Christmas Card Ideas for Empty Nesters

Christmas Card Ideas for Empty Nesters

It can be difficult to gather everyone for the annual Christmas Card picture once the kids have grown up and left home. But you can still carry on the Christmas Card tradition even if you’re an empty nester. Here are some creative ideas to get you started.

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Unpopular opinion: I love Christmas in July activities (especially the Black Friday in July sales). There’s something soothing around relaxing with a Hallmark Christmas Movie when it’s scorching outside; you just automatically chill out a bit (see what I did there?).

So I’m really excited today to partner with Basic Invite to let you know about their Christmas in July Holiday Card Special. Midlife Rambler readers can get 15% Off their order total with the code 15FF51.

Basic Invite offers tons of customizable options for their cards including tons of color options for both cards and envelopes, but my favorite feature they have is how easy they make the worst part of sending Christmas Cards – getting people’s addresses and addressing the cards. All you have to do is share a link on your favorite social media site (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all available) and then anyone who wants to receive a card from you can enter their address via that link. When it comes time to send cards, Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders. I’m happy to outsource that chore!

If you’re an empty nester, though, you might be wondering just what kinds of Christmas Cards you can send out now that the kids aren’t cute toddlers any longer. Or you may not be able to get everyone in one place. Or your kids might rebel against being in a Christmas Card. Your annual family Christmas Card can become much more complicated as the kids get older.

Not to worry, though! You can still enjoy the tradition of sending out Christmas Cards even if your kids no longer live at home. Here are a few creative ideas for Christmas Cards for Empty Nesters you can use for inspiration.

If You Can’t Get Everybody Together, Create a Collage

Over the last few years, we’ve had the same problem with every family photo we’ve taken: at least one member of the family is missing. If that’s the case for you, you could still celebrate the special moments in your family with a collage highlighting each member of the family.

I created the example below using a design from Basic Invite’s collection of retro holiday cards in just a few seconds. Everything from the font to colors to the pattern to the text of the card and even envelope was customizable, but I was happy with the design with just a few minor changes.

Do a Photo Shoot Without the Kids

Hey, you finally got those freeloaders out of your house! Time to celebrate! Let the world know about your joy with photoshoot celebrating your empty nest.

I couldn’t love the photo this couple took for their Christmas Card any more than I do and I’m sure their friends all had a nice chuckle when they saw the card.

Photo Credit: Sandberg Photography

Have Some Fun!

Can’t get everyone in the picture? No problem! You can always Photoshop them in, right?

Christmas Card 2008

Let Your Pets Be the Star

I think I officially became an empty nester the day I said, “Why yes, I would like to have my dogs’ picture taken with Santa.” But who wouldn’t? Look how cute they look.

This design is from Basic Invite’s artistic holiday cards collection.

Show Your Kids Throughout the Years

Another collage idea but this one will tug at everyone’s heartstrings. Show your kids growing up so everyone can marvel at the adults they’ve become.

I created this design using Basic Invite’s holiday cards photo collection.

Highlight Your Own Adventures

If you’ve gotten to travel more or try some new things because of your empty nest, let everyone know with a photo of what you’ve been up to!

I created this design using Basic Invite’s holiday cards photo collection.

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  1. Natalie
    July 29, 2019 / 8:18 am

    You are absolutely my new favourite person on the internet. Thank god I found you

    • Katy Kozee | Midlife Rambler
      July 30, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      Oh wow! Thanks so much, Natalie!

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