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What You Can Learn From the Top Holiday Card Designs of 2016

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It may only be July, but at Zazzle, we’ve already got our holiday planning hats on! As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, let’s first take a walk down memory lane and see what some of the most popular cards of the 2016 holiday season were.

Top Holiday Cards of 2016:

Happy holidays snow card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Happy Holidays Snow Card by NB Paper Co

Holiday photo card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Counting our Blessings Holiday Photo Card by Orabella Prints

Merry Christmas photo card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Merry Christmas with Love Photo Holiday Greeting Card by Kat Parrella

Modern merry holiday card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Modern Merry Holiday Photo Card by Fine and Dandy Paperie

Snowflake holiday photo card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Snowflake Overlay Holiday Photo Card by Redwood & Vine

Holly wreath photo card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Watercolor Holly Wreath Merry Christmas Photo Card by Miss Tallulah Paperie

Happiest holidays photo collage card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Happiest Holidays Photo Collage Card by Plush Paper Design

Three photo holiday card - Top holiday card designs 2016

Merry Everything Red Script Photo Holiday Card by ohwhynotweddings

Here are 8 observations on why these cards were some of our best sellers:

  1. They utilized templates! If you haven’t heard us tell you before, Zazzle customers love templates. Why templates? Because it makes it easy for them to customize your design with their photo or text. If you don’t know how to use templates, make sure you check out our tutorial on the subject.
  2. These cards had clean, simple designs that focused more on the photos than on the designs. The cards place more prominence on the photos and the design elements are just supporting characters in the overall card.
  3. They used unified colors. Most of the top holiday cards focused on the holiday motif: red and white. Don’t be afraid to play up complementary colors as well, as long as they fit a unified theme.
  4. They played with lettering. Some used script, modern or a simple fonts, but they always looked great alongside their overall designs.
  5. The backs of the cards were also designed. Simple, complementary designs really help the back pop!
  6. They utilized good stock photos. All the photos that were used, showed clean, well-lit subject matters that looked great in the context of their cards.
  7. They used different messaging, not just ‘Merry Christmas.’
  8. Each had good keywords when the designs were added for sale. They accurately described the design and the intent for each card.

We’re so excited for this holiday season to be the best yet, and we hope you all are already thinking of the new designs you’ll create!

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4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

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Tis the season for white elephant gift exchanges. It’s a fantastic way to add even more fun to a Christmas party. There is gift grabbing, gift stealing, the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. If you’ve recently been invited to a party where a white elephant gift exchange is taking place and aren’t sure what you should bring here are 4 fun white elephant gift ideas you can find right here on Zazzle!

Magnets – Whether it’s for kids’ drawings, coupons, pictures, or reminder notes, magnets make a great gift.

This design is great when you want to be really obvious:

I’m a White Elephant Gift Magnet - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

I’m a White Elephant Gift Magnet

This one is very helpful for the forgetful guests that attend your party!

Clean/Dirty Dishes Magnet - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Clean/Dirty Dishes Magnet

How about helping someone get a head start on 2017?

2017 Calendar Magnet - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

2017 Calendar Magnet

Dartboards – A quick way to pass the time when hanging out with friends, dartboards would make a great white elephant gift, especially with a fun design!

Help others make that very important decision in their lives.

Executive Decision Dartboard - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Executive Decision Dartboard

A compass might help guide their shot to the bullseye.

Compass Dartboard - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Compass Dartboard

Because there be dragons about!

Dragon and Flames Dartboard - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Dragon and Flames Dartboard

Headphones & Speakers – Music sooths the savage beast. Music makes miracles. Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. There are many quotes about the greatness of music, so help someone feel this greatness with headphones or a portable speaker.

What the fox am I listening to?!?

Origami Fox Headphones - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Origami Fox Headphones

When you want someone to remember that it’s not all about that bass!

Staff and Treble Clef Headphones - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Staff and Treble Clef Headphones

This design says it all.

Blue Peace Sign Portable Speaker - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Blue Peace Sign Portable Speaker

Music can create whole universes in someone’s head.

Colorful Nebula Portable Speaker - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Colorful Nebula Portable Speaker

Scarves – A wonderful clothing accessory that can accentuate the neck while keeping it warm. A scarf is the perfect winter gift.

You may want to plan on stealing this one for yourself during the game!

Angel Wings and Halos Scarf - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Angel Wings and Halos Scarf

“Not my gumdrop buttons!”

Gingerbread Man Scarf - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Gingerbread Man Scarf

What a groovy gift!

Keep Calm and Dance On Scarf - 4 Fun White Elephant Gift Ideas

Keep Calm and Dance On Scarf

You are now ready to head to the party with the best white elephant gift in tow. Happy exchanging!

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Interview with Holiday Design Contest Winner Jen Gebrosky

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Congrats to Jen Gebrosky, winner of the 2016 Holiday Card Design Contest! We sat down with the longtime Zazzle maker and designer and owner of Blush Paper Co. to talk about current trends and the inspiration for her winning Colorblock Merry Collection.

1. Tell us about your inspiration for the color block collection?

My kids, actually. They have some neat colorblock scarves, so that’s kind of where it came from. It’s a really simple design and I picked some easy text I thought would be relatable in a couple different color schemes.

2. In addition to cards, what products are available in this design?

Since I’m primarily a wedding stationer, one of my biggest pitches to a bride is branding from top to bottom. There are matching labels, stickers and address labels. I also did a mug, tea towel and throw pillow. I’m seeing a big trend toward personalized gifts, so I wanted to be able to incorporate the fun colors along with the font and the cheerful sayings.

3. What trends are you seeing in the stationery world?

For weddings, I’m seeing lots of sages and blushes. Fall brides are getting into grays and purples. I’m also seeing a movement toward more classic and traditional pieces that can be embellished with fonts or different printing techniques. I’m also getting a lot of requests for foil and letterpress and things with monograms. It’s a huge movement from the big floral and watercolor pieces I’ve been doing. Now, less is more.

4. What are some of your favorite Zazzle products to design for?

I’m loving the mugs and tote bags because they’re so versatile. My address stamps are really great gifts for the holidays and Mother’s Day. I love the new clutches — those are really fun. I love anything that can be personalized.

Colorblock postage stamp - Holiday design contest winner

Colorblock Postage Stamp

5. What’s #1 on your wish list this year?

We just moved into a new home and we’ve been slowly getting great pieces for the house, so I would say that something fantastic for the house that the whole family would enjoy. Something personal.

7. Favorite holiday movie?

A Christmas Story.

8. What’s your favorite part about the holiday season?

Just the magic of it. My parents made Christmas so much fun and so magical growing up and it’s just become even bigger and better once I had my own kids.

Colorblock monogrammed sticker - Holiday design contest winner

Colorblock Monogrammed Sticker

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Welcome to our Holiday Gift Guide!

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la!

The Holidays are upon us and so is the anxiety of finding the perfect gift for those you love. Gift giving is meant to be a joy and Zazzle is here to make your search easier and much more fun. Zazzle’s 2016 Holiday gift guides to the rescue!

Photo Gifts

Memories of the year gone by, immortalized on Zazzle’s photo gifts! These are perfect for family and are sure to spread sunshine through the coming year.

Throw blanket - Holiday gift guide

 

Throw Blanket

Coffee mug - Holiday gift guide

Coffee Mug

Phone case - Holiday gift guide

Phone Case

Calendar - Holiday gift guide

Calendar

Shop all Photo Gifts here!

Monogrammed Gifts

Monograms as a fashion statement date back to Ancient Greece and they continue to remain trendy. All the more reason to get your favorite friend, colleague, or cousin a gift with their own personal brand on it.

Luggage tag - Holiday gift guide

Luggage Tag

Metal mug - Holiday gift guide

16 oz. Metal Mug

Blanket scarf - Holiday gift guide

Blanket Scarf

Laptop sleeve - Holiday gift guide

Laptop Sleeve

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Gifts to Tickle the Funny bone

The office joker or the friend who cracks you up, we’ve got you covered with a selection of Funny Gifts that will keep them laughin’ all the way!

Water bottle - Holiday gift guide

Water Bottle

Golf ball - Holiday gift guide

Golf Balls

Nerd phone case - Holiday gift guide

Phone Case

Pillow - Holiday gift guide

Pillow

Shop our collection of Funny Gifts here!

Artisan Gifts

And then there are those that value the carefully curated and specially crafted one-of-a-kind Artisan Gifts. Show them they are special with gifts made just for them.

Wood cutting board - Holiday gift guide

Wooden Cutting Board

Bracelet set - Holiday gift guide

Bracelet Set

Barbecue set - Holiday gift guide

Barbecue Set

Yoga mat - Holiday gift guide

Yoga Mat

Shop unique Artisan Gifts here!

Be sure to visit our complete Holiday Gift Guide for one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone, each made with love. Good luck at gifting and Happy Holidays from Zazzle!

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Tips & Inspiration for Setting a Unique Holiday Table

By • 8 months ago with one reply

Bone white china and fancy goblets … traditional table settings and linens are expected this time of year, but we’re here to tell you to dare to do the unexpected. Go rogue. Break the rules (even if it’s just a little bit). It’s the perfect opportunity to inject your personal style into your family’s holiday celebration. Here are a few ways you can be both fancy and fun at the holiday dinner table this year.

 Set paper plates worthy of your finest linens. It’ll be your jolliest cleanup yet.

White snowflakes paper plate - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

White Snowflakes Paper Plate

Christmas paper napkin - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Christmas Paper Napkin

 Choose a quirky tablecloth to offset traditional china. Grandma will love it.

Turkey tablecloth - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Turkey Tablecloth

Crossed arrows tablecloth - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Crossed Arrows Tablecloth

Red and yellow polka dot tablecloth - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Red and Golden Polka Dot Tablecloth

Mix and match traditional china with modern drinkware, serving ware and accessories. Who says tradition and originality can’t share the same table?

Christmas monogrammed napkin ring wrap - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Christmas Monogrammed Napkin Ring Wrap

Pink snowflake porcelain serving platter - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Pink Snowflake Porcelain Serving Platter

Dotted holiday porcelain serving platter - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Dotted Holiday Porcelain Serving Platter

Holiday pattern soup mug - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Holiday Pattern Soup Mug

Mix prints, patterns and designs throughout the table, from your tablecloth to each dish.

Merry Christmas y'all paper napkin - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Merry Christmas Y’all Paper Napkins

Christmas reindeer placemat - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Christmas Reindeer Placemat

Choose mismatched plates that make a statement.

Santa Claus riding sleigh soup mug - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Santa Claus Riding Sleigh Soup Mug

Eat, drink, and be merry dinner plate - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Eat Drink and Be Merry Dinner Plate

Merry and bright dinner plate - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Merry and Bright Dinner Plate

Joy porcelain plate - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Joy Porcelain Plate

 And when it comes to decorating beyond plates, napkins and linens, look beyond store-brought items and choose the unexpected. Wrap cinnamon sticks in twine to decorate each place setting. Use pinecones as centerpieces or tuck sprigs of holly into napkin rings.

Seasons greetings napkin band - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Seasons Greetings Napkin Band

Candy cane napkin bands - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Candy Cane Napkin Band

Put rosemary and sage into small galvanized buckets and place candles throughout the table.

Gold flameless candle - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Gold Flameless Candle

Joy holiday pillar candle - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Joy Holiday Pillar Candle

Holly and pine monogrammed pillar candle - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Holly and Pine Monogrammed Pillar Candle

Be whimsical.

Happy holidays plate with deer image - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Happy Holidays Plate with Deer

Monogrammed chevron Christmas tablecloth - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Monogrammed Chevron Christmas Tablecloth

Be bold.

Merry everything holiday placemat - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Merry Everything Holiday Placemat

Framed monogram paper napkin - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Framed Monogram Paper Napkins

Be yourself.

Monogrammed woodland holiday serving tray - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Monogrammed Woodland Holiday Serving Tray

Striped pattern Christmas placemat - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Striped Pattern Christmas Placemat

Wine glass - Setting a Unique Holiday Table

Wine Glass

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5 Ways to Make Your Holiday Card Stand Out

By • 8 months ago with one reply

Pretty soon everyone’s mailboxes will be overflowing with holiday cards. But your holiday card? Yours is going to stand out. You spent hours choosing the perfect, coordinated-but-not-too-matchy-matchy outfits. You scouted the most picturesque location and set up the merriest backdrop. And by some miracle you managed to get one shot of everyone looking at the camera, smiling. Now it’s time to bring it all together with the perfect card design. But if you really want your holiday card to scream, “Keep me on the fridge all year,” you’ll need to go the extra mile to make it shine.

1. Choose a custom envelope.

You can go classic white, or you can kick things up a notch and choose a bold color or liner. From gleaming glitter to cheery patterns, make a memorable first impression with a custom envelope.

Gold glitter envelope - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Gold Glitter Envelope

Festive Red Envelope - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Festive Red Envelope

Gold leaves envelope - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Gold Leaves Envelope

2. Show love with labels.

What’s outside your envelope should be as unique as what’s on the inside. Address the ones you love in one-of-a-kind style with custom address labels.

Rustic red holiday label - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Rustic Red Holiday Labels

Colorblocked address label - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Colorblocked Address Labels

3. Give it your stamp of approval.

And for your return address? Sign off in style with self-inking rubber stamps in hundreds of designs. Choose a holiday theme or select one to use throughout the year.

Deco flourish address label - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Deco Flourish Address Stamp

Snowflakes address label - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Snowflakes Address Stamp

4. Stick with originality.

What better way to complete your custom envelope than by sealing it with a personalized sticker?

Red monogrammed sticker - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Red Monogrammed Sticker

Merry and bright sticker - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Merry and Bright Sticker

5. Find postage with personality.

Stamps are a finishing touch that shouldn’t be overlooked. From custom photo stamps to monogram stamps, you’re sure to deliver a holiday card that will stand the test of time.

Blessed Christmas postage stamp - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Blessed Christmas Postage Stamp

Peace love joy holiday postage stamp - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Joy Peace Love Postage Stamp

Green monogrammed postage stamp - 5 ways to make your holiday card stand out

Green Monogrammed Postage Stamp

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