9 Holiday Photo Ideas For Your Best Cards Yet

Grid of card designs laid out next to one another displaying holiday photo ideas

This time of year seems to sneak up on us without fail; we receive that first holiday card in the mail and think, holiday card photo!? Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to mail out your season’s greetings and make it one to remember. For some, it could be the celebration of newlyweds, a new home, or a new addition to the family. For others, it’s a way to relish in all the good the year has brought. Whatever the backstory, the reason for sending remains the same: because I’m thinking of you.

Amongst all other to-do’s brought on by the year’s end, connection with the people we love most undoubtedly trumps them all. If you’re searching for holiday photo ideas to make this year’s Christmas card (or card for any tradition) a crowd favorite, this is the guide for you.

Share Your Reason for the Season

Start With These Simple Holiday Photo Ideas

1. If These Walls Could Talk

No need to wait for a postcard-perfect snow day. Let your card stand out simply with color. It’s easy: Just find a bright wall nearby, hop in front of it, and share some bright this year.

2. Welcome The Imperfection

You got one person to look at the camera? Feels like a win to us. Skip posed and perfect and welcome sweet imperfection.

3. Give Your Furry Friend The Spotlight

Family Christmas photo ideas can be tough to come up with. So this holiday, put the pressure on your pet by sending those best wishes from your canine or your cat (you can bet this one is making the fridge!).

4. Say Yes To Phone Photos: They Print Beautifully

This year's best holiday photo ideas might just be waiting in your camera roll. From your phone to their mailbox, send along holiday cheer with the everyday images that made 2017 such a great one.

5. No Pose, No Problem: Tell Your Story Candidly

Have one of those right-place-right-time photos? Let the ones you love relive that experience by seeing it on your holiday card. To find the perfect card to pair with, try sorting by your favorite feature, like foil-stamping or hand-lettered designs.

6. Camera Shy? Get Creative

A little curiosity goes a long way when it comes to Christmas photo ideas for the camera shy. Put on your thinking cap, bring in the props, and find a fun way to send along your wishes this year.

Photo of pine branch hanging on wall
Photo By Katelyn Stetler
Same photo of pine branch on wall on holiday gratitude card

7. Lead With Landscape: Share One Of Your Best Images From The Year

Maybe the ocean is your main muse, or perhaps you can’t help but click the shutter 28 times when the sunset rolls around. Pick your favorite shot and share the beauty.

Photo of snow-capped pine trees in forest
Photo By Megan White
Same photo of pine trees on holiday card with merry little everything text overlay
Photo of footprints in sand leading up to beach
Photo By Calli Nicoletti
Same photo of footprints in sand on Happy Hanukkah card

8. Pass Along Signs Of The Season

If you can’t help but snap a photo of the wreath on that red door or the fresh garland above the fireplace, consider sharing your still-life art on your card this year.

9. Overachievers: We Applaud You

Maybe you chopped down your own tree or found the story-book-snowstorm to play in — hats off to you!

Photo of couple holding up pine tree and wreath
Photo By Lauren Wells
Same photo of couple on holiday card that says merry and bright

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