Not everyone takes greeting cards seriously, even for major milestones like a wedding and birthday. Consequently, if someone goes out of their way to send a card “just because,” it stands out.
Whether this is your first impulse to send a card out of the blue or you’re quite the regular, writer’s block may sometimes get in the way. In that case, don’t worry! This guide to writing a handwritten “just because” card is here to help!
Below, you’ll find several suggestions and tips for writing out what’s in your heart.
Most people feel obligated to send cards for holidays and special occasions. Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, or even funny Christmas cards, for example, almost never pass without a stack of cards from friends and relatives. Business occasions, like a farewell card or get well soon card for a colleague or a thank you card for a customer are also common. It’s much more rare to receive a handwritten card outside of the usual obligations.
Sending a “just because” card shows that the receiver is extra special to you. You’ve taken the time to buy a card, write out a thoughtful message, and send it through snail mail. While it isn’t a monumental task, most people don’t bother.
If there is someone special in your life, or if you’re looking to build stronger relationships, you should consider sending a card just because!
Before you can start drafting up a message, you’ll need to make sure it’s appropriate for the receiver. Identify who you’re sending the card to and what your relationship with them is like. You’ll also want to make sure that the receiver will think the card is sweet or funny, not awkward or weird.
Thinking about your relationship with the person receiving the card can also lead to a great message. For example, you could try asking yourself some of the following questions:
These questions will not only help you assess your relationship, but can also act as great icebreakers for your message.
Next, you’ll want to consider whether you’ll be sending the card along with a gift. Should your message mention the bouquet of flowers you’ll be sending? Are you sending a “just because” card to accompany a box of chocolates?
Gift card messages are a great transition into the rest of your thoughtful message. Try breaking out of your writer’s block by thinking about the gift you’ll sending with the card, or make a joke to accompany the present.
With that being said, what are different ways to write unexpected letters?
Writing a “just because” message is very different from writing a farewell message for a colleague, but in general, writing a message for a card requires three parts, which we explain below. Following a formula can help you break out of writer’s block and write an appropriate message, regardless of who the receiver is. Each part can be as short or as long as you want, depending on the size of the card and your relationship with the other person.
This greeting can have something to do with how long it’s been since you’ve seen each other or spoken. It can also be a more personal message, such as an inside joke or salutation that you both typically use with each other.
The body of the message should cover the “what” or “why” you’re writing. This part can be more difficult with a “just because” card since you aren’t writing them for a particular reason. However, you can mention that you were thinking about them and ellaborate from there.
Try talking about what made you think of them. Or, you can address why you are sending a them an unexpected gift.
Finally, wrap things up with a line that looks towards the future or offers warm wishes. You can try referring to the next time you’ll see them, or mention that you hope to see them soon. You can also include that you’re looking forward to hearing back from them, or hope they’re having a great day.
Now that you understand the basic formula of writing a “just because” card, you’re ready to start writing! If you still need some extra inspiration, below are some examples and tips according to your relationship with the receiver.
Everyone has a different relationship with their parents. This relationship, however, is almost certainly a warmer and closer than the ones you have with coworkers, clients, and other formal connections. Therefore, you can write them a thoughtful message with your close relationship in mind.
As children, we often move out and start our lives, leaving our parents behind. You might live close and visit often, or you might live across the country and only see them for holidays. Either way, a “just because” card will certainly warm their heart and let them know you haven’t forgotten them.
Here are some good examples of phrases to use:
These phrases will make your parents feel special and remind them of the fun things you used to do together when you lived at home.
For many people, grandparents were the “more fun parents” who watched you while your parents were working or taking care of errands. You may have also had some fun trips together or summers with your grandparents, where they let you get away with things that your parents would never.
To send your grandparents a special card message, think about the loving connection you have with them, that you don’t have with anyone else.
Some good examples of phrases to use are:
Draw from the warm little memories you have growing up around your grandparents to write the best “just because” card.
Siblings have a relationship unique from any other. There’s probably no one else that frustrates you just as much as you love them, maybe aside from your spouse. To write the perfect “just because” card for your sibling, you’ll need to tap into that special, unique relationship.
It shouldn’t be too hard to come up with inside jokes or funny memories. If you can’t think of any, try to remember one of the best times you ever had with them. Tap into your favorite thing you used to do together or traditions you still hold today.
An example could be:
Use those memories and jokes to your advantage when writing your handwritten message!
Much like your siblings, you probably have a ton of inside jokes to draw from when writing a friendship card. If you’ve known each other your whole lives, you can talk about how lucky you feel to have grown up together. If you’ve just recently met, you can talk about how nice it is that you’re become lasting friends.
Some examples could be:
With these simple prompts, you can get creative to make a the perfect card that is both funny and heartwarming.
If you’re feeling extra generous this month, you might be thinking that your coworker could use a little pick-me-up. Having a close friend at work can be what saves you during the most boring or stressful months. Showing your appreciation can strengthen that bond, especially if you want to send an employee a birthday card.
Depending on how close you are, your card to a coworker will probably be less casual than it is with family and best friends. Some great ways to show appropriate appreciation are:
Bonus: contributing to your workplace by patting coworkers on the back for a job well done can boost morale and improve everyone’s productivity!
Reaching out to clients and customers for no other reason than to show you care is a great way of building customer loyalty and trust. You’ll build a relationship with them that goes beyond your brand and increase the chances they’ll keep coming back.
Try phrases like:
With gracious messages that are lacking any marketing and sales tactics, your customers will know you truly care.
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