Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018
Sending Christmas cards is a simple yet beautiful way to let family and friends know you’re thinking of them during the holiday season. And finding inspiration for this year’s holiday cards doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming. To make your holidays simpler, we’ve put together 15 unique Christmas card ideas that will be mailbox-ready in no time.
So go ahead and get your cards one step closer to being done. Review our Christmas photo ideas below and set up a fun-filled day with your partner or family (and camera, of course!). Once you have your vision in mind, create a personalized design with our beautiful Christmas card collection.
1. Sibling Love
Let the kids take center stage on this year’s holiday card. Pair up siblings in a natural setting so they can interact in their normal fashion, whether that’s laughing together, acting goofy or showing each other love.
2. Design an Ornament Card
Give a truly lasting gift this year by designing an ornament as your holiday card. Use a cheerful, timeless photo, like this one of a precious newborn, so family and friends are eager to hang it on their Christmas tree for years to come.
3. Grab Your Santa Hats
Santa hats make for extra merry Christmas photo props. Get some for the kids or the whole family. Bring out the color from the hats by choosing a card design that offers a splash of red.
4. Make Your Child the Center
Demonstrate the love you have for your kids by arranging them to be at the center of your family photos. When you snap your photographs, head outside for the beauty of natural lighting and outdoor elements.
5. Go Candid
Family and friends enjoy seeing the real side of life. Capture a truly candid moment for this year’s Christmas card. Don’t be afraid to share a photo that’s goofy or fun, especially if it represents you and your family.
Looking for adorable Christmas card ideas? Have your children ride piggyback in your photos, either inside your home or out on an adventure. The closeness sets an intimate family scene and offers a playful, upbeat side to your photos.
7. Dog Photo Shoot
Make your dog the VIP of this year’s family photo shoot. Add some holiday flair by dressing your dog in festive wear. Then, tie it all together with a message that rings true, like this custom Happy Pawlidays card.
8. Coordinating Outfits
You can’t go wrong with a timeless approach of coordinating outfits for your family Christmas photo shoot. And no, that doesn’t mean everyone matches. Choose colors that complement each other and don’t be afraid of signature accents like red and green.
9. Taste the Season
The kitchen has long been a place of love and gathering. Accomplish two things at once: making Christmas treats and taking Christmas photos. Your cards will be filled with plenty of cheer.
10. Snuggle Up
Cozy up this Christmas and let your cards burst with love. Set the stage for you to be close with family, like in a living room, bedroom or on a porch swing.
11. Share Your Joy
Have a bundle of joy you’re thankful for this Christmas? Whether it’s a new addition to your family or special memories from the year, share a favorite moment with your family and friends.
12. Family Night
What does a typical night look like in your home? Share how your family spends time together, by capturing a natural moment, like reading books at night, playing board games or enjoying storytime by the fire.
13. Take a Holiday Hike
Spend a Saturday out on the trails and turn your photographs into a creative, outdoor-themed holiday card. Hike in an area with a beautiful backdrop like a lake, field, river or mountains and create a more green and elegant feeling christmas card.
14. Use a Shot from Summer
Beautiful Christmas pictures don’t have to be taken in the wintertime. Choose a favorite shot from the summertime to share with your family and friends. Whether the photo is from a vacation, a camping adventure or just playing outside together, highlight a special moment on this year’s holiday cards. That special moment could be your first time snorkeling, which would make a perfect nautical christmas card.
15. Be Sporty
Do your kids have a sporty side? Snag a photo of them with their equipment, whether it’s basketball, soccer or hockey. This type of holiday card lets your family and friends see a true view of your everyday life (plus you don’t have to set up a separate photo shoot!).
With the holidays in mind, check some shopping off of your to-do list. For the special people on your Christmas list, choose personalized gifts that will make their smiles merry and bright.