Even though it’s only the middle of October, this is the year we swear (swear!) we’ll get a head start on the craziness of holidays by getting our holiday cards ready. Now, we have tons of incentive with a great offer and super limited time discount from Minted.

(above design by Kelli Hall of Georgia)

As if Minted hasn’t always made the entire entire holiday photo card process easy from start to finish, they’ve come up with really smart free holiday card sample kits this year.

Sign up and get a totally free set of a variety of Minted cards so you can see the various designs, paper stocks, shapes and general quality, all to help you make your decision easier. Which, trust us, you’ll need.

You’ll find no shortage of gorgeously designed holiday cards that are wildly customizable with colors, shapes and even whether it wishes you a happy holiday, Christmas, New Year or Hanukkah. And this year, there are more than 50 new swanky foil pressed cards; new letterpress holiday cards; minibooks for those longer stories and bigger broods; and even really tasteful, modern non-photo cards.

Here, just a few of our very favorites from this year’s selection. A very few.

The beautiful handpress gold and silver foil add such a luxe touch to holiday cards and are a lovely change from the traditional red and green. Plus? No glitter to get all over the rug. Yay.

minted photo hanukkah card | cool mom picks
by Lauren Chisam of Dallas

minted baby holiday card | cool mom picks
by Paper Dahlia of San Francisco

minted holiday photo card | cool mom picks
by Paper Dahlia of San Francisco

Skip the holiday letter and get your friends and family up to date of all your year’s best in a sleekly designed card or one of the modern minibook designs.

minted minibook holiday card | cool mom picks
by Susan Asbill of Texas

minted timeline holiday card | cool mom picks
by J.Bartyn of New York 


A traditional photo card is anything but with these customizable, modern designs. Select a card that features one favorite photo or choose a design that accomodates two, three, or a ton of photos. We know–it’s hard to pick!

minted photo holiday card | cool mom picks
by Paper Loves Jane of Utah

peace and joy photo card at minted | cool mom picks
by Kelly Nasuta of Florida

Joy Peace and Love card by Minted | cool mom picks
by Morgan Newnham of Colorado

minted 3 photo holiday card | cool mom picks

By J.Bartyn of NYC

Instead of a traditional card you can send a flat card as a holiday postcard with or without a photo. The beautiful designs will stand up on Grandma’s mantle even next to folded photo cards. 
Plus, you’re saving paper and postage which is always a plus.

holiday postcard at minted | cool mom picks
by Jess Taich of San Francisco

joy holiday postcard at minted | cool mom picks
by Jennifer Wick of Pittsburgh

gold foil holiday postcard at minted | cool mom picks
by Oscar and Emma of Ohio

Maybe you just prefer to skip the holiday photo card and enclose your own photo that friends and family can save long after the season is over. These modern designs make a statement all on their own.

minted non-photo holiday card | cool mom picks
by Chocomocacino of Indonesia

minted new year's card | cool mom picks
by Geekink Design of LA

minted joy holiday card | cool mom picks
by Olivia Kanaley of San Francsico

Special Offer: Order a free holiday sample kit from our sponsor Minted to see just how beautiful the cards are. [Edited to add: Unfortunately, Minted is currently out of the free holiday card sample kits. They will restock ASAP!]

AND today only get 15% off all holiday cards with code EARLY2013. Order today, and you can upload photos and finish your cards later. Thank you sooooo much on behalf of busy parents everywhere!