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Gift Guide 2018: Master the Small Gift with Basic Invite

Gift Guide 2018: Master the Small Gift with Basic Invite

Sponsored by Basic Invite

Welcome to Amidst’s first ever gift guide! You’ll find I do gift giving a little differently: I’m not about high prices that break the bank. What matters most to me is that each gift feels personal, and comes from a company you want to talk about. In this five-part series (I’ll be putting new posts up through Dec. 14), you’ll find a list of affordable, special fashion and beauty items and companies that will have you just as excited to give gifts as your recipients will be to receive them. Happy gifting!

Courtesy Basic Invite

Courtesy Basic Invite

You’ve got a list of family and friends you’d like to send a holiday gift to, but it can’t be big nor hard to ship. Said present should also have little chance of getting lost in the mail or stolen from someone’s doorstep. Sound like something you’re looking for this holiday season? I’d like to make an argument that an old idea is the perfect fit: Let me re-introduce you to the holiday card.  

My husband and I discovered the power of the time-honored tradition three years ago. We were newly married and I was determined to turn over a new gift-giving leave by finding small individual gifts to mail to each person on our aforementioned list. That idea, I soon found out, was much harder said then done for a couple on a budget. We settled on custom holiday cards complete with a photo of us.

But what we thought would be a humble gift stole the spotlight: In a few minutes, we were able to craft a heartfelt, pretty message that made the petite treat feel as special for the receiver as the big gifts under the tree—in other words, Grandma loved it.

This year, we’re making our small but mighty messages with Basic Invite, a 12-year-old online wedding, birthday, holiday, and any-other-kind-of-bash-you-can-think-of stationary company that’s garnered a 4.7 out of 5-star review by 257 WeddingWire reviewers. Below, five reasons I’m excited to give them a try. Hint: One includes a discount I can pass along to you.

PLAY WITH THE RAINBOW Basic Invite is one of the few online stationary companies to have more than 180 custom color options. You can play with said hues on each and every element of each card design, plus pick from 40 colors for the peel and seal envelopes.

SEND SAMPLES Not entirely sure about your paper and design choices? No need to worry: With Basic Invite, you can order a printed sample of your card before placing your final order.

TO YOURS TRULY Basic Invite’s address capturing service makes compiling addresses simple. Basic Invite prepares an online form for you where friends and family can fill in their address information. Share it on any social media platform. All information entered will be stored in your Basic Invite account and can then be used when you’re designing. Even better: recipient address printing is free on Christmas card orders.

FIVE DAYS FLAT One workweek—that’s how long it takes the cards to get to you.

SUPER SAVER For this month only, use the code *15FF51 for 15 percent off* your entire order.

Click here for my next Gift Guide post.

Other Basic Invite card options to check out: personalised birthday invitations, winter birthday invitations, masquerade birthday invitations.

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