How To Design Business Cards: 6 Top Tips

In the age of LinkedIn, smart phones and social media it has become easier than ever to connect with people online. But whereas a website or social media account can be easily forgotten, effective business cards offer a tangible representation of you and your business. If you haven’t got cards you are proud to hand out, you’re missing out on big opportunities.

Not all cards are created equal, however. Your business card design reflects your own personal brand and getting it right is one of the most crucial and cost-effective marketing strategies. Getting it wrong, can have the opposite effect. You don’t want to be remembered as the person with cheap-looking, flimsy cards, do you?

This little card is the face of your company and a creative representation of your business. So here are our top 6 business card design tips.

1. Be On Brand

If you have company colours, use them. If not, make sure the look of your card matches your industry and brand and don’t just follow your own personal taste. Creative industries might go bold with bright colours, fun patterns and trendy designs to look fresh and original. However, don’t under-estimate the power of simplicity. Some of best examples of good business cards are often the plainest – soft colours or pure black and white. Minimalist business cards can look more stylish and professional, especially for traditional industries that want to inspire trust.

2. Less is More

Potential clients will spend a maximum of five seconds glancing at your business card so you don’t want to overwhelm them with information. Those five seconds should only be spent answering basic questions: who, what, why and where. Don’t squeeze in absolutely everything, including all your social media accounts, in tiny text. Also avoid obscuring the details with a poorly chosen font. Steer clear of italics and cursive styles and choose easy-to-read text in a traditional size.

3. Impress With Paper

A cheap or thin looking card may have leave prospective clients questioning the quality of your services. Premium paper and finishes make your cards more tactile and memorable. Zazzle has an array of paper types including simple matte and gloss, but also textured linen, shimmering pearl and even a beautifully soft silk, all offering a sophisticated and unique finish. However, always consider brand and audience when picking your paper. It makes sense for a luxury company to go for a fancy paper, but more simple businesses may want to opt for something fuss-free to stay on brand.

4. Shape Up

An easy way to make your card unique is to choose more unusual shapes and sizes. Rather than the regular rectangle, why not opt for square business cards or mighty or mini sizes that will immediately stand out from the pack. You might consider folded business cards too. These shapes may need a more specific design attention to fit the unusual space, but when done well, look modern and marvellous.

5. Cut The Clip Art

While clip arts may be colourful and funny they can look unprofessional. A random photo of a puppy may be cute, but it has no place on a business card, unless you are either a vet, dog walker or pet shop owner. If you don’t have a company logo or in-house graphic designer, choose from Zazzle’s professionally designed templates or stick to a text only design.

6. Make It Stick

The problem with paper is that it’s everywhere and may be filed away or, worse again, recycled. Avoid the back of the wallet or bin by making your card useful and visible. Magnetic business cards offer function as well as form by being a handy way to pin up notes or just to decorate the fridge. Whether they realise it or not, every time potential customers go for the milk they will be reminded of you and your business. This strategy is particularly effective for businesses such as electricians, taxi firms or babysitters – services that people know they will need at some point and fast, so are good to have at hand.

So what are you waiting for? Using these golden rules of business card design, you are ready to browse our best designs or create your own.

Winter Home Trends To Keep You Cosy

Plunging temperatures, blustery winds, darkness by 4.00 pm… Winter is most certainly here! Over the next few months, we’re going to be hibernating more and more inside. So it’s time to revamp our living spaces for those short cold days and longer nights. Create a cosy atmosphere with the this year’s trending colours, fabrics and prints to create a space that you’re happy to spend more time (and maybe a snow day!) in.

Bronze Age

Out are the golds and coppers and in with the warming hues of bronze that have fascinated mankind for centuries. Brass is the metallic of the moment, particularly for lighting. Team with natural and clean materials like marble for a cool industrial aesthetic.

Earth Tones

Nature-inspired, earth tones are everywhere this season. Try emeralds, forest greens or teals for a dramatic, luxurious look or lighter hues like sage green for something more serene. These colours look great on larger items like sofas, or introduce with scatter cushions or throws.

Pink

According interior gurus, pink is the new black and blush is the new grey. Somewhere in between is millennial pink, the must-have colour of the year. Often dubbed the ‘new neutral’ this hue goes with anything, even chic Scandinavian-style interiors where colour can often be lacking. It can give a warm touch to the more sultry interior tones of navy, black and grey.

Colour Blocking

If you can’t pick one, why not mix and match contrasting colours with the colour blocking trend, originally seen on the catwalk. This playful, graphic style will brighten up any cold winter day.

Vintage Explorer

Maps are an easy way to add a personal touch with wall art. Vintage maps of your hometown or favourite destination are not only beautiful but add real interest to your walls. Team with old botanical illustrations of plants and butterflies for an exploration look.

Illustrated globes are also making are also making a comeback to add that vintage vibe to living and reading spaces. Aged bronze and brass globes are particularly sought after this season.


Knits & Quilts

The winter woolies are not just for winter fashion but for soft furnishings too. This can be as easy as a knitted throw or knitted cushion covers on the sofa. Winter after all is all about cozy and warming luxurious textures. Another way to add texture and comfort to a room is with a classic quilt, and can also show off your personality and sense of fun. Choose from hundreds of custom fabrics on Zazzle to stitch your own a personalised quilt.

Plants

Plants are not just for summer! When the leaves outside have withered away, a bit of greenery inside always adds a touch of life and homeliness. Indoor plants are also natural air purifiers and boost your mood and immune system. You don’t even have to have a large space to introduce some plantlife. The photogenic favourite cacti are still trending this year and are easily maintained. They can grow in almost anything – you can use vintage tins or even coffee cups as planters.

Meal in a Mug: Breakfast

It’s something you use every day – your favourite mug for a nice cuppa tea. But who knew that you could whip up a whole meal in mug? The recent trend for microwave mug recipes suggest you can and could be a lifesaver for people on the go or those with an aversion to the washing up.

As a hard-core foodie and former chef, I must admit that I was a little sceptical. I’ve seen some crazy mug recipes out there. Mug cake. Pizza in a mug. Lasagne. My head hurts just trying to imagine how you would even go about assembling these dishes. How could you possibly cook lasagne in a cup without the pasta going hard, the meat being severely undercooked and the cheese spilling down the side of the cup in a greasy sludge?

But then I thought about two of my all-time favourite chefs who both use microwaves in professional kitchens. Gordon Ramsay cooks fresh herbs in his microwave, and Marco Pierre White swears that microwaving bacon will revolutionise your kitchen. If it’s good enough for Marco it’s certainly good enough for me, so I have decided to put this idea to the test and see if microwave mug meals really work.

I’m going to dip my toe into the world of microwave cooking and start with breakfast. I’m not quite ready for microwave pizza just yet (and I’m not sure I ever will be) so I have chosen one of favourite breakfast dishes – French toast! In this cold weather, we all want something hot for brekkie with minimum time spent in a chilly kitchen.

I will be testing out my gastronomic experiment in the Zazzle canteen – a place where Zazzlers come to eat, relax and play video games!

The mug:

A new recipe calls for a new mug and I treated myself to the cutest new Zazzle mug just for this occasion. I wanted something unique and funny that I could also use for my morning coffee. I opted for a bright, colourful mug, personalised with an adorable breakfast themed design. At least if my meal in minutes becomes a culinary disaster I’ll have an adorable new coffee cup to cheer me up! Zazzle mugs are sturdy and microwave safe so there’s no fear of any mishaps in the microwave but steer clear of fine bone china or anything delicate when testing this recipe.

The recipe:

Ingredients:

1 slice white bread

½ tbsp. of butter

4 tbsp. milk

1 large egg

1 ½ tbsp. of maple syrup

1 tbsp. chocolate chips

1 tsp. cinnamon

French Toast ina Mug Ingredients

Method:

  1. Whisk the egg, maple syrup and cinnamon together in a mug until combined
  2. Butter the bread and cut it into bite sized cubes
  3. Add the bread to the mug, sprinkle with chocolate chips and give it a good stir
  4. Microwave for 2 minutes in 30 second intervals

The verdict:

I was blown away by how tasty my two minute meal was. It was rich, buttery and delicious and it tasted like a warm hug in a mug. The only thing that this recipe lacked was a bit of crunch. The chocolate chips added a great texture but I missed the golden caramelization achieved by pan frying. The next time I make this I’m going to sprinkle some granulated sugar on top for an extra crunch. I was concerned that it would look a mess but surprisingly it looked just as appealing as it tasted.  The smell was invigorating and the inviting odour of sweet maple syrup floated through the  entire downstairs office. It wasn’t long before hungry colleagues emerged offering to taste test my new culinary delight!

French Toast in a Mug

French Toast in a Mug

6 Geeky Gifts That Every DC Comics Fan Needs

What do you buy the DC fan who already has everything? Yes, there sure is a lot of merchandise to choose from, but you know they were the first in line to buy this or that. Yet there’s always something missing (trust me, I have some branded playing cards to prove it). They just haven’t realised it yet.

So I’ve done you a favour and created this nerd based list of 6 MUST HAVE geek gifts that will be a perfect fit for that difficult-to-shop-for fan in your life, all from Zazzle’s official DC Comics store. It’s almost like I have psychic powers. The lottery numbers will be: 4, 8, 15 ,16, 23, 42. I won’t say when though (gotta keep you all guessing)…

Batman T-Shirts

There’s no fan out there that doesn’t dare to dream to take on the mantle of this Caped Crusader! Batman is the world’s greatest detective so be sure that you wrap this cool gift tight because we don’t want to spoil the surprise for one lucky fan.

Bruce Wayne style threads that they’re going to love! Geek t-shirts are all the rage and you can even customise these for an unusual gift they WILL NEVER EXPECT.

Superman Phone Case

The Man of Steel is lending his awesome powers of strength to your tech. Make your phone indestructible just like Clark Kent (woah – that reporter guy?)! Thanks to a personalised, hardened shell that even kryptonite will have a hard time breaking down.

A custom case makes a gift that is functional as well as fashionable. Believe me when I say that the best gifts are for gadgets! iPhone or Samsung, we have you covered!

Wonder Woman Journal

This blockbuster superhero needs no introduction. Diana Prince is here to kick ass and take names (with some style I might add). This journal brings the classic character to life right off those pages. Every fans dream!

Inspire fan fiction or embrace the lasso of truth with a diary. What? Nerds have feelings too. Whatever you need, be sure that a custom journal will go a long way with any devotee of this fabulous female fighter!’

The Flash Mouse Mats

If you’re looking for tech gifts for him then you’ve got just the ticket with this amazing mouse mat. Family or friend, if they’re anything like me then they’re blazing through the internet like The Flash.

Video gaming, social media or checking to see if someone has finished those books yet (he hasn’t as of writing… big surprise) you’ve got to be the fastest man alive when it comes to your computer, just like Barry Allen. Keep up the pace with a slick mouse mat for a custom gift you’ll immediately love!

Suicide Squad Watch

Crime never takes a break! Always remind yourself of this fact with an ultra-cool watch featuring the baddest criminals of all – Suicide Squad. These are dangerous types and it’s time to teach them a lesson!

This can be tag teamed with the Batman shirt from before for a two-hit combo knockout (street fighter style)! Watch the joy in their faces as they unwrap this prize.

Comic Book Cushion

By the very nature of their fandom, your geek probably spends a lot of time indoors, watching movies, playing video games or engrossed in comic books. Make their lair more comfortable but still on theme with a retro comic cushion.

Remember those playing cards I mentioned before? I’d trade ‘em all for this list. That’s how you know I got you covered. Serious question: Who’s your favourite DC character? Answers in a comment below (you know the drill by now).

Boyfriend Bling: Gifts for Men (They Won’t Hate)

Picture this: you need gifts for him but he hates everything. Sound familiar? That’s the everyday scenario in my house. Are you wondering how to get your boyfriend or husband looking dapper 24/7?

The good news is that I am going to take that worry away with this amazing men’s fashion guide with accessories we cannot hate (at least openly)!

Men’s Ties

‘Where am I gonna wear that?!’ is what you expect to hear. Well, we’re bringing the tie back. Whip your fella out of that rustic checked shirt and into something a little more this decade.

Shirt and tie will be the best men’s gift you can get. Rule of thumb is: vintage style for work (he’ll thank you when he gets that promotion), patterned for casual (yes even checked if he simply must) and always make sure the casual is skinny.

Okay, so he probably will hate this one but we’re playing the long game. Remember that!

Hip Flasks

He’s going to need to get over the shock of that tie fast. Distract and awe with his own hip flask! A personalised men’s gift he’s sure to enjoy. Zazzle’s designs range from funny to serious to fit your boyfriend’s style.

Expect a big level of gratitude with this one. Enjoy a swig yourself for doing such a great job! He won’t notice if it goes missing every now and then, right?

Hats

Home is where you hang your hat so be sure he hangs his in yours. There’s a hat style for any type of man. Tell him it will hide those awkward hair days (or my Monday to Friday – I was born with very lush hair, readers). He’ll get it.

Try a trucker hats in winter for some extra warmth, baseball caps for summer days. Even a visor for those 18 holes on the golf course. 100% functional and, depending on his taste level, at least 50% fashionable. Find cool hats for your prize hunk!

Gadgets

The best gifts for men have got to be gadgets. Tech accessories never go out of style. We’re primarily talking about phone cases here. Your phone is an extension of yourself and for men that might mean checking football scores every 5 seconds (the answer is ALWAYS 0-0). Keep it safe with unique phone cases that really let his personality stand out.

Who’s gonna hate having a working phone? Nobody!

Watches

‘But we can use our phones…’ – Boring. Unique personalised watches make perfect accessories for him. No excuses for being late (an obvious benefit for you) and something he’ll use time and time again (get it?). Pick a classic strap for the distinguished look or metal for some edgy style.

T-Shirts

If you can’t convince him to smarten up or try something new, go for the good old t-shirt – the failsafe fashion gift. He can never have too many. With funny puns, retro superheroes and sarcastic slogans you know he’s going to love one of these…

So that’s it. Men’s style ideas that he’ll actually appreciate and no more worries for you! Find some extra inspiration in our Gifts For Him gift guide. Now you have the perfect list, share your previous man gifting horror stories with me. I’ll judge them on a man scale of ‘I’m not doing those dishes!’ to ‘Don’t you have enough shoes already?’ Or you know… bad to worse.

Personalised Christmas Cards For Everyone On Your List

The custom of sending Christmas cards started in the UK in 1843. Nowadays, where digital communication is standard practice and personalised letters are rare, a card can bring so much joy to loved ones during the festive season.

Giving a Christmas card, just like giving a gift, is an opportunity to show the recipient just how much you know and care. So send something more thoughtful this year with personalised Christmas cards or just super specific card designs that match your recipient’s personality – whether they love their pets or a good pun.

With so many unique and high quality options on Zazzle, there’s no excuse for picking a generic card. Show them you know them with unique Christmas cards this year!

For The Snap Happy 

If you’re sending the same Christmas card to all of your loved ones, a personalised photo card is the perfect way to share pictures of the family. You can celebrate your first Christmas as a married couple by adding your wedding photos, or show off photos of your kids (or dog!). This chic brush script card is understated and elegant and offers an instant reminder of you and your family.

If you recently welcomed a new arrival into the family, why not wish your friends and family a Merry Christmas and introduce them to your new bundle of joy at the same time with a baby’s first Christmas card. This modern design is adorable.

For the Camera Shy

Not everyone wants to slap their face on a Christmas card. If you are feeling shy, you can still personalise your season’s greetings by adding names, dates and messages. These designs, from Zazzle designer Origami Prints, are understated but still unique to you.

Loved Dearly Personalised Christmas Card

Loved Dearly Card

by origamiprints

For the Foodie

For the people who are all about the food, find a card that looks good enough to eat! This bacon Christmas tree design is made for the guy or girl who likes their fry up.

Or try this cute Christmas card for that coffee-crazed colleague, who also tends to scoff a doughnut or two!

Coffee Elf and Crazy Doughnut Elf Card

Coffee Elf and Crazy Doughnut Elf Card

by kitteh03

For the Pet Lover
Choose from our adorable dog Christmas cards to wish the dog lover in your life a happy hawl-iday! This sausage dog design (with Christmas jumper) is just too cute.

Happy Howl-idays Card

Happy Howl-idays Card

by origamiprints

Or if you have your own pooch or feline friend, make them the star of the show by adding thie picture to one of our pet Christmas card templates. Meowy Christmas!
For the Joker

Push the boundaries with one of our
funny Christmas cards. Just select your recipients carefully!

Too much tequila at the office party? We’ve all been there or at least know somebody that has. This light-hearted card is perfect for that friend or relative that overdid it last year!

Not one for nan, but I’m sure we all know someone who will appreciate this crude reindeer card!

For the Friend Who Loves Christmas
Anyone who loves Christmas will appreciate the tradition of one of our vintage Christmas cards because they evoke the true spirit of Christmas from way back when. They’ll go giddy for this gorgeous Victorian design.

For The Friend Who Hates Christmas

We all know someone who hates Christmas. A Scrooge-style character who boycotts the holiday and orders a curry on December 25th. This card is for them. It’s so cute, it may even prompt a smile…maybe.

This funny design is officially licensed by Dr.Seuss. It will playfully poke fun at your pessimistic mate and their Grinchy habits. Merry Grinchmas!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Secret Santa Gifts for Strangers

You know Christmas is around the corner when you start to hear the ‘who got who?’ whispers at the water cooler for your office Secret Santa. The rules are simple. The budget is £XX and the identity of the gift giver is a secret, never to be disclosed.

The big reveal is about to be made. As you pull that scrunched up Post-it® note from the Santa hat, you wonder which name will appear in your hand. Your boss? Your assistant? Someone from HR? To your horror you’re stuck with a name you don’t even recognise: ‘Dave’ from Accounts… a familiar face that you know nothing about.

Fret not! You don’t need to be best friends with someone to get them the perfect gift – in fact you don’t even need to know them. This Zazzle gift guide is perfect for semi-acquaintances, mystery colleagues and even strangers.

This adorable stocking will add some festive cheer to any mantle. You at least know your recipient’s name, so personalise their stocking with their initial for a bespoke, one-of-a-kind gift that will lead to endless Christmas memories.

Whether their poison is tea, coffee or Bovril, a nice hot cuppa in the morning is an office staple all across the UK. So you can’t fail with oen of our personalised mugs. This monogram design is simple yet elegant and the perfect gift for that not so familiar colleague.

Everyone’s got to eat right? A cute calendar perfectly combines practical and adorable in one perfect gift. Who doesn’t love a food pun?

A motivational poster is a great gift for anyone working in an office. They can hang it on their wall or cubicle for a daily dose of inspiration. Office décor is proven to have an impact on everything from mood to morale to productivity and performance. You’re welcome Dave!

A mini basketball hoop will add some fun to any desk. This design is simple, yet not overly familiar and the custom printed name adds an extra special touch. Rumours around the water cooler are sure to be all about the identity of this perfect giver!

This list is guaranteed to please anyone in your office or workplace and will no doubt get the whole office talking about your thoughtful gift, without any upsets! You can thank us by sharing your Secret Santa gifts on Instagram or commenting below.

Trendy Tights: Patterned Leggings We Love

From the colour of the leaves falling around us to that cold crisp hint of winter air, this is the perfect time to wrap up in some cosy but colourful clothing. My go-to item of clothing this time of year is leggings. You cannot go wrong when mixing style with comfort. Pull on a pair whether you are curling up on the sofa, going for a brisk run in the park or even getting dressed up for a Christmas party! Read more for my must-have printed leggings for the A/W season.

For the Nature Lovers

If you love nature, autumn is the season for you. There is never as much colour surrounding us as there is during this time of year. We have a huge selection of leggings that bring all of these colours to life and are inspired by the shapes of leaves, acorns and more.

This subtle, stylish pair have a perfect mix of autumn’s earthy cool tones.

Autumn Leaves Leggings

Leaves Leggings

by Ravens_Designs

In contrast, this folky flower design is pretty and trendy.

This bright, fiery pair show off the warm tones of the season.

Fall Season (Autumn) Trees Leggings

Autumn Trees Leggings

by Derek_Worland_101

For the Fancy Dress Enthusiasts

Whether you’re still celebrating Halloween or rocking around the Christmas tree, themed leggings are a great way to keep cosy and current! Pull on some novelty leggings and your costume is almost complete.

Extend the Christmas jumper trend into an all-over outfit with some fair isle print leggings.

A playful pair of novelty leggings will create a centrepiece for any Christmas costume.

Or celebrate more subtly with this gorgeous design.

Red Snowflake Pattern Christmas Leggings

Red Snowflake Pattern Christmas Leggings

by ChristmasPaperCo

For the Gym Junkies

Leggings are the perfect attire for any activity. With these stunning designs, why not work out in style just in time for Christmas! They are perfect for any activity like going to the gym, playing sports or doing some yoga.

These beautifully patterned leggings are great for the casual gym goer, or even everyday wear.

Make a bold statement with some trendy leggings, like this paint-splash pair.

Or pick some personalised leggings and add your name, initials or team name!

For information on the sizing and fit of the leggings you are interested in, remember to check our size chart. The link can be found at the bottom of the ‘Select a Size’ drop-down menu (under the available sizes) in the ‘Add to cart’ section of the product page.

There you have my list of the leggings I love. How will you wear yours?

12 Days of Ugly Christmas Jumpers

Congratulations! You are invited to take part in the ongoing Christmas craze to sweep our streets every December: the ugly Christmas jumper. Huh? Wait – you don’t know what hideous horror to wear this Xmas? No problem. We have a ‘stylish’ selection to make sure you stand out as the best… amongst the worst-dressed this season (if that even makes sense).

Below you’ll find our favourite novelty Christmas jumpers that are sure to make an impression, good or bad! Whether it is for that funny family feast or you’re rolling to the annual office Christmas party, we have you covered with enough tacky tops for the 12 Days of Christmas.

Cheesy Christmas Jumpers

First up is the cheesy Christmas jumper, a traditional eyesore that goes back decades. Imagine the hand knitted beauties your relatives wore in the 1960s. That’s the look you’re aiming for. Think bright colours, argyle patterns, snowflakes, saccharine slogans and a couple of jolly santas and snowmen. Preferably all of the above combined into one naff piece of knitwear. This holiday sweater is sickly sweet and more is definitely more. Don’t Stop Believin’!

Here is a prime example.

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater

by christmastee

Here’s another candidate for some oozy cheese.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ugly Christmas Jumper, Sweater, Hoodie, T-Shirt

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ugly Christmas Jumper

by changy

Remember, when it comes to novelty Christmas jumpers you want to rock a vintage look. This one is a classic.

Cute Christmas Jumpers

There is a fine line here. One person’s cheesy could be another’s cute. But the more sentimental folks won’t be able to resist these dachshunds dashing through the snow or jumpers that let you pretend to be a penguin. Adorable or awful? No matter, these cuties work for this wonderful time of year.

Simple but effective, these two sweet seasonal sweaters could kick start an entire Christmas fancy dress outfit. Just add antlers (or flippers).

    Ugly Red Nosed Sweater
Penguin Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

Reindeer Or Penguin Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts

by loveloyal

Funny Christmas Jumpers

Funny Christmas sweaters are a tough nut to crack, but on Zazzle there is a sweatshirt for every sense of humour, from the ‘LOL’ to the ‘just plain weird’. These beauties make super secret santa gifts or outfits for the office party, or even the day after. They say humour is the best medicine, so nurse that headache with a hilarious holiday sweater.

It’s a pun-derful life. The art of the pun may pass some people by, but not you! From the brazenly bad to the seductively sublime, you’ll find more people talking about these novelty Christmas jumpers more than any other. Ho-ho-horrible isn’t it?

ugly Christmas sweater alternative

Ugly Christmas Sweater Alternative

by surpriseshop

Not only does this sweater show a silly sheep (a funny Christmas favourite), it has not one pun but two!

Ugly Christmas Sheep Fleece Navidad Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sheep Sweater

We couldn’t leave out the cat lovers, this one is for you. Meowy Christmas!

DIY Christmas Jumpers

But… but who has the time? Ha! Naïve you. The art of an ugly jumper is that it truly takes no time at all. Especially with Zazzle, where you can create personalised Christmas jumpers in a jiffy. Here are a couple of ideas to mimic that home-made feeling.

Remember those embarrassing Christmas photos you SWORE would never see the light of day? Well guess what – it’s time to take one for the team! Picture yourself as an elf working in the North Pole laboratory. Upload your seasonal snaps. The Nightmare before Christmas is about to begin. Cringe mode activated. Yes, it’s an Elfie selfie…

If you’re not ready to slap your face on your sweater, customise your Christmas clothing with your name or pick a design that hints at your hobby. Whether you’re into fishing or football, golf or guinea pigs, you can show off your passion with some festive fashion. You can even personalise to your politics.

Or take one tasteful typographic sweatshirt, as below, and pimp it up with some naff accessories. You can vary the degree of awfulness to match the occasion. Take it 3D by pinning on personalised badges, Christmas decorations, tinsel, even some flashing fairy lights for a custom Christmas jumper that won’t ever be forgotten.

THIS IS MY CHRISTMAS JUMPER (WHITE TEXT) SWEATSHIRT

This Is My Christmas Sweatshirt

by Stacy_Cooke_Art

C’mon, I can’t have all the ideas readers. Mix it up a little!  Make your own Christmas jumper, from scratch with our design tool. Add your own sarcastic season’s greetings or dashing design to one of our blank templates. Why not post it for sale… you might even make it into my list next year!

So that’s the ultimate ugly Christmas jumper starter pack to get you through all 12 days of the holiday.

What are your ‘so bad it’s good’ decorative outfits? Was it a his and hers Christmas jumper mix match? Let us know by commenting or sharing. I swear I won’t judge… much.

All Wrapped Up – How To Get Organised This Christmas

Love Christmas but hate the stress leading up to it? We feel you! If you’re not organised, Christmas can have people feeling more frazzled than festive.

Our guide for getting ready for Christmas early will cut the crazy out of Christmas planning and keep you from being swept up in the holiday madness. It will save you money too!

We’ve broken down one giant job into more manageable tasks, from tackling your Christmas card list to starting your Christmas shopping to food prep and all the rest. You can use it as your Christmas planning check-list! So when the big day arrives, you can actually enjoy it…

1. Start Your Christmas Cards Early

There’s no need to send your Xmas cards in July (unless you live in Australia!) but rushing things can lead to upsets. This year, set up a master Christmas card list in a spreadsheet with all your up-to-date names and addresses, then you can just edit it every year. Tackle your list gradually, writing cards when you can – a few in front of the TV, a couple on the train to work and so on. If you write them in small batches, you can enjoy and put effort into each one. Also remember to buy more cards than you think you will need. That way, if you do forget someone and receive theirs, you have time and spares to send one back one in time. Just remember to update your spreadsheet with their details ready for next year!

If you get started early, you’ll also have time to make your own Christmas cards on Zazzle – you can add names or even family photos to some stunning designs.

Personalised Christmas Cards - Zazzle UK

2. Create A Christmas Gift Master List

Plan your Xmas presents as far in advance as possible to avoid the surprise of that dream gift being sold out or you showing up on Boxing Day empty handed. Get started by creating your second spreadsheet, this time for Christmas gifts. Add everyone you need to buy gifts for with some initial ideas and a rough price for everyone.

Consider your list carefully! Reigning in on the Xmas present list will ease stress and save a few quid. We’re not suggesting you leave your kids off Santa’s list… but maybe it’s time to stop buying talc for your great Auntie Ethel or socks for that third cousin twice removed who’s name you can never remember!

Be a good listener and take note of any hints from friends and family and add all these ideas to your list too. Armed with your spreadsheet, you can pick up gifts when you see them and make time to search for something special (at the best price) you have thought of.

3. Do ALL Your Gift Shopping Online 

Forget trawling through the High Street looking for bargains. Dragging shopping bags along the length of Oxford or Buchannan Street is a pain that can easily be avoided. Shop online, get them delivered and have a stress-free, bag-free shop. Once you have your Christmas gift list set up, it will be so much easier to tackle it from the comfort of your computer. Plus, there will be plenty of online coupon codes in emails or onsite in November you can use to save money. Just make sure to consider delivery times and order online early.

4. Create An Events Calendar

The Christmas season usually involves a lot of social gatherings, from school plays to work parties to the local carol service. Buy a calendar and mark in times, events and personal targets over the Xmas season. This will help you avoid clashes, missing anything by mistake and getting everything organised on time. But don’t feel you have to go to everything! Make sure you put aside time for simple family time.

5. Wrap Presents As You Buy

I’ve spent many a Xmas Eve wrapping for hours and though it sounds festive in theory, it isn’t fun. Wrapping your gifts as you buy them not only keeps presents away from curious little eyes, it lets you put effort into each and every one. You can even personalise your gift wrap on Zazzle, with custom wrapping paper, gift tags, tissue paper and gift bags! Custom Christmas stockings are also great way to organise gifts all the while adding an extra dose of Christmas cheer.

Personalised Wrapping Paper - Zazzle UK

6. Take Stock Of Christmas Decorations

Get that big box down from the loft as early as possible and see what Christmas decorations you have. There’s nothing worse than having your tree in pride of place then the fairy lights don’t work or the angel for the top has gone missing. So check your lights, throw out any broken baubles and then have some fun restocking! This way you’ll have the time to find some stand-out new pieces. In fact, why not add a few personalised Christmas tree decorations this year from Zazzle.

Personalised Christmas Tree Decorations - Zazzle UK

7. Order Your Food Early

We’ve all seen the mad dash to the supermarket on Christmas Eve, with dozens of shoppers scrambling frantically in search of a Turkey. The reality is that these shoppers will be lucky to come out with a chicken in their trolley so order ahead to avoid this Christmas chaos!

Also, don’t feel you have to make a sit-down meal for every occasion. We’re not saying you should swap the turkey for sausage rolls… but save the feast for Christmas Day and for other gatherings, serve nibbles instead. It’s easier on the chef and kinder to the budget.

Follow these tips and by Christmas even you can sit back, relax and enjoy the festivities.  How do you get organised for Christmas? Share any of your own Christmas planning tips in the comments!