Create holiday cards, labels, and more with Office

For more ideas on how Office 365 can help with your holidays, see our complete holiday template collection or watch our holiday how-to videos.

Check out these cool holiday tips and see what you can create for your holidays right within Office.

It's party time

Instead of squeezing your way through crowds at the mall to pick up party stationery, why not create your own in just few minutes? Word and Publisher have templates you can customize for any winter holiday event.

  • In Word or Publisher, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, type holiday party and press Enter. Take your pick from flyers, invitations, stationery, place cards, and more.

Make last minute holiday cards

In Word or Publisher, you can create professional-looking, custom seasonal greeting cards.

  • In Word or Publisher, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, enter holiday card and then open the template you like best.

  • Edit the text to create your own message, print, and send.

With Publisher, have your cards printed professionally at a copy shop or other commercial printer. Just use Publisher’s Pack and Go feature.

Label with style

Do you want your envelopes to look festive? Create holiday-themed mailing labels that will get everyone—even the mail carrier—in the right mood!

  • In Word, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, type holiday address label, press Enter. Add the name and address for each recipient. For a return address label, add your own address and copy and paste it to the whole sheet.

Holiday gifts come tagged with love

When you are hunting through the presents piled under the tree, how will you know whose present is whose? Microsoft Word helps you create the perfect gift tags and labels.

  • In Word, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, enter Gifts and select the gift tag template you want to use.

  • The label templates are designed to fit commercial label sheets. Check the template information for the name and style of the labels it’s designed for.

Manage your holiday mailing list

Simplify your big annual mailing by putting your contacts in an Excel spreadsheet. Keep it updated and it will save you time every year!

  • Open a new spreadsheet in Excel.

  • Add your holiday contacts information (first name, last name, address), or use a template. Name the file something you’ll remember from year to year, like holiday contact list.

  • When you’re done, Word's mail merge feature creates mailing labels and envelopes in a jiffy.

Cooking up presents

Use Microsoft Word to give a lucky recipient one of your favorite holiday recipes.

  • In Word, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, type recipe and press Enter. Select the recipe card template you want to use.

  • Type in the ingredients and instructions for stirring up your gift of love!

Gift certificates

Sometimes the best gift is an experience. Microsoft Word has plenty of holiday-appropriate designs for gift certificates

  • In Word, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, enter holiday gift certificates, and select the template you want to use.

Fill in the certificate, or print it out and give it a personal touch with your own handwriting.

Share your news

The holidays are the time to reconnect with your friends and family. Share what your family has been up to with this holiday newsletter template. It's easy to add pictures and text.

  • In Word, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, type newsletter and press Enter for a range of options.

Revel in anticipation

Count down the days until Christmas with this digital Advent calendar. The calendar automatically reveals a new holiday-themed image every day from December 1 through December 25.

  • In Excel, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, type Advent and press Enter to access the template.

Out of office, yay!

So, you’re traveling to be with your family. What happens when people email you and expect an immediate response? If you have Outlook, you can set up an automatic out-of-office reply and enjoy your time away.

  • In Outlook, go to File > Automatic Replies.

  • Select Send automatic replies.

  • On the Inside My Organization tab, set the time frame for the automatic replies, and then write the message you want people to see.

Picture the holidays in PowerPoint

You know that PowerPoint is great for business presentations, but did you know you can use it to make great photo cards?

  • In PowerPoint, File > New.

  • In the Search box, enter photo card and press enter. Open the template you want to use.

  • Add a picture of a family member or pet, update the text, and you’ve got a wonderful card that you can print out and send.

Calender photo fun

Yes, you have calendars on your phone and desktop, but there’s really nothing like a personalized photo calendar that you can create and give to people you love.

  • In Word or PowerPoint, go to File > New.

  • In the Search box, type photo calendar and press enter. Open the template you like the best.

  • Use Insert > Pictures to add photos to the calendar. You can even highlight special dates and anniversaries, and include jokes, or inspiring quotations. Make it yours.

Track your gift list

Santa has a hard-enough time keeping track of what everyone wants, but you can do it with OneNote. Make a checklist of presents for each person you want to buy for. You can even add pictures and shopping locations for each item. If you set it up on OneDrive, your notebook is accessible from any computer, tablet, and even your phone, so you can always keep on top of your list. No need to check it twice!

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