Avoid friends and family receiving the same, tired, old Christmas cards this year by designing your own personal creations and even adding your own photos. We show you how Moonpig can make this a Christmas to remember. How to make personalised Christmas cards. See: Best Christmas tech gifts and Best Christmas Tech Deals

Making your own, personalised, Christmas cards is simple and fast thanks to online greeting card services such as Moonpig, Funky Pigeon, and Snapfish. Why rely on tired old images of Robins and trees when, with a little effort, you can create unique seasonal missives that look like they come from you rather than Tescos. The step by step design templates make it very easy to create your card, and you can choose from a range of themes that include humour, traditional, or ones specifically for mums, dads, or grandparents. Just add your own text, or even a photograph, to design cards that are far more personal than the ones you’ll find in the shops. The best part is that you don’t have to wait for the finished articles to arrive at your door, as they can be sent directly to your recipients once you’re happy with the design. There’s also the option to add flowers or a range of gifts to your order if you wish.

In this How-To we’ll show you the simple steps it takes to create your own, unique cards, using the Moonpig website. The whole process should take no more than 10 minutes, so put the kettle on and then settle down to begin your seasonal salutations. Get the best tech deals via our Black Friday 2015 live blog.

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 1: Go to www.moonpig.com and create a new account. These are free to set up and don’t require you to enter payment details of any kind. If you’d prefer to design your cards via your phone or tablet there are also iOS and Android apps available in the relevant stores.

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Step 2: On the main page you’ll see a menu at the top that includes Cards, Flowers, Gifts, and a few others options. Click on Cards, then select Christmas. Within this section there are a wide choice of themes. We’ll choose Photo Upload for our example.

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 3: With the theme selected you’ll now be presented with the various styles of card you can use. There are quite a few, ranging from simple, large, single images, up to multiple photos placed within comic designs. Take your time and find one that catches your imagination. Click the Personalise button below a card to begin your design.

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 4: Having clicked on a card to select it you will be prompted to choose which size you would like the card and the quantity. Having made your choice click the orange Personalise Me button.  

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 5. You start by uploading the image(s) you wish to use for the card. Click on the area reserved for your image, then select to upload an image from your computer or from Facebook.

How to make a Christmas card

Step 6. Use the options below the image to resize and move the image you have uploaded to best fit the space available, then click OK and move on to the next.

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 7. Now click on any text fields to replace the text, or you can leave it as is. Click the arrow on the right to move between pages and update items as you see fit.

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 8. When you've finished click the Preview button below the image. If you're happy with what you see, click Add to basket.

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 9. Moonpig will offer you the option to send a gift alongside your card - either select one or simply press Continue.

How to make Christmas cards online

Step 10: You can either have the cards sent to you or directly to the recipient. Make your choice, enter an address, then go through the payment process to check out. That’s it, you’re all done, and the cards are on their way.

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