What to Write in a Birthday Card

What to Write in a Birthday Card

It’s someone’s birthday, and you want to get them a card to celebrate the occasion. But what should you say beyond, “Happy birthday?” We’ll take a look at some of the ways you can add a bit of personal touch to any birthday card you send.

Basic Birthday Cards

Sometimes you just need to keep it simple. Short and sweet birthday greetings can be perfect when the card you’re sending already says it all, or you need a basic greeting for someone you might not know as well. Here is some sample wording to use when sending out a basic birthday card.

  • Sending you the warmest wishes on your birthday.
  • Happy, happy, happy birthday!
  • Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Birthday Cards for Her

Send the women in your life a sincere and thoughtful birthday card. And, if you’re sending a card to someone you’ve sent many cards to over the years, it’s always nice to write a meaningful message that they’ll remember. Here is some sample wording to use.

  • Happy birthday to my beautiful wife.
  • To the most amazing mom! Happy birthday! Let’s celebrate with a day that’s all about you!
  • We couldn’t be more proud to have you as our daughter. Happy birthday, sweetheart!

Birthday Cards for Him

Whether it’s dads, husbands, brothers, or sons, you’ll want to get a card that fits their style and says exactly what you want to say on their birthday. Write a note that’s simple or something more heartfelt. Here is some sample wording to use.

  • To my hero, my dad. Happy birthday.
  • You may be an adult now, but you’re still my kid brother! Happy birthday to the best brother anyone could ever have!
  • Happy birthday to the most amazing man. I love you and am so grateful you are in my life!

Birthday Cards for Kids

When it comes to cards for kiddos, stick to the basics. Keep it short and simple. And don’t forget to include their age in your personal message. Adults may not necessarily want to be reminded of their age, but kids love when someone remembers exactly how old they are now. Here is some sample wording to use.

  • Happy birthday to the most awesome 7 year old!
  • It’s Princess Lisa’s big day! Have a royally sweet 4th birthday!
  • Celebrate a whole year of fun being 12!

Milestone Birthdays Cards

If someone you know is celebrating a milestone birthday (e.g. ages 16, 21, 30, 40, and 50), giving them a card that marks the occasion is a nice way to commemorate the day. Most milestone birthday cards have the age number prominently featured in the card design. But, you can and should add that number into your personal message too. Not sure what to say on a milestone birthday? Here is some sample wording to use.

  • 40 never looked so good!
  • Congratulations on your big day! You’re still just as amazing at 60!
  • Look out world! Happy sweet sixteen to you!

Belated Birthdays Cards

It happens. Sometimes you forget a birthday. Better late than never when it comes to sending out a belated birthday card. You can approach this card with humor or with sincere apology. You can find cards that are made specifically to address a belated birthday. Or, if you already purchased a regular birthday card but forgot to send it out, simply add a belated birthday note in the handwritten message. Here is some sample wording to use.

  • It’s a little late...but here’s to the happiest of birthdays!
  • I’m so sorry I forgot your big day. Even though it didn’t arrive on your birthday, here’s a little birthday cheer to help you celebrate all month long!
  • At least my birthday text was on time! Here’s to a Happy Birthday!

Funny Birthday Cards

Sending a funny card is one classic way to celebrate a birthday. Of course, you can find cards that are funny or silly. But, what kind of handwritten message should you write in a funny birthday card? Should it be just as funny? You can, of course, keep it simple. Here are a few examples of wording to use.

  • Happy birthday! Let’s party!
  • Bottoms up, birthday boy!
  • Here’s to you!

Say it with Love: Birthday Card Wording Made Easy

No matter what type or style of birthday card you’re looking for, these tips on birthday card wording can help add a personal touch to any card you send. Writing a personal note is the perfect way to let them know you care.