10 Ways to Personalize Christmas Mail

Up your snail-mail game this holiday season with crafty touches that make a ho-hum envelope merry and bright.

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Vintage Stamps

Instead of buying a sheet of basic stamps, have fun with postage this year. You can find unused, vintage stamps on Amazon.com and Etsy.com that are Christmas- and winter-themed. As long as the postage amount adds up to the current rate for a letter (50 cents) you’re good to go.

Wax Seal

We typically only see wax seals in movies these days, but it adds a touch of Old World charm to mail. The wedding industry is catching on, and wax and faux wax seal stickers are popping up in wedding invitations. Check with your local post office before mailing as you’ll likely have to pay extra postage.

Hand Lettering

Handwritten notes are something that will never go out of style and nothing says personalized mail more than a hand-addressed envelope. But you don’t have to be a calligraphy pro to do this. Check out this hack from our friends at HGTV.

Festive Stickers

One of the easiest ways to turn a ho-hum envelope into something festive is stickers. And it’s a mess-free way to get the kiddos involved. These North Pole travel-inspired stickers from Rifle Paper Co. are perfect for decorating a letter to Santa.

Washi Tape

Mailing your Christmas presents? Add some festive "wrapping" to plain, cardboard boxes with Christmas-patterned washi tape.

Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps are a great way to embellish cards and packages, and the possibilities are endless. You can find stamps at any craft store, or search your local thrift store or flea market for vintage letterpress stamps.

Envelope Art

Turn a plain envelope into something special with Christmas-inspired illustrations such as a string of holiday lights, or add a simple, snowy scene with white paint.

Envelope Liners

Envelope liners are typically associated with wedding invitations but it’s a great way to add personality to plain envelopes. You can buy envelopes with liners or DIY your own. Try a patterned paper or a fun cutout.

Ribbon and Lace

If you’re just mailing a gift card, dress it up in festive flair by wrapping it with a paper doily and ribbon. Get the how-to here.

Mailer Art

If you’re mailing more than a card, decorate a mailer envelope with these fun printables. Don’t forget to add the address and return address on the other side.

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