West Midlands Police are sending personalised Christmas cards to criminals warning them to stay away from a life of crime.
The cards, which come in two varieties, are being distributed over the next few days.
The greeting cards are specifically aimed at repeat offenders and hope to deter burglars, robbers and car thieves living in the region from committing further crimes.
"All the presents in the world won't make up for your lack of presence" is the message written on all cards.
The rest of the missive depends on a criminal's personal circumstances.
Felons with a family will receive cards with a wide-eyed child telling their parent that "all I want for Christmas is for you to be there".
For single criminals, the police have opted for a card showing a Christmas dinner table and the words "all we want for Christmas is for you to be there".
The force's Chief Superintendent, Neil Evans, said that "the temptation to commit crime can rise over the seasonal period when members of the public are purchasing high value items".
"We're offering help so our message is, don't ignore it - accept it," he added.
Inside the card is information on how to make contact with officers to seek help with getting off drugs, finding somewhere to live or staying out of trouble with the authorities.