39 heartfelt, delicious, and quirky holiday traditions

When we asked the Minted artist community to share their favorite holiday traditions, we knew we’d be in for some good tales, but we had no idea how creative and interesting some of them would be. Whether you’re looking for light reading to get into the holiday spirit or exploring ideas for your own traditions, we’ve got 39 of them. Ranging in theme from plaid pants to nontraditional holiday meals, and spanning the globe from sunny California to the Land Down Under, sit down, cozy up, and enjoy.

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Let’s Get Festive Holiday Party Invitation Quickfire Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Let’s Get Festive Holiday Party Invitation Quickfire Challenge! In this challenge, we were looking for a range of design styles that would inspire Minted customers to get in the festive mood for their holiday parties. Let’s get ready to party with these winning designs!

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CONTEST: PIN YOUR FAVE MINTED HOLIDAY CARD ($1500 In PRIZES)

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners, Jolie, Erin, Estefania, Kimberley, and Pamela! Happy Holidays and thank you to all who entered. Follow us on Facebook for more chances to win!

Send holiday cheer this year. Pin your favorite Minted holiday card on Pinterest before 11/22 for the chance to make your holiday extra merry with $300 in credit towards your next stationery purchase.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge! In this challenge, we looked to our community of independent artists to push the boundaries of holiday card design. Our customers count on Minted to find fresh, modern, innovative designs that will set them apart from others in the stack, highlighting their family photo and stating their yearly holiday message in a unique way. Congratulations, winners!

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How we surprised the first-place winner of the Minted 2017 Holiday Photo Card Challenge

Written by Amy Schroeder and Easter Kim

Thanyaluck (Tanya) Niphatkosalsilp of IAmTanya is extremely humble about her success—especially considering she’s the first-place winner in one of the most competitive design contests in the entire stationery industry.I feel very grateful to anybody who likes my work and voted for my design, ‘Holy Night,’” she says. “It was unexpected that ‘Holy Night’ received the highest score because designs from over 5,000 submissions were entered. Many showed great potential, so the chance to win the first place was very slim.”

Holy Night” Minted Holiday Photo Card by IAmTanya

In the 10th year of Minted’s coveted Holiday Photo Card Challenge, independent artists from around the world submitted a total of 5,461 entries. Among many of Minted’s community of designers and artists, the Holiday Photo Card Challenge is often considered the most critically acclaimed competition. The first-place winner receives $10,000 in cash, a trip to San Francisco and commission on every sale of their winning card design.

How was Tanya’s card selected as the top choice among thousands? Through Minted’s unique crowdsourcing model. This year, Minted’s community of consumers, fans and the artists themselves cast a total of 2.5 million votes in the 2017 It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge — that’s an additional 425,000 votes compared to 2016’s Holiday Photo Card Challenge. In other words, the stakes are high.

How we surprised Tanya for her first-place win

Coincidentally, around the same time that Minted finished tallying votes for the Photo Card Challenge, Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy was beginning to plan a three-city Follow Your Passion Tour to showcase Minted artists’ original artwork and Minted Art prints. The tour’s final stop on August 25 was Miami—and guess where Tanya lives? Yep, Miami. (Read about the Follow Your Passion Tour here.)

It made logical sense to start crafting a plan to surprise Tanya during the Follow Your Passion event at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami. Prior to the event, we had many ideas on how to surprise Tanya in Miami — but we experienced a few hiccups along the way. We asked Tanya to be a featured artist at the Miami art event and, through emails and phone calls, managed to feature her in our “Florida Minted Artists to Watch” story, which helped promote the event. Our initial scheme was for Tanya, and fellow Minted artist Jonathan Brooks, to give Mariam and the Minted team a daytime tour of the Miami art scene, which was an important component of the Follow Your Passion Tour. Unfortunately, Tanya was unavailable during the daytime, so we scratched our idea of throwing the surprise during the city tour.

Our second “master” plan was to shoot a video interview of Tanya shortly before the art event in the outdoor courtyard. During the middle of the interview, we were going to make a big splash and interrupt the interview by blasting holiday music in a large LED truck featuring Tanya’s holiday winning card design. But again, the prank gods were not on our side. On the day of the event, a huge thunderstorm hit Miami, forcing us to cancel our outdoor plan. We had to tell Tanya our third change in plans — we were just going to conduct a video interview during the event. Tanya, at this point, probably grew very suspicious of our continuous demands.

Mariam, a veteran at surprising our holiday winners, was unfazed by the hiccups and came up with the brilliant idea of incorporating Tanya in her private talk with Minted artists right before the public art event. The main discussion topic was how Minted artists can better market and promote themselves. Luckily, we had Tanya’s self-shot video of her prepping her holiday designs for an unrelated holiday PR opportunity. Mariam asked all of the unsuspecting Minted artists to follow her inside the gallery to watch the marketing video together. At this point, Tanya was completely embarrassed at the thought of the entire group watching the video, but she soldiered through the entire video. At the end of the video, she was in for an even larger shock — Mariam revealed that Tanya was the first-place winner of Minted’s Holiday Photo Card Challenge. Thankfully her husband, Saksun Niphatkosalsilp, was there for moral support and to wipe her tears of joy.

Although the surprise didn’t go according to plan, it was more than worth it when Tanya said, “I didn’t have a clue about winning the grand prize,” when we followed up with her a few days later. How do you think the surprise turned out? Watch this video to find out.

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2017 HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: 2ND PLACE WINNER

Written by Simone Monrad

As we near the end of the 2017 Holiday Photo Card Challenge, we can’t help but reflect on all the hard work and skill Minted artists have brought to the table. This year has been full of exquisite design and our global community of artists has displayed an abundance of talent.

Today we announce the well-deserved 2nd place winner of the 2017 It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge.

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2017 HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: 3RD PLACE WINNER

Written by Annie Shapiro

Let’s jump right into it. We’re thrilled to announce the third-place winner, as determined by voters, of Minted’s It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge. We are grateful to the winner—this artist has given so much to the Minted Artist community over the years.

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2017 HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: TOP 20-4 WINNERS

Written by Easter Kim

We’re happy to continue the countdown of winners for the It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge. Every year, the Artist Relations team brainstorms fun ways to get artists engaged and excited about our annual holiday photo card challenge. This year we had new team members join the festivities to celebrate the artists who never cease to amaze us with their beautiful holiday designs. Your talent and wild holiday spirit during spring and summer months keep our work interesting and worthwhile.

Congratulations to the 4th to 20th-place winners of our tenth annual holiday photo card challenge!

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2017 HOLIDAY PHOTO CARD CHALLENGE: TOP 40-21 WINNERS

Written by Katherine Philpot

On April 12, we kicked off The It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like the Holiday Photo Card Challenge, our 10th annual Holiday Photo Card Challenge. We asked the Minted artist community to push the boundaries of holiday card design. Because our customers count on Minted to find fresh, innovative designs, we look to our independent artists to think outside the box, and craft a card that they would be proud to send to their own friends and family. Minted artists did just that, and today we’re thrilled to begin counting down the top winners, as determined by voters, for this esteemed Minted Design Challenge, one of our biggest competitions of the year.

This year, our international artist community submitted 5,461 designs, and our consumers and community of voters generated a whopping 2,447,005 votes — that’s an additional 425,000 votes compared to last year.

Please help me congratulate the following artists on their remarkable work!

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2017 RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CARD CHALLENGE: TOP 10-1 WINNERS

Written by Christiane Pendarvis

When we kicked off the Do You Hear What I Hear? Religious Christmas Photo Card Challenge, our second faith-based design challenge, our goal was to showcase spiritual aspects of the holiday season — from scripture greetings to faith-centric images — in a fresh and innovative way. We asked Minted artists to create religious designs across a broad range of styles, from traditional and classic to modern and edgy. As usual, Minted’s global community of artists surpassed our expectations. I’m delighted to present the 10th through 1st place winners!

TOP 10-1 WINNERS: 2017 RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CARD CHALLENGE

  1. Cat Caudillo’s holiday sprigs embrace the word “Noel” abundantly in her design.
  1. Framed with elegant white space, Jamie Schultz Designs’ message of “Hallelujah” bursts in foil.
  1. Kristie Kern’s fresh winter greens adorn the family photo, in her signature style of clean design with exquisite detail.
  1. Lori Wemple’s minimalist design draws the eye to the photo, with a playful tiding of joy.
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