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05 November, 2014

5 Fun Holiday Photo Card Ideas


I don't know about you, but I take my holiday cards seriously. And by "seriously" I mean that I try to come up with silly, one-of-a-kind themes that will make my friends and family laugh and laugh and laugh. For example, in 2012 I Photoshopped our faces onto gingerbread men and constructed a word puzzle, the solution to which was "Please don't eat our feet." Chomp.

Funny holiday cards are I thing I've been doing for TEN YEARS—last year was actually the first time I didn't make a card just because I was too busy and forgot to do it in time, and several people called and e-mailed me to ask why I didn't send a card! Oh boy.

Let this serve as a reminder: You still have time to get custom cards for this holiday season printed up, so do it now! And it doesn't have to be a hassle. Today I'll be sharing a few of my favorite photo card templates from Paper Culture, plus some amusing photography ideas to go with them. You're welcome?


Are you and your family movie lovers? My boyfriend and I certainly are, so naturally I was drawn to this 3D glasses card. Fun photo idea: Get the whole family to don 3D glasses, look at the camera, and act really surprised (like you're watching a 3D movie, but the "movie" is the recipient of your card). If you really want to customize you can personalize the text to say something like "We're watching Attack of the ____" and fill in the blank by hand with the recipient's name. (Attack of the Aunt Linda was a blockbuster in 2010, I swear.)


Ah, the wonderful nostalgia of Polaroids. This would be the PERFECT template for a newly engaged or hitched (or even just moved in together) couple—you can take cutesy, wintery couples photos (like shown in the stock image) or do a little #TBT style magic and include some pictures from your early days of dating. Ahh, the bad haircuts of our youth.


A stamp-themed card inside an envelope with a stamp on it .... whoa, that's meta. This would be a great card for anybody really—you could use it as an excuse to upload a demure portrait, presidential-style. Or dress as the Statue of Liberty. Or a bald eagle. This theme would also work well if you have some travel photos you've been dying to share—think of it like a belated photo postcard from your vacation!


I've always wanted to send out a holiday newsletter, but I'm not sure how interesting our activities would be to other people. Stuff like "Stan watched Robocop 3 times this year and I learned how to make yogurt." Fun! With this template, you don't necessarily have to get into all the details—choose your favorite family photo from the year and that's all the news that's fit to print!


Speaking as an occasional holiday card recipient, I like getting pictures of people's pets. Pets are adorable, so if you have one please feature them in your correspondence. I'm particularly fond of this bone template because it's so doggone cute (ha HA!) Optional: Dress your dog up as an elf for maximum "awwww"-age.

This post was inspired by Paper Culture, who are known for their eco-friendly photo holiday cards and personalized gifts. For more ideas or to purchase cards using one of the templates pictured above, visit their website!

Do you make custom holiday cards? What's the funniest card idea you've ever seen?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Global Influence. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy. All of the card templates pictured above are the property of Paper Culture and used with permission. #HolidayCardPhotos


  1. Last year I did a family photo with my dog. It was actually a professional shoot so it was a little expensive for holiday cards lol. It was for a good cause though...the proceeds went to the animal shelter that was hosting it.

  2. That's a great cause! And it sounds very cute too. :)

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  4. Hahaha that is so amazingly adorable. I'm impressed that your pup was obedient enough to stay on the sled for the photo!

  5. haha! There were def some out takes. Not sure if I'll be doing something this professional again this year since it almost cost me $100 between everything. Maybe just a shutterfly photo with pictures that I take myself.


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