Christmas is oh-so close and I’m one of those people who gets oh-so excited. I get excited by the music. I get excited by the decorations. I even get excited by wrapping presents. Do you hate wrapping presents? I will wrap yours. You can pay me in gingerbread. Something that I’ve been trying to do more and more each Christmas is either shop locally for gifts, or support small and independent makers and artists through my Christmas shopping. Not only does this help out an ace creative person, but it means that the people I’m buying for get something pretty unique too. In the spirit of this, I started seeing some pretty unique Christmas cards popping up from some of my favourite artists (who I’m totally creatively crushing on). Every time I’d see one of these, it would make me think of a person in my life who would get a giggle from that particular card. How nice is it when you get a card that you know was picked especially for you? So much nicer than those generic Christmas cards. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite artists who are making some pretty quirky cards that I think could help you find something truly unique for almost anyone in your life, while support some amazing creatives in the process:
- Luka Va, aka Surfing Sloth, is an illustrator and designer from Lithuania, now based in Melbourne, and has all your quirky Christmas card needs covered. Christmas tree on a skateboard? Check. Slightly surprised wombat with reindeer antlers? Check. My personal favourite is the jaws Christmas card, that I just couldn’t help buying at the recent Finders Keepers market. To be honest, I’m probably not even going to send it to anyone. Merry Christmas to me. It just makes me so endlessly happy. It’s silly and nonsensical and Christmassy and that is my favourite combination of things. Visit Luka’s Etsy store by clicking here.
- Emma Block is a UK based illustrator whose drawings often include very stylish ladies, which gets my tick of approval. I also really enjoy following her on Instagram, as she posts lots works in progress and extremely endearing vlogs via Insta stories. She currently has a set of four stunning Christmas cards with a slightly vintage flair to them available in her Etsy store (click here). Just charming.
- Wally Paper Co has you covered for cards for your cynical friends with a slightly twisted sense of humour. Illustrated in Melbourne by Wally Paper Co’s Beck (I met Beck earlier this year, and she’s an ace lady), these cards feature a rather non-tradtiaional array of characters on the front, accompanied by frankly, sometimes inappropriate messages such as ‘Let’s drink Santa into existence.’ Let’s be honest, we all feel that way a little bit around Christmas, which is why Wally Paper Co’s cards are bizarrely perfect. You can see more of the weirdness and wonderfulness by clicking here.
- Confession – the number of Christmas jumpers I own borders on embarrassing (three… that seems like too many for someone who lives in the Southern hemisphere). Fortunately, I own a perfectly not-embarrassing number of dogs (One. Which never seems like enough dogs to me, but there you go). Anyway, this is all a long winded way of saying that I think UK illustrator Sara Rhys‘s dogs-in-Christmas-jumpers cards are the bee’s knees. Or the dog’s jumpers. Regardless, if you’re also a fan of festively dressed canines, you can pre-order Sara’s cards by clicking here.
- Sydney based artist Nana Sakata, aka Smoky Bunny only has one Christmas card on offer this year, but it’s so joyous, it might just be the only one we need. I defy you to find two hedgehogs anywhere more filled with Christmas cheer! You can pick up this super cute card by clicking here, and the rest of Nana’s Etsy store is well worth a browse if you have any art or illustration lovers on your Christmas list.
Did you get excited by any of the cards on this list? Where do you get your Christmas cards from? Or maybe you don’t go in for the Christmas thing so much, but your appreciate awesome illustrators. That’s great too! I’d love to hear from you, so don’t be shy to say hello in the comments 🙂