How to Create Stunning Last-Minute Holiday Cards

Last minute christmas cards and holiday cards

Finish your holiday cards and get them in the mailbox fast

After September hits, Halloween comes sooner than you think, and suddenly November whizzes by in a blur. The calendar says December 1st, and you haven’t even taken a family photo. Never fear, there’s still a way to create holiday cards at the last minute that won’t look rushed or sloppy. With Avery products and free tools, you can create stunning holiday cards in just minutes. You’ll get your address labels and printing done faster, too.

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Last minute holiday cards made with Avery predesigned templates and printable cards. The Christmas cards are shown on a white background with wooden stars, cinnamon sticks and walnuts arranged with festive white Christmas lights.
Personalize our free holiday card templates in just minutes! You can even add your own photos.

Create gorgeous, personalized holiday cards in just minutes

You may not have time to design holiday cards from scratch. However, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the picked-through boxes of cards left at the store. Avery templates make it easy to just click, customize, save, and go.

Start by picking one of our predesigned 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 for Avery cards, labels, tags are just as easy to use.

Print your holiday card address labels to make 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. Instead, create printed address labels for your holiday cards using our predesigned holiday label templates. It’s a great hack for getting them done quickly without looking sloppy.

Did you know? There’s even a way to quickly autofill your holiday card address labels. The Mail Merge tool in our free online software pulls your addresses from any spreadsheet.
Check out his video tutorial for importing data using Mail Merge in Avery Design and Print Online.

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 and Print Online, and it fills your label sheet with addresses.

For detailed instructions, check out the short video tutorial above or this article with step-by-step Mail Merge instructions, which includes pictures.

How to print your holiday cards & labels faster

If you have printable blank cards and address labels on hand, you can quickly print your holiday cards and labels and have them in the mail the same day. Use our helpful tips for how to make the best Christmas card labels to pull the whole project together.

If you’re short on supplies or using designs with photos or saturated colors, try custom-printed cards instead. When you order our professionally printed holiday cards and labels, they ship in as few as three business days with our WePrint® service.

When you’re making last-minute holiday cards, our custom printing service is the perfect option. Because print quality is guaranteed, this is especially important if your designs include photos or saturated colors. There’s no need to adjust printer settings or replace ink because it’s all taken care of for you. 

Finish your holiday cards faster and enjoy the season

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

Just add your photo to predesigned Avery templates to create personalized holiday cards in minutes. Discover how quick addressing envelopes can be with Mail Merge. Print your cards using our professional printing service and take advantage of our fast turnaround and exceptional print quality.

Don’t worry if you get stuck; you’re not in this alone. Find the help you need to conquer any project with the online Avery Help Center, or give our Customer Care Center a call.