New Year Card Ideas to Start the Year Off Right

Bring hope and joy to all your loved ones with beautiful New Year’s cards.


Start the year off on a bright note by sending New Year’s cards to all your loved ones. Whether you’re sharing family portraits, exciting news or a wedding announcement, a joyful card helps you connect with the ones you love. Our guide shares New Year card ideas from funny captions to colorful messages to vintage greetings. With our collection of holiday card designs, choose the perfect card to share your happiness and let everyone know you’re thinking of them. 

If you’re planning a 2021 wedding, consider matching your New Year’s cards and save the dates to your wedding invitations. With cohesive themes and stationery, you’ll add glamour and sophistication to your celebration. 

Year In Review Cards

Highlight your favorite moments of the year from beginning to end. Choose a few milestones to include, such as a photo from Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve or a graduation. You could also choose a favorite photo from each season for a stunning year in review. By sharing your best memories, you bring a joyful light to everyone on your mailing list. 

New Beginnings New Years Card with gold silver and bronze foil lettering

Spreading Hope for the New Year

The new year is a fresh start. Bring well wishes to your loved ones by sending a happy message about the year ahead. Whether you decide on New Year’s Eve cards or save the dates, choose a photo that radiates love and hope. 

Save the Dates

Planning a 2021 wedding? The New Year is the perfect time to send out your save the dates so guests can mark your special day on their calendars. Choose an uplifting design that matches your wedding theme and include the main details of your big event. Pick a photo from your engagement session or another favorite photo of the two of you. 

Family Announcement

Whether you recently moved, got a new pet or took a different job, fill your loved ones in on the big announcement with your holiday cards. Include photos that symbolize your news, along with any details like your new address or the name of your furry friend. 

Funny New Year’s Card

Bring your loved ones a hearty laugh with your New Year’s Eve cards. Choose a goofy photo and caption that highlights the type of year it’s been. Or include a personalized joke or riddle. There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a year that’s surprised everyone. 

Funny New Year's card that says well that was crazy! Happy 2021 finally

Kwanzaa Holiday Cards

Since Kwanzaa ends January 1, send a colorful New Year’s card that brings your loved ones extra glee. Include happy photos like ones of you lighting your candles or dancing. Write an uplifting message for the year to come.  

Fun Adventures 

Did you enjoy a lot of local travels this year? Share photos from your explorations, whether that’s snapshots of you at the beach or enjoying a hike in the mountains. Highlighting your adventures helps others feel a part of your journey and may even inspire them to make travel memories of their own. 

Wedding Announcements

The New Year is the perfect time to celebrate your upcoming 2021 wedding. Print photos of the two of you on a beautiful card that can be sent to everyone on your guest list. You’ll give your loved ones something wonderful to look forward to in the New Year!

Family Portraits 

Share recent family photos on your New Year’s Eve cards to bring warmth and love to everyone on your mailing list. Choose a favorite portrait or add a few different shots that show your family interacting together. Be sure to save a holiday card from each year so you can look back at your collection in years to come. 

Treasured year new years card with kids

What a Year

The year 2020 has certainly been like no other. Choose a holiday card design with a caption or quote that sums up your year. Upload photos of you and your pet, your family or a favorite local spot you enjoyed this year. 

Family Addition Announcement

Are you expanding your family? Whether you’re pregnant, adopting or fostering, share your family expansion with all those in your life. Pick a photo or two that highlights your big news, whether it’s from a maternity shoot or adoption day. Choose a card design that matches the grandness of your news.

Count Your Blessings

Want to share a beautiful family photo? A card that focuses on your blessings is a beautiful way to connect with others and show what you’re grateful for. Opt for a card design that either complements or contrasts the colors in your photos. 

New Year’s Eve Festivities

No matter how you’re celebrating the New Year, whether it’s lighting sparklers or playing board games, share photos along with a cheerful message. As everyone looks to the year ahead, they’ll be touched by the delight and thoughtfulness your card brings. 

New chances new years card with uplifting message for the upcoming year

Quote or Lyric Card

Sometimes our favorite poets and songwriters can sum up life better than we can. Choose a quote, lyric, or New Year’s message to embed on your holiday card along with photos from the year. If you’re planning a 2021 wedding, include a beautiful quote that sums up your love story. 

Black and White Cards

Opt for a classic or vintage feel by designing a black and white holiday card. Turn your photos into black and white or leave them in color for a contrasting effect. For a timeless card, choose a photo where you’re dressed in your finest wear or one of you enjoying a simple moment like playing with your children. 

Final Thoughts to Start the New Year

Designing and sending a card to your loved ones is a great way to let them know that they are on your mind and in your heart. There’s no better time to do that than this year. Choose a holiday card that matches your style and sentiment. A new year is a fresh start, so why not begin it by sending a little love to all those in your life? 

For more inspiration on how to share your love story, check out the following resources from our ideas library: