Are you looking for a memorable way to ring in the New Year besides making resolutions?

2020 marks another chance for new beginnings and change. For many people, it means staying up until midnight, watching fireworks, and celebrating with friends and family.

This can also be a time to exchange gifts and cards with people you love. Why not create something meaningful to pass along to your loved ones this New Year?

In this post, we’ve got ideas for an inspirational New Years card your friends and family members will cherish in the year to come.

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Fill Your New Years Card With Buddha Bliss

Whenever a new year rolls around, everyone starts talking about resolutions. New Years resolutions give everyone a chance to make some change in their life, and often for the better.

In this sense, the New Year is like spring cleaning. It’s an opportunity to get rid of what’s not working anymore and bring in something new and enlightening.

The downside to this is the fact that it can be very hard to stick to resolutions. In fact, only 8 percent of people who make resolutions actually stick to them!

This can be for a variety of reasons. Some people make too many resolutions or make ones that are unrealistic. Others don’t follow through because a minor failure crops up.

When it comes to the language of Buddha, zen, and yoga, however, things are a bit different. These philosophies revolve around the basic fact that you can create change in your life at any point. You don’t need a New Year to make a resolution.

A great idea for a truly inspirational New Years card will emphasize this fact. Mention this in what you write on the inside of a card you purchase.

Or create a card of your own. On the outside, draw or paste an image of the Buddha or yoga ohm sign. Write Happy New Year underneath this image and something about the possibility of change every day on the inside of your card.

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Create a New Years Card Collage

The New Year presents a wonderful opportunity to look back on the previous year and reflect. Many people like to recall the many successes of the year or make hopes for fewer letdowns in the year to come.

When you’re crafting your inspirational New Years card, harness this power of reflection. If you are creating this card for a friend or family member, turn your card into a collage of the past year’s moments.

This can be relatively easy to do, given the technology we’re surrounded by these days. Current iPhone models actually compile certain photos you’ve taken on your phone into albums.

You can either download these straight to your printer or use My Postcard to create a collage of the past year’s highlights. Print these out onto a postcard or even as a wall hanging for a New Years card your recipient will never forget.

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Give Your Friends a Fortune Cookie

Everyone loves going to a Chinese restaurant and getting those tasty cookies for dessert. But the best part really is the fortune on the inside.

Who doesn’t like getting their fortune told? Bring the spirit of fortune-telling into your inspirational New Years card. You can go all the way and make your own fortune cookie out of paper mache if you want–it has been done.

Or you can create a card that is covered with fortune cookie fortunes, either ones that you’ve made up or others you’ve collected. Make sure you emphasize a fortune that will resonate with the recipient.

For example, you could cover the front of the card with typical fortune cookie fortunes and then include a single one on the inside with a personal message.

Or you could simply draw an image of a fortune cookie on the front of the card and include your own fortune on the inside.

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Encourage the Right Resolutions

With everyone talking about resolutions at this time of year, it can be hard not to mention them in a New Years card.

One thing you can do is encourage your recipient to make the right resolutions. You could take a humorous direction with this if you want.

For example, you could mention all of the typical new years resolutions on the outside of your card. These may include any of the following: get a new car, lose weight, eat healthier, spend more time with friends, etc.

On the inside, you could extend your recipient’s list of resolutions, including things like spend more time with you, eat more chocolate, love themselves more, create more memorable moments with you, etc.

However you want to spin it, you can create a clever New Years card by incorporating a New Years resolutions list in the card itself.

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Write a New Years Poem

If your inner poet is looking for a chance to express him or herself, now’s your chance! Include a small poem in your New Years card to personalize your message.

Or create your own card with a poem on the front. You don’t have to rhyme your poem, either. And it doesn’t have to be long. Your recipient will appreciate the time you’ve taken to craft a poem and will be more likely to take inspiration from your message.

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Give Your Recipient Your Own Resolution

Extend the spirit of Christmas a little bit by turning your New Years card into a figurative gift. This is great if you are trying to bring in a little bit of romance into your cards or to emphasize how much you love the recipient.

You can mention something about resolving to love the recipient until the end of time: This New Year’s, my resolution is to remind you how much I love you every day.

Or you can talk about how much you’re looking forward to spending time with your recipient in the coming year: Just like 2019, 2020 is going to be all about adventures with you.

Maybe this New Years is all about reconnecting with people you haven’t been in touch with for a while. Mention this in making your own resolutions: This 2020, it’s time to close the gaps of previous years.

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Make it Interactive

A clever way to encourage inspiration this New Years is to make your card interactive. This means creating a card that involves more than opening an envelope.

You can create a large party cracker, for example, that your recipient will have to open to access your letter on the inside. You can also fill the cracker with other small gifts, like candies, firecrackers, and gadgets.

You can also make your card into an interactive resolutions worksheet that your recipient will have to fill out. This may include checklists, blanks to write resolutions, and tear-out inspirational quotes.

An engaging New Years card is not only memorable–it also gives your recipient something tangible to take with them into the New Year.

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Fill Your Card with Celebration

This New Years, why not start the celebrations with the opening of your card? No matter what message you’ve written on the outside of your card, you can add flair and sparkle to your words by filling your card with glitter or confetti.

Your recipient will appreciate the surprise of opening your card (although they may not like the ensuing glitter cleanup!).

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Give an Unconventional New Years Card

Who says that a card has to be a folded piece of paper? New Years can be about unconventional things if you want it to be.

Give New Years “cards” that aren’t really cards at all. For example, you could write a sweet New Years message on a package of small firecrackers. Deliver a box of decadent chocolates to a friend with a message on the lid of the box. You could even write a note on the back of a favorite photograph that you’ve printed out.

Don’t be afraid to be unconventional in this way. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a box of chocolates?

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Commemorate History

People have been celebrating New Years for centuries. Why not commemorate history a little bit as you’re writing your cards?

A great way to do this is to purchase some vintage postcards and use these for your card. Sometimes vintage postcards do have writing on them, so be careful with you’re crafting.

Dig out some old black and white photographs, either in your family albums or in a thrift store, and use these in your card.

You can even choose a memorable year and mention in your card some key things that happened that year.

By commemorating history, your recipient will be inspired for the New Year in a unique way.

Ideas for Your Inspirational New Years Card

2020 is just around the corner. If you’re stuck trying to figure out what to write in your New Years cards, or want to create an original card of your own, try bringing the spirit of the New Year into your cards.

This may mean emphasizing zen philosophy or the spirit of change. You may want to give your recipient a fortune cookie fortune or commemorate history with an old postcard. Create a photo collage of last year’s favorite moments, or make your card interactive.

Whatever you do, including photos will personalize your cards in a way your recipient will never forget.

Check out our collection of DIY projects at MyPostcard for more brilliant ideas about creating gifts, household items, and more!

Or turn your memorable photos of 2017 into a postcard today!


Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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