Instagram leads to retro/vintage Christmas card trend

These two cards are being offered by Shutterfly. I'm not crazy. That first one looks totally like Instagram an the second looks very retro. Click the link to see more.

This is a screen shot of two cards being offered by Shutterfly. I'm not crazy. That first one looks totally like Instagram and the second looks very retro. Click the photo to see more.

I think the bottom one looks like Instagram too. These are from Tinyprints. Hit the photo to link to more.

I think the bottom one looks like Instagram too. These are from Tinyprints. Hit the photo to link to more.

I was trying to be the early bird and get ahead on making my Christmas card this year. We usually use Shutterfly for our card but I decided to check prices on multiple sites. And what I immediately noticed was a bunch of cards that looked like Instagram photos and had vintage fonts and colors. Some of the cards look like they’re from the turn of the century but the ones that surprised me look more like from the 1970s – like when I was a kid.

Minted.com called them “Vintage” cards. Shutterfly didn’t seem to classify them but had them at the top of their most popular category.  I think the Shutterfly looked the most like Instagram. I am wondering I you are supposed to put your Instagram photos in or if it applies the look when you past them into the card.

This card is from Minted. There are some others on the page that remind me of the Sears catalog with everyone in their long underwear. Click the photo to see more.

This card is from Minted. There are some others on the page that remind me of the Sears catalog with everyone in their long underwear. Click the photo to see more.

It’s not just the yellowy-tinted photos that make them look vintage thought. It’s the fonts and the colors that look like Christmas throwbacks.

Here are some examples from different sites:

Minted.com

Shutterfly

Tinyprints

Snapfish

Do you want a retro/vintage card? Do you want it to look like an Instagram photo? Have you used vintage/retro-looking cards in the past? Do you think it’s a trend?

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[...] Instagram leads to retro/vintage Christmas card trendAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)I was trying to be the early bird and get ahead on making my Christmas card this year. We usually use Shutterfly for our card but I decided to check prices on multiple sites. And what I immediately noticed was a bunch of cards that looked like Instagram photos … [...]

Becky

November 6th, 2012
10:09 am

Call me old fashioned, but I still mail out cards.. I sign them, address them and use regular mail…

Mayhem

November 6th, 2012
10:18 am

Me too Becky.!!! There is nothing more exciting than to receive an actual Hand-written card in the mail. Everyone wants to use social media or the latest technology.

I cannot stand email christmas cards. If someone sends me an ecard, I delete it without even opening it. How much thought went into that?????

We do ours the day after Thanksgiving, and it’s a 2 day process. I like to actually send a short note with mine, especially to the older relatives. I usually buy two boxes of cards, and send out at least 30…..

Peachy

November 6th, 2012
11:00 am

I use shutter fly cards. They are “real cards” but preprinted with a little note and picture. For most people I write an additional something and sign them, but I like including a picture because I LOVE getting the ones with pictures from others. I guess the one I choose this year is a little “vintage” but not quite as much as the ones you pictured above. I think the vintage look adds to the Christmas charm!

Becky

November 6th, 2012
11:18 am

@Mayhem..I also start mine the day after Thanksgiving..I have about 10-12 boxes of cards and I usually open 2 or 3 of them and mail from them..I mail cards out to the children in my family because they really like to get something in the mail..:)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 6th, 2012
11:23 am

Peachy is right — these are all real paper cards that you mail out in snail mail — – you just add in your own photos online.

Techmom

November 6th, 2012
11:42 am

I’m not that big of a fan of the retro cards so I wouldn’t choose them for my family but wouldn’t surprise me if we got a couple from other folks. We didn’t do professional family photos this year since my son is a senior and I’ll be plunking down money for those but I do like photo cards. Maybe I’ll just force my husband and son to sit in front of the camera on the tripod for an informal photo.

Also, I decided last year I would only mail cards to those who reciprocate. If you do digital, then that’s what you’ll get from me. Plus, having 60-70 cards printed plus stamps really does add up.

Scooby

November 6th, 2012
12:42 pm

I think Christmas cards should be actual Christmas cards. That you buy in a box. Your family’s vacation photos do not belong on a Christmas card. I hate the cards with family pictures on them.

Peachy

November 6th, 2012
12:46 pm

@Scooby – why do you hate them? When I get a card with a picture from someone I don’t see regularly, it is nice to know how they have changed, how the kids have grown, if someone got married…to me its much more personal than a picture of a bird or wreath or something…

Denise

November 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

I agree Peachy. I love getting the ones with the kids’ pics on them. I sometimes don’t see the kids for years so I “keep up” with how they are growing up thru either pics on FaceBook or Christmas cards. They make me smile.

Techmom, I’m one that does not reciprocate. I don’t do Christmas cards. I never have. One, I’m lazy and two, I never know what to do with the ones I get (they end up as clutter) so I don’t add to anyone else’s clutter just to say Merry Christmas. Maybe when I have a family I’ll feel differently but right now I don’t. (Also I’m not really a Christmas person. If we made as big a deal about Thanksgiving as we do for Christmas I might be a little more in the spirit because I LOVE Thanksgiving.)

Mayhem

November 6th, 2012
1:29 pm

@Denise – there are ALL sorts of things you can do with those Christmas cards you receive. I usually tape mine up around the house, mostly on the front door (inside).

You can tie a string from one end of your fireplace mantle to the other, and hand the cards on that.

I love getting cards and displaying them. Some are SO pretty and it just adds to the spirit.

I usually throw them away when packing up my decorations on January 1. Except those from my Mom. It may be the last thing I get with her handwriting, so I hold on to those for sentimental reasons…..I still have the very last letter my dad wrote to me before he died 20 years ago…….I can’t get through it without crying……

ssidawg

November 6th, 2012
1:29 pm

I love the picture cards. It’s so neat to see how the children of friends I don’t see often are growing up.

Mayhem

November 6th, 2012
1:29 pm

AND I don’t care if someone I send a card to reciprocates or not. That’s not the reason I send cards.. I do it because I like to do it.

Techmom

November 6th, 2012
1:50 pm

@Denise – wait you do or don’t like getting Christmas cards? You like the photo ones but not the rest b/c they’re clutter?

I hang all of the cards we get from the mantle – they add to the decor IMO.

We have some friends who always send cards a little later for New Years and another family who sends Valentine’s cards instead of Christmas. I think they’re cute & different.

I hang the ones we get on the mantle- it’s a reminder of all the friends and family who we are thankful for but don’t necessarily get to see a lot. And I don’t cut someone off immediately; I know things come up and some years you just don’t have time to send cards but I figure if I don’t get a card from someone

Mayhem

November 6th, 2012
2:04 pm

@Techmom – you left us hanging…….complete that sentence please…LOL

Katherine the Great

November 6th, 2012
2:08 pm

I do not like the Christmas card with the photo. I like religious cards.

Mayhem

November 6th, 2012
2:22 pm

I toss the religious ones…

Scooby

November 6th, 2012
2:49 pm

Used to be there was a handwritten note in the card. And maybe a picture enclosed. Even worse than the picture cards themselves are the picture cards with the “signature” imprinted on the card as well. Then add the computer printed address labels.

Techmom

November 6th, 2012
2:54 pm

Oops! That’s what happens when I multi-task :)

… I know things come up and some years you just don’t have time to send cards but I figure if I don’t get a card from someone more than a couple of years in a row, it’s time to move on and send that card to someone else.

JOD

November 6th, 2012
3:17 pm

I typically send traditional cards, but we did a photo card when DD was 6 months old. I used to send a huge volume of cards, but have wittled the list down over the last couple of years. I would spend 2 or more days working on Hubs’ huge family and none of them ever sent cards back. Now I send cards to about 20 close family and friends.

We display the cards in our hall and like getting all kinds since it shows someone is thinking of us. The 70s-style card don’t do anything for me, but the other styles are cute. I haven’t seen e-cards, but that doesn’t sound too appealing…guess I’m old-fashioned like that.

Becky

November 6th, 2012
3:40 pm

Like Mayhem, I display them around the house..I toss them when the decorations are put up..Some I hang onto a little longer..I don’t have any cards that my Mother sent me, but I do have a few letters that she mailed me when she spent a summer with my sister in MO one year..

@Techmom..I don’t keep track of who mails me cards, so I wouldn’t know if one person didn’t send me a card a couple of years in a row.. :)I do know that I have one sister that her and I have been exchanging the same card for more than 15 years..Seems, I gave it to her one year and didn’t sign it, so she gave it back to me the next year..So that’s how that goes..

Tiffany

November 6th, 2012
3:48 pm

I love getting Christmas cards. I especially like the ones with pictures because I really don’t see a lot of the people regularly. I don’t care if it is a professional picture or a casual snapshot. Another thing I like is the Christmas letter which brings you up to date yearly with someone. I know some people hate them and think it to be cheesy…but it is kind of entertaining to hear all about what someone’s family has been up to. Also…I don’t care if someone sends me en e-card or picture. I have a relative who does this every year…and it is really the only time anyone ever hears from her. It is also SO expensive to mail anything these days…so I can see why people send them electronically. It is the thought that counts anyway when you get a card…so just be glad that someone is thinking of you, regardless what kind of card you get. I like the examples of the picture cards that Theresa showed, especially the retro looking ones. I might order them if I have the extra money…but will probably send boxed cards with a snapshot from our summer trip, as everybody looks happy and my kids hate to pose for formal portraits!

Denise

November 6th, 2012
4:43 pm

Techmom – I don’t SEND Christmas cards. I appreciate any that are sent to me and I lie every year that I’m going to get in the spirit and send my own. I love to RECEIVE the cards with the kids but they end up in a pile like the rest of them unless I stick them on my refrigerator with a magnet. I don’t know where 80% of them are at this point even though I smiled and ooh-ahhh over them when I got them.

I should give a disclaimer – my LIFE is cluttered and I have stuff everywhere so it’s not just the cards. They just add to the already-too-big pile of clutter.

I’m not a scrooge but I’m not big on Christmas. And it really, REALLY annoys me that Christmas “starts” before Thanksgiving. Maybe if “Christmas” didn’t “last” so long I would enjoy it more but by December 25 I want to throw my gifts at who they are for and scream “Turn that dang Christmas music OFF. I’ve been hearing it for 2 months.” (I guess I do sound like a scrooge, huh? Bah Humbug! LOL)

Becky

November 6th, 2012
5:29 pm

@Denise..I’m just the opposite..I love Christmas and would be listening to Christmas music right now if it were on the radio..We put up a big village scene for the children each year, so that takes a while to put up..We will start putting that up this weekend..I love everything about Christmas..The shopping, mailing cards, decorating, baking and so forth..

Also, lots of things in my life were disordered, but as I gotten older, I’ve done away with most all of it..I just realized that certain things don’t matter to me as much..Also, watch Hoarders and that will really make you change things.. LOL..At least it did for me and my clutter was never anywhere close to what they have on there..

Kat

November 6th, 2012
6:24 pm

@Becky: If you have any kind of cable package you can probably hear Christmas music right now. Xfinity/Comcast has “Sounds of the Season,” which changed to Christmas on November 2 or so.

I love to do pix of my kids at Christmas and send that as a “postcard” type of card. The problem with those is that they don’t “hang” and they don’t stand up on their own. I keep all the cards that are sent to me. They really don’t take up that much space. When I’m older (and I seem to get older every day), I want to be able to see some of these pictures and what was going on.

Maybe cards are a generational thing. I don’t do Facebook (though that may change), so I love reading the family newsletters that come out at this time of year. I’d rather read about your year in one two-page spread than to read about your trips to the zoo or your antique store find on a daily basis. I just want the highlights.

emz

November 6th, 2012
8:12 pm

I love to send real Christmas cards and I agree with Scooby @ 12:42 pm! No family Christmas letters either! Sorry but those of us without children aren’t very interested in other people’s children except possibly relatives — and sometimes not then! Not being Scrooge — just being honest.

Denise

November 6th, 2012
10:20 pm

@Becky – when it gets closer to Christmas, I play my Christmas station on Pandora.com. If you like Christmas music, make a station on Pandora and you can listen all year long. :-)