What to Write in a Birthday Card

In an ever-increasing digital world, actual, physical, you-can-hold-them-in-your-hand birthday cards seem downright decadent.

The texture of the paper, the images and words, the giver’s handwritten words all conspire for a self-indulgent treat.

Take that birthday card to the next level (birthday card ala mode?) by including some special words of your own.

Not sure where to start? These tips can help make that birthday card a highlight of the day.

Birthday Card Sentiments Speak Volumes

Not long ago, I went to a funeral where several people said, “I wish I had the chance to tell her how much she meant to me while she was alive….” Let us learn from their experience!

Not long ago, I went to a funeral where several people said, “I wish I had the chance to tell her how much she meant to me while she was alive….” Let us learn from their experience!

The great news about a birthday card is the person is still VERY much alive. Tell them what you love about them, why you’re glad they’re in your life, wishes for the future…

Birthday Card Wishes Can Have Many Different Meanings

Happy Birthday cards are, by definition, meant to be happy. But do you want to be romantic, funny, aspirational, spiritual…?

Before you start writing, decide what feeling you hope the reader will have after reading the birthday card. By doing this at the outset, you’re far more likely to achieve the desired feeling.

Personalized Birthday Cards Become Sweeter

Imagine writing, “Happy Birthday to someone who lights up the room.”

At first blush, it seems like a lovely sentiment…though a tad generic.

Try personalizing it and see how much lovelier it becomes:

“Happy Birthday to someone who lights up the room and takes my breath away every morning when I wake up next to her.”

Sooooo much better! 

Practice before you bring pen to birthday card

Since texting and typing have taken over modern “written” communications, few people write personal expressions to each other these days.

If you’re not sure what to say, practice writing (or typing!) your wishes first. You can edit away and once you’re satisfied, copy the final version onto the card.

Birthday Quotes Can Be a Great Addition to Any Card

If the muses just aren’t with you, repurpose someone else’s muse…or at least their words.

Whether calling upon Pablo Picasso when he said, “Youth has no age” or George Meredith’s aphorism, Don't just count your years, make your years count”, including quotes can make birthday wishes much more vibrant.  

Birthday Cards Reinforce Why We're Special and Who We're Special To

Once a year, we get a day all to ourselves.  We count on the most important people in our lives to remember this day.  When they give us a birthday card that makes us feel loved and appreciated, it makes the day that much sweeter.


Sending or giving birthday cards to make the world a kinder, happier place...even as COVID19 continues?  You might enjoy Stuck at Home? 10 Ideas for a Socially Distant Birthday Celebration.

 


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