It’s November… you know what that means! Yep. Time to start preparing for the holidays! Poor Thanksgiving. It never gets the attention it deserves.
When Halloween is over and I shift gears, one of the first things I start thinking about is my holiday cards. I love everything about “card season”–both designing my own cards and receiving them. There was a time I even made my own cards (I used to have a stationery-design business), but now I usually turn to Tiny Prints to do that for me. I love their cards, and I use them for almost all my stationery needs these days. I have also occasionally used Shutterfly for various cards, and I think Minted uses the most beautiful paper ever. After admiring others’ cards from Minted for several years, I decided to get my holiday cards this year from them. I must say that I love them so much!! My little girls say they are our best cards yet. :) They even came with these little vellum papers that you insert so that the ink from the pictures on the inside doesn’t transfer to the other side of the card where our names are signed. Brilliant!
Putting together a card to send out is something I truly enjoy. But I’m pretty sure that isn’t a universal feeling… so to help you brainstorm, I have compiled 100 photos under various themes to get you thinking.
As you’ll see, some of the pictures are sweet, some are creative, and some are downright hilarious. Getting a photo for your card doesn’t have to be the worst part of Christmas–have fun with it and think outside the box. The very first picture was sent to me by my friend a few years back. It was the result of a photo session gone bad. While that shot wasn’t what they were going for, they certainly succeeded in spreading some holiday cheer with their cards… I remember laughing so hard when we opened it!
So have an open mind, relax, and see how your pictures turn out. Even if they aren’t “perfect”, they just might be your favorite cards yet!
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* Kudos to all the talented photographers and bloggers from whom I collected these photos. If you see your photo here and it’s not sourced to you, or if anything should be corrected in any way, please let me know!! I really want to make sure everything in this post is as accurate as it can be. I hope this post sends a little traffic your way so others can be impressed by your fine work, too! :) Thanks for making this fun post possible!
Online Card Companies: More Details
I wrote a post with 125+ Family and Sibling Photos for Posing Ideas and Inspiration in May 2013 (please reference that for even more photo ideas!), and I thought some information I shared there about the card companies I like to use might be helpful here as well. I’m pasting in an excerpt from that post below:
WHERE I ORDER MY CARDS
Tiny Prints has been my go-to company (for not only Christmas cards but also for invitations, birth announcements, thank you notes, etc.) for the past five years or so. One time I wasn’t happy with how they cropped a picture (without my approval) when printing my 225 (!) holiday cards, and they reprinted them and sent them to me overnight, no questions asked. I received my new 225 cards in about 36 hours. Pretty impressive. They also contacted me once when they felt that one of my pictures was slightly blurry (but I couldn’t tell on the computer screen), and so I was able to switch out that photo before printing. They have top-notch service, and I love their designs. They also have an enormous selection.
Minted is right at the top of my list now as well! I used them for the first time last year for my holiday cards, and they were my favorite cards yet. They included vellum paper inserts to be sure that the ink didn’t transfer inside my folded cards when mailed (because that does happen, especially if you have a picture printed on the inside). Minted also has the best envelopes you’ll find (I love the brown kraft paper myself), and they print on really beautiful paper as well. If you really have your act together, you can even upload your recipient address list at their site, and they will print the addresses for you on the envelopes for FREE!!! I am definitely this company’s newest #1 fan!
I have also always loved Shutterfly. I typically order photo thank you notes there after the holidays so we can send out a little glimpse of how we celebrated, along with our note of gratitude.
CLICK ON THE COLLAGE BELOW FOR EVEN MORE GREAT SITES TO FIND CARDS!
If a card catches your eye in the collage below, please know that I found each one at Minted.
Our Family’s Recent Holiday Cards
If you’re looking for even more inspiration, don’t miss this post with 125+ Family & Sibling Photos or click on the collage below!
Finally… on to the photos!!
100 PHOTOS TO INSPIRE YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS
Peace on Earth (and maybe a little in our house, too!)
Wishing you Happy Holidays… right down to our mistletoes!
I LOVE THIS “MERRY CHRISTMAS” CARD where you can drag around the words so it sits just right on top of your photo.
May Your Holidays Be Merry & Bright
FIND THE PERFECT CARD WITH “MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT” HERE.
Dear Santa… I can Explain
THIS CARD WITH “DEAR SANTA, DEFINE NICE” would also work well with photos like these below… cute!
Jump for Joy–It’s the Holidays!
THIS CARD WITH “YAY FOR CHRISTMAS” would also work well with fun photos like these below.
Oh, What Fun It Is!
THIS VERTICAL CARD WITH “OH WHAT FUN!” or THIS HORIZONTAL CARD WITH “OH WHAT FUN!” would be perfect for any picture with some silliness involved.
I finally discovered the source for the classic photo below! Thanks, Tim, for contacting me! Tim just so happens to be a very talented photographer. You can find his site here: Tim Wheaton Photography.
Let it Snow!
THIS CARD OR THIS CARD, BOTH WITH “LET IT SNOW”, would be perfect for any wintery photo outdoors!
I have tried like crazy to find the original source for this photo. The genius behind this one needs credit! Please contact me if this is yours! :)
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing…
You could also do a play on words and use “BARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING” AS FOUND IN THIS CARD and feature a picture with your dog! Love it!
Naughty or Nice?
FIND A CARD HERE WITH “NAUGHY OR NICE” where you can make it look like there’s a halo over one person (or pet!) and horns over the other… too funny! You could also choose to just use the sentiment without the sketch drawings on the photo.
FIND ANOTHER CUTE CARD HERE WITH “NAUGHTY OR NICE.”
I LOVE THIS “PEACE ON EARTH” CARD which would be perfect for any photo similar to those shown below.
THIS “PEACE” CARD DOUBLES AS AN ORNAMENT… neat idea!
May the Beauty of the Season be Yours
Joy to the World
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SIMPLE “JOY TO THE WORLD” CARD where you can drag the words around to sit just right on top of your photo.
THIS SWEET CARD WITH “JOY” is also adorable! I am a sucker for a heart over any letter! :)
Love is All You Need
FIND THE PERFECT “LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED” CARD HERE.
Best Gift of All
FIND A CARD HERE WITH “BEST GIFT EVER” that would be perfect for any family who welcomed a new baby this year!
YOU CAN ALSO FIND AN ENTIRE SELECTION OF BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS CARDS HERE. So many fun wordings and cute styles!!
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
FIND A BEAUTIFUL CARD WITH “HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS” HERE that is actually adorned with real foil to give it a shimmer!
O Christmas Tree
The Wonder of Christmas
FIND A CARD HERE WITH “WONDER” across the top… a great, simple card!
FIND A CARD WITH “IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR” HERE. This card is stamped with real foil to give it a unique shimmer.
via: http://www.the-essential-infant-resource-for-moms.com. (photo by Funkeemonkeeland)
Frosty the Snowman
FIND A SIMPLE SNOWMAN CARD HERE.
This photo was uploaded to Pinterest by Michelle McClendon.
She’s a fabulous art teacher and a creative genius, in my opinion! I love this shot!!
I LOVE THIS CARD WITH “SILENT NIGHT” where it then says in small print, “Everyone can wish for a Christmas miracle, right?” So cute!
This photo found on Pinterest with only google.com listed.
Exact source unknown. Please contact me if this image is yours so I can credit properly.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
THIS IS A FUN CARD WHERE IT LOOKS AS IF YOUR DOG HAS REINDEER ANTLERS!
THIS CARD WITH “HO HO HO, Y’ALL” would be perfect for all of you living in the South! :)
The original source for this photo seems to be “uploaded by user” on Pinterest.
If this photo is yours, please contact me so I can source back to you!
THIS IS SUCH A CUTE CARD WITH A HEART MADE FROM CANDY CANES! It has a chalkboard style to it… love! :)
THIS IS AN ADORABLE FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD! Perfect for a new baby.
YOU CAN ALSO FIND AN ENTIRE SELECTION OF BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS CARDS HERE. So many fun wordings and cute styles!!
THIS CARD WITH “PAWS TO ENJOY THE SEASON” would be perfect for a dog photo like this!
THIS CUTE CARD WITH “JINGLE ALL THE WAY” would be perfect for a picture similar to the ones below.
I *believe* the original source for this photo is listed below where you can get directions on how to make these fun hats.
Under the Mistletoe
THIS SIMPLE “UNDER THE MISTLETOE” CARD would be perfect for any kissing photo!
Laughing All the Way
LOVE THIS “LAUGHING ALL THE WAY” CARD! I actually just ordered my mom’s cards for her (uploading a photo and working through that on the computer is probably her worst nightmare!), and this is the one she chose. We used a picture of the grandkids holding hands, laughing, and running toward the camera. I think it would make anyone smile when they opened that envelope! :)
See more of this talented photographer’s work below:
WISHing you Happy Holidays!
I LOVE THIS COLLAGE-STYLE CARD WITH “WARMEST WISHES.”
THIS A BEAUTIFUL, CLASSIC CARD ADORNED WITH A WREATH.
Star of Wonder
This is the best we could do… Happy Holidays!
THIS “ALL IS CALM-ISH AND BRIGHT” CARD would be perfect for a photo similar to those below. You can even make it look like there is a halo over each person’s head.
And when all else fails, just find a little humor in the situation! Chances are, you’ll look back on the less-than-perfect photos with a laugh one day, and they will always remind you of that crazy stage in life when getting a nice family photo was next to impossible! Someday when your family pictures are full of cooperative smiles and people looking at the camera, you will miss this stage when you never knew what you were going to get!! :)
For even more inspiration, don’t miss this post with 30 Photos with Wording Ideas to Inspire Your Holiday Cards. Each photo also links back to a card with that sentiment to help you find your perfect card this year!
Whew! I hope these 100 photos have helped you come up with some ideas for your cards this year. Happy Holidays everybody! :) Enjoy the special season ahead.
What photo ideas do you have?
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I am going to try that snow idea. With little ones, I can never take a good picture. They just battle me, or pout, or cry or run the other direction! Maybe if I make it fun like this, they will be into it! Thanks for the idea.
Such a FUN post, my friend. Even as a photog myself, I am ALWAYS looking for new ideas!
It is almost that time again! Love all of these suggestions. I’m hoping a dear friend of mine mightt photograph my family…a friend with lots of great ideas! Hope she is up for it?!?!?!
Hmmm… I am thinking that I’m that friend?! :) You know I’d love to take some pictures for your family any time! I will start practicing my funny dances and silly faces to get the best smiles out of you guys–adults included :)
I LOVE this post!! I totally got my last year Christmas card idea from here, and I’m sure I’ll be looking to you for more inspiration this year!!! :)
SUCH great ideas here. I will definitely have to tap into these as the holidays draw near and that “dreaded” time comes…for Christmas card pictures! : ) Thanks a bunch for sharing.
What great ideas! Now I just have to convince my family to pose for one of these! lol!
That’s always the hardest part!! Ha! :) Thanks for the note!
What a great collection of fun Christmas pictures. I love the one with the kids laying down on the floor acting like they are part of the tree. Very creative.
Thanks for sharing!
Great round up! I didn’t see anything like this though… :-) This was our 4 year old’s drawn bodies with our heads added to the top. I’m not sure how to top this card this year… thanks for the inspiration!
LOL! Very creative. :) That one is definitely hard to top! Thanks for sharing!
This is such a great roundup – thanks for sharing! I included a link to this in a post today on a frugal and creative photo holiday card strategy (hint: it involves the ideas above where the greeting is included in the photo). More on that here: http://hintmama.com/2013/12/18/todays-hint-a-creative-frugal-photo-holiday-card-strategy/
Thanks, Jennifer! I checked out your post… great ideas! Take care, and thanks for sharing my post over on your site! :)
I’m a Northwestern University senior and I just wanted to say I love that you’re a Harvard grad and so happy with being a stay at home. Makes me feel better about my stay-at-home mom desires <3
Haley, I almost went to Northwestern myself! Such a beautiful school. I was all set to go, and then I changed my mind. Being from Minnesota, I was worried about leaving the Midwest, but ultimately I decided to head to Boston! Being at home hasn’t been all roses, and I have certainly questioned my choice along the way… but after 11 years of raising kids now, I can say with much more confidence that I know I’m in the right place for me. I wouldn’t change a thing! :) Best of luck with wherever life takes you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Holidays!
These are all so cute Christmas ideas.
Such a great post my dear, I really inspired by your ideas and I found myself interested on applying it for my card designs . thanks for sharing :) Cheers !!
These are all great ideas but almost none for only child families that aren’t still babies. :(
Christmas card doesn’t have to be some wild design in order to be meaningful and highly satisfying.
Very true! You’ll see that many of these ideas are simple and basic (like hugging). This is just meant to be a fun post! Take care!