What To Write in a Birthday Card

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Last updated April 12, 2023

Birthdays are a pretty big deal because they’re the one day a year that’s all about those special people that mean so much to us. Picking out the perfect card is one thing, but what about the message inside? Some of us may be inclined to pick up a pen and write out a heartfelt sentiment with no problem, while others have trouble finding more to say than a simple “happy birthday.” No matter where you are on the scale, here are some tips on what to write on a birthday card.

Casual Birthday Wishes in Cards

If you feel like your card would be better left with something short and sweet, here are some phrases for a birthday card you can use in this scenario. Adding a little extra personality and warmth without being too wordy can go a long way.

  • I hope your [insert number] birthday is one to remember!
  • Wishing you the happiest birthday ever. Love you!
  • Here’s to another year of being the best you that you can be. Happy birthday.
  • I hope you get everything you want this year and more!
  • Thanks for always being here. Happy birthday!
  • I hope that your next year is the best yet.

Picking out a personalized card is an easy way to let the card do most of the writing for you. These simple messages can be added inside for a little extra thought and personalization so that the recipient knows you were thinking about them.

Belated Birthday

Whether you’ve missed a birthday because of being busy, memory lapse, or any other reason, it’s always nice to send a card once you remember. The saying goes, “better late than never,” right? Here’s how to write happy birthday wishes in a belated birthday card.

  • Sorry this is reaching you late, but would it really be from me if it wasn’t? Happy belated birthday!
  • I hope your birthday was full of fun. I thought I would extend the celebration and send this to you a little late to keep the celebration going.
  • Birthday texts count for something, right? At least I was on time for that.

Choosing whether or not to include the belated portion is entirely up to you. You can also find cards made specifically for this that’ll send the message for you.

For Mom and Dad

What to write in a birthday card for your parents depends entirely on your relationship with them. For the most part, appreciation, love, and happy wishes will be your best bet. You can keep it heartfelt and add in a special memory or make it more upbeat with some humor and portray the best birthday card messages with these ideas. And of course, make sure to include a note mentioning “with love

For Mom

  • You’re the best mom ever. Love you.
  • Each year that goes by makes me realize how lucky I am to have you as my mom. Happy birthday.
  • Sorry for all of the gray hairs. Love, the reason for all of your stress.
  • I hope you get to relax and enjoy your special day this year. You deserve it.
  • Do you remember that birthday when [insert special memory]? I hope this birthday is as great as that one was.

For Dad

  • To the man who showed me everything I need to know. Happy birthday.
  • Happy birthday to the best dad there is.
  • Don’t think of it as getting older; think of it as getting wiser. Happy birthday!
  • Your birthday is the perfect day to remind you of how much I appreciate you.
  • Remember that year when we did [insert memory]? Let’s do that again soon.

Cute Things To Say on a Birthday Card for Your Child

Birthdays are always bittersweet when it comes to your own children. You’re sad they’re growing up but also excited to watch them mature. Adding a special message is a great way to show them just how much they mean to you. Keeping it short and sweet is the key here because they’ll probably be excited to open presents and get through the card part quickly.

  • I can’t believe you’re already [insert number]! I love you so much!
  • Happy birthday to my favorite [insert number] year old!
  • I’m so proud of the person you’re becoming. Happy birthday!
  • I hope this year is the best yet! Happy [insert number] birthday.
  • How is that you’re [insert number] already? I love being able to watch you grow up. Happy birthday.
  • Happy birthday to our favorite little superhero. We love you.
  • Happy birthday to our favorite princess. We love you so much.

Not every adult likes to be reminded of how old they are, but kids certainly do. If your card doesn’t have their age on it somewhere, be sure to include it somewhere in your message.

For Your Significant Other

If the birthday is being celebrated by your significant other, it’s time to get creative and make the most out of it. Adding in some flirtatious fun might make them blush, but they’ll definitely remember these birthday wishes. If your relationship is more serious, you can take this opportunity to strengthen it even more. Here are some messages to write in birthday cards for that special someone in your life.

  • I’m so thankful that you came into my life. Happy birthday.
  • Thank you for making today and every day better — happy birthday, [affectionate nickname].
  • I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday with you. I hope it’s the best one yet! Thanks for sharing this day, and every day, with me.
  • I can’t wait to spoil you today. You deserve it.
  • All I got you this year is kisses, is that okay? Happy birthday, [affectionate nickname]!

Using a nickname will instantly make your birthday card more personal. Be sure to use personalized words that spruce up your card. If you can’t find a card that you think is perfect for your special someone, use this opportunity to make the most out of a blank card.

Birthdays are the perfect time to make those special people in your life feel even more loved. A quick message to let them know you’re thinking of them on their birthday will bring a smile to their face and warmth to their heart. If you’re interested in a little help keeping up with the family and employee birthdays in your life, reach out to us at Handwrytten to learn about our available services.

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