What to Write in a Birthday Card: 10 Great Ideas

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Birthdays are a big deal, and they deserve to be celebrated. After all, birthdays only come around once a year. They’re a great chance to celebrate your loved ones and let them know just how much they mean to you. A birthday card provides the perfect opportunity to let your loved ones know just how you feel.

How to Write a Birthday Card

It’s easy enough to write “Happy birthday” and move on with your day. It’s harder to express just how you feel about a friend or loved one and how thankful you are for everything they bring to your life. Don’t feel pressured to write a novel. The key is to share a few highlights of the things you love about her and end with a sentiment about her birthday. Having trouble coming up with ideas? Think back to a story about her and share why it makes her so great. If you’re still unsure, turn to the ideas below for exactly what to write.

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Top 10 Things to Say in a Birthday Card

Not sure what to say in a birthday card? We’ve gathered up ten great ideas you can write in a birthday card to help get you started:

1. “Enjoy your special day!”

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When it comes to birthday cards, it’s sometimes best to keep them short, sweet, and to the point. Let your loved one know her birthday is her day to enjoy, doing whatever she pleases.

2. “Hope your birthday is as special as you are.”

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Shower your loved one with compliments on her birthday to make the day even sweeter. Let her know just how special and important she is to you — on her birthday and every day.

3. “Can’t wait to celebrate with you.”

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If you plan to celebrate your loved one’s birthday at a later date, let her know that you’re looking forward to the big day.

4. “I’m so thankful for the memories we’ve created through the years and looking forward to creating so many more.”

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Let your loved one know how much the memories you’ve created together mean to you. She’ll appreciate that you’re looking forward to creating more memories with her on her birthday and beyond.

5. “Today’s the perfect day to tell you how I appreciate everything you do.”

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Her birthday only comes around once a year. Use this occasion to let her know just how much you appreciate all that she does for you and everyone around her. Make her feel special and cared for.

6. “Hope your birthday is amazing, just like you.”

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Not only do you hope that her birthday is amazing, but you also want her to know that she is too. Give her a little boost on her birthday that will leave her feeling great for weeks to come.

7. “I hope your birthday is everything you want and then some.”

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Your loved one deserves everything she wants, especially on her special day. Let her know that you hope she receives everything she’s looking for this year and more on her birthday.

8. “Wishing you a day filled with as much love and happiness as you’ve brought to my life.”

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If she’s brought love and happiness into your life, now’s your chance to let her know. Tell her you wish her birthday is as good as all the goodness she brings into your life daily.

9. “Sending you the warmest wishes on your birthday today. I am thinking of you.”


If you can’t be with your loved one on her birthday this year, don’t miss out on the chance to tell her how you feel. Let her know you’re thinking of her, even if you can’t celebrate by her side.

10. “I know this is late, but I couldn’t miss a chance to say happy birthday to one of my favorite people. Hope your day was perfect.”

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If you missed her birthday, don’t despair. You can still send a card and let her know that you don’t want to miss out on the chance to wish her a happy birthday, even if it’s past the actual date.

These ideas will help you the next time you need to write a birthday card. You can pick the options that best work for you and your relationship with the birthday girl or boy. And, paired with a delicious birthday treat or an incredible gift, your message is sure to make their day a whole lot more special.