Christmas card ideas – 15 beautiful designs and the best places to shop

Find the perfect cards to send this Christmas with our collection of unique Christmas card ideas

Three examples of christmas card ideas, painted blue countryside scene, white dove, forest scene with reindeer
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From traditional messages to modern, artistic prints, our Christmas card ideas show a range of unique, festive designs.

A timeless Christmas decorating idea, a Christmas card is one of the most personal ways you can spread merry Christmas cheer to your loved ones, and choosing the right card design can often be a tricky decision! 

To help with your Christmas card ideas this holiday season, we have created a list of our top 12 favorite designs and the best places to shop online.

Whether you want to create a personalized design with a family photo or choose a classic Christmas scene, there are many different ways you can send season greetings to your friends and family.

Christmas card ideas

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Explore our curated collection of Christmas card ideas below.

Classic Cards

From picturesque holiday snow scenes, to classic card assortment boxes, there are many classic Christmas card ideas that will always prove timeless.

Contemporary cards

A contemporary Christmas card can be anything from a bright, artistic painted design to a classic festive scene with a more colorful and modern twist. 

Unique Cards

From cards that can grow into plants (you heard that right!) to fun pop-up designs, choose a unique Christmas card idea to really make an impact.

Personalized cards

There are a range of companies who specialize in creating personalized Christmas cards where you can add your own photos and messaging, making your Christmas card ideas that little bit more special and meaningful.

Artistic cards

Whether your favorite artist has created a selection of Christmas cards, or there is one painting or artist style that sums up what Christmas means to you, an artistic Christmas card can stand out from the crowd.

How do you display cards at home?

A timeless Christmas tradition, a collection of Christmas cards can create a beautiful Christmas decorating idea in the home, and there are many creative ways you can display them. 

From simply placing them on a mantel piece and lining them on the window sill, to attaching them to garlands and ribbons for Christmas wall decor ideas, the different designs, colors and shapes of the cards can create a beautiful festive feature in the home.

If you are more of a crafter, there are many DIY card display creations you can make, such as a Christmas card wreath, homemade pegboard or even a gallery wall, with cards framed with tape and wrapping paper.

Once Christmas is over and the sad packing away of the decorations begins, remember to recycle your Christmas cards or embrace a fun little craft project and turn them into bespoke tags for next year's Christmas gifts!

Why do people buy Christmas cards?

A Christmas card is one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Christmas. Even though we live in a digital first world, with some viewing cards as a waste of paper and time, it can be a simple and meaningful way to connect with loved ones; with many of us still celebrating the festive season through a card in the post.

As we have explored, there are so many card Christmas card ideas to choose from, with many embodying much more than 'just a piece of paper', rather, they can be unique works of art, a personal collection of photos and memories - and even transform into plants and flowers!

Plus, most card companies offer sustainable, recycled card designs - with some even planting trees for every card they sell.

Zara Stacey
Managing Editor

Zara is the Managing Editor at Homes & Gardens. She joined the brand in February 2022 as an Interiors Content Editor, specializing in writing content on interior color trends, decorating ideas and design inspiration. After studying English Literature at University, she worked as an Ecommerce Website Editor, Content Writer and Buying Intern at multiple independent businesses within the luxury retail and lifestyle sectors. She enjoys nothing more than discovering new trends, brands and products, whether that be in fashion, interior design or lifestyle.