I like to think I’m crafty and creative. I like to give homemade gifts, bake my own birthday treats and even make my own Christmas cards. Each year I design it, print them and send them out. Oh, wait, except the process is never that easy. It’s more like I spend four days tweaking a design that I can be happy with, start printing them, run out of ink, run out of paper, have a paper jam that ruins more of my paper, run out to the store more paper, get home and run out of ink and end up frustrated.

This year, I’m letting Shutterfly do the work.

Shutterfly offers a number of options when it comes to holiday cards. There are Thanksgiving cards, Christmas cards, Hanukkah cards, cards for businesses and religious holiday cards. You can browse the full selection from Shutterfly’s Cards and Stationery page.

I like the ability to personalize my cards, which is why I thought making them was the only way to go, but Shutterfly will still let me integrate pictures of my family along with a special message. I can get a folded card, flat stationery card printed on card stock or the flat photo card printed on glossy paper. The templates are endless. Some of my favorites are the Glow and Behold, Count Your Blessings and With Glee.  I have no idea how I will pick. It’s a good thing I started thinking about this early.

And I can save myself some time and energy with Shutterfly’s gift tags, another item I make just about every year that becomes a giant time waster.

Then, about the time I think I’m going to make a special gift for my mom, I’ll surf on over to the personalized Shutterfly’s wall calendars, drop in some pictures of my kids and BAM personalized Christmas gift without the stress of trying to make sure it’s perfect–and done on time. In no time it will be printed and delivered straight to my door.

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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