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Christmas And Holiday Cards “From All Of Us”

You might not be aware, but the Gallery Collection has a specific category for “Christmas & Holiday Cards” that has a number of greeting card designs with “From All of Us” on the front of the card.  Since we’re a warm and friendly group who like to individually sign the cards we send out, it seems appropriate to show our team spirit right up front and in your face.  We think it’s in keeping with the spirit of the season. 

Some of these festive designs have the added feature of printing our company name on the front and several have a window to the inside showing whatever is printed there.  On a few, you’re able to customize the entire text with your own personal message.

The selection includes merry snowmen and chubby penguins, beautiful holiday ornaments of all sizes and colors, snowflakes, wreaths and one special group of Party Pets.  There’s a choice of colorful designs with “Happy Holidays” or “Peace” or “Merry Christmas” or “Season’s Greetings” in classic, traditional fonts as well as funky, light hearted fonts.

See if you can’t create a unique and memorable card of your own to send this year.  I’m sure you’ll make the holidays a more festive celebration for all those on your list!

Best Time To Send Your Business Christmas Cards

Yes, we’re still in summer. However, the holidays will be upon us before you know it, and for most of us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – unless you are unprepared. I’m sure your company has been flooded with important customers all year long. You are trying to find a way to send your appreciation for their business, your well wishes for the holiday season, and the New Year ahead!

If you head over to GalleryCollection.com, there is an entire selection of interesting holiday card designs. You pick out the design of the card you wish to have, you pick out the appropriate greeting, the appropriate imprint, the type of envelope, etc. Now comes the question of when the best time would be to send your business Christmas cards. We obviously don’t want to send them out in September or October, as that would be way too early!

Although some companies/businesses may send a generic “Seasons Greetings” cards at the end of November to honor Thanksgiving as well, most companies/businesses will set upon a specific date in early December to set out the holiday cards. Because there are most likely going to be a lot of cards to send out, you may want to  send you company’s holiday cards in early December to reach your clients/co-workers/employees in mid-December. Whenever you send them, I’m sure your recipient will be filled with joy to get your message of love and hope for the holiday season! 

Let’s Discuss Certificate Holders

Our custom Certificate Holders can be customized & delivered in less than two weeks.

Recognize performers and achievers in a special way with custom made Certificate Holders.  Mark their accomplishments in an unforgettable manner. Whether it’s showing appreciation for the hard work and dedication of your company’s biggest stars, or acknowledging students for their academic progress, custom certificate holders are an ideal way to present these awards in an elegant and professional manner.

You know that it’s not only your customers and clients who make a difference, but also the satisfaction of your own employees that adds significant value to your organization.  This can show up as a boost in efficiency and productivity. What better way to display your appreciation than to present your workers with some documentation presented in a stylish manner.  Such a display is sure to keep their spirits up and open the doors to progress and growth.

Present your students with awards within personalized Certificate Holders and make their graduation even more memorable. Choose from a variety of colors and styles, printing choices and other options to make certificate holders that perfectly fit your situation and requirements.

Custom certificate holders are made of premium heavy card stock and can be custom foil- stamped in your choice of a variety of colors. These foil stamped certificate holders are made for an 8 1/2” x 11” certificate and can be hung vertically or horizontally.  A larger size is also available, so you can choose something that meets your specific needs.

Empowering Employees Through Sympathy Cards

When it comes to writing out sympathy cards for employees, some people can express their feelings with words on paper much more easily than with words in person.  Others can just get stuck and not know where or how to start.  They feel like if they write too much, it may come across like the recipient is reading a long paragraph on how sorry you are for their loss.  Yet, if they write too little, it seems as though it was a rushed sentiment, and that they did not take enough time to truly express their heart-felt thoughts. Either way, it is important to empower employees through sympathy cards regardless of the length of the message.

In the office, a sympathy card is a wonderful source of encouragement; it will make the employee feel like they are valued and are thought about on a personal level.  They are inexpensive, yet extremely rich in meaning.  Giving your employee a sympathy card simply implies “I care.”

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult rough patches a person can go through in their lifetime. Writing a sympathy card is one of the simplest things you can do to help lift your co-worker’s spirit.  Your employee will appreciate the fact you took the time to express your feelings, and that goes a long way.

My Favorite Birthday Greetings

It can be difficult to know what to say in a birthday card, especially when you are used to just buying a card with a greeting already inside. That’s why The Gallery Collection has a huge selection of greetings to choose from as well as a team of highly trained staff to help you create the perfect card (or you could always opt for one of their many preprinted Birthday Assortment Boxes). Here are what I consider to be my favorite greetings they offer for birthday cards.

If the birthday card is meant for personal use, try selecting one of these greetings from The Gallery Collection:

B3 The fun mix of fonts on this greeting and neat addition of a star accent makes this lengthy greeting stand out. It is a sincere sentiment bubbling with personality.

B7 The font on this birthday greeting is swirly and cutesy. Plus, the graphic of a cake above it makes it both short and sweet!

J2 This birthday greeting would work for anyone on your recipient list. It is elegant and sincere without being the least bit stuffy.

If the birthday card is for your business to send out to clients, consider using one of these greetings:

B4 The arched layout of this greeting makes it stand out. It feels personal but not too jovial for a business associate.

B1 This greeting delivers warm wishes in a professional yet friendly tone.

J3 There is something regal about this font! The sentiment is endearing and the addition of the scroll beneath the words will leave your recipient feeling cared about.

If the birthday card is meant for an employee or coworker, try one of these greetings:

M4 Short, to the point, and cheery!

A8 This greeting makes the card feel like it’s from the whole gang. Plus, it’ll leave plenty of room to add personal messages!

B6 A longer, formal greeting that still packs a whole lot of tenderness.

Welcoming New Employees

You have found the perfect candidate for the opening in your company.  You offered them the job and they accepted it.  Now how do we get that person to stay for the long haul?

The first thing I suggest is giving the new hire a call a couple of days before their start date.  I am sure they have many questions and this will help them feel at ease.  Let them know things like where to park, where they can grab a bite to eat, etc.  You do not get a second chance to make a first impression.

Then have a welcome strategy.  A great idea is to have a bunch of office supplies bundled on their desk with a welcome card.  Next, assign this new employee a mentor or buddy.  This person should meet the newbie in the lobby and start off with a tour of the building and introductions to the staff.  He can show him around, teach him how things work in the office and be there for support and guidance in the future.

Show your new hire that they are welcome and appreciated from before they walk through the front door and continue to make a point of including him in all the activities around the workplace.  How your company handles onboarding will leave a lasting impression.

Retirement Party Ideas For Coworkers

When planning someone’s retirement party, think about what they like when it comes to the theme, speeches, and who to invite. Not all retirement parties need to be galas. Think about local hangouts, parks or even a party in the office depending on what suits the person.

A retirement party can be anything you want it to be:

  • A luncheon during the workday
  • A big gala on a Saturday night
  • A sporting event on a Sunday afternoon
  • After work dinner with the team

There are no particular etiquette rules to guide a retirement party. The party can really be anything that suits the interests and personality of the retiree.

A retirement party is the opportunity to celebrate the retiree’s past accomplishments as well as their future endeavors. The party should therefore reflect these endeavors.

Some retirement party ideas for what to do at the party are as follows: Speeches, Commemorate the Retiree, Create a theme, do invite Family and Friends of the retiree, and create a playlist with fun songs.

The final thing to decide on would be the food. If you know the retiree’s palette then you can order food that they would like followed by CAKE.

My Favorite Religious Christmas Cards

For my family, we’ve always loved the meaning of Christmas. It is a true celebration of the giving spirit and caring for others. I truly believe that if we continued to hold the spirit of Christmas present in all of our minds, our world would be a much better place. When the time comes to select my Christmas cards to my closest friends and family, I always choose one with a message which resonates with my own family. It’s why I share my wishes for Christmas with Religious Cards.

The Nativity Ornament is such a gorgeous card.  It is almost as if it is in 3D. The red ornament is displayed hanging from a decorated, lighted Christmas tree with a Nativity scene in the center showing the midnight sky above.  The colors are vivid and framed in gold giving the recipient the option to remove the mounted photo to display in a frame.

This Christmas card shows the Peace Symbol of the dove holding an olive branch.  The dove is flying through a stained glass window at Holy Sacrament Church in Paris.  Not only is this card sticking to the religious theme but it is spreading the word of peace.  With the state of the world and our country, there is no better time to spread the wishes of peace.

The Three Wise Men…Definitely making it clear that I am announcing the blessings of the season only with a more modern flair.  They are bringing gifts to the new King through the desert with the bright star leading them.  This is a guiding card with the wishes of a Merry Christmas written on the front.

I am proud to spread well wishes for a Merry Christmas to all with these special one of a kind Religious cards from The Gallery Collection