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Festive fonts for holiday greetings

Fonts and dingbats for the holiday season don't have to look like they came from 50-year-old greeting cards or wrapping paper. Some of Jay Nelson's favorites this year are modern and quirky, while others are more old-fashioned—but with a twist.

Reinstaedt

My favorite new "old fashioned" font is Reinstaedt, designed by Andreas Stötzner. This formal-yet-sketchy face has four slightly different different styles, along with a matching font full of ornaments. But most interestingly, it also has a fill font that you can use to create a different-colored background behind any of the other font styles. For more information on how to do that, see my Zebra font column. You can purchase each style separately. Prices range from $10 to $40. The full family of seven costs $98.

Snow Crystals

For an absolutely beautiful set of snowflakes, see Deniart’s Snow Crystals font. This charming set of 62 unique symbols includes traditional snow crystals as well as an assortment of bonus characters such as starbursts and holiday accents. Thoughtfully, the package includes a PDF guide to all the characters, to make it easier to find the one you want. Price is $15.

Snowflake

For a unique take on winter precipitation, have a look at Snowflake, a new font by Jessica Hische. Snowflake is based on the look of cut paper snowflakes. It also resembles Mexican papel picado—so you can use it for summer events too. This $59 font includes a full set of accented characters and a few ornaments. There's also a separate, complementary ornaments font for $20.

LDJ Doodaddles

To go off the deep end of whimsy, try LDJ Doodaddles, by Lettering Delights. This $3 font has stars hanging from its characters, lending a distinctively party-like attitude to invitations or any other messages you use it for.

Liebe Christmas

Sets of holiday dingbats are available in any style you can think of. My favorite this year is LiebeChristmas, by Ulrike Wilhelm. This $15 font contains more than 100 whimsical drawings of Santas, Rudolphs, gifts, treats, and—my favorite—gingerbread men. Individual images let you print distinctive cards and gift tags for different friends and family members

TXT Santa Font

TXT Santa Font, from Lettering Delights, is a weathered, vintage style font. It works well when set in upper and lowercase, but also when set in all caps style. That's unusual for this sort of font , but very pleasing. Plus, it's an easy-on-the-wallet $3!

Confection

If your project requires a more refined appearance, try Confection, by Jess Latham. This $28 OpenType font is extremely friendly, and includes extra ligatures and alternate characters you can use to fine-tune your typography even further. Sweet!

Font Marketplace

If your tastes tend toward the old-fashioned, Font Marketplace has an assortment of perfectly lovely script and other winter-inspired fonts for $5 each.