RECEIVING A CHRISTMAS greeting gives
me a warm feeling, knowing that someone
thought well enough of me to include me on
their list. When that card looks like some personal e;ort went into its creation, it multiplies
the e;ect. And makes it nearly impossible to
discard the card when the season ends.
Of course, it’s possible to make cards
yourself, if you have the time and a creative
streak. However, those of us with little of either
now have the option of sending beautiful, special cards without actually making them, and
without spending a mint. Costco is selling an
amazing collection of handmade cards.
“We have a set of handmade cards from
Burgoyne [Item #864074], a greeting card
manufacturer since 1907, that is incredible,”
says Costco buyer Kris Cramer.
;e boxed set contains 30 di;erent designs
ranging from whimsical, with themes such as
Santa, snowmen and nutcrackers, to the more
traditional Christmas tree and ornaments.
Each card is cra;ed from heavyweight card
stock with stunning embellishments such as
encapsulated glitter, sequins, cord, ribbon,
foil, felt and velvet. Every bead, ribbon and
pompom is hand-applied.
If that’s not enough, even the envelopes
are festive. ;ey’re color-coordinated with the
accompanying card and feature either a foil
treatment or a printed design.
“Our members love the mixed box,” Kris
says, “as they like to choose what design best
suits the person they are giving it to. I get
emails, phone calls and letters telling me this.”
“We go through a lot of cards before mak-
ing our ;nal selection. ;e process takes over
a year, as production alone takes nine months,”
Kris explains. “We typically have three to four
meetings on design alone, then go through
more than a hundred designs before narrow-
ing down our selection.”
A lot of thought goes into the set, beyond
the assortment of cards. ;e box itself is hard-
sided and lidded, so it can be reused to hold
leftover cards or keepsakes. Envelopes are
self-sealing, so no wearing out your tongue
licking every one—just press the ;ap.
Kris points out that each handmade card
would be sold at other stores for a minimum
of $4. In most cases, the price would be much
more than that; handmade cards can cost up
to $6.95 per card. She says, “With 30 cards in
a box at $19.99, that’s an incredible value.”
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