15 Holiday Card Ideas to Brighten The Season

Creating and sending your holiday cards allows you to share a bit of your happiness with family and friends. To make the process even easier this year, we’ve compiled 15 creative holiday card ideas to offer you inspiration. No matter your family size or personal style, you’ll find holiday photos and card ideas that will spark your creative spirit.

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1. Capture the Family in Action

family with holiday lights on card

Step aside from a traditional family portrait for your holiday photos. Make your own Christmas cards by choosing an activity, like sledding or hanging lights, to capture your family in action. The natural smiles and joy will say it all.

2. Family Traditions

Family on holiday card

Capture a family tradition with your holiday photos this year. Whether it’s wrapping gifts, singing carols or sipping hot cocoa, give everyone a peek into the special fun and love you share.

3. Grab Your Skis

Ski trip holiday card

If you love the great outdoors, even when it’s cold, this idea may be the one you’ve been looking for. On your next ski or snowboard adventure, bring your camera along. Capture the action for plenty of options for your holiday cards.

4. Snow Flurry

Snowy day Christmas card

Add a little extra life to your holiday cards this year. Head outside, even if it’s snowing, and let your playful side shine. Pair your cheerful photos with a card that expresses your jolly sentiment.

5. Announce Your New Home

family playing in front of home

If you’ve moved this year, the holidays are an ideal time to share the exciting news. Have a family photo taken outside of your new abode, and be sure to include your updated address.

6. Pop in a Travel Photo

family photo idea at beach

Did you take a special trip this year? Whether it was a local vacation or something far away, choose your favorite photo to pop into this year’s holiday card or New Year’s card.

7. Put a Smile on Their Face

mom and baby outdoors

If you want your holiday photos to be filled with joy, create a scene that’s lighthearted and relaxed, especially if you have children. The more at ease you are while taking photos, the more natural, beautiful and happy they will look. If you have a new addition to the family, consider our Christmas birth announcement ideas to get the most out of your holiday card.

8. Play in the Leaves

kids playing in the leaves

Snap your holiday photos early this year by doing them in the fall. Throw a fun photo shoot by having your kids jump in the leaves. Complement the photo with a card design that draws in some of the leaves’ colors. You can even pair your photo with a religious holiday card this season to switch it up.

9. Happy and Bright

kids playing outside with parents

Choose a bright and festive holiday card, like this one for New Year’s, and pair it with a lighthearted, upbeat photo. The best way to get your children to relax? Make jokes and be playful, rather than having them pose for the camera.

10. Newlywed Greeting

just married holiday card

Share your newlywed love this holiday season! The best part? You don’t even have to take photos. Choose one of your wedding day favorites and pop it into a customized newlywed Christmas card. You can also consider using Christmas engagement photos if you haven’t tied the knot just yet.

11. Classic Card

family of four holiday card

Select a card design that has a layout for multiple family photos. Incorporate different scenes and moments with your family to show your full spirit this holiday season.

12. Get Silly

dad playing with sons

Let loose with your holiday photos this year. Don’t be afraid to get silly and show your true personalities. The best part of all? It will brighten everyone’s day to receive such a personal and creative card. And don’t forget to check out our other happy holiday cards and matching holiday postage stamps!

13. Meowy Christmas!

pet holiday card

Bring a furry Christmas friend to mailboxes everywhere with pet Christmas card ideas. Take a photo of your cat or dog against a festive background, such as lights, holly or garland. It will make the purr-fect holiday greeting.

14. Include Generations

multigeneration holiday card

Extend the circle wider this holiday season. Include parents, grandparents and other important people in your holiday cards. You’ll have special family photos for years to come, not to mention touching a whole lot of lives in the process.

15. Get Cozy

holiday card with cozy socks

Snuggle up this holiday season with a creative photo idea like warming your feet by the fire. Wear festive socks as you and your family enjoy the easiest family photo shoot ever.

With your holiday cards almost decided, whether that’s with elegant letterpress holiday cards, photo frame Christmas cards with the whole family pictured, or even daddy Christmas cards for Dad, you’re one step closer to relaxing this holiday season. Make your cards even more special by choosing to use photo insert holiday cards with premium designs. Check one more thing off your to-do list by selecting personalized gifts for your family and friends, or by crafting the perfect elegant Christmas party invitations!