9 Hassle-Free Holiday Card Ideas for the Season

holiday cards spread out on table with gold pen

We feel you — this season comes up faster than we can say "winter wonderland," and in the midst of gatherings and decorating, we sometimes forget what matters most: putting pen to paper and sending our best to the ones we love. Fear not! We've compiled our nine favorite holiday card ideas for the season to help you celebrate simplicity and imperfection. You're mere steps away from your easiest, most fridge-worthy holiday card yet.

Tip 01

Re-scroll Your Camera Roll

Couple photo in bordered holiday card

Okay, yes (a bit captain obvious) — but your holiday card photo doesn't have to be a brand new image. We know your iPhone is probably chock-full of share-worthy photos that would pair perfectly with our holiday card line. Best part? Your phone photos will print beautifully — just ask @aimeemazzenga & @jonnymendez23.

Find: Your favorite photo from the year

Bring: Your iPhone and download the AU iPhone App to make your card in minutes

Pair with: Bordered Love Holiday Card

Tip 02

Spend a Day at Home

family photo on gold foil-stamped holiday card

Just like the best moments, the best holiday card ideas often happen in the place you call home. Assemble your crew, set up a tripod and capture life as you know it just like @timcoulson.

Find: A spot in your home (clean walls are welcomed!)

Bring: A tripod

Pair with: Hand-Lettered Holiday Card

Tip 03

Just Add Color

couple kissing in front of brick wall on holiday card

No snow needed. Make your holiday card bright by finding a colored wall like @deunivory. Grab a friend and you'll have your holiday card photo captured in minutes.

Find: A bright wall

Bring: A friend to take the photo

Pair with: Bold Merry & Bright Holiday Card

Tip 04

Leave it to the Little One

four photos of baby in grid on holiday card

If 98% of your photos are of your little one, this tip was made for you. Grab a handful of your favorite images like @masakathryn and give family and friends a card they'll want to keep on the fridge year-round.

Find: Your favorite micro-moments of the year

Bring: Nothing; this one's hands free!

Pair with: With Love Grid Holiday Card

Tip 05

Do It Yourself(ie)

photo of family with no lettering on front of holiday card

Yes, we're talking about that front-facing camera of yours. Gather the ones you love like @willmacdes and lean-in close (bonus point for jokes that make everyone laugh!).

Find: A landscape that feels like home

Bring: Your smartphone + the ones you love most

Pair with: Simple Photo Holiday Card

Tip 06

Turn Up the Beat

children dancing on front of holiday card

Finding it impossible to get your little ones to stay still in front of the camera? It's all about holiday card ideas that play on their terms. Turn up a beat, let them dance & snap away (genius, @heyabiq).

Find: A simple wall or backdrop

Bring: Portable speakers

Pair with: Merry with Gold Foil Holiday Card

Tip 07

Grab Your Furry Friend

man in the outdoors holding husky above his head in winter scene

If you are like we are, your bff might have four legs and follow you everywhere you go. Snap a few shots of that pet you love like @abigaildemyanek and let them take center stage. (If you need a hand, check out our quick little guide full of tips for photographing pets.)

Find: The Great Outdoors

Bring: Your pup or any pet

Pair with: Minimal Bordered New Year Card

Tip 08

Share the Celebration

Photo of couple walking down the aisle on the front of All Things Joy holiday card

Relive that day. Take those wedding photos off your USB drive and put them into print on your holiday card. The hardest part will be choosing your favorite — right, @redway and @shariandmike?

Find: The USB drive of your wedding photos

Bring: Eggnog for the selection process

Pair with: In All Things Joy Card

Tip 09

Goofy Does It

Holiday card with photo of tops of Santa hats and hands holding up Merry Christmas decal

Don't be afraid to be a little whimsical — it's the season to be merry, after all. Whether a dash of holiday red or evergreen-a-plenty, find a fun way to share your merry like @cay_mae.

Find: A blank canvas

Bring: Holiday-themed props

Pair with: Joy to the World Holiday Card

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