Agency Holiday Cards 2019, Part 3: A Final Batch of Our Favorite Creative Season’s Greetings

Shops sign off the decade with festive cards, stunts and games

Digital marketing and experience design agency MCD Partners created an interactive game for the holidays. - Credit by MCD Partners
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Adweek’s third and final roundup of 2019 agency holiday cards includes an interactive emoji game, an agency’s take on Stranger Things and a doormat named Marcel.

Here are the links to the rest of our roundups:

Agency Holiday Cards 2019: A Batch of Our Favorite Creative Season’s Greetings So Far

Agency Holiday Cards 2019, Part 2: A Batch of Our Favorite Creative Season’s Greetings

barrettSF — Adweek Holiday Cards

We’ve been told that the creatives at San Francisco-based barrettSF “fought tooth and nail” for the chance to craft the agency’s holiday card this year. It just so happens that the below option won out. We’ll take their word for it.


Bindery — Gift Box

Each year, production studio Bindery puts together a bespoke box of ingredients to make a holiday cocktail (or mocktail). This year’s box contains spiked hot cocoa.

“It’s always an oddly rewarding challenge to figure out how to design, source and produce as many Bindery-branded items as possible; this year’s highlights include Bindery-packaged cocoa, measuring spoons and marshmallows … all the way down to Bindery packing tape,” the studio said.


Doe-Anderson — Puppies vs. Kittens

A little friendly competition is afoot at Doe-Anderson, which is asking friends and clients to pronounce themselves either Team Kittens or Team Puppies. In partnership with Little Orphans Kitten Rescue and Paws With Purpose, both Louisville, Ky.-based animal organizations, the agency will tally the votes during the first week of January 2020 and make a cash donation in the winner’s name. Vote for your favorite here.

GSD&M — Magdalene House ATX

Austin, Texas-based GSD&M recently partnered with Magdalene House ATX, a nonprofit that assists survivors of sex trafficking and addiction with housing and other services, by providing the organization’s communal house with artwork designed by the agency. GSD&M’s 2019 holiday card features the artwork, along with a plantable paper flower filled with seeds.

“Hope, empowerment and growth start at home, and this holiday season, we are helping Magdalene House ATX live these values,” the card reads.

Hollywood Agency — Stranger Things

Boutique PR agency has recreated the hit Netflix series Stranger Things for its 2019 holiday card. Using a hit TV show as the theme of its card has become a tradition for the shop—in past years, employees have dressed up as characters from Game of Thrones, The Bachelor and Mad Men, just to name a few. A QR code on the card leads people to a game that reveals a secret message once they crack a code using clues from the show’s infamous alphabet wall.



MCD Partners — 2019 Holiday Wrap-up

Digital marketing and experience design agency MCD Partners has created an interactive game for the holidays this year. Called the Holiday Wrap-up, the game takes 2019’s biggest headlines, moments and movies and puts them in emoji form, asking players to try and guess what they represent. For instance, one emoji sequence featuring a plate of spaghetti in between two dogs translates to Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp remake.



North — Candle

Portland-based agency North has created custom candles for its clients this year. The woodsy-scented candles include a message from the agency and a doodle of a hand holding a branch with a pinecone growing from it.

“The most important part of our job is stoking our clients’ curiosity and desire for new ideas,” the agency said. “This year, we wondered—could a scented candle light that fire? It could, if it was homemade. Or in this case, office-made.”


@Minda_Smiley minda.smiley@adweek.com Minda Smiley is an agencies reporter at Adweek.
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