How to Make Personalized Holiday Cards

The holiday season is upon us. That means festive decorations, ugly Christmas sweater parties, and perhaps the most underrated tradition, sending out a personalized holiday card. Yes, it takes a little bit of preparation, but getting a personalized piece of snail mail is one of the greatest joys of the holiday season. 

Whether you want to send a one-of-a-kind custom card or a traditional family portrait, get ready to sleigh the Christmas card game this year. Spread the cheer with these personalized holiday card tips that you can consider when sending holiday greetings along to friends, family, and co-workers.

How To Personalize Holiday Cards | Creating Holiday Photo Cards | Types Of Personalized Holiday Cards | More Holiday Card Ideas | Print And Send Your Holiday Cards

How To Personalize Holiday Cards

When it comes to making your holiday cards that are sure to impress your loved ones, the key is to personalize them to you and your taste. Maybe you want to express your holiday cheer with a custom photo card with snaps of you and your friends. Perhaps you’re more the glittery snowflakes type. Or, maybe you like cards with vibrant colors and shiny foil that will be sure to stand out from the crowd. Whether your style is classically festive or modern and sleek, you want to reach out to loved ones with personalized good wishes for the year ahead.

holiday card with glitter writing and baby wearing santa hat

Personalized Foil Cards

When you want your holiday card to really shine, choose a foil card that will add some glitz to your personalized holiday message. With foil colors available in gold, rose gold, and iridescent—your holiday greeting will be sure to stand out among the rest. 

Glitter Holiday Cards

Much more fun than your average Happy Holidays card, make your greeting sparkle and shine with a touch of glitter. Printed on high-quality signature cardstock, our glitter holiday cards can be created on Classic, Whimsical, and Contemporary card styles. These glittery holiday sentiments will make your friends and family you spent hours putting it together. 

Your Own Greeting

Not a fan of the traditional holiday card messages? This year, make a dazzling impression by sending a custom Christmas card that speaks from the heart. Add your personal touch with an original joyous greeting and everyone’s names.

Upload Your Own Design

Bring your vision to life by uploading your own design to create the ultimate custom holiday card. By designing your own details, colors, and personal sentiments, you’ll be sure to create a card that cannot be matched or found anywhere else. Your unique card will have no problem getting everyone’s attention.

Creating Holiday Photo Cards

Create memorable personalized holiday cards to share with friends and family by adding your favorite photos to your cards. Don’t stress out—creating the perfect photo card will be the most straightforward task to check off of your holiday to-do list.

colorful holiday card with two dads holding hands with a child

How To Make The Best Holiday Photo Card

  1. Choose your favorite photos for your holiday cards and upload them to your Shutterfly account.
  2. Browse our selection of Christmas and holiday cards and choose the one that fits your style perfectly. 
  3. Select your card style and add your holiday photos to the project.
  4. Customize your card by choosing your favorite trim options, card size, card paper, add-ons, and colors.
  5. Add a personalized message and your family’s name.

Types Of Personalized Holiday Cards

From the picture-perfect family moments to the “we’re pregnant” announcements, there are so many ways to spread the love this season. Fill your friend’s and family’s mailboxes with joyful wishes that will be sure to not lack originality.

Fun Family Photo Cards

Gone are the days when drawings of Santa or his reindeer adorned Christmas cards. Today’s personalized holiday cards are unique works of art designed to showcase your family at your best. With a festive snapshot of your household, you can easily create a family photo Christmas card worthy of display year-round.

holiday card with mistletoe and foil writing with family photo

Holiday Birth Announcement Cards

What better way to announce your tiny bundle of joy is here than with a holiday birth announcement? Choose a festive, wintery card design to show off your most precious gift this year. Find the cutest Baby’s First Christmas ideas here

Pet Holiday Cards

For pup parents, a pet Christmas card is a great way to send season’s greetings this season. Make your four-legged friend the star of this year’s card with a custom holiday card to send pawliday greetings to your fellow animal lovers. 

New Year’s Greeting Card

Pop the champagne and have a happy New Year with a little help from our assortment of custom New Year’s cards. Want to solidify your resolutions? Try writing them down in the New Year’s greeting card of your choice!

colorful new year's card with couple drinking champagne

Religious Christmas Cards

Wish a Merry Christmas to loved ones this holiday season with religious Christmas cards. Make a personalized holiday card with words of faith and celebration to wish your recipients a blessed holiday. 

Hanukkah Cards

Bring extra light to the festival of lights with a magical Hanukkah card! Send out this year’s Hanukkah wishes in style with a custom photo card with designs featuring menorahs, dreidels, the Star of David, and more.

happy hanukkah card with eight photos of family

Corporate Holiday Cards

Show appreciation for your loyal customers by sending warm wishes with a custom holiday business card. Use a card template or upload your own design to create a custom card that reflects your business and shows your gratitude for your clients and colleagues. 

Thank You Holiday Cards

Express your gratitude this giving season with holiday thank you cards. Brighten up a loved one’s day by sending a notecard that shows how much you care. 

Holiday Party Invitations

For those not-so-silent nights, make sure your holiday party invitations are on point. Whether you’re throwing an ugly sweater soiree or an extravagant New Year’s Eve celebration, choose a personalized party invitation that will fit your festive bash perfectly.

More Holiday Card Ideas

Not sure what to do for this year’s card? Make your personalized holiday card fridge-worthy with these fun ideas to spread the holiday cheer:

birth announcement card with baby laying on white blanket

  • Just Married
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Moving Announcements
  • Baby’s First Christmas
  • Newsletter
  • Monogrammed
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Photo Gallery

Print And Send Your Holiday Cards

Once you’ve made a card you love, it’s time to send them off to your family and friends. 

  1. Add an envelope insert or other customization, if wanted.
  2. Either pre-load your addresses for an expedited process or leave the envelopes as-is.
  3. Proceed to check out.

For extra customization, add some holiday-themed address labels to your order. After completing your order, you can choose if you want your holiday cards sent to you, or let us take care of it. We’ll stuff, print, stamp, and mail your cards straight to your recipients for you!

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