Sending¬†holiday photo cards is as much a part of our¬†holiday season¬†as sugar cookies, sparkling lights, hot cocoa, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire — or at least listening to Nat King Cole croon about it.¬†I always look forward to seeing my friends and their families all posed, smiling and sending me and mine wishes both merry and bright for the holidays.

Last year, I received a photo card from a long-distance friend with a handwritten note on the back. It was short, but so sweet. That tiny personal touch was definitely some extra effort, but it¬†made her card stand out so much, I still remember it a whole year later. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Handwritten notes on all the holiday photo cards? Ain’t nobody got time for that!¬†

(Well, that’s what I said, anyway.)

This is where Bond comes in. It’s a new company can help take the¬†hassle out of “handwritten,” while making it super easy to send a holiday card¬†that’s still personalized and beautiful.

Bond’s very cool technology — it’s basically done by bot — lets you create your own card in seconds. It can pull your photos from Facebook, Instagram, your cloud storage, you name it. Then¬†it handwrites the notes and envelopes with a pen, signs with your own signature, and looks up and addresses envelopes for you– all for¬†no extra charge. Plus, they’re really terrific looking! And sometimes with these kinds of services, it’s all about the technology, and the design is an afterthought.

Related: 10 of the most awesome ideas for creative holiday cards

Bond: An online service that sends gorgeous, handwritten, holiday photo cards for you

 

Bond: An online service that sends gorgeous, handwritten, holiday photo cards for you

Bond: An online service that sends gorgeous, handwritten, holiday photo cards for you

Bond: An online service that sends gorgeous, handwritten, holiday photo cards for you

Bond: An online service that sends gorgeous, handwritten, holiday photo cards for you

 

I am super impressed with the quality of the printing and paper, and the fact that I can choose a lot of different handwriting styles for our notes. Just know that if you want to add a personal signature (which I really suggest), Bond needs to send your smartphone a text which you click to activate the feature.¬†It works fine enough, but I do find¬†it to be just a few extra steps too many beyond¬†from my desktop photo card project. It would be nice if I could just do it on my computer¬†as long as I’m already there.

(Also, it would be nice if their site featured a little diversity in the card images.)

Related: 6 tips for taking the best holiday photos of your family

But in all, I’d say what Bond is doing is¬†a wonderful combination of world-class innovative¬†software, robotics, calligraphy, photography and design all brought together to help you create something special in the time it takes to type up an email or two.

That’s like a ten-hour (or, let’s face it, ten-day) holiday-card-sending process boiled down to ten¬†minutes. Sign me up.

Visit Bond for personalized holiday cards, stationery and more, all done and mailed with very little effort. All the cards are mailed by USPS within 2-3 business days.  Plus Cool Mom Tech readers can save 15% off Bond orders with discount code COOLMOMPICKS15. Enjoy, and fala-lala-lala-lala.

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