To hand-address or print address labels? That is the question.

Hand addressing envelopeDo you hand-write the addresses on your Christmas cards, or print them on mailing labels? We thought this was a rather innocuous question, until we brought it up here at Pear Tree and a heated argument ensued.

To our surprise, some team members felt very strongly that using printed address labels instead of addressing Christmas cards by hand was a no-no. “Too commercial. Too impersonal,” they said.

“But wait,” said our product designer, who is very particular about aesthetics. “I don’t like how my handwriting looks. It’s not neat enough. I always do printed labels, and there’s nothing wrong with that.” Others thought the time savings was worth the trade-off and didn’t think twice about using labels. Hmmmm. It seems we have a difference of opinion here.

Maybe you can help settle the argument. Is the convenience of printed labels worth the trade-off in personal attention? Do you think one way or another, for better or worse, about a person who sends a labeled card vs. a handwritten one? We’d love to hear from you!

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3 thoughts on “To hand-address or print address labels? That is the question.

  1. I personally like to hand address my cards, although definately use labels for the return address. I do not think anything less of people who use printed labels-I know it’s quick, easy and neat. I like to craft, and taking the time to hand address my envelopes and add a cute stamp or embellishment is something that brings me joy, so I chose to go that route.

  2. I’m with @Amy above. I’d rather send fewer cards and take the time to hand address them and actually write a personal note inside, than send out 100s that are all pre-printed.

    I don’t actually care about the address labels being printed, but it does kind of annoy me to get a pre-printed card with no other note, etc. I love the photo cards, but at least write a little “Hi” or something on it?!

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