10 Corporate Christmas Cards Ideas to send an Awesome Message this Year

Laura Iancu
Laura Iancu | 5 min read

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Christmas in the corporate world is about more than just the perfect office party or Secret Santa prezzies that'll end up under aunt Robin's tree next year. The end of the business year is about appreciation, celebration, and consolidating bonds.

And what better way to celebrate the passing of another business year than with a big thank you from the heart?

According to Victoria & Albert Museum records, the first ever Holiday Card was designed by John Callcott Horsley in 1843, as a solution to answering the mountains of letters piling up during Christmas in one go.First Holiday Card ever recorded, currently part of the Victoria and Albert Museum in LondonThis moment in time coincided with the introduction of many german traditions, such as the decorated Christmas tree by Prince Albert, and with it, a boom in the commercialisation of the holiday.

Since then, the Christmas card has been multipurposed and is now part of the best practices of every reputable company. How did such a personal tradition move into the corporate world you wonder? Together, we'll explore the ins and outs of corporate Christmas cards and build the bigger picture. Let's start with the why.

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Table of contents

  1. Why should you send corporate Christmas cards
  2. The best tools to create your own corporate Christmas cards
  3. How to create a corporate holiday card in Packhelp's Design Studio
  4. How to say thank you as you mean it with the 10 best corporate holiday card ideas

Why should you send a corporate Christmas card this year

  • Gratitude - a well-written corporate holiday card will express and validate the business bond you've created with your employees or partners throughout the year. 
  • Personal touch - sending a physical card rather than sending an email feels more authentic, even in the corporate world.
  • Branding - a corporate holiday card is a neutral and non-business way of showcasing your company and staying top-of-mind at the same time.
  • Connecting/reconnecting  - consolidates your current business relationships and reminds your old partners that you're still in the game and willing to work together. 

What's the best tool to create corporate Christmas cards?

There is a variety of paid design apps and services that can be used to create basic to more complex mock-ups. There is no best tool, but the right tool for you. It's essential you choose the feel based on the level of your design XP bar and what you want from your project. 

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Best tools for beginners

You can easily create your holiday card design with a low to no design experience by choosing a simple tool such as Design Studio or Canva

For example, you can confidently use our service to order ready-made corporate Christmas cards. The same goes for custom-made Christmas cards since our Design Tool allows you to design from scratch or use Christmas card templates.

You can obtain a similar service from a tool such as Canva. The significant difference between Packhelp's Design Studio and Canva is that we offer both the product and the service. Also, it's worth mentioning that the graphic elements in Canva are paid for by the item, which can prove costly. In other words, when you choose the Packhelp Design Studio, you can order corporate Christmas cards from 30 pieces with your custom design at no extra cost.

If you choose one of our Christmas card templates, you pay a modest amount as a thank-you gesture to the designer who created the template.

We can't deny that Canva has significantly more patterns and graphic elements than DS at the moment; in other words, if our templates don't tickle your imagination, you can always combine the two. Use Canva to create your mock-up and DS to print and order your packaging. 

Best tools for advanced 

If your ideas require multiple graphic element layerings, working with vectors, or a more complex project, the Adobe Cloud Suite is the answer for you. The most popular tool to create custom corporate holiday cards in their offer is, you guessed it, Photoshop, closely followed by Illustrator

The cloud suite works in a subscription format and is more appropriate for intermediate to experienced designers. It's worth the investment if your company works internally with a team of designers.

To create corporate Christmas cards, you'll need to work out all the technicalities, including the required dimensions, print resolution, etc. Where essential tools come with these options already integrated, you'll have to research and write them manually in Photoshop and Illustrator. photoshop user interface

These tools have rudimentary mobile versions on the App Store and Google Play which can seem tempting if you're on the go. They're fun to play with, but that's about it.

We recommend skipping mobile altogether and creating on a desktop for a high-quality result. The UI (user interface) and design options on mobile are often limited to preserve resources and not overcrowd the small screen. For this reason, it compromises the quality and increases human error when designing on a mobile device. 

All in all, a user-friendly design tool such as Packhelp's Design Studio is all you need. for something as basic as designing corporate Christmas cards.

How to create a corporate holiday card design in Packhelp Studio

You can create a corporate holiday card in Packhelp's Design Studio in under 10 clicks. Can you believe it? It's that easy. Follow these steps:

1. Go to the shop and select Thank You Cards (or just click on the image below)

Full-colour personalised thank you cards with mailer box and package

2. Select your desired size (3 available options in both landscape and portrait)Select a size window for thank you cards3. Select the quantity (starting from 30 pcs, excellent for small businesses) 

select quantity bar

4. Select the material colour (full-colour print on kraft or white cardboard)

material colour bar

5. Click on customised design (this click will take you to the Design Studio)

customise design bar

6. Scroll down and browse Christmas Templates and select your favourite

Packhelp design studio user interface for thank you cards

7. Click on both front and back and review the copy (feel free to get creative)

front and back buttons

8. Review, purchase and ta-da! You've reached your cards in under 10 clicks

1. Ready-made corporate Christmas cards with your logo

This double-sided design is created by Packhelp using biodegradable materials sourced sustainably and locally. The all-natural template comes with a printed message and a logo placeholder so that you can order in less than a minute

If you're feeling creative, you can further personalise this corporate card template or even leave one side blank for a handwritten message. 

Double-sided kraft holiday card - front
© Packhelp

Double-sided kraft holiday card - back
© Packhelp

Why do we like it: 

 Design All-natural cardboard, festive & customisable
 Materials 100% recyclable cardstock, biodegradable & made in the EU
 Message Ready-made, short & sweet copy or write your own

Fancy this mock-up? Click to open it in our Design Studio!

2. Minimalistic corporate Christmas cards 

This double-sided design is created by Packhelp using biodegradable materials sourced sustainably and locally. It comes with simple lines, a logo placeholder on the front, and a customisable message on the back.

And if you wonder what to write in business Christmas cards, scroll through our templates for inspiration.

Minimalistic corporate christmas card model - front
© Packhelp

Minimalistic corporate christmas card model - back
© Packhelp

Why do we like it: 

 Design White cardboard, festive & customisable
 Materials 100% recyclable cardstock, biodegradable & made in the EU
 Message Custom, short & meaningful message

Do you like this design? Click to edit in our Design Studio!

3. Christmas party invitation

This double-sided design is created by Packhelp using biodegradable materials sourced sustainably and locally. It comes with simple lines, a logo placeholder on the front, and a customisable message on the back.

Christmas office party invitation mock-up - front
© Packhelp

Christmas office party invitation mock-up - back
© Packhelp

Why do we like it: 

 Design White cardboard, festive & customisable
 Materials 100% recyclable cardstock, biodegradable and made in Europe
 Message Custom, short & meaningful message

Fancy this mock-up? Take it for a spin in our Design Studio!

4. Rustic corporate holiday cards for a more traditional vibe

This double-sided design is created by Packhelp using biodegradable materials sourced sustainably and locally. This all-natural design looks fantastic on simple kraft cardboard but can also be printed on white paper.

The graphic elements chosen are simple yet eye-catchy and evoke a traditional holiday. Everything can be customised along with the colour scheme, fonts, etc. 

Rustic corporate christmas card model - front
© Packhelp

Rustic corporate christmas card model - back
© Packhelp

Why do we like it: 

 Design Kraft cardboard, all-natural & customisable
 Materials 100% recyclable cardstock, biodegradable and made in Europe
 Message Custom, short & meaningful message

Do you like this design? Take it for a spin in Studio!

5. Geometric patterns on white paper

This double-sided design is created by Packhelp using biodegradable materials sourced sustainably and locally. It comes with simple lines, a logo placeholder on the front, and a customisable message on the back.

Geometric corporate Christmas card model - front
© Packhelp

Geometric corporate Christmas card model - back
© Packhelp

Why do we like it: 

 Design White cardboard base, geometric print
 Materials 100% recyclable cardstock, biodegradable and made in Europe
 Message Custom, short & meaningful message

Fancy this mock-up? Click to open in our Design Studio!

6. Digital templates for DIY Christmas cards

Sending a digital template for a DIY Christmas card isn't the most conventional way to send your season greetings to your employees and partners. However, the way you choose to share them can send a heartfelt message: "time to be with your loved ones".

You can choose to print as many as you like or send personalised emails with instructions and the digital template. These holiday card templates are very fun to make from scratch. Plus, it's a one-time buy and can be sent to everybody with the click of a button.

Digital template for DIY stand-up holiday cards

Why do we like it: 

 Design Evergreen forest on green paper
 Materials All you need is coloured paper

7. Plant a tree certificate instead of a corporate Christmas card

According to the most recent statistics, 120 million Christmas trees are being cut yearly (not including illegal activities). Planting trees for Christmas to replace the ones we cut sounds like a somewhat fair exchange, right?

Our partner, One Tree Planted, is one of the NGOs that offer such services at a corporate level. You can plant an individual sapling for each employer or send an entire forest if you'd like.

Plant a tree certificate mock-up by One Tree Planted
© One Tree Planted

Why do we like it: 

 Design Custom - you can choose a background image
 Materials No resources are needed; this is an electronic card
 Message Custom, short & meaningful message

8. Seed paper corporate Christmas cards 

The all-natural design is created by Ruby & Bo using biodegradable materials sourced sustainably and locally. This brand supports an endangered craft (papermaking), feeds the bees, and plants more trees!Corporate christmas cards made from seed paper

Why do we like it: 

 Design All-natural
 Materials Biodegradable seed-paper
 Message Custom handwritten text for a more personalised approach, most suitable for start-ups and small businesses

9. When in doubt, meme your way out of it

A comical holiday card in the business world often comes packed with memes. If you don't know where to start, remember that the most popular memes for corporate Christmas cards are inspired by TV series like "The Office", "Brooklyn 99", and "Friends".

Finding the perfect meme might be a bit more complex, so you might want to involve your culture team on this one to be on the safe side.

Corporate Christmas cards design with memes

Why do we like it: 

 Design Custom, caricature, memes
 Materials 100% recyclable cardstock, biodegradable & made in Europe
 Message Meme text, funny and relatable

Make your own!

10. Go the extra mile with a gift card

Nothing quite says thank you like a voucher. If your company can afford this, why not slip a gift card in the envelope? You can go as far as designing your own using Packhelp's Studio. All you have to do is choose the size and sprinkle a bit of holiday spirit.

Design your own Christmas gift cards here

Back to you

There is no quicker and more pocket-friendly way to send appreciation to your employees and business partners than a corporate Christmas card. We might go as far as saying it's best practice to do it.

Creating your branded Christmas card designs is now accessible with a click of a button and requires low to zero design experience. Why not spread some of the holiday joy in 3,2,1...

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