25 Amazing Christmas Cards Without Photos

Christmas is coming! Prepare yourself for the cards to start pouring in soon enough. And if you haven’t been keeping up with the family on Instagram — you’re about to be up with the times. Many of your family and friends will likely be sending your Christmas cards showcasing their lovely faces. Some may choose to put a photo of their kids and new borns and while still others will showcase their newest puppies (and we’re so not sorry about that). And while these cards will be as delightful as any — you’d prefer something that requires a little less photo editing. Didn’t take any family photos this year? Or perhaps you’re just not interested in sharing it with the world. Or better yet, there are specific people on your Christmas cards list that you’d rather just send a card without showcasing your family’s photo. Maybe you’d just like a Christmas card with a classic scene. Whatever your reasoning to forego the photo Christmas cards this year and opt for one without photos — we’ve got quite the list for you.


Everything from adorable puppy Christmas cards to hand painted Elfs who love to smile — this list of Christmas cards without photos is about to blow you out of the water. You’re welcome.

1. A pug & some mistletoe.

If you can’t gift someone you love an adorable little pug — this card by Quill & Fox will have to do. If you can stop staring at it that is.

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2. The Nutcracker

The perfect card for the friend that likes to crack jokes.

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3. A Little Yellow Buggy & A Tree

It doesn’t get more perfect than a classic Christmas card like this. We love this hand painted illustration by Forage Paper Co.

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4. Trim Those Trees

This adorable illustration from There Will Be Cake is so good your friends and family may just frame it. It looks like it belongs in a classic children’s book.

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5. A lovely Merry Christmas indeed

If you’re searching for the perfect combination of classic Christmas Card and a little pizzazz — this card by Clap Clap is your go to. We love the bright red against the subtle pink and the bursts of green.

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6. Good Ole’ St. Nick

A classic look by the classic Rifle Paper Co.

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7. Puppy Christmas

This Christmas card by Leveret Paperie is perfect for the dog lover in your life. The design simultaneously exudes charm and joy. Just try and not smile while looking at it — impossible!

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8. Plaid Christmas

When you want to get festive, but not too festive.

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9. A Very Red Merry Christmas

For that friend that appreciates stellar typography.

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10. Christmas Trees

Simply cute. Love the snowflake dots, the tiny tree outlines and the hand lettered font.

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11. Peace on Earth

In the classic Hello Paper Co. style — this Peace of Earth card is simple and bold all at once.

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12. An Elf’s Favorite

If you want to make everyone on your Christmas list smile uncontrollably — this E. Frances card should be your go to. Seriously, how cute is this water color?!

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13. Pizza Tree

For the pizza lover friend on your list (aka everyone). Pretty much the opposite of the classic Christmas card.

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14. A Cat Christmas

For the feline-obsessed (also see: Cat Greeting Cards).

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15. All the Cookies

Nothing says Christmas quite like festive cookies! This card might just inspire the recipient to bake some cookies… And share them with you.

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16. I Got Ho’s [ho hos]

For the friend that likes a good pun (and an adorable illustration). This hipster Santa by Bench Pressed will surely brighten someone’s day.

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17. All I want for Christmas

At least you’re being honest.

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18. Merry & Bright [and boozy]

Who knew booze could look so pretty?! We love this design by There Will Be Cake.

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19. Peace on Earth

A lovely blue themed Christmas Card for someone special.

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20. Krampus is coming to town

For the German friend(s) & family in your life.

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21. Feliz Navidad Llama

Could this card BE any more adorable?!

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22. Oh Holy Night

This Silent Night Christmas card is so incredibly lovely. If you’re going for something with a little more elegance this year — this card will be perfect.

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23. Custom Season’s Greetings

While there are many customizable Christmas cards to choose from — most of them are also photo template cards. This non-photo Christmas card allows you to customize the bottom with your family name — or really whatever you’d like.

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24. A Classy Christmas

Another classic Rifle Paper Co. You really can’t go wrong with this beautiful design.

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25. Tis’ the Season to Be Jolly

We love the blue background of this beautiful Christmas ornament card by One Canoe Two.

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26. Green Christmas

For those lucky folks that live in a warm climate this green Christmas card would be perfect. We love all the lush greenery illustrated by Small Adventure.

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Alrighty — who’s psyched for Christmas?!

We hope this list of non photo Christmas cards has inspired you to think outside the norm. While we adore a good photo Christmas card (or three) there’s something really special about these cards and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. And remember — who says you gotta just pick one?! You can always send your family a Christmas card showcasing your latest family photos while sending your friends something that will induce a little giggle.

Checkout all the Christmas cards here.