As Slade are shouting ‘It’s CHRISTMAAAAS!!’ down everyone’s radio, it’s well and truly time to mail out your season’s greetings to your loved ones: spread some love to your friends, family and colleagues with a thoughtful Christmas card message.

Whilst a beautifully illustrated Christmas card is a lovely addition to the mantelpiece, it’s often the actual messaging that stands out and really speaks to the heart. That’s why we’ve put together a wide range of Christmas card messages for you so you can well and truly nail what you want to say this Christmas. Whether you’re creating a card for the masses or looking to connect through niche humour, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our top 10 themes for Christmas card messages

    1. Punny cards
    2. Alternative humor
    3. Heartfelt messages to warm your heart
    4. Traditional Christmas classics
    5. Christmas cards for your other half
    6. Cosy Christmas messages
    7. Santa-centric messaging
    8. Christmas cards for the office
    9. Christmas songs
    10. Festive films

Punny cards

Visual puns and play-on-words are a foolproof way of putting a smile on someone’s face. Accessible enough to appeal to the masses, but quirky enough to let your humour shine through.

Snowman topknot
Snowman topknot via Papier
Sledgehog card
Sledgehog card via Papier
Peace on Earth Christmas Card
Tis the season Gemma Correll Card via The Red Door Gallery
Hippie Holidays card
Hippie Holidays card via Papier

Alternative humor

Funny Christmas cards that speak to the moody teenager in your life is a Christmas card niche we never knew we needed. Slightly off the beaten track humour might be niche, but it’s more likely to jump out in a crowd of classics.

Merry Nugmas card
Merry Nugmas card via Urban Outfitters
David Shrigley Christmas Cards
David Shrigley Christmas Cards via Etsy
Peace on Earth Christmas Card
Dashing through the NO via PaperChase
grumpy cat Christmas card
Grumpy cat Christmas card via PaperChase
Satirical Christmas card
Satirical Christmas card via Papier
Fleas Navidad
Fleas Navidad via Papier
Sarcastic Christmas Card
Sarcastic Christmas Card via Etsy

Heartfelt messages to warm your heart

If you’re brave enough to show your love without having to hide behind humour, then heartfelt messages are for you. These heartfelt Christmas messages are perfect for close friends, family and loved ones.

Peace on Earth Christmas Card
Family Christmas Card design by sam2021
Christmas cuddles card
Christmas cuddles via Papier
Loving Christmas card
Loving Christmas card via Paperchase
Grandparents Christmas card
Grandparent love via Papier

Traditional Christmas Classics

The beauty of choosing classic Christmas card messages is that it appeals to the masses, making them infinitely more accessible and therefore commercial. Choose simple phrasing and enrich designs with illustrative designs and charismatic color.

Merry Christmas Card
Merry Christmas Card by Velvet Made
Peace on Earth Christmas Card
Traditional Christmas Messaging by Sucan
Happy Holidays Christmas card
Happy Holidays! by Nastya
Christmas cracker card
Beautifully printed Christmas cracker card via Little Cotton Clothes
Christmas cracker card
Happy Holiday card by Sonagi
Love Peace Joy card
Love Peace Joy card by Papier
Happy Hanukkah card
Happy Hanukkah card by Papier

Christmas cards for your other half

If your partner would heave at the idea of soppy Christmas card messages, think short, snappy wording with a slice of irony. Go *sassy* to bring a smile to their face with your shared sense of humor.

Jingle those Bells
Jingle those Bells card by Papier
Snuggle up card
Snuggle up card by Papier
Bite Me Christmas Card
Bite Me card via Not on the Highstreet
Sarcastic Christmas card
Sarcastic Christmas card via PaperChase

Cosy Christmas messages

The Danish lifestyle trend ‘Hygge’ might be *so* 2018, but its cosy messaging lives on. The beauty of cosy Christmas messaging is that it does a great job of painting a heart-warming feeling, whilst simultaneously being vague enough that it appeals to the masses. As perfect for your colleague as it is for your grandma.

Magical Nights card
Magical Nights card by Papier
Warm Wishes card
Warm Wishes card via Thortful
Cosy Christmas Pug
Cosy Christmas Pug via The Curious Pancake

Santa-centric messaging

Nothing says Christmas like a guffawing ‘Ho Ho Ho’. The magic of Santa-centric messaging is that its appeal spans generations—a child will enjoy with wondrous joy, whilst an adult will enjoy with a knowing nostalgia.

Nice list christmas card
Santa’s nice list by Sucan
Letters to Santa
Letters to Santa via Oliver Bonas
Ho Ho Ho card
Ho Ho Ho by Papier
Happy Ho Ho Holidays
Happy Ho Ho Holidays! by Papier

Christmas cards for the office

Get in your employee’s good books this year with a thoughtful Christmas card. Keep it upbeat, light-hearted and pepper it with in-jokes.

Nice list christmas card
Business Christmas card by Pinch Studio
Nice list christmas card
Business Christmas card by Brierly
Nice list christmas card
Business Christmas card by Sonagi
Engineering company Christmas card
Engineering company Christmas card by M.m

Christmas music

As soon as the first of December hits it’s likely that Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ will be playing on every radio station. So whilst you can’t escape the Christmas jingle bells, you can guarantee a card with your favourite Christmas song is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.

George Michael Christmas card
George Michael Christmas card via Etsy
Christmas lyrics card
Christmas lyrics card via Papier
Joy to the World card
Joy to the World Card via Papier
All is Calm card
All is Calm card via Papier
Dashing through the Snow
Dashing through the Snow via Papier
Elton John Christmas card
Elton John Christmas card via Etsy
Oh Christmas Tree
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree card
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree via Papier

Festive films

Another nod to the cultural zeitgeist, referencing Christmas films or making clever puns from cult classics is a surefire way to stand out in a crowd of classic Christmas cards.

Mean Girls Christmas Card
Mean Girls Christmas Card via Paperchase
Elf Christmas card
Elf Christmas via Paper Source
Home Alone card
Home Alone via A Town Called Home
Love Actually quote card
Love Actually quote via Etsy

Make your loved ones smile with a Christmas message!

Sending Christmas cards to your colleagues, friends and family is the perfect way to show that you care. Spread the love this Christmas with one of our unique Christmas card messages this year!

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