Hallmark Personalized Announcements Review & Giveaway

You know what’s pretty much the picture of insanity? Committing yourself to sending out birth announcements right after, you know, having a baby. Like anyone really has the time or the brain cells to order the cards, address the envelopes, buy the stamps and get them in the mailbox all while dealing with a newborn who’s likely not sleeping and is eating around the clock.

And yet, it’s something I know many of us do, or at least intend to do before our new family additions turn 6 months old. I recall it being quite a headache after Kendall was born, but I was itching to share his picture and announcement with our circle of the world.

(I’m just going to admit, it’s possible *some* people got cards with bits of baby puke dried on them… possibly. We’ll just call them scratch and sniff announcements in FRESH! NEWBORN SMELL!)

This time around, it was much easier thanks to Hallmark.com. I was able to upload Leyna’s beautiful newborn pictures (taken by Jessica Marchetti Photography), customize an announcement, and order in less than 45 minutes.

I love that I was even able to add a bonus picture on the back!

Hallmark.com also offers the option of uploading your addresses from your computer’s address book to have the announcements sent directly to your recipients, but I will say that process was not easy for me, as a Mac user. It wasn’t a big deal, though, since I just stuffed the announcements in the envelope with our family New Years cards (because family holiday cards SOOOO weren’t happening last year).

The quality of the cards is great. The colors are vibrant and the paper is sturdy. And the prices are reasonable, too. The version I used above was only .99 a card since I ordered 80. Note that if you are having them mail the cards for you, you will obviously have to pay for postage. (However, right now they have a deal for free stamps on the cards they address for you until 6/19 with code FREESTAMPS)

Hallmark wants to give a $50 credit to one of you to use on Hallmark.com! All you have to do to enter is:

1. Tell me what you would like to announce- a baby, a birthday party, a graduation? (Don’t worry, we won’t hold you to it if you win.)

For additional entries:

2. Follow me on Twitter @BabyRabies
3. Like me on Facebook

I’ll choose the winner with Random.org Tuesday, April 19th. Remember I moderate comments, so if you don’t see yours right away, give me some time to approve it. Please enter a new comment for each entry. Good luck!

**Disclosure- Hallmark provided the birth announcements to me at no charge. I’m not paid for this review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I’d like to send out birth announcements in August for the baby boy we are expecting (Benjamin). 🙂

  2. Birth announcement of our little girl (plus proud big bro!!) due at the end of May 🙂

  3. Oh, and I also “like” Baby Rabies on facebook. I’ll probably be the only Donella you see.

  4. I would almost certainly get invites for my middle daughter’s birthday. Like Ms. Leyna she’s a holiday baby and it’s tough to find cute invites withOUT Xmas decor!

  5. alexandra smith on

    I could use this for 3rd b’day announcements or engagement announcements. Depends on if I’m feeling selfish or not.

  6. We have a baby due and we are building a house so I would love to announce the birth or our new address – just depends on which one gets done first!

  7. Graduation! (Or more likely give the certificate to one of my pregnant friends for their birth announcements.)

  8. I would love to announce the birth of Baby #2 due in a few weeks! (just don’t tell Baby #1 because he didn’t have an announcement lol)

  9. Baby Baby Baby! Our second is due June 6th and I can’t imagine getting them done, yet love browsing for designs and stuff. So exciting!

  10. I’d love to announce that I (and our family) have survived me going back to work after the birth of our second baby girl! ((This all takes places on Monday)) So, in a few weeks I hope that we’ve survived!

  11. For my two girls 1st and 3rd birthday party. They were born 2 yeras and 11 days apart. So joint party it is.

  12. I would use them to announce when our little boy gets to be a big brother 🙂 Hopefully soon!

  13. I’d like to send out Easter cards and show our family how adorable out little one is this spring!

  14. I would love to give this as a gift/donation to my roomate who is due to have her baby anyday now! My daughter is 4 months old, so I think I’m a little late for an annoucement, but would love to take photos for her and make an announcement through hallmark 🙂 …like you said- what new mom really has time for all of that 😉 Would be nice to help a friend!

  15. I would announce the birth of my second baby, who is due at the end of August. The card you picked out is gorgeous by the way.

  16. Hmmm…. I could still send out birth announcements??? Matthew is 5 1/2 months old… I just figured it was too late, but I feel bad I never did it since I did for James. So…. Birth announcements! 🙂

  17. I would use these to announce my cousins first baby or my graduation. Also, I liked you on facebook!

  18. I’d love to use them for all sorts of random things I’m sure — birthday cards, Happy random holiday, etc. Looks like great fun!