What to Write in a Birthday Card: Messages, Wishes and Quotes

Ah, Birthdays. A joyous time for celebrations, fun and happiness. Who doesn’t love a birthday? You get a party, gifts and cards. But knowing what to write in a birthday card can be tricky.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. From touching and sincere messages to funny examples and birthday quotes, you’ve got everything you could need right here. We’re sure you will find the best message for whoever’s Birthday it is.

What to Write in a Birthday Card

If you want to write your own birthday message rather than using a pre written one then follow some of these tips to make sure it’s perfect.

  1. Consider who the message is for and then the type you’re going to write for them. For example if it’s to a close friend you might want to go with something funny and irreverent. For your mom or dad a touching message might be more fitting. So the recipient will determine the sort of message you use.
  2. Make your message personal to the recipient. You want to avoid your message sounding generic and like anyone could have written it. So maybe reference something only you could know – talk about experience you went through together, possibly an in-joke between the two of you. Making the message personal sets it apart from the rest and shows you took the time to consider what you were writing.
  3. If you got a gift to go with their card then you might want to reference that in your message.
  4. Do a rough draft first. This way if you make any mistakes or you end up wanting to change the wording you can do so before you’ve commuted it to the card. You can also check your pen for smudging or ink blobs this way as well.
  5. Keep it short. Whilst you shouldn’t feel like you have to keep it to only a few words you also don’t want to turn it into an essay! So try to be concise and not go on for too long.

What Not to Write

There are a few things you will want to avoid writing in a birthday card. Avoid these to make sure you don’t cause any offence or have your message come across the wrong way.

  1. Generally if you’re going to include any sort of joke you need to be careful. Knowing the person well is essential, and being certain they’re the type who can laugh at themselves.
  2. Anything that touches on death or end if life should be steered well clear of. Birthdays are meant to be fun and celebratory, so joking about someone’s death could really dampen the mood.
  3. Try to stay on the side of being cheeky and witty rather than getting personal and nasty.
  4. It depends on who you are sending it to but raunchy or smutty jokes should largely be avoided. Let’s face it – you wouldn’t send your mom sister a birthday card with a dirty joke!
  5. And finally, don’t use anything that could be considered racist, stereotyping gender or religion, or just discriminatory.

But of course with all these you will be the best judge of what is or isn’t appropriate for sending to the recipient of your birthday message. Just be mindful of some of the areas you may end up causing offence.

Birthday Card Messages

These are general birthday messages that can be used in most situations and for most people. They’re a good starting point but if you want messages for specific people (friends, mom, dad, boyfriend etc) then scroll down.

Birthday Wishes and Messages

Funny Quotes

Birthdays are a great time to have some fun and make a joke about the birthday or girl. So try one of these funny birthday wishes for your card and put a smile on someone’s face.

Happy Birthday Wishes

Funny Birthday Sayings

For Friends

Friends deserve only the best birthday card messages. Make them
personal, sincere and let them show just how much you treasure having them in your life. So use one of these sentiments to wish your friends a happy birthday.

For Mom

Let your mom know how important she is to you by wishing her a special Happy Birthday.

Happy birthday to your Mom

For Dad

Just like with your mom, tell your dad just how special he is to you on his birthday and let him know how much you care.

For Boyfriend

Tell your boyfriend just how much you love him with a sweet Birthday message or sentiment.

For Girlfriend

Use these messages and wishes for a sweet, cute and romantic Birthday greeting for your girlfriend.

Birthday Card Messages for Girlfriend

For Husband

These birthday card messages are for all the husbands out there who have been the backbone of the family and rock in your life.

For Wife

A wife is one of the most important people in your life so wish her a happy birthday with one if our messages.

Famous Birthday Quotes

Include a famous and memorable Birthday quote in your card to make it stand out from the rest.

Belated Birthday Messages

Sp you’re a little late – who’s counting? If you’re trying to make amends or apologies for running late with a birthdays card or wishes then try one of these messages.

Belated Birthday Messages

Facebook Birthday Wishes

Share these Birthday wishes on Facebook with friends and family. Maybe even include a Birthday picture or meme to go with them.

Hopefully these examples will have helped you find the perfect words for your card. Writing a message doesn’t have to be difficult. Just take your time to think about what you want to say, and write from the heart. So, that’s answered the question of what to write in a birthday card – now it’s your turn to get writing!

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