The silly season is near

The best part of Christmas has to be the lead up. The weather is warmer, shoulders and winter-white arms get some much-needed sun, the shops are getting carol-happy and stocking all-things-Christmas, and the Butterfly team is no exception – we begin decorating the office midway through November to echo the festive mood.

There is an abundance of wonderful Christmas themed websites, videos, gifs, recipes and campaigns that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. Here are a few of our favourites from 2013 and beyond.

The goal is to inspire some fantastic Christmas campaigns aligned with your organisation's digital marketing initiatives.

Bauballs

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With the aim to raise both funds and awareness for testicular cancer, the folks at Bauballs have devised a cheeky play on 'Santa's sack' by creating a set of Christmas 'balls' for your tree.

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3D Printed cookies

3D PRINTED CHRISTMAS COOKIES from Ralf Holleis on Vimeo.

Food is undoubtedly one of the perks of Christmas, it's an all-out excuse to eat and drink whatever, whenever you want. The Ralf Holleis design studio have crafted these adorable Christmas cookies using 3D printing technology. It won't be long now before all our food is extruded through plastic pipes connected to machines!

Watch the video to see how it's done.

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Creative print advertising campaigns

We're always on the lookout for creative marketing campaigns that are both eye-catching and inspiring. Here are a few of our faves:

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Parcel memory game

parcelmemory.com

The Swedish Post created an amazing campaign to celebrate Christmas with their customers – a giant, real-time game of memory with prizes up for grabs. The game took 30 hours to complete and ties in perfectly with the actual parcel service that the Swedish post provides.

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Gifs, gifs and more gifs!

This animated image file format has had a renaissance over the past few years. As web users, we've become accustom to sending and receiving these quick, video-like files to convey feelings, tone and emotion. Our collection of cool Christmas paraphernalia would not be complete without a smattering of these little babies.

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The 12 Days of Leftovers (video)

We stumbled across this video by pure chance and it's got to be one of the best Christmas video parodies ever (no exaggeration). The sad fact is that holidays come and go, with the only residue being a buffet of leftovers.

Enter Crusty, Fuzzy, Icky and Slimy – who better to tell you about it than the leftovers themselves? We take a peek into the fridge via this holiday song with a silver lining – courtesy of The Outback Steakhouse.

The QVB gift finder

Qvb.com.au/giftfinder

Developed by Butterfly, the QVB gift finder is a custom application that allows customers to explore a range of gifts located within the QVB 50+ stores. Designed in conjunction with their Christmas campaign, the gift finder provides a curated online experience with integrated social sharing.

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