‘Tis the season for sharing joy and good tidings with all those around you. What better way to reach out to family, friends, co-workers, and dear ones near and far than with a good old-fashioned holiday card?

Christmas is the time of year when people ditch email and text communications and revert to old-school snail mail. However, now there are Christmas eCards available, and cards you send in the mail do not have to mean just a pen and paper. There are some wonderful Christmas cards out there with design work that dazzles. Here are some wonderful cards that will delight and inspire you and your loved ones this holiday season.

Reindeer Card

Reindeer Card

Have fun with shapes and sizes! This small square card with a reindeer peeking out the window is a great example of thinking outside the box.

Christmas & New Years Card

Christmas & New Years Card

This card offers a simple and fun greeting, great for friends and colleagues. A black globe set against a red wrapping-paper background sets the perfect festive and classic tone, along with the Merry Christmas and Happy New Year message.

Burlap Holiday Card


We’re a fan of this cool burlap and chevron card, done up in 3D with lots of different materials to decorate the card front. The HO (to the 3rd power) is a nice touch, too.

PolkaDot Holiday Card

PolkaDot Holiday Card

For the extra crafty, here’s a thinlit circle Christmas card that includes a rotating cutout circle along with different patterns (polka dots? Yes, please!) and a bedazzled Christmas tree.

Watercolor Christmas Card


Sometimes Christmas calls for a little watercolor design. This set of watercolor Christmas cards is a fun departure from the classic reds and greens of traditional Christmas cards.

Typography Styled Holiday Card


Typography lovers will dig this font-friendly card. It’s made from a file folder and includes all kinds of goodies on top of the cool fonts-on-chalkboard look.

Apron Holiday Card


If you’re into cooking or kitchen-time, these adorable apron cards might be just the right way to go. You can slip a candy cane into the front pouch for an extra sweet treat.

Mittens Holiday Card


What’s better than a card with a picture of mittens on it? A card with clothespinned pictures of real mittens on it! This one has a cool embossed background as well.

Lettered Christmas Cards


These cards use wonderful Christmas-y typography to convey merry messages and best wishes for the new year. The stylized backgrounds give it an extra cool effect.

Merry – Holiday Card


How cute are these Christmas stripes and stars tied together with a white ribbon, red button and candy cane thread? Pretty freaking cute.

Window Holiday Card


This card steps up the creativity factor a few notches. Says the creator: “The background is inked with 2 different colors to give it a glowy orange/yellow. The Christmas tree is stamped with green ink and heat set with clear embossing power to give it a glossy look. The tree ornaments is decorated using Viva Decor Pearl Pens. The window has a clear acetate with stamped snowflakes to make it look realistic” Overall effect: awesome.

White Flower Holiday Card


If you like to go the understated route, try this white embossed design on vellum card stock.

Warm Wishes Holiday Card


We like this lovely pale blue card accentuated with snowflakes, a ribbon tie and a cut out snowglobe jar with a fabric top.

Tree Holiday Card


This one is about as elegant as they come. The tree etchings exude the chill of a cold, wintry day and the warmth of a friendly greeting.

Very Married Christmas


Why not combine a wedding announcement with a Christmas wish? This classic black and white photo card does just that.

Baby Card


Sometimes everybody just wants to see pictures of cute babies sleeping. If you have one, it is guaranteed to make a great Christmas card.

Skyline Christmas Cards


Do you live in a city with a recognizable skyline or landmark? Chances are there are Christmas cards that feature them.

Holiday Card Set


These awesome designs serve as the basis for your custom-tailored cards. Use the background and add in your own individual messages!

Photo Holiday Card


If you managed to snap a great holiday shot of a family member, put a simple frame on it and turn it into a beautiful Christmas card!

Cheers Holiday Card


Like to keep it simple? One word cards can do the trick! Try Cheers! Or Joy! Or Merry! Or…you get the picture.

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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