Last-Minute Holiday Cards

Don’t worry, there’s still a way to get your holiday cards done and in the mailbox fast!

The last eight months have all blurred together, suddenly the calendar says December, 1st and you haven’t taken a family photo, let alone made holiday cards.

That’s totally okay. We’re all in the same boat and there’s still a way to create holiday cards at the last minute that won’t look rushed or sloppy. We’ll show you how to create gorgeous cards in just minutes, get address labels done faster and get everything printed faster, too. 

predesigned avery templates for holiday cards created in minutes shown on a white background with festive holiday greenery and decor
Quickly get your holiday cards out the door with pre-designed templates for greeting cards, postcards and note cards. Recreate these cards at home using printable notecards for inkjet printers (Avery 8315) or laser printers (Avery 5315)

Create gorgeous, personalized holiday cards in just minutes with Avery templates

Just because you don’t have time to design holiday cards from scratch, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the picked-through boxed cards left at the store. Avery templates make it easy to just click, customize, save and go.

Start by picking one of our pre-designed holiday card templates. Filters on the page let you quickly view designs for postcards, greeting cards or note cards. Whether you’re just choosing a preference or matching printable supplies you already have on hand, it’s easy to view all the designs at a glance.

Next, customize the text and add your own images. If you haven’t taken a professional family photo, no need to stress— that adorable pic of your kids in the blanket fort you helped them build is perfect! Save your holiday card design and it’s ready to print.

If you’re really feeling like you won’t make it in time for the December holidays, go ahead and make it a New Year’s card instead. Our free New Year’s templates that are just as easy to use.

holiday cards decorated with avery templates for Christmas card labels in various shapes and sizes all shown on a white background with festive holiday accents
Printing your holiday card address labels is faster than writing by hand and it makes your last-minute cards look like they were planned out months ahead.

Get neat, festive address labels for your holiday cards done faster

Writing out addresses by hand – and trying to do it quickly – will likely turn to scribbles by the end. Creating printed address labels for your holiday cards using our predesigned holiday label templates is a great hack for getting them done fast without it looking sloppy.

Did you know there’s even a way to autofill your holiday card address labels? That’s exactly what the mail merge tool in our

Basically you start with a spreadsheet of your addresses, which you can quickly type up, or import from digital contact lists. Then click the Mail Merge/Data Import button in Avery Design & Print and it fills your label sheet with addresses.

For detailed instructions, check out this short (under 3 minutes) video tutorial for using Mail Merge/Data Import or a step-by-step mail merge instructions with pictures.

Easy ways to get your holiday cards & labels printed faster

Keeping a supply of printable blank cards and address labels at home is super helpful. Printing holiday cards at home is a convenient way to create custom cards on your own, and helpful tips like how to make the best Christmas card labels help you pull the whole project together.

If you’re already stocked up, you can print out your holiday cards and labels and have them in the mail the same day. If you’re short on supplies, try custom-printed cards instead. You can get quality professionally-printed holiday cards and labels shipped in three business days using our WePrint service.

Custom printing is a fantastic hassle-free option for getting holiday cards done fast, especially if your designs include photos or saturated colors. With professional services the print quality is guaranteed. There’s no need to adjust printer settings or replace ink because it’s all taken care of for you. 

Find more holiday help so you can relax and enjoy the season too

The holiday rush can be overwhelming at times. While it’s understandable to want to do your best to make holiday magic for your loved ones, it’s important to remember that you deserve to relax and enjoy yourself too.

If you’re running out of time (or energy) to finish up shopping for extended family and friends, get your list sorted with gifts you can get done fast. Try our list of thoughtful last-minute gifts or browse our list of 12 quick and easy DIY gift ideas for inspiration.

You’re not in this alone. Find the help you need to conquer any project with our helpful resource page, or contact our Customer Care Center directly.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to give yourself some grace— your holiday cards don’t have to be perfect, your gifts don’t have to expensive. At the end of the day, your family and friends just want to hear from you and be reassured that your family is happy and healthy.

Holiday card supplies featured in this article

Blank holiday card supplies that work with both laser and inkjet printers:
Matte white 1" x 2-5/8" address labels (by the sheet 94200)
Glossy white 1" x 2-5/8" address labels (by the sheet 94200)
3-1/3" x 4" matte white TrueBlock® shipping labels (by the package 15264 / by the sheet 94215)
2" x 4" matte white TrueBlock® shipping labels (by the sheet 94207)
2" x 4" Glossy clear shipping labels (by the package 6522 / by the sheet 94207)
Wraparound address labels, 7-17/20" x 1-3/4" (by the package 22838 / by the sheet 94232)
2” round glossy white labels (by the package 22807 / by the sheet 94501)
2” round gold-bordered white labels (by the package 22876)
Oval glossy white labels, 1.5" x 2.5" (by the package 22804 / by the sheet 94051)
2" square glossy white labels (by the package 22816 / by the sheet 94107)
2" square Kraft brown labels (by the package 22846 / by the sheet 94107)

Use these if you’re printing holiday cards on a laser printer:
Matte white note cards 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (5315)
Matte white 1" x 2-5/8" address labels (by the package 5160)
Glossy white 1" x 2-5/8" address labels (by the package 6525)
2" x 4" matte white TrueBlock® shipping labels (by the package 5263)

Use these if you’re printing at holiday cards on an inkjet printer:
Matte white note cards for inkjet printers, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (8315)
Matte white 1" x 2-5/8" address labels (by the package 8160)
2" x 4" TrueBlock® shipping labels (by the package 8163)
Gold foil mailing labels 3/4" x 2-1/4"(by the package 8987)