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Besides warm sentiment, heartfelt feelings and good tidings, your holiday cards need one other element: great typography. With Christmas cards on their way to many homes and Hanukkah recently in your mind, it’s time to put together a beautiful card that shows friends and family how much you care for them and wish them a wonderful new year.

Holiday fonts typically are highly decorative, with oversized swoops and swirls, but they still have to be legible. Here are 10 of the best holiday fonts that will dress up your seasonal cards no matter what the message is inside.

Charcuterie Engraved

Charcuterie Engraved

There are several fonts in the Charcuterie family, but the engraved style is one of the best for holiday uses. The bold look and timeless style have a hint of vintage design and plenty of modern mojo. Both humble and stylish, it perfectly serves the purposes of the upcoming holiday to give rather than receive.

Desire

Desire

Despite the stirring name, this font package has that Christmas movie quality that’s instantly recognizable. The swooping letters of Desire immediately add a formal impact to any heading, greeting or signature on a page, and can be used for a wide variety of uses even after the holidays have ended.

Al Fresco

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Fresh, fun and festive, the Al Fresco collection of fonts has plenty of flourishes to make the season bright, and it’s a bit looser in style for those occasions that call for more informality and a personal touch. Youthful and expressive, this is the perfect font style for young couples or families that don’t want to be pigeon holed into old-fashioned Christmas cards.

Mercury Script

Mercury Script

Another fanciful type, Mercury Script splits the difference between classic and contemporary. It’s got a steady hand but the flourishes are decidedly playful, so it works as well for formal occasions as light-hearted last minute bashes. The additional ornaments help emphasize your message and give a special feel to your holiday correspondences.

Hubertus Dings

Hubertus Dings

Not all fonts are created for reading; some fonts are instead symbols for the season that enhance stationary or posters. Hubertus Dings are perfect for adding a fun, festive element to any holiday card, invitation or name card. Including animals like owls, stags and bears, as well as snowflakes and compasses, the overall feeling is of a wintry scene in a forest cabin.

Gentil

Gentil

Casual, feminine and playful, the Gentil font family is a world away from the overwrought swirls found on department store windows. It has a delicate grace that works in any season, but is particularly refreshing at the end of the year. Humble and sweet, the collection also includes doodles of food products, and what is Christmas without a feast?

Aleka

Aleka

Ornamental in a vintage way, Aleka is simple, beautiful and hardworking. The swoops and flourishes add elegance to any missive, but they’re never overwhelming or haughty. It’s the perfect font choice for an invitation to a part or dinner where black tie isn’t required, but neither is an ugly sweater.

Barracuda

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This fat, decorative font is first and foremost entertaining. It has all the swoops and swirls the holidays call for, but it also has a quirky style attached. Heavy, thick and bold, Barracuda skips frilly flourishes in favor of something more pronounced. It definitely demands attention, but in a more masculine and easy-going way. Plus, it has a ‘50s vibe that vintage lovers will adore.

Homi Script

Homi Script

Very modern and very decorative, the Homi Script is all swirls, swoops, grand curlicues and dramatic flairs, so it’s perfect for a highly elegant seasonal party or splashed out affair. Use it for headings and greetings or a poster, since it can be difficult to read in large blocks of text. It will certainly get your friends and family in the spirit of the holidays.

Hummingbird Regular

Hummingbird Regular

Similar to handwriting, Hummingbird Regular feels personal and familiar. It works well for letters and party information on an invitation. It feels both warm and elegant, while encouraging intimacy, but it uses the flourishes effectively so it still feels special, an ideal option for the season.

Whatever your plans for the holidays, whether it’s relaxing at home and sending holiday cards, or hosting an enormous blow-out end of season holiday bash, these fonts are guaranteed to help your letters, invitations and posters get noticed by all those who love you.

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Posted by Maryam Taheri

Like a true San Franciscan, Maryam has a passion for dogs and the Giants. She heads up Content Marketing at creativemarket.com where she writes about all things creative. You can find her on twitter at @caracaleo.

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