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What to Write in a Greeting Card

What to Write in a Greeting Card

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02 Sep 2019

There’s nothing quite as personal as adding your own message to a thank you, Christmas or birthday card. But finding the perfect words isn’t always easy. Need some help adding a personal message to your greeting cards? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve covered every occasion from birthdays to weddings to help you write the best card messages. 


What to Write in a Birthday Card

Card shops leaving you uninspired? The birthday card message you choose will obviously depend on who you’re sending it to – is it your best mate who you go out with on the weekends, or your elderly relative who likes to keep cards as keepsakes? Here are a few messages to suit different possible recipients.

Funny Birthday Card Messages

There’s nothing wrong with poking a little fun at a friend. Here are a couple of short and sweet ideas to get you inspired.

  • Congratulations! You’re half way to [Double Their Age, e.g. if they’re 30, put 60]
  • I made you a birthday cake to celebrate, but I couldn’t light the candles. It turns out the fire department requires a permit for bonfires.
  • Happy Birthday, Old Friend


Sentimental Birthday Card Messages

For a family member’s special day, you need to write an extra special message to celebrate. Here are a couple of short and long message examples to help you out.

  • Hope your special day brings you all that your heart desires! Here’s wishing you a day full of pleasant surprises! Happy birthday!
  • Thinking of you on this very special day, Happy Birthday
  • Birthdays come around once a year, but friends like you are once in a lifetime

What to Write in a Christmas Card

Sending personalised Christmas cards this year? You’ll need an extra festive message to go in this type of card!

  • Wishing you peace, love and joy this Christmas
  • I hope your Christmas is full of laughter, happiness and eggnog
  • Thanks for a great year! I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year
  • As the year ends, I’m reminded of how much your friendship has meant to me this past year. Thank you so much for being a great friend.
  • I don’t usually write Christmas cards, but when I do, I usually write the same thing in all of them.
  • Ho Ho Hope you’ve been good this year. Merry Christmas!

What to Write in a Thank You Card

Greeting cards are a great way to say thanks – and writing your own message gives it a real personal touch. This can be to give special thanks to a colleague or teacher, for a present or even just a note to a friend.

  • You’re the best!
  • Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughtful present
  • You have no idea how much your help and support means to me
  • Thanks for feeding the cat while we were away
  • Thank you for your invaluable mentoring these past three months. Seeing how you work has been an invaluable experience and I’m grateful to have had the chance to work with you so closely.


What to Write in a Wedding Card

Weddings are such a special time and a card is the perfect way to congratulate the happy couple. You message is likely to be saved and cherished, so it’s important to create something heart-warming. Here are a few examples.

  • Wishing you a lifetime of happiness
  • Best wishes on your wonderful new journey together
  • Thank you for letting us share such a special day with you
  • Thanks for the free booze! Best wishes on a long and happy marriage
  • Congrats and welcome to the family


What to Write in a New Baby Card

Want to send a congratulations card to the parents of a new baby? Here are some great messages to welcome this new bundle of joy into the world.

  • Welcome to the world! So glad that you’re finally here
  • Congratulations on your beautiful new baby
  • Congratulations! You’re going to be amazing parents


What to Write in a Get Well Card

Get well cards hold great power – one bright and cheery message can really make a difference to someone facing health difficulties. Depending on the person and the severity of their illness, here are a couple of examples you could use.

  • Wishing you a speedy recovery and all our best wishes
  • You are in our thoughts today and always
  • Sending healthy vibes your way!
  • May you be up to old tricks in no time at all
  • You’re one tough cookie!


What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card

Writing a verse for a mother or someone who’s like a mother for Mother’s Day helps show how much you care. Check out these sweet examples for all maternal relationships.

  • I’m so lucky to have you as a mum… but not as lucky as you are for having me as a child!
  • If I could choose my mum again, I’d definitely still choose you! Happy Mother’s Day
  • You do so much for me every day. So this Mother’s Day, put your feet up, sit back and relax, and let me treat you!
  • You may not have given me life, but you’re a huge part of mine. Thank you for being you!
  • The greatest mums are promoted to become the best grandmas! Happy Mother’s Day!


What to Write in a Sympathy Card

Sending your sympathies is never easy. With worries of saying the wrong thing, we forget that a card shows that we’re there for the person in their time of grief, and that they aren’t alone. 

  • I’m so sorry for your loss
  • With deepest sympathy as you remember [Name of person being grieved]
  • Your son touched the lives of so many people. I’m glad I had the chance to know him as a friend.

Tip: For these cards, it might be easier to recall a memory or anecdote, for example “I’ll always remember when John took us all out for ice cream on holiday – such cherished memories.”


What to Write in a Valentine’s Day Card

Should you go soppy and sweet or funny? That’s the ultimate question when writing a Valentine’s Day card. Here are a few examples of different styles so you can pick the best one for your sweetheart.

  • Happy Valentine’s Day to Someone Special
  • All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
  • Sometimes I wonder how you put up with me… But then I remember I have to put up with you so we’re even!
  • Sending Valentine’s Day wishes that are as sweet as you!
  • To the love of my life, Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s to many more!


Now you’ve found the perfect message for your greeting card, it’s time to get designing your own. Use our free templates or start a design from scratch using our design online tool. Looking for more card ideas? Here are 4 ways to get the most out of your greeting cards.

Jessica Lindley

About the Author

Hi, I’m Jessica and I’m instantprint’s Content Executive. I enjoy writing content to help small businesses succeed and inspire them to get creative with their print marketing.