The holidays are almost upon us, and what could instantly get us into the mood more than a cool desktop wallpaper? After all, if you spend the majority of your time in front of a computer screen, then the desktop is probably one of the things you see most often. So let it be changed to something related to the upcoming commercial orgies, and get into the proper spirit.
Here are 5 good sources for decorating your desktop.
HD Wallpapers has, as the name suggests, high quality, high definition wallpapers for the holidays. They have wallpapers in other categories too, so this is a site you should bookmark for throughout the year, when you are in need of a desktop refresh. Resolutions go up to a huge 3840 x 2160, so use this to give your desktop a visual sumptuous feast.
This is a collection of 50 different wallpapers, sourced from various sites, including DeviantArt and VladStudio. Most of the desktop wallpapers go up to a resolution of 1920 x 1080, although some go a bit higher. And if nothing takes your fancy, scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the wallpapers from the previous years too. If you STILL can’t find something after that, then you really are fussy!
This is a collection of 60 different holidays wallpapers, from all over the Interwebs, including VladStudio, WallpaperStock, and FreeChristmasWallpapers. On some of them, resolutions go up to a very nice 2560 x 1600, and there’s even one of Heath Ledger as the Joker in Batman, if that is your thing for the holidays.
Now it goes without saying that it shouldn’t only be your computer desktop that gets all the love. Your smartphone should get some too, as many people use them as mini-computers in their pocket. So there are many pages dedicated to finding the best wallpaper for all occasions, resized for the mobile phone screen (or the tablet screen).
Android Central is a good source for Android wallpapers, whether for the phone or for the tablet. You need to register before you can download, but I’m sure you have a throwaway email address for such things. If not, in the past, we have profiled sites that offer disposable email addresses for such a purpose. You can also browse the Google Play category, as well as AndroidWalls.
Finally we come to iOS. There are many sites catering to the iPhone / iPad wallpaper enthusiast, and it was tough to come up with a top contender (although back in 2010, Steve came up with some awesome Christmas wallpaper apps). So I personally will settle on a website everyone should read if they have a deep interest in design — Smashing Magazine. This site has regular wallpaper-themed posts and Christmas / Holidays are no exception.
This post from SM has links to various design websites, each with their own collection of 20, 30, even 70 different wallpapers, for both the iPhone and the iPad. It will take you ages to go through it, and I’m sure you will find something to make that iOS device look cool. If not, check out this Pinterest board for other ideas.
What holidays-themed wallpapers do you use for your computer and / or your phone/tablet? Let us know the links to the sites in the comments.