At our house at least, today marks the official start to Christmas season, which means I’ve been spending some time getting our cards ready to mail… hot cocoa in hand and holiday music blasting in the background, of course! Buff captured this spontaneous Phoebe moment at one of our photo shoots for my book, and (as always) Minted was my go-to choice for the cards themselves. I tend to go for simple, modern designs that really let the photo take center stage, and I’m a sucker for really high-quality paper and special details like rounded corners. Minted has loads to choose from that meet all qualifications, and I admit: it was tough narrowing it down. I loved the sparkle on this “Starry Noel” design, and the gradient effect of the “Ombre Tidings” cards is so cool. But after previewing our photo with the “Hand-Painted Branches” design, I knew I’d found the one, and Minted makes it easy-as-pie to change the layouts to fit a photo perfectly.

Most years, I devote several hours to hand-addressing all our cards… leaving me little mental or physical energy (hand cramps!) for writing personal messages. So this year, I decided to take a different route by taking advantage of Minted’s free (!!) recipient addressing service. Simply sending a spreadsheet with all my names and addresses resulted in a box full of perfectly addressed cards, which allowed me time to cozy up in front of the fire and pen each of my recipients a short but heartfelt note. It definitely made this year’s cards feel a bit more personal! And now for the giveaway! Keep reading to find out how to win $1,000 (yes, that’s three zeros) to spend any way you like on Just think: this year’s holiday cards, thank-you notes and gifts for everyone on your list…

We’re making it super simple for you to enter to win $1,000 to Minted. All you have to do is:

The contest ends Wednesday, December 4th at 11:59pm PT, and we’ll announce the lucky winner the following week. Good luck!
*photos by Melanie Grizzel

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