Posted: Dec 10, 2013 9:00 AM
 
It's that time of year again! Time to spend hours upon hours poring over potential Christmas card designs. We've narrowed down some of 2013's hottest Christmas card trends, at every price point, so that you can get back to the holiday fun!

Polk, polk, polka dot

They're popping up everywhere, in home decor, in fashion and from the looks of things, in holiday card trends as well! Polka dots are all the rage in Christmas card trends for 2013, because they can range from being classic to being playful, hitting every mark in between along the way, just by changing their size, position or color on the cards.

Budget

$35 for a set of 50 cards

Cherish the Season Cards (Costco Photo Center)

Christmas card trends: Cherish the season Costco cards

Splurge

$95 for a set of 50 cards

Cheery Circles Flat Holiday Photo Cards (Tiny Prints)

Christmas card trends: Cheery Circles Flat Holiday Photo Cards Tiny Prints

G is for glitter and glam

Get ready to open some holiday cards this year that make you reach for your Ray-Bans they're so bright, shiny and covered in glitter! Both glitter and foil-accented holiday cards are at the top of the list of Christmas card trends for 2013 and while you're going to have to pay a premium for cards that are so gorgeous and glamorous, these cards will turn your holiday photos into a piece of art as soon as you pop them in the mail.

Splurge

$95 for a set of 50 cards

Glitter Up Flat Holiday Photos Cards (Tiny Prints)

Christmas card trends: Glitter Up Flat Holiday Photos Cards Tiny Prints

Splurge even more

$248 for a set of 50 cards

Metallic Chevron Cards (Erin Condren Designs)

Christmas card trends: Metallic Chevron Cards (Erin Condren Designs)

A very golden holiday

We're so glad that gold is back, because when it comes to holiday cards, there's just something about it that screams Christmas! Gold is also a good choice for your Christmas cards this year if you can't decide between a trendy and a classy design — somehow, using a bit of gold seems to bridge both categories!

Budget

$13 for a printable digital file

Holiday Photo Card with Glitter Chevron (SerendipityDsn on Etsy)

Christmas card trends: Holiday Photo Card with Glitter Chevron (SerendipityDsn on Etsy)

Splurge

$123 for a set of 55 cards

Brushed Gold Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards (Minted)

Christmas card trends: Brushed Gold Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards (Minted)

Keeping it simple

There is certainly something to be said about keeping your Christmas cards simple in their design. Keep an eye on this trend if you are using a photo for your cards that has a busy background or if you're grouping a handful of photos together into a collage. Sometimes, you only need a few words to accompany that perfect picture of your family!

Budget

$50 for a set of 50 cards

Holiday Sparkles Card (SnapFish)

Christmas card trends: Holiday Sparkles Card (SnapFish)br / 

Splurge

$100 for a set of 50 cards

Gifts of the Holidays Cards (Paper Culture)

Christmas card trends: Gifts of the Holidays Cards (Paper Culture)

Shape matters

It started with square holiday cards and cards with rounded corners came next. The trends in cards for 2013 are coming in all different shapes and sizes, literally! Check out these fun holiday cards that are busting out of their envelopes with scalloped edges, rounded ornament-styles and more. Giving your Christmas card a new shape for 2013 is the best way to get it to stand out against all of the others on the mantels of your friends and family!

Budget

$90 for a set of 50 cards

True Fir Trees Flat Holiday Cards (Tiny Prints)

Christmas card trends: True Fir Trees Flat Holiday Cards (Tiny Prints)

Splurge

$130 for a set of 50 cards

Ornament Snowflake Holiday Cards (HaleiwaInk on Etsy)

Christmas card trends: Ornament Snowflake Holiday Cards (HaleiwaInk on Etsy)

Red and green, who?

Just because you're sending Christmas cards doesn't mean that you have to stick to a palette of reds and greens. In fact, Christmas card colors are going far outside of the traditional holiday colors this year, featuring neon, black and white, mixed jewel tones and even pink!

Budget

$95 for a set of 50 cards

Be Merry Sparkle Holiday Card (Shutterfly)

Christmas card trends: Be Merry Sparkle Holiday Card (Shutterfly)

Splurge

price varies

2013 Happy Holidays Card (Caskey Design)

Christmas card trends: 2013 Happy Holidays Card (Caskey Design)

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