more. Since the age of 16 I’ve been working for various decoration studios. And with time, the passion becomes not so abnormal as it was before.

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