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What to Write in a Birthday Card

There are many articles and blogs written about what to write in a ‘name the occasion’ card. Plus, there are websites that have quotes and poems and all sorts of ways to say Happy Birthday.

The message you want to write depends on who the card is for and what type of relationship you have with that person.

  • Is it a family member or a friend?

Chances are you don’t want to write the same message to your mom as you would to your best friend who you had a few drinks with last weekend or vice versa.

  • Are you close to the person or just know them well enough to give them a card?

  • Would a heartfelt message or a funny message be better received?

You can start your search with ‘what to write in a birthday card’ and Google fills in the rest:

Google Search:  what to write in a birthday card
an actual Google search

Here are some I found:

General (can be personalized for anyone)
  • I hope all your birthday wishes will come true!

  • Enjoy your special day. Here's to best birthday ever!

  • Hope your birthday is as special as you are.

  • You get more amazing every year. Hope your birthday is, too!

  • Happy Birthday to one of the few people whose birthday I can remember without a Facebook reminder.

  • I’m so grateful that you were born. Happy Birthday!

  • Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

  • Don’t think of another birthday as getting older, think of it as becoming vintage.

For a friend or family member that lives in a different city/town
  • Wish we could see each other more, but I hope you know how much you mean to me. Sending you big hugs for your birthday!

  • Have an amazing birthday celebration because you make my life truly amazing, no matter how far apart we may be! Miss you!

For Mom
  • I may not be there in person but I’m sending love, happiness and hugs every day until I see you again. Happy Birthday Mom.

  • Make a wish that’s just for you, Mom. You deserve all your dreams to come true.

  • An amazing mom deserves an amazing day. Hope it’s happy from beginning to end!

For Dad
  • Dad, you are my hero and role model. Happy Birthday!

  • Happy Birthday Dad and thanks for never strangling me Homer Simpson style even though I probably deserved it.

  • I could never get you a gift that would come close to all you’ve done for me. So, I just got you a card. Happy birthday!

For Sister
  • Happy birthday to mom’s second favorite!

  • Even if you weren’t my sister, I’d want you as my friend. Happy Birthday Sis!

For Brother
  • Happy Birthday! The most incredible brother deserves all the happiness in the world today

  • Happy birthday to the best brother anyone could ask for.

You may not find the perfect words to convey everything that the person means to you and that’s okay.

The words don’t need to be deep or poetic or perfect, they just need to be from you.

The important thing is wishing the person a happy birthday.

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