7 heartfelt ideas for what to write in a Christmas card

With over 100, yes 100 card designs (including over 60 brand new ones), bonusprint really is your one-stop-shop for creating Christmas cards this season. From classic to humorous and chic to fun, there is a design to suit every taste. All of our designs are also fully customisable so you have complete creative control. Don’t like where something is? You can change it easily. And if you really want to let your creative juices flow, you can create your cards completely from scratch.

Once you’ve chosen the design, it’s time to choose your photo. We’ve got lots of photo ideas that will help you decide what to put on your Christmas card. From scenic shots to family portraits, you decide!

So you’ve got the design, you’ve got the photo, now you just need to decide what to write in your Christmas card. It’s at this moment when people often suffer from writer’s block. What tone should you strike? Should you be funny? Should you be loving?

It’s a very personal thing and it’s of course up to you but we’ve put together 7 ideas that should help you out.

1. Keep it short

When the front of your card features a photo, it’s likely that it already says a lot. For that reason, you can keep the message inside the card short and sweet.

This type of message is perfect for sending to friends and family who you see regularly who might not need a thorough rundown of what you’ve been doing throughout the year.

bonusprint loves…

“Merry Christmas and a happy new year”

“Hope this is your best Christmas ever”

“With love at Christmas and ALL year”

2. Focus on the family

If you’re sending a Christmas card to friends and family who are spread out around the world it can be difficult to choose what to write. There’s a lot of things that they might not know, and Christmas is a great time to catch up on everything that you’ve been doing.

It could also be a good opportunity to slip some extra photo prints of moments from the year in your card.

bonusprint loves…

“Even though we can’t be together at Christmas, we’re sending the next best thing. An update on what the family have been up to…”

“Even though there’s an ocean between us we thought you might like to know what we’ve been up to…”

3. Send one to your friends

To your closest friends, your message should be informal but heartfelt. After all, these are the people that you can be completely honest with.

You can also have more fun with the design for close friends. Add some clip art and backgrounds to create a kitsch Christmas scene.

bonusprint loves…

“Grateful for a friend like you at Christmas and all year”

“Looking forward to catching up in the new year”

“I hope your Christmas is as wonderful as you are”

4. It’s business

As with every type of Christmas card, deciding what to write in one for people you have professional relationships with really depends on how close you are.

If it is to a colleague you are friendly with, the message can be informal. However, if it’s for a superior or even a client, the message should be more formal.

bonusprint loves…

“Here’s to some well-deserved downtime over the Christmas period!”

“Warm wishes for a happy holiday season”

5. Have a giggle

Making someone laugh in your Christmas card is a great way to spread some holiday cheer. We love Christmas puns that you can come up with yourself or even classic Christmas jokes will work.

bonusprint loves…

“What says Oh Oh Oh?
Santa walking backwards!”

“Who is Santa’s favourite singer?
Elf-is Presley!”

6. Include some quotes

If the words aren’t coming to you naturally you could use some famous Christmas quotes inside your card. We think lyrics from Christmas songs are perfect. You can choose a festive font in our creator tool and write it on the front or on the inside.

bonusprint loves…

“It’s the most wonderful time of year”

“Baby it’s cold outside”

“’tis the season to be jolly”

7. Signing off

Here at bonusprint we often just go with the classic ‘with love’ when signing off our cards. Especially at Christmas. But there are lots of other options. Here are some ideas that will work whoever is receiving it.

bonusprint loves…

“Lots of love”

“Warmest wishes”

“All my love”

“Best wishes”

“Hugs and kisses”

Now we’ve given you the ideas, it’s time to create your Christmas cards. Create them from scratch in our creator tool and have full creative control, or use a pre-design if you would prefer to have a bit of a template to start with.

Remember, even if you start with a pre-designed option, it’s still fully customisable so you can create a completely unique version for your friends and family.

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