Smashing Christmas Icon Sets


In December we asked few designers to come up with some creative, beautiful, memorable yet usable icon sets. Some designers had a tight schedule and couldn’t get work done in time, but three designers agreed and delviered their high-quality Christmas icon sets — right in time before the deadline. In this post we are glad to release three beautiful high-quality Christmas icon sets — you can use them for free without any restrictions whatsoever.

You can use all sets for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

Smashing Christmas Icon Set

The Russian design studio SoftFacade1 has chosen a quite unusual approach in design of the Christmas icons set. They put a lot of efforts to come up with some really unusual approach. While the icons exhibit designers’ close attention to the smallest details, they are also very colorful and can be used to decorate your weblog according to the Christmas theme.

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The set includes 10 icons — RSS, Shopping cart, Portfolio, Comment, Links, User, Calendar, Contacts, Social networks and Print. The icons are available in resolutions 64×64px, 128×128px and as illustrations in formats .png and .ico. The icons were designed exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers as the gift to the design community for Christmas. Download the set3 (.zip, 1 Mb)

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Here are some insights from the designers:

“We love Smashing Magazine and we read it regularly, which is why we were more than happy to design a Christmas icon set for the readers of Smashing Magazine. Together with the SM team we discussed what types of icons are more likely to be interesting and useful for a wide variety of SM readers, and decided to get creative to make the set literally stand out.

Afterwards we took some time to come up with metaphors that wouldn’t be as common and as boring as most Christmas icons are. We really wanted to design something memorable and outstanding. Once the rought drafts were done, we started to design icons in Photoshop.

In the end, icons have become very colorful, very unusual and with close attention to the smallest details — and, in our opinion, it perfectly fits to the atmosphere of Smashing Magazine. We are confident that these icons will help Smashing readers to get into the festive Christmas mood and make their web-sites even more beautiful.

With love to design from Russia, SoftFacade design studio.”

Dellixmas Christmas Icon Set

Wendell Fernandes6, the designer behind the company LogoExpedite.com7, created a more traditional Christmas icon set with 8 icons in dimensions 16×16px – 512×512px. The set contains icons Sitemap, Calendar, Search, Shopping cart, User and RSS. The Adobe Illustrator source image is available as well.

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Dock The Halls Icons Set

Paddy Donnelly11, a designer from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, has asked himself: why not ‘Christmassy’ up your dock and hang up the Adobe family’s stockings? This idea led to the ‘Dock the Halls’ icons set, a set of 20 icons that may put your dock or your blog in a festive mood. The Adobe Illustrator source file is available for free download as well.

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We express sincere gratitude to all designers for their time, their efforts and their good intentions. Thank you.


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    Yeaaaayy !! Graet ! First

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    Now that’s a wonderful set !

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    Also check VistaICO Christmas Pack

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    These are probably some of the most beautiful icons I have ever seen!

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    Great article ;)

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    i want to use them -.- gieeef me a project!!! ^^

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    very nice icons – although maybe a little bit late, I will surely use some of them for my website!

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    TJ @ Smartblogtips

    December 17, 2008 5:47 am

    Very Nice icon sets. Especially the first two.

    Thanks and Regards

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    Great icons! The RSS in the snow globe is a great concept.

    We put together some Holiday Icons as well if you’re looking for a few extra:

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    Oh God….. They are delicious !! Very fruity :D

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    Thanks for the beautiful set of icons.

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    This is just in time for next year!

    I think I’m gonna have my website be like all those houses in the neighborhood that leave the Christmas lights up all year.

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    Softfacade’s pack is really awesome :)
    Featured on GuiPulp ;)

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    Nice work Paddy, I am starting to become a fan of your work. It is great to see an Irish designer on Smashing.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    December 17, 2008 9:00 am

    @Steven (#13): we just checked all links. I couldn’t find a 404 error. Where did you find it?

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    Thanks SM for featuring my icons! :) You guys rock!

    @Declan Cheers, just doing my bit to raise the Irish design profile!

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    I love you :)

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    I have not need for it but it looks really cool, just watching it amazes me. ;-)

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    404 on the first Download link for “Smashing Christmas Icon Set”.

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    They are sooooooooooooo nice…magical

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    Full credit to SoftFacade. Their icon set is absolutely beautiful, unique and fun. Alot of work gone into these.
    If only I could eat pixels :)

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    link above is “404 – Not Found” :)
    btw, it’s nice post, i love it. Thanks anyway.

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    I like these.So perfect!

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    Beautiful icon set.

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    These are so beautiful! :D I love the Santa mailbox!

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    Here there are also other free icons and there are also wallpapers created based on these icons: Free Christmas Icons in .AI format.

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    This set is soooo cute and high quality !! Amazing job and thank you for sharing them :D

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    My Illustrator CS3 says the is not a valid format and cannot be opened.

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    Wonderful icons.

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    Thanks again. This site has provided me with lots of inspiration for my college teaching.

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    Thanks again. This site has provided me with lots of inspiration for my college teaching.

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    For the first icon set, to download use this link:

    Its the second link at the end of the post.

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    wow! this is great. Thanks smashingmag!

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    Great icons. I know it’s a lot of work, thank you all so much for them. Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year. :o)

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    cool set of icons… thanx in millions !!!

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    nice collection!

    best wishes and happy xmas to all!

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    Thank and cool, i really searching alot of those c’mas icon, and this are really great stuff

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    The icon files (ico) are corrupt in this zip. :(

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    Wow, these are so fun. Thanks, SmashingMag!

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    Thank you bro… ;)

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    Really great icons…. It helps me a lot :)

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    Thank’s, it’s cool!

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    Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Thank you so much!!!

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    Just about time!! They’re just so beautiful. Feels like Santa will come 2night :)

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    How festive and beautifully designed!

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    This is very nice.

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    Gracias a vosotros, tengo una web muy elegante y bonita

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    HOLA! Gracias por compartir esto con nosotros…..very cool…Feliz navidad a todos.
    Buon Natale a tutti. Merry Christmas to all

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    gracias men por las imagenes las puedo suvir am pagina con tu permiso man gracias esperava unas navideñas bay

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    Gracias por los regalos y por esta web maravillosa. FELIZ NAVIDAD

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    copadisimo el caledario!!! quiero descargar esas imagenes me encantaron re tiernas son!

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    Ok , enterada y descargando ;)…. estare al pendiente.. feliz navidad para todos……..
    tu tambien regala algo todos los dias :
    Hagámonos mutuamente el más precioso y sanador regalo: el del amor incondicional por nosotros mismos y por los demás.
    atte. ely

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    La web que administro no es precisamente proclive a las fiestas navideñas. Enhorabuena por la pagina y felices fiestas

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    Gracias por el regalo tan adecuado a la fechas que atravesamos. Enhorabuena por esta excelente idea que nos facilitará a todos el trabajo

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    Jose Luis Pérez Vazquez

    December 2, 2009 9:21 am

    Muchas gracias por este tipo de regalos, ya que la temporada lo amerita, gracias por la idea que nos ayudará a decorar nuestra página.

    feliz navidad.

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    muy bueno genial descargando ….

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    Thanks man,

    I was searching around and fount this post. Loads of other icons are quiet crappy to be honest. These look very nice.

    Have a great christmas, best wishes for 2010!

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    Love these, thank you and Happy Holidays xox

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    One of these icons are coming in very handy for my quick little Christmas card :D.

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    Love these icons…. great work :) HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    These icons and pics + cartoons are awsome!!

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    Thank you so much for these icons, I’ll use them when Christmas comes =)

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    Yay….wonderful set…in time to create a real christmas spirit! Thanks!

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    naturally beautiful
    very awesome!
    this is what we call
    a touch of art!
    thank you so much!

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