Whether you’re buying one or one hundred, it can be challenging to find a holiday card that you’re proud to sign. Hopefully, you have a wonderful local shop with tons of unique holiday card designs to choose from. In case you don’t, we’ve picked some unusual (mostly handmade) card designs that we like.

Don’t see anything you like? Etsy is a great place to buy one-of-a-kind or limited edition handmade items and several of our choices feature Etsy artists.

photo of holiday card with border Collie with Christmas lights

Great combination of black and white artwork with colored accent on this Christmas card. My Sheltie would NEVER allow us to put this on his head.
(I know because we’ve already unsuccessfully tried reindeer antlers!)
photo of holiday card with christmas Pig

Fun letterpress Christmas card of a ham.

photo of holiday card with menorah

Quirky Happy Hanukkah card design. Shout out to card designers—there are very few decently designed Hannukah cards.

photo of holiday card with menorah

Clever, cartoon-like illustration that converts Chicago skyline into a menorah for this Hannukah card.

photo of holiday card for new year's 2015

Want to be politically correct? Send a New Year’s Card instead. We love this colorful typographic treatment.
photo of pop up holiday card with trees and snow

Not sure if this popup Happy Holidays card is still available, but really appreciate the popup design.

photo of holiday card with joy Letterpress type

Red on white letterpress holiday card with simple caption, “Joy.”

photo of holiday card with New York City Pop up Moma

If you want to send something special to a favorite client, think about this popup Happy New Year’s card from the MOMA gift store.

photo of holiday card designed by artist Roxie Johnson

Hudson Valley printmaker Roxie Johnson creates a custom holiday card every year that’s worthy of framing!

photo of holiday card with red sweater

This letterpress holiday card of a sweater is available in red or green.

photo of holiday card with three red birds

The perfect holiday card for bird lovers, this handmade gem features three fanciful red birds.

photo of holiday card with vintage American in Paris illustration

Prefer a retro holiday card? This beautifully executed design recalls the look of an old timee airmail card.



photo of holiday card with happy Holiday Lights

Here’s a holiday card that shows a sense of humor.

photo of holiday card with nuts and plants

Food and holidays go hand in hand! This Christmas tree made of seasonal foods and leaves is a classic graphic design that will never go out of date.