Christmas is just around the corner and the Christmas fever is spreading around! Let’s be honest - the holiday season means shopping. It's the best time of the year to boost your sales.

Email marketing could be huge for selling products online. In 2015 email was responsible for 20% of holiday sales. The most personal online space is still an email inbox. That’s why your chances of reaching your audience are five times higher with email than with social media channels.

To win your subscribers over by evoking holiday mood and to stand out in busy inboxes make sure your email campaigns have:

  • A compelling Christmas subject line that catches their attention.
  • A high-quality Christmas email template that effectively conveys your holiday message.

To sprinkle your email marketing efforts with Christmas cheer I gathered:

  • brilliant Christmas newsletter design examples
  • compelling Christmas subject lines
  • free resources for Christmas email template downloads

Set yourself for a merry holiday season and get some inspiration for your next campaign.

Christmas email design inspirations to delight your subscribers

I know it's sometimes challenging to come up with something creative, something extraordinary that will cause your subscribers to have a WOW feeling. That's why I collected my favorite email design for you below.

You might also want to check out this blog post for additional email design inspirations, it includes a list of sites where you can look for ideas.

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1) Littlewoods - The Christmas Ad is here

christmas email template little woods

The Littlewoods Merry Christmas HTML email template starts with a statement “It’s never too early!” followed by a CTA to start celebrating Christmas by shopping now. The second part of the email is a video ad redirecting to the company’s youtube channel.

Littlewoods utilizes the most compelling content format and includes video in their Christmas email. The email copy is cheerful and evokes emotions of the Christmas season perfectly. The newsletter was sent on 4th of November with a highlight that it’s never too early to start feeling festive and merry.

2) Bath & Body Works - Deck The Halls

christmas email template Bath Body Works

The Bath & Body Works email template is all Christmassy! The email was designed using Christmas related colors and ornaments. With the invitation to deck the halls, subscribers are urged to get every inch of their home into the holiday spirit with Bath & Body Works candles and indulge in body care rituals with the company’s branded products.

The main goal of this newsletter was to inform about a one day only offer and that was highlighted in the HTML template by the use of an interactive gif.

email gif

The email also offers ideas for Christmas gifts and invites subscribers to visit the brand’s social media channels.

3) Nasty Gal - Holy ship (ping)

christmas email template nastygal

Source: Pinterest

Timely delivery is something that is important both for customers and brands during the busy Christmas season. Nasty Gal uses their email design to highlight important dates when customers can make sure their orders will be completed on time, by showing their subscribers a calendar where they can easily spot the important dates.

The email design is clean with one goal in mind. The email copy is also smart, pinging customers to think of their orders early enough.

4) BarkBox - Dog people give the best gifts

christmas email template barkbox

BarkBox Xmas email is a great example of a personalized email design. On top there is an image presenting a little tweak on a famous seasonal song: “All I want for Christmas is you” followed by a CTA. The second template block highlights the actual offer and repeats the CTA.

The email is personalized to the brand’s target group - dog lovers - and uses language that will speak to them most effectively. This kind of message is more engaging and gets clicked more often. The color scheme is not very Christmassy but rather sticks to the brand's CI.

5) Brit + Co - White Elephant Gift Guide

christmas email template brit co

Source: Pinterest

The email sent by Brit + Co definitely catches the recipient’s attention after they open it in their inbox. It’s funky and a bit absurd, as said in the email copy. The only Christmas element is an interactive gif image of funny Christmas tree spectacles.

Even though almost everything in this email design moves, the smart use of animation elements brings attention to the CTA button. If you’re looking to drive sales during holidays, fun Christmas designs will definitely help you.

6) Top Shop - Pug-Mas

christmas email template topshop

Top Shop’s holiday email looks more like an HTML Christmas letter template than a promotional email. It shows an interview with a holiday mascot Blondie, the Christmas Angel. Only after recipients get familiar with what Blondie has to say about her Christmas attitude and preferences they are invited to shop for a holiday deals. There are two CTA’s, one for men and one for women, which is a good practice for an e-commerce brand.

On the bottom of the email, there is a sale offer in a bright red color which is a good choice, both for the Christmas season and for the purpose of catching attention. Every Top Shop newsletter template has a navigation menu on the top, and a footer with mobile app link, social media links, categories links, privacy policy and delivery policy links and resignation link.

7) The Iconic - Upstage Santa this Christmas

christmas email template the iconic

The Iconic newsletter is short and to the point. The design leverages green Christmas color in a gif image at the top of the email.

the iconic email gif

The reader can click on separate content blocks and be redirected to different categories in the online store. The footer in this template is really clean and intuitive.

8) United Colors of Benetton - Merry Christmas

christmas email template benetton

Source: Pinterest

This email design by United Colors of Benetton is really simple. It doesn’t use traditional Christmas colors but instead, it maintains the brand’s gorgeous aesthetics in the email. The Christmas tree made out of hangers in vibrant colors is the icing on the cake.

9) Top Shop - This is the final call

christmas email template topshop

This email template by Top Shop is an example of how a smart use of white space makes a compelling design. Products are effectively highlighted and separated, each element of the email offer is distinguished and is not getting lost in the overall email design.

Every CTA is clearly visible to ensure the email is as effective as possible. Recipients of such an email for sure will know where to click and what to do after receiving the email.

10) Soap & Glory - Get Jingle with It

christmas email template boots

The Soap & Glory email design shows you how to use typography to convey your message. Words “Christmas Gifs” are the ones that clearly catch readers attention. The typography is complemented by the wise choice of graphics and the opening slogan “Get jingle with it”. The CTA button could be a bit better distinguished for my taste.

11) Chanel - The Beauty of Holiday is Giving

christmas email template chanel

Chanel’s email design is very minimalistic and consistent with their brand identity. Sometimes a single image can say more than a thousand words, and in this case, it is completely true. The choice of gold color also highlights the premium brands’ nature and recalls the image of the famous perfumes in the recipients' eyes.

12) Ann Taylor LOFT - Unwrap me…

christmas email template loft

Source: Milled

Even if you’re a smaller brand than Chanel is you can still use a single, carefully chosen image to leave a great impression on your potential customers. Even better if you present it as an interactive gif version, as Ann Taylor LOFT did in their Christmas email template. Here a little movement is enough to surprise a reader and get them to click.

christmas email gif

Additionally, this email has a great piece of personalization added. It shows locations near the customer in case they’d like to go to the physical store, rather than shop online.

13) Swatch - Get into the holiday spirit with Swatch X You

christmas email template swatch

The Swatch Christmas email template starts with the large and original main image inviting the reader to design their own customized watch. The next template block explains a bit more about how the customization works and ends with a simple and clear CTA. The layout of the template is very consistent and walks the recipient through the customization process of the watch. The last template block invites readers to visit a local store, instead of shopping online. The template ends with social media buttons.

14) Canva - Your best Christmas card yet

canva christmas email template

Canva’s claim is to make design simple for everyone. Such is their Xmas email template. The design uses images that users know directly from the app which strengthens the CTA to create a holiday card in Canva. The template ends with a footer with social media buttons and a resignation link.

15) Mothercare - Top tips for a magical Christmas

christmas email template mothercare

The Merry Christmas HTML email by Mothercare follows the “do not sell, tell’ rule, and offers tips on how to make Christmas amazing for the little ones. Such email copy builds up trust among readers overwhelmed with sales offers during the busy holiday season. The template uses seasonally themed images in a very consistent way. After clicking CTA’s below each and every box with a tip, subscribers can view a particular product in the online store.

On top, there is a navigation menu which the reader may use to browse through the website. The second part of the email presents products with direct information about the deals. The bottom of the email provides a categories menu and information about a free delivery.

BONUS: Two UK's interactive Christmas tree

Here is a really cool email design that leverages interactivity and advanced CSS animations. The recipient can light up Christmas lights and burn down the tree!

Click here to play.

Christmas email subject lines that will give you an Open Rate fever

Customers get tons of emails in their inbox every day and they only spend 3-4 seconds deciding if they are going to read your email or not. Especially during Christmas time, when inboxes are even more crowded, your subject lines have to stand out and evoke emotions.

Here is a list of awesome Christmas email subject lines to inspire your own!

  1. Shutterfly: We’re feeling very merry. Get 50% off your order
  2. Fortnum & Mason: Making Christmas merrier since 1707
  3. Moo: Great gift idea! Write that down!
  4. Bath&Body Works: A wonderland of NEW products +20% OFF
  5. Dorothy Perkins: Be the life and style of the party 🎉💃
  6. Debenhams: Maria, You Shall find your fairytale Christmas
  7. Boots: Stay in, chill out and treat yourself with skincare offers
  8. Ann Taylor LOFT - Unwrap me…
  9. Disneyland Paris: Grab this magical offer before it melts away!
  10. New Look: Happy Pug-Mas!
  11. Newegg: 🎅 Santa Missed Your House? Newegg Remembered 🎅
  12. Ernest Jones: It’s still not too late…
  13. Fast Company: 10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Can Help Make The World A Better Place
  14. Asos: Guaranteed in time for Xmas!
  15. BarkBox - Dog people give the best gifts
  16. BloomThat: It’s all for YOU.
  17. Old Navy: Merry? — We got you a gift…
  18. JetBlue Airways: A sale to escape the winter weather!
  19. UberEATS: Brr — warm up with some free hot chocolate.
  20. Seafolly: All she wants for Christmas is S E A F O L L Y
  21. Orbitz: Good gravy! 20% off
  22. Rapha: Cold weather riding essentials
  23. New Look: Signed, sealed, delivered – no worries 🎁
  24. House of Fraser: Still shopping? Gifs for all the family
  25. Littlewoods: And relax…
  26. STA Travel: The best Christmas gifts for travelers
  27. Sweaty Betty: How to survive the festive season
  28. Mothercare: Getting you ready for Christmas
  29. Sweaty Betty: Don't freeze your knits off
  30. New Look: Worth getting excited about

Christmas Email Newsletter Templates for Free Download

Try these free responsive Christmas email templates from FreshMail - there are 7 different templates available to choose from - or the one from Hubspot.

freshmail Christmas email templates   hubspot Christmas email templates

Or use the general email template from Litmus and customize it with plenty of Christmas freebies available here. You can also check out this collection which includes hundreds of free responsive email templates.

No matter which resource you use to come up with your Christmas email design this year, make sure to:

  • Choose a subject line that will make your subscribers open your email
  • Customize the copy of your email to match it with your audience's taste
  • Make your design look unique to your brand
  • Add a little spice to the recipe: it can be an animated GIF, a unique illustration, just a bit of extra color, or anything unusual that fits the occasion and adds some extra fun

I hope my article helps you to come up with more compelling and higher-converting design for your Christmas email templates. If you have any more free templates to add, I would love to see your links in the comment section.

There are several free templates available in the early version of Chamaileon too. If you are interested, join the beta users here.

 

Author
Maria Wachal

Maria Wachal

Maria is the International Marketing Manager at Freshmail.com. Being passionate about digital marketing and new technologies she feels strongly that Email is King!