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Example of what to write in a Christmas card, featuring photo Christmas cards

The sending and receiving of Christmas cards is an age-old tradition which dates back to 1843 and sitting down on a cosy evening to write your Christmas card messages is a special part of preparing for the holiday season. But when it comes to putting pen to paper, how often do you struggle to write season’s greetings for your friends and family? Our guide on what to write on a Christmas card, will provide all the inspiration you need to help you share more joy this holiday season.

 

Choosing your Christmas cards

We have many choices when it comes to how we wish to stay in touch with friends and family, but there is no better way to send holiday wishes than with a Christmas card.

Before you start writing your Christmas greetings, you need to select your chosen style of Christmas card. You could get crafty and create homemade Christmas cards, choose to make it extra meaningful and turn a photo into a Christmas card, or simply opt for a traditional shop bought Christmas card.

 

Ideas for what to write in a Christmas card

We’ve made composing a thoughtful message for your holiday card simple. We’ve categorised our ideas to ensure you have the right seasons greetings for each person on your list.

 

Simple Christmas card greetings

  • Merry Christmas. Wishing you all the best this holiday season.
  • Wishing you a Christmas that’s merry and bright!
  • Merry Christmas with lots of love.
  • I hope your Christmas is filled with joy and laughter.
  • Happy Holidays! I hope all of your Christmas wishes come true.
  • Best wishes for Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.
  • Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday.
  • Peace, joy, and love to you and your family

 

Photo Christmas Card For Partner

Christmas card messages for your partner

  • The only thing I love more than Christmas is you.
  • It’s not what’s under the tree that matters most, it’s who’s around it. Every year I’m so grateful to have you there.
  • All I want for Christmas is you.
  • I’m so lucky to be spending another Christmas with you!
  • Merry Christmas! You’re the best gift I could ask for.
  • Christmas is magical because we’re together.
  • The best gift of all is the gift of loving you. Merry Christmas.
  • Being with you has given me something to celebrate every day. Here’s to another Christmas with you.

 

Christmas Card For Nanny And Grandad

Christmas card sayings for your family

  • So glad we’re family…and so grateful for all the great Christmas memories we share.
  • For me, the holidays start when we get together.
  • There is no greater gift this festive season than spending time with family.
  • You’re all so important to us. Stay safe and stay happy this holiday season!
  • Having family like you is the best Christmas gift there ever could be.
  • Grateful to be blessed with such a wonderful family. Merry Christmas!
  • You can’t choose your family, but even if you could, I’d still choose you. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to spending some time with you.
  • I’m so thankful to have been blessed with such a wonderful family with which to celebrate this meaningful time of year.
  • It makes me so happy to remember all of our special memories from the past years.

 

Photo Christmas Card For Friends

What to write in a Christmas card to friends?

  • So grateful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long.
  • The warmest Christmas wishes from our home to yours.
  • This year I have been so grateful for your friendship—thank you for being such a wonderful part of my life.
  • Christmas is a good excuse to send cards to all my favourite people.
  • It’s friends like you that make this season so special and magical.
  • Holidays are so much more special when they are celebrated with important friends like you.
  • Wishing one of my most dearest and special friends a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
  • I hope your holiday season is as awesome as you are.

 

Photo Christmas Card

Christmas card messages for those who are far away

  • Missing you even more at this joyful time of year.
  • We may not be together in person this Christmas, but you’ll be in my thoughts and my heart.
  • Christmas won’t feel the same without you here. We wish you a wonderful holiday time.
  • Wish we could be together this holiday season, but since we can’t, I’m sending the warmest wishes your way.
  • Thinking of you with lots of love at Christmas.
  • We are not celebrating together this year, but my love and wishes will be with you always. Merry Christmas.
  • As we celebrate this Christmas in different places, we wish for good health and well-being for all of you. A very Merry Christmas to all of you.

 

Words to sign off your Christmas cards

  • Love,
  • With love,
  • Love always,
  • Much love to you,
  • Best wishes
  • Warmest wishes at Christmas and always,
  • Warmest wishes,
  • Christmas blessings,
  • Best wishes
  • All my love,
  • With all our love
  • Happy Holidays
  • Merry Christmas
  • Much Love
  • Hugs and kisses
  • All the best
  • Take care
  • Yours truly
  • Sincerely
  • Cheers
  • Lots of love
  • Your friend

 

One-of-a-kind words for one-of-a-kind photo Christmas cards

Meaningful Christmas greetings are even more meaningful when sent in personalised photo Christmas cards. If you want to send a card you can’t find in store, why not try an online greetings card maker. PostSnap’s greeting cards apps and online greetings card marker turn a photo into a Christmas card. Easy to use and available on Android and iOS. PostSnap photo Christmas cards are available as singles as well as in packs of 5 or 10.

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How to write a postcard

Have you always wanted to send a postcard whilst on holiday but didn’t know how to write one? Well you’ve come to the right place, writing a postcard couldn’t be easier with our handy guide. 

Sending postcards to friends and family is a great way to show your loved ones just how much you care about them. Not only is it a sweet gesture but it is a fun way to share your adventures with your nearest and dearest. When it comes to how you’re going to send a postcard you have two options. You can either buy a postcard from a local shop or you can use your own photos to create your own unique photo postcard using an online postcard maker.

 

Postcard Format 

 

1. Choosing a postcard

One of the best things about sending a postcard is choosing the image on the front. This image will be the first thing your recipient sees so be sure to pick a postcard image that not only best represents your holiday but also an image you think your recipient would like best. 

Front Of Photo Postcard And Back Of Postcard With Message

 

2. Where to write on a postcard?

Greet your recipient on the back left hand side of a postcard but ensure you leave enough room below for a message. When writing postcards, the greeting is the perfect place to start off your message and make your recipient feel special and valued. If you’re aiming for a formal tone start your postcard with ‘Dear, (name)’. If you’re aiming for a more informal tone you could start your postcard with ‘Hello, Hi or Hey (name)’. 

Once you’ve chosen your postcard greetings, it’s now time to share holiday memories or your latest news with your recipient. Write your message on the back left hand side of the postcard just under the greeting. When it comes to writing a postcard the space is limited so your message needs to be short and sweet. Before putting pen to paper, plan what you are going to write to ensure you have enough space – there is nothing worse than running out of space in the middle of a sentence! If you’re stuck for ideas about what to write on a postcard, we run through 10 things to write on a postcard later on in this post.  

The next stage of postcard writing is signing off your postcard, so be sure to leave enough room as no postcard is complete without a heartfelt farewell to your loved ones. Choose to sign off your postcard with a ‘See you soon!, Wish you were here, Hugs from (destination)’ and be sure to include your name so your recipient knows who the postcard is from.

Back Of Postcard With Message

 

3. How to address a postcard

When it comes to addressing a postcard, write the recipient’s address on the right hand side. The standard postcard format has a vertical line down the middle, with a blank space to the left, and a lined space to the right. Write your recipient’s full name and address on the lined space to the right. Be sure to include the recipients full address including city/town, country and postcode.

Back Of PostCard with Postcard Address

 

4. Where to place a postcard stamp?

Place the stamp within the outlined box on the top right of the postcard (if purchasing a postcard from a local shop and not online). Whilst on holiday you can head to the post office, bank or petrol stations to purchase a stamp and if you’re wondering about postage rates, you can read our article, How much is a postcard stamp? Be sure that the stamp is only placed on the back of the postcard in the outlined box, anywhere else will increase the chances of the postcard getting lost.

 

What to write on a postcard – 10 ideas

Due to limited space on the back of a postcard it can often seem intimidating writing postcards.  Luckily, if you’re stuck for ideas, here are 10 things to write on a postcard:

  1. Share your favourite day of your trip – just come back from a boat cruise, city tour or water sports activity? Write a short description of your experience. 
  2. Say something personal – let your loved ones know how much you’re missing them. Beginning your postcard with a thought about the recipient will make them feel truly special. 
  3. Talk about the weather – has there been a day with especially interesting weather. Whether it rained, snowed or was a particularly beautiful day write a short summary to make your recipient feel closer to you.
  4. Share a local word or phrase with a translation – one of the best things about visiting a new country is getting to learn the basics of a new language so why not share your new favourite phrase. 
  5. Travel tips – what are the best must-sees around? Let your recipient know. 
  6. Fun fact about the location you’re visiting – have you learnt something interesting recently that your recipient would not know? 
  7. Explain the story behind your postcard photo – whether choosing a postcard locally or creating one online let your recipient know why the photo you’ve chosen best represents your trip. 
  8. Draw a picture that reflects your travels – don’t fancy writing, get artistic and draw a picture of your surroundings. 
  9. Share a new tradition that you’ve learned – have you attended a local festival and found a new tradition you think your recipient would love? 
  10. Write about the local food – just tried a local dish that you loved, describe the meal or even share the recipe.

Remember when writing a postcard the message on the back will be visible so be sure to not include any personal information. 

If you’re struggling to find a postcard in a local shop, why not try an online postcard maker. PostSnap’s postcard apps and online postcard maker turn your own photos into postcards in just a few minutes. PostSnap’s apps are easy to use and available on Android and iOS. PostSnap will print and mail 6 inch x 4 inch post cards worldwide from just £2.49 or $2.75 including postage.

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How much is a postcard stamp? Postcard postage rates for UK, US and beyond

We often get asked how much are postcard stamps to and from popular destinations such as the UK, Australia and the US. Here is our guide to postcard postage rate.

UK postcard stamp price

Sending a postcard within the UK is good value using the Royal Mail. A standard A6 postcard is treated the same as a small letter and costs 76p for the 1st class service or if you choose 2nd class the postcard stamp cost is 65p.

In the UK, you can purchase postcard stamps at the Post Office or major supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda. Whether buying from the Post Office or a supermarket, the pricing generally stays the same.

UK Postcard Stamps

 

USPS postcard stamps

Sending a postcard within the US is an affordable way to communicate using the U.S Postal Service. A USPS postcard stamp costs just $0.35.

US Postcard Stamp 

Postcard stamp price when sending overseas

If you are sending postcards abroad, the postcard stamps price can increase substantially.

Below you will find the postcard stamp cost for the UK, US and Australia, whether your card is being sent domestically, or internationally.

 

Postage rates for postcards, showing domestic and international postcard postage.

The postcard stamp rate is based on a standard A6 postcard size. Prices are correct as of 7th October.

PostSnap postcard stamp cost

We often get asked, how much does it cost to send a postcard with PostSnap? The good news is, UK postage is included as standard. Whether you are sending the postcard from the UK or abroad, as long as it is going to a UK address, the cost of the postcard stamp is covered for free.  Sending a little further afield, international postage prices are never more than £0.50 or $0.50.

Sending a personalised photo postcard straight from your phone also removes the hassle of spending any of your precious holiday time in post office queues.

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Postcard Front and Back

Standard Postcard Size UK

Standard Postcard Size USA

Picture postcards have been in existence since the 1800s, however the overall appearance and size of a postcard has hardly changed in that time. Postcards are still very popular in the UK and USA and to this day the size of a standard postcard is still based upon the original 6 inch x 4 inch format.

Postcard Size UK & Europe

The standard postcard size in the UK is 148mm x 105mm (14.8 cm x 10.5cm) which is the equivalent of A6. The postcard size in inches is 5.8 inches x 4.2 inches.

This is the size of a postcard typically found in seaside holiday resorts and sent home to family and friends. This is the standard postcard size in other European countries too. Some retail outlets also sell large postcards measuring 210mm x 148mm which is the equivalent of A5. 

When it comes to posting, Royal Mail advise that a stamp for a postcard costs the same as a letter. This means that Royal Mail will mail postcards with dimensions up to 240mm x 165mm and a thickness of no more than 5mm. The weight of the postcard should not exceed 100g.  Standard postcards of 148mm x 105mm easily fall into this category as do large postcards up to A5 size (210mm x 148mm).

The cost of mailing a postcard in the UK is currently 76p for 1st Class mail and 65p for second class mail (as of October 2020.) If you’re looking for more information on the cost of a postcard stamp, you can read our article on postcard postage rates

Postcard Size UK

 


Postcard Size USA

The standard postcard size in the US is 5.8 x 4.2 inches, which is the equivalent of A6 and is broadly based on the traditional 6 inch x 4 inch standard postcard format. The postcard size in centimetres 14.8 x 10.5 cm.

The traditional postcard comprises of a century-old postcard template of a photo on the front and a message and address on the back. The first postcards went on sale in the US in 1873, as a quick and affordable way to communicate, and they remain that way until this day.

Postcards are mailed in the US for as little as 35c as long as the postcard meets certain size and weight criteria as set out by USPS. The minimum and maximum dimensions of a postcard are defined as 5 inches x 3-1/2 inches to 6 inches x 4-1/4 inches. In addition, a postcard must be between 0.007 inch – 0.016 inch thick.

Postcard Size US

 

Standard Postcard Dimensions

The table below sets out dimensions of a standard postcard.

Standard Postcard Dimensions

 

Postcard Apps

The picture postcard maybe an age-old tradition, however it is a tradition which has evolved with the recent introduction of postcard apps which let users turn digital photos into real printed postcards.

With the PostSnap’s postcard apps and online postcard maker you can turn your own photos into postcards. PostSnap’s apps are easy to use and available on Android and iOS. PostSnap will print and mail 6 inch x 4 inch post cards worldwide from just £2.49 or $2.75 including postage.

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