Holiday Greeting Card Tips and Designs from a Liberty Village Maker

'I Have A Crush On You' photo courtesy of where.ca.

Cue music: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” as the lyrics to the holiday classic song by Andy Williams remind us. And help make it holly and jolly for friends and loved ones by sending them a greeting card through postal mail! When was the last time you received a nice note or card with warm wishes in your Liberty Village mailbox? It is safe to say that the majority of the 4 billion pieces of mail that Canada Post delivers to households is mostly bills or unsolicited advertisements. Make someone smile by sending them a greeting card, especially if it is one designed and made by Smitten Kitten from Liberty Village.

Smitten Kitten Holiday Card Designs

Just a sample of the new holiday designs available for 2017 by Smitten Kitten. Photo taken by Meg Marshall.

It is always amazing to support local where possible. Card design company, Smitten Kitten, located in I Have a Crush on You at 51 Jefferson Ave, always has some cheeky, sassy yet hilarious and cards available. Entrepreneur and creator behind the brand, Amy, comes up with some new card designs every year, but always bring back the “Creepy Santa” collection. Stores throughout Toronto and Canada love her products and they are all made in-house in the Liberty Village studio and shop. The amazing touch that Amy has is that she will personally deliver orders to the local shops so that the business owners truly know who has put their heart and passion into the cards. What design is your favourite?  

Write to Santa!

No matter the age, it is always fun to come with a holiday wishlist. Some of the items may be crazy and out of reach (like buying an island) but other things can be fun and very doable such as ideas found at the shops around Liberty Village. Do you remember making a wish list a kid? How was Santa suppose to know what it was if it wasn’t mailed to him? If you have some little humans in your life,  enjoy a fun activity and practice those writing skills by sending a letter to Santa. Canada Post has set up a system to allow letters to be sent to Santa and senders will get a response. In fact, responses are available in 30 languages, including Braille. Letters must be sent to Santa by December 11th for a guaranteed response along with a full return address. Address letters to Santa to:

Santa Claus
North Pole, H0H 0H0
Canada

Postage Rates

Take note of the postage rates for standard mail, which would include greeting cards. Like almost everything else in the economy, the postage rates have gone up as well. Here is a breakdown of rates:

  • Anywhere within Canada – $.85
  • United States: $1.20
  • Internationally (not including the United States): $2.50

Key Dates to Remember to Send Cards By:

Which design is your favourite by Smitten Kitten? Photo taken by Meg Marshall.

It is not uncommon of for many of us to procrastinate on things and tasks, but mailing cards by some key dates should be given an extra moment of attention. This is to ensure that the cards reach their intended destination by Christmas on December 25th take note of various dates if using the services of Canada Post:  

  • Local delivery – by December 20th
  • Within the same province – by December 19th
  • Nationally, but out of province – by December 18th
  • Asia/Australia and New Zealand – by December 5th
  • Europe – by December 5th
  • Middle East – by December 5th
  • Central/South America and Caribbean – by December 5th

Closest Post Offices to Liberty Village

It is awesome to write cards, but knowing where the nearest post office is, can be extremely helpful. Unfortunately, there is no actual post office in Liberty Village, but there are a few mailboxes. The closest post offices include:

  • Parkdale Guardian Drugs at 1488 Queen St W
  • Canada Post Outlet at 1117 Queen St W
  • Shoppers Drug Mart at 761 King St W
  • Shoppers Drug Mart at 524 Queen St W
  • Solarski Welcome Pharmacy at 137 Roncesvalles Ave

Don’t delay and send a couple of cards to friends and family members to help brighten up their holidays!

About Meg Marshall (53 Articles)
<p>A city gal at heart but with a soft spot for the country. If not out shopping for the next coveted fashion piece or checking out one of Toronto’s delicious eateries, Meg can be found riding her horses.</p>

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