Designing for the Holidays: Quick Freebies & Essentials

NOV 4, 2016 updated Apr 28, 2021

Welcome to the busiest time of year for designers and makers alike. On Spoonflower, now’s the time shoppers are picking out fabrics and papers for handmade gifts, decor, and stocking their handmade shops for the busy season. As a designer, you need to be ready with an updated shop and fresh designs to compete with all the other show-stopper designers in the marketplace. However will you prepare? We’ve rounded up our favorite tips and tools where you’re a designer or just looking for quick freebies to get you through the season and support indie designers and makers in the community. 

  1. Free calendar printables

    Free printables from Audrey of This Little Street
    Free 2017 calendar printables from Audrey of This Little Street. These make excellent gifts to hand out to co-workers and friends, or simply to keep yourself organized at your desk this year!
  2. Gold Glitter texture pack

Gold Glitter textures
Just $6 on Creativemarket.com

Gold is everywhere, and nothing says “holiday!” quite like this glitzy texture. While Spoonflower does not print metallics, these gold glitter texture can still look fabulous when used effectively in your design.

3. Watercolor Photoshop brushes

high-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes
High res watercolor Photoshop brushes from Brusheezy.com

Watercolor is hot right now in the surface design world! Try incorporating this delicate texture into some of your designs this season.

4. Downloadable vector elements and labels

tags
Free Christmas Collection download: 30 free vector elements, 5 labels

Yes, even the best designers need a little help sometimes! While we don’t encourage uploading and selling straight clip art as your own work, there is nothing wrong with smarly using some clip art elements to augment your design or to use as a template to manipulate.

5. Fonts!

Homestead free font
Homestead designed by Luke Lisi available on LostType Co-op, a “Pay-What-You-Want” type foundry
ribbon typeface
“Ribbon” designed by Dan Gneilding available for download on Lost Type Co-op, a Pay-What-You-Want type foundry.
Sail font
“Sail” is a lovely script font available for free download on Font Squirrel

We’ve scoured the web for our favorite fonts that would be perfect for your holiday cards and designs. Foggy on the copyright laws and regulations around fonts and typefaces? This should help.

6. Holiday icon set

Christmas Icon Set
Free to download “Christmas Icon Set” from dribbble.com

These holiday icons are free to download in .AI (Adobe Illustrator format. Customize, change color, etc. to make them your own and incorporate them into your next vector based surface design.

7. snowflake icon set

200 free downloadable snowflake icons
200 free downloadable snowflake icons from freepik.com

8. Participate in December design challenges

december themes
stay current and gain visibility by participating in our December themed design challenges

Holiday designing doesn’t have to be stereotypical. Try thinking outside the box by adding in florals, an unexpected color palette, or something that feels nostalgic. Once you’ve created all your beautiful new holiday designs and uploaded them to Spoonflower, the next step is to make sure your design is easily searchable in the marketplace and make sure you’re participating in our December holiday / winter themed design challenges. Here’s to a merry, bright and successful holiday for designers everywhere!

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