Ten Easy Tips for Making the Best Christmas Card Labels

Everyone loves seeing a new Christmas card in their mailbox and one of the first things people will notice is the mailing label. Make sure you have the best tools, templates and products for creating beautiful holiday labels with these ten simple and affordable tips.

A colorful array of holiday card envelopes festively decorated with customized holiday labels
Start with one of our many free holiday templates and customize to your taste. Larger shipping labels (Avery 15264) and wraparound address labels (Avery 22838) create a unique look and save time by having both the address and return address on a single label.

1) Use free holiday templates for Christmas card labels

Customize your own Christmas labels by starting with one of the free holiday templates in our collection. Choose from a wide variety of designs based on the latest trends and give it your own personal touch to make them perfect.

Every element in our designs can be moved, adjusted and customized so that you can create exactly what you need. Design & Print Online gives you an array of design tools to add your own images, edit text, change colors and more.

2) Save a step by using larger Christmas card labels for both addresses

Save time with a smart design. Instead of using a return address label and an address label, print both on a single large shipping label. Use one of our predesigned templates that feature both addresses or create your own by adding and moving text boxes in Design & Print Online.

Blue envelopes labeled with customized holiday designs fanned out on a white marble surface
Turn a long mailing list into a stack of printed labels using ADPO’s mail merge and Edit All functionality.

3) Create Christmas card address labels automatically with Mail Merge

Do you type out each address from your mailing list onto each individual label? If you do, we have amazing news for you: a mail merge can do that for you automatically.

All you need to get started is a spreadsheet with your mailing list like in this downloadable example. Then upload your list with the mail merge tool in Design & Print Online so that it can instantly create labels, cards and more. Take a look at our article on how to mail merge in Design & Print to find out more about this handy feature.

4) Create instant Christmas card return address labels with Edit All

Creating festive return address labels is especially easy with Design & Print Online's "Edit All" feature. Get started by browsing our collection of free return address templates and picking your favorite design. While you're in "Edit All" mode, type your return address on one label and our software will automatically apply those changes to the entire sheet.

Card envelopes decorated with personalized holiday labels in various shapes and sizes
Try a more elegant label silhouette with scalloped labels (Avery 94267). Set the tone with clear, kraft or foil label materials.

5) Add your own personality to your Christmas card labels

Along with the design you print on the label, the shape of the label can add more personality to your cards. Classic rectangle address labels can easily be replaced with square, round or oval labels for a more contemporary look. Wraparound address labels create a unique look and save time by having both the address and return address on a single label.

Also, who says that return address labels need to be a rectangle? It's recommended by the USPS to have a return address in the top left corner of your mail but it doesn't have to be a certain shape. You can use labels with scalloped edges, heart-shaped labels, starburst labels and more to take your envelopes to the next level.

You can also make a statement by choosing the right label material. Add some shine with glossy white labels. For a premium printed-on look, use glossy clear labels which virtually disappear on envelopes. A simple gold foil border adds a touch of elegance to this special time of year. Kraft brown labels are perfect for a more natural, rustic look.

Various types of mailing labels including address labels, shipping labels, round labels and wraparound labels with matching holiday label designs.
Apply your own custom holiday label designs across multiple shapes and sizes including shipping labels, round labels and even wraparound labels (Avery 22838).

6) Find every Christmas mailing label size, material and quantity you need

Whether you're shipping out gifts, cards, invitations or more, it's a good idea to take a survey of what size labels you’re going to need and prepare ahead of time. You can filter our mailing labels by size or shape to find exactly what you need to make your Christmas labels perfect.

Blank labels are also available in unique materials that are not available in stores. Check out all of our blank label materials here.  Best of all, you can order the exact number of blank label sheets you need by choosing the option for entering a custom quantity on Avery.com.

7) Get a coordinated look across all your Christmas labels

Our predesigned templates are often created with a full suite of products in mind to make it easier for you to create a coordinated custom look. Try browsing our holiday templates and filter the designs by categories, shapes and sizes to see how the same designs can be applied to different products.  

You can also create your own custom design and apply it to a suite of products by using the "Apply Design" feature in Design & Print Online. Take a look at our knowledge base article to learn more about how to use this feature.

A sheet of holiday address labels on a marble surface and kraft brown envelopes with full-bleed blue address labels.
Identify Sure Feed labels by the blue strips on the sheet, like on these address labels (Avery 8160). You can also have professionally printed full bleed designs using our WePrint service.

8) Print from home with ease using Sure Feed®

We all know that our home and office printers aren't perfect. They can jam, sheets can slip and your projects end up paying the price. That's why we invented a proprietary new technology called Sure Feed to provide extra grip as the sheet passes through the printer to help prevent jams and misalignments.

9)  Let us print it for you with WePrint

Although print-to-the-edge full bleed designs are beautiful, they can also use more of your printer ink than you're expecting. Save your printer ink and have someone else print your Christmas card labels for you with our WePrint printing service.

Our expert team can custom print your labels to be perfectly aligned and ship them to you. All you need to do is create and submit your design to us and we'll take it from there. With WePrint we can even print your greeting cards, postcards, gift tags and much more.

10) Check the mailing cutoff dates

Make sure your Christmas cards are sent out on time by paying attention to the holiday shipping deadlines for your mail carrier. Shipping cutoff dates can vary depending on the mailing service and the shipping speed you choose so it's a good idea to check these as early as possible.

Products Used in This Article

1" x 2-5/8" Address Labels with Sure Feed (5160 / 94200)
1" x 2-5/8" Glossy Clear Address Labels (6521 / 94200)
3-1/3" x 4" TrueBlock® Shipping Labels with Sure Feed (15264 / 94215)
2" Round Glossy White Labels (22807 / 94501)
2" Round Matte White with Metallic Gold Border Labels (22876)
2" Square Labels (22806 / 94107)
2" x 3" Blank Scalloped Rectangle Labels (94267)
7-17/20" x 1-3/4" Wraparound Labels (22838)
1.5" x 2.5" Oval Glossy White Labels (22804 / 94051)

Templates Used in This Article

3-1/3" x 4" Holiday Templates
2" Round Holiday Templates
2" Square Holiday Templates
2" x 3" Scalloped Rectangle Holiday Templates
1" x 2-5/8" Holiday Templates
7-17/20" x 1-3/4" Holiday Templates
1.5" x 2.5" Oval Holiday Templates