Make or Buy Christmas Cards?

November 20, 2012 5:18pm CST
I think that it's much nicer to recieve a handmade card then a shop bought one, but I think it now costs more to make your own then actually buy them, what do you think? I was also thinking of buying some handmade ones from eBay as they are not very expensive but would that be sort of cheating? I am thinking that they will probably take some time to put together too, but I guess it could be time well spent?
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16 responses
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
20 Nov 12
Well I've never made my own christmas cards so I wouldn't know if they are more expensive or not to make them or buy them. My husbands aunt she makes her own she just buys the black white cards and then takes magaiznes and cutes what she likes out to make the cards. I buy my own and get a pack for $5 dollars and normally that last me a few years.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
20 Nov 12
ShyBear88 While I think it is nice for some to make cards, the very most important part in my opinion is the thought that counts..no matter how much one spends on the cards...
20 Nov 12
I really like your aunts idea Shybear88, I think I might try that idea for myself. :) And I agree with you stary1, the most important thing is the thought. :)
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
21 Nov 12
I never said that spending more money makes it a better gift. I don't have time to make my own cards I have two little ones. I go and buy my own there is nothing wrong in buying a card or making a cards. I've made cards when I was little for birthday's but I don't do that any more I just don't have the time to sit down and think of something of something. So It's much easier for myself to go and buy a set a box. I know how many I need so I go and buy a pack of hundred or what ever and pay the $5 to $12. There person asked the question and I said I don't know how much it would cost making your own and it all depends I believe on what you are doing and how much time or money it would take.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
20 Nov 12
wrenfrost56 If you love arts and crafts I thik it is a nice idea..lol personally I can hardly make myself buy andnd address cards and write a short note... I don't think it's cheatinbg at all to buy homemade...I think it is helping some people make money and so you are benefiting them and yourself
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
20 Nov 12
oh my gosh..so sorry about all the typos.I really need to be more careful.
20 Nov 12
LOL don't worry it's not a writing test. :)(which is just as well cause I get tripped up by typos too) I have seen some really creative and beautiful cards on ebay, so if I can't find the time I will probably just buy some of them, and I never really thought that I would be helping someone else earn money thats a great way to look at it, thanks. And as long as I tell my friends that someone else made them, it's not cheating. :D
• United States
21 Nov 12
I think card stock and a magic market costs less than the price of some cards. that is all you really need to make a card your own. there is no need for stickers or stamps either.
15 Jan 13
Keep it simple, that is good advice. I didn't get round to doing them last year in the end but if I do find myself short of time this year I will keep that thought in mind. :)
• Qatar
21 Nov 12
For a change, I think a handmade christmas card is good. The recepient will be very much appreciative because of the effort that you made.
15 Jan 13
Your right the effort would have been appreciated, if I actually got round to doing it that is. I really wish that I had now. Still I guess there is always this year instead. :)
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
The effort will be worth it still if you make it by yourself. You will be proud after making it.
15 Jan 13
That is so true it would have been worth it if I actually had the time to do it :) still this year I am going to make a vested effort to actually get round to doing it. Because like you said I will be so proud. :)
• Greece
21 Nov 12
I may be wrong but reading between the lines I think your heart is in making your own cards. It is true that they take some time to make but they do not have to be more expensive if you have a little imagination. If you kept your cards last Christmas you may be able to cut out some useful parts, such as small pictures. A little piece of ribbon is a pretty decoration,and you will find more inspiration if you look at some of the homemade cards in the shops. I suggest you just make one or two for your most special friends and just to get you started I am going to give you a verse that I have written for my Christmas cards. If you copy it on to a sheet of paper that you can fold and insert into the card it will make the card more substantial and, unlike the cards you can buy in the shops, this has a genuine Christian message. A prince born in a stable, A comet blazing bright, Three wise men with costly gifts, An angel choir at night. So God restores His Kingdom, His Prince has shown the way. He is the Truth that gives men life, Thank God for Christmas Day.
15 Jan 13
Thank-you so much for your response and for the touching Christian message, it was very sweet. You are right I did have a secret hankering for making my own unfortunately I completely ran out of time last year. However I will take your ideas on board for this year instead. :)
@Angelpink (4022)
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
We don't make and send christmas cards in our place . People are bit advance , they send only SMS or cards in internet or just give a call. I don't know if people nowadays are lazy , or just busy so no time for making cards .
15 Jan 13
Text messages huh, now that is very modern :) I don't think that people are necessarily lazy I think probably more busy but then again maybe some people really are just lazy.
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
Personalized or customized Christmas or Greeting cards never gets old.. its sincere with your effort and time and love making on it.... but the easiest way is to just buy them.. hehe
15 Jan 13
lol that's very true :) I ended up buying then because I just completely ran out of time last year, I hoping it will be a different story this year. :)
@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
21 Nov 12
I'd certainly make. try to seach in net since you still have much time to prepare. I'm sure making cards are more special because you know the personality of each recepient. It will be more valuable if you add a taste of their own charactersistic on each card. Well, have fun!
15 Jan 13
You would have thought that I would have had plenty of time to make cards but I didn't :( still I guess there is always this year :) I like your idea to add a taste of their own characteristic on each card I will have to try that, thanks. :)
@FrugalMommy (1447)
• United States
21 Nov 12
I like arts and crafts, but I'm not very good at most of them. I stocked up on store bought Christmas cards when they went on clearance several years ago, and I'm still using them. I think I'm probably going to end up giving most of them away since I found a site online that does really neat custom cards for all occasions. They let you add your own photos to their templates, which is great for me because I love photography. I made some cards with pictures of my little girl for Father's Day this year, and the guys totally loved them. I want to do something similar for Christmas and other holidays since the Father's Day ones were such a hit. Oh, if you'd like to see the site I used, it's CardStore.com
15 Jan 13
That sounds awesome, I bet they loved the personalized cards with the photo's of yours on, what a great idea. I also bet your better at arts and crafts then you think, we tend to be good at the things we enjoy. :)
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
Making your own Christmas card shows thoughtfulness. Buying one saves you time. If you think the person deserves your time, I suggest you create your own Christmas card for them. Not so many people invest their time making a Christmas card so if it's a special someone, it would be a massive plus to make your own card.
15 Jan 13
I think that's half the problem a lot of people in my life deserve my time! I went out and bought some last year in the end but this year I think I will try harder to make time to be creative. :)
@mrsuniega (789)
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
well for me if you really have the budget then try to buy a card, but if you want to personalized it then making a card on your own is much appreciated. try to make a card that made from a scrap materials. just make it more creative, search some ideas and design on the internet. this kind of art saves money and also you are helping the environment.
15 Jan 13
I guess when you think about it there is a lot you can do with old scraps of paper and material and such. I will take your advice and get some inspiration from the internet. :)
@bLadeee (403)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
I think I'm gonna make my own Christmas card since I only want to spend my money on buying gifts. Maybe I'll try to use photoshop to design the card and if I want to add more decoration on the card, it will be the time where I'll spend some money to it.
15 Jan 13
You know I completely forgot about photoshop! I totally could have done that. Definitely something worth considering for this year. :)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
People tend to buy cards rather than make it, for different reasons: To save time, buy cards may perhaps look good than my own made card, you can choose a cheaper one, etc. Whatever the reason is, in my own opinion there is much greater joy to receive a made card than a buy card for we as a receiver can really feel the effort that in being exerted by the person who gave it no matter how simple it may look.So I think it's better to have a made Christmas card than a buy one.
15 Jan 13
There is something very special about receiving a handmade card, but as you mentioned that's not always possible, I bought some last year but hopefully I will be able to get creative this year :)
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
20 Nov 12
I used to send tons of Christmas cards, but each year it was fewer and fewer. Now, I don't send any. I use e-cards for a few people, and that's it.
21 Nov 12
Ah e-cards I had never even thought about that. I could send some of those too, thanks for the suggestion. :)
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
20 Nov 12
i make my own cards and i find it much cheaper to make my own than to buy them, however, Christmas is generally an exception just because i always buy them after Christmas. i don't really send that many out though anyways and for special people, i always make them.
20 Nov 12
I don't suppose you sell any of your cards on ebay do you? lol. Well that's good to know, I'm glad that it's cheaper to make them. :) I send out a lot of cards each year, but maybe it would be a better idea to just give the 'special' people the homemade card. :)