Hugh Hefner For a Day: Christmas Cards with Snapfish

November 23, 2016
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The first time I came across a personalised Christmas card was back when I lived with my parents, sent from some distant relatives in the USA. I was a teenager, maybe 14 or 15, and I remember thinking what a self-indulgent practice it was. I couldn’t imagine why you’d want to send out a card to your friends with your face on it.

Fast-forward 16 years: 3,000 Instagram selfies later and here we are, fully immersed in the era of over-sharing. I LOVE SENDING THINGS WITH MY FACE ON!

In all seriousness, I think it’s lovely way of connecting your family with others. My cousin’s wife Beccy is brilliant at sending out personalised thank-you notes after her daughters’ birthday parties (my kids love receiving them), and my friend Lizzi is the best at sending cards specific to you that will bring a smile to your face. This year, after a particularly challenging couple of months, she sent me a card that featured a photo of me trying to dry myself in one of those Dyson Airblade hand dryers (there was a cocktail-on-dress incident). It made my week, and even now I keep it in a drawer in the kitchen for when I need a pick-me-up.

Now, I haven’t got around to sending out photo Christmas cards yet, instead panicking and last-minute ordering a hundred of the cards designed by Elfie at school (though I’m sure last year’s resembled a pizza rather than anything festive). But this year, with plenty of time to go before the final Christmas postage, Snapfish got in touch and asked us if we fancied having a go at making our very own family card.

They wanted us to have a think about our favourite celebrity Christmas card and re-create it (and you can do the same by winning £25 Snapfish credit – keep reading to find out how).

We decided to go all Hugh Hefner, pop our pyjamas on and rope in our pets – i.e. our favourite stuffed animals. Here’s the man himself with a bunny (and a puppy), though I stopped short at the silky PJs and instead went to M&S.

Hugh Hefner at Christmas

One of the things I love about working on this kind of project is the memories it leaves you with. The photographs we have ended up with from sitting and having a cheesy photoshoot together for half an hour: if it wasn’t for the Christmas card we were creating I wouldn’t have done this little snap session, and I’m very happy that we did. I’ll be able to look back on these lovely photos of the three of us for years to come.

It’s not just the posed pictures, either. Some of the best images were the outtakes. This one is currently making me smile as my iPhone’s wallpaper. Of COURSE Hux clonked himself in the eye with a space rocket the morning before, meaning he has a lovely shiner to look back on in years to come:

Snapfish Christmas Card

(What do they say? Never work with children or pets?!)

Here’s Elfie’s favourite, as I jumped in front of the self-timer. It’s probably not going to make it to our 2016 Christmas card but gave us a good laugh…

Snapfish Christmas Card

I think we did a great job. Elfie and Hux were on a bit of a high as they’d been bought spanking new PJs for the project (I’m not above bribery – Elfie’s are here and Hux’s here). They seemed to be enjoy being a little bit cheesy for the camera as much as I did! I kept it simple and had us snuggle up on the sofa – something we do A LOT of – and added in the poinsettia for that little extra bit of festive cheer. Here’s the best of our Playboy mansion-esque bunch:

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Making up the cards was super easy. I simply edited my original photos in PhotoShop,HP10 0TT to Snapfish, selected the style of card I fancied, uploaded the image and sent them off to be made up. I tried a few different styles with my favourite being the first I reckon (‘Merry Christmas: stylish frame‘ it’s called), though if you had an image with a solid block of colour at the top I think the second (‘flurry Christmas‘) would also be brilliant:

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I quickly processed these through the Snapfish online system and bobs your uncle, they’ll be with me in less than a week! I don’t know about you but I’d be all-out delighted to receive one of these as a Christmas card ;)

Have a go at creating your own Snapfish Christmas card – mine will be on my Instagram as soon as it arrives! I hope you have just a ridiculous and fun time as we did making memories…

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Snapfish are kindly giving away £25 online credit to a MTT reader so you can trial the service for yourself. All you have to do to enter is tell me the kind of Christmas card you’d send in the comment box, and record your details in the Rafflecopter widget below: good luck!

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Thank you Snapfish for working with MTT.

Competition is UK-only. Competition closes at midnight on 28th November. Snapfish/Edelmen are responsible for the delivery of the prize. Winner will be notified via email within 3 days. 

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  • Reply Giselle November 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Your pictures look super cute! Your two look so sweet in their PJs.

    I’d like to send a Christmas card showing the exciting chaos our new 8 week old son has brought to our home! I’m thinking he’ll look all cute in the foreground, I’ll be looking tired with a sick stain on my Xmas jumper and my yawning husband will be trying to stop the cat climb the Xmas tree… all complete with three cheesy grins, of course, because this is our first Christmas together!

  • Reply Laura Banks November 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    we usually send funny ones

  • Reply Zoe C November 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I will be sending fun ones

  • Reply Harry Alty November 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Probably ones featuring my new dauschaund puppy!

  • Reply Lorraine Stone November 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    We make cards. I am following on Twiter. The name to follow in the rafflecopter didn’t look right?

  • Reply Emma Salter November 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Ones that my daughter has made

  • Reply Fiona K November 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I will send childish fun ones such as of teddy bears in tinsel

  • Reply sam macaree November 23, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    i send ones with cats on

  • Reply Paul Martin November 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    A traditional christmas scene

  • Reply Isabel O November 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve got a few funny ones and a few cute ones, I will send each depending on the person. :)

  • Reply Becs November 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    The cheapest ones

  • Reply Bob Clark November 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I always try to send funny ones if I can find them

  • Reply Caroline H November 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    We send different ones to different people. We make them ourselves but are a bit camera shy so the older rellies will get a nice landscape pic from one of our autumn/winter weekend walks – bonus if we find somewhere with snow. Friends will probably get the cat looking grumpy with a photoshopped Santa hat on (no chance of actually getting one on him!).

  • Reply purpleshoes November 23, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I like to send charity cards

  • Reply Lori Mckillop November 23, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I like to send cute ones :) x

  • Reply Hannah November 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Hopefully some Snapfish ones!!

  • Reply Matt Froggatt November 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    As few as possible – save the trees! :)

  • Reply Jane November 23, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Whatever is left over from last year, advantage of having a lot of elderly relatives they never remember :-)

  • Reply Fiona B November 23, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I get the kids to make a few with hand prints

  • Reply Inga Andersen November 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I always make my own so it’ll be a decoupage Christmas scene :)

  • Reply Kim Neville November 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Some cute and funny cards

  • Reply Mary November 23, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I will send traditional cards to a few close family members living overseas.
    Otherwise I donate to charity instead of sending cards.

  • Reply Emma Rawlinson November 23, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I generally send cute ones with snowmen, reindeer etc

  • Reply Natalie Crossan November 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I don’t send many – mainly just neighbours and family x

  • Reply Ellie Wood November 24, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Traditional ones to family and friends

  • Reply Holly Gibson November 24, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I always like to send glittery cards!

  • Reply Lindy Hine November 24, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I’ll be sending ones from the RNLI because living near the sea I like to support them

  • Reply Marc Chivers November 24, 2016 at 9:40 am


  • Reply Ray Becker November 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm


  • Reply Tracy Hanley November 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Funny ones

  • Reply Stacey Carnell November 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    A handmade one from my son :)

  • Reply Sheila Shepheard November 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I send charity cards from Save The Children – I only send to people I don’t see regularly and usually enclose a hand written letter too, particularly to the older recipients.

  • Reply Jo Carroll November 24, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I like to send a funny card to my closest friends & family but am careful not to make them personal…you can load yourself up with a whole sackful of trouble if you offend anyone at Xmas time ;)

  • Reply Kathrine B November 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    One with a cheesy family photo!

  • Reply Emma Gibson November 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    None, they take too long to write out.

  • Reply leanne weir November 24, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    a standard one

  • Reply Isabelle Smith November 24, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    none, find them pointless

  • Reply Sarah Brokenshire November 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    lots of handmade ones x

  • Reply Alexandra Adams-Duff November 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    wallace and gromit ones sold at john lewis x

  • Reply Jo McPherson November 26, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Not sure, haven’t seen any I like yet

  • Reply Daniel November 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Always joke ones

  • Reply michelle o'neill November 26, 2016 at 8:31 am

    i like traditional ones x

  • Reply Beky Austerberry November 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I tend to send unusual ones or funny ones but have some traditional ones for traditional family members

  • Reply Jade Hewlett November 26, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I like traditional cards

  • Reply sharon stanley November 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I usually get a mixture to be honest. Kids ones for the school freinds, traditional for neighbours and personalised for close family and freinds.

  • Reply Karen Barrett November 26, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Charity Christmas cards from Bolton Hospice

  • Reply Sarah Archibald November 26, 2016 at 11:38 am

    We dont really send out cards, never have but we make ones with our daughter for family members and she does get a pack to hand out to her school friends.

  • Reply bella smyth November 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I dont send cards but the kids do and they make cards for the grandparents and dad

  • Reply Joanna Kasznicki November 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Traditional ones

  • Reply Jules Eley November 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    A winter scene card!

  • Reply Catherine November 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Funny one

  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson November 26, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I’m not sending Christmas cards this year as I’m donating to the local food bank

  • Reply Jamie Millard November 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    something funny

  • Reply Rebecca Smith November 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    one with a design by my son

  • Reply Lynsey Buchanan November 26, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    We made handmade ones for family members

  • Reply Deborah J November 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    no xmas card s this year giving a donation to Cancer Research instead

  • Reply sarah m November 26, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    My kids make most of them! They absolutely love it so it’s a tradition that we do every year now :)

  • Reply emma speers November 27, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I have ordered some xmas cards from my childrens school, they make Christmas cards and they are printed for us to buy

  • Reply Laura Asplin November 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Personalised cards with my little boy on them

  • Reply Lee Ritson November 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I get generic store bought ones for most people but close family and friends get customised ones :)

  • Reply Tiffeny Brown November 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I will be sending special ones to my close family members and friends and ones I bought from pets at home with hamsters on to other people. Would love some from snapfish with my pets in though! :) x

  • Reply Dale Dow November 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I normally send photo postcards

  • Reply Vicky Hawkins November 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    We will send a funny family photo card of my children

  • Reply Ellen Stafford November 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Macmillan cancer charity cards this year.

  • Reply jen s morgan November 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    We usually send ones to family that the children have made x

  • Reply Gillian Mcclelland November 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I will be sending funny cards

  • Reply Sarah Wilson November 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I love cards with Robins on them, so will be sending them!

  • Reply Libby Noack November 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    A Home Made Personalised Christmas Card :)

  • Reply Andrea A November 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    None. I’ll send Xmas messages via email and whatsapp instead.

  • Reply Diana November 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    The ones my daughter made :) By the way, all of you look so pretty :)

  • Reply Caroline Blaza November 27, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    A traditional Christmas card.

  • Reply Tammy Westrup November 27, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Simple traditional cards this year

  • Reply Janet Palmer November 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    We made homemade ones this year

  • Reply Dawn Hull November 27, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I always try and send ones with animals on (usually cats!).

  • Reply Marsha Richardson November 27, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Always cards with plenty of glitter!!

  • Reply Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) November 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    We’ve got some very glittery cards this year!

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