Christmas is getting alarmingly close now, so if you've still not started that festive project, you'd better get a move on. To help you out with your festive projects we've scoured the web for some free design resources – namely, Xmas vector shapes.
These designs are perfect for creating seasonal patterns, backgrounds and much more (although if you'd like to create your own designs then check out our collection of vector art tutorials).
If you want a simple way to make absolutely any image look incredibly Christmassy, all you need to do is cover everything in snow. And with this useful download of ready-made snow caps, you don't even need to draw it yourself; just pick out what you need and paste it in.
For more traditional festive creations, this pack of 21 retro Christmas backgrounds should sort you right out. It's a treasure trove of seasonal goodies, complete with Santa, Christmas trees, snowmen, gifts and festive lettering.
03. Wooden toys
These delightfully crafty and folksy templates by Russian designer Anastasya Mutovina are designed for printing out and hanging from your Christmas tree, but their simple rustic charm makes them just as suitable for incorporating into your own festive designs. They come in both PDF and EPS format; check out Anastasya's Behance page for more festive vectors.
If you're after a background image for your Christmas card, this design by Nouri Atchabao ticks all the boxes: pine needles, sparkling snow and a glorious bokeh backdrop to finish it all off; all you need now is to find some suitably festive free fonts with which to add your Yuletide felicitations.
05. Cute characters
Designer Chris Spooner created these cute Christmas characters and has generously decided to share them with the world. Made of simple shapes, the pack includes Santa, a reindeer, polar bear, penguin, and a robin. Simply download the pack and use the characters in your Christmas design work. The pack contains Adobe Illustrator and EPS file formats.
This Merry Christmas vector pack was created by graphic designer Clarice Gomes and hosted by Free Vector. Vector images include a present box, mistletoe, pines, snow, and ornaments, perfect for any greeting card or Christmas design. The pack contains Adobe Illustrator and EPS file formats.
Photoshop blog psd-dude is offering this pack of free Christmas vector shapes to help with your Christmas designs. You can find all sort of winter season shapes like baubles, a Christmas tree, gifts, stockings, candles, stars, candy cane, snowman shape, mistletoe, and many more. Gathered together in one CSH file, the images are free for personal, non-commercial use. Note: registration to this site is required in order to download.
08. Xmas baubles
Need some baubles this Christmas? Then look no further than these classic Xmas bauble designs brought to you by 123FreeVectors. This free vector is in AI format and can be used for both personal and commercial Christmas-related projects.
09. Gift wrap
A simple but classic design, grab hold of this Christmas gift wrap vector from Vector Stock. The majority of images require paid-for credits to download, but there's also a great freebie section and this is just one of many Christmas designs you can help yourself to. This vector image is perfect for creating festive tags, wallpapers and much more. File types included are EPS, AI, PDF and a high resolution JPG. Note: registration to this site is required to download this file.
There are thousands of vector Christmas tree images to choose from online. But we really liked this origami-inspired concept from freelance designer Ian Barnard. The generous creative regularly shares useful resources, such as this free vector image. Barnard also has two other free festive vector images; wallpaper and an illustration depicting the reason for the Christian festival. The files are available to download in EPS format.
11. Santa's sleigh
Designed Santa but need his sleigh? Then download this freebie, which is another from Vector Stock. The sleigh comes complete with gifts, isolated on a white background, perfect for incorporating into any Christmas designs. File types included are EPS, AI, PDF and a high resolution JPG. Note: registration to this site is required to download this file.
These vintage-style snowflakes are just one of a number of nicely designed vectors from WebDesignHot. Head over to the site to grab loads more similarly-styled festive vectors, including baubles, bells and other traditional Christmas symbols.