Calling All Santas

While the Grinch might be a familiar theme this season, the most popular character in Christmas ads is Santa Claus. The jolly old elf – and derivatives – easily evokes holiday emotions.

Stylish Santa for Jupiter Gentleman’s Threads

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Giver Viacci Travel

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McDonald’s Santa

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Cairo Festival

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Construction Santa

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Omino Bianco Laundry Santa

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Feeling Grinchy

The Grinch has been a character of the holiday season since the original animated film, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” came out in 1966. The character is known for his antics and hate for the holiday at the start of the movie. This season the character is being revived in a new film and is a mainstay in Christmas advertising.

The Grinch for Wonderful Pistachios

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Grinch Billboards

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Window World

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Christmas Trees and Decorations

Sometimes the most clever print ad designs from the holiday season focus on elements that everyone recognizes, such as Christmas trees and decorations. These ads bring together a different spin on holiday traditions and gift-giving.

Black and Decker Christmas Tree

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Carla Christmas Tree

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Red Cross Stocking

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Stihl Christmas Tree

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Christmas Pencil

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Christmas Pets

Animals are a common character in Christmas print promotions – maybe it is the cute factor. These animals are sure to grab your attention and pull your giving spirit.

Shave-a-Thon Christmas

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Champion Pet Food Christmas Adoption

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Christmas Songs

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Simple Christmas Connections

Sometimes the smallest hint of the holidays in concert with brand identity can be the perfect marriage of elements. Creating a holiday theme that’s not so overtly holiday is a craft in itself. (And it seems like beer brands have this technique mastered.)

Heineken Mistletoe

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AB InBev Merry Christmas

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Interesting Artwork

Combining elements and imagery that’s a little unexpected is a common advertising tactic. That is just as applicable in the holiday season.

Reinbeer

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CADD Don’t Drink and Drive

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Dylon Clothes Dye

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BMW Jingle Bells

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Kmart Jingle Joes

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Pirates of Christmas

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Have a Good Holiday!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Festivus, we here at Design Shack would like to wish you a very happy holiday season. Let us know what you think of the ads featured and tell us if you’ve seen any others worth sharing.