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What To Write In A Birthday Card

Updated on July 21, 2013

It can be hard to think of the perfect message to write in a birthday card for your friends and family. This article will help you find the perfect thing to write.

Funny Birthday Card Quotes

These are funny birthday quotes by famous people which are perfect for putting in a birthday card.

"You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, 'See if you can blow this out.'"
Jerry Seinfeld

"You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake."
Bob Hope

"To me - old age is always ten years older than I am."
John Burroughs

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."
Lucille Ball

“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.”
Larry Lorenzoni

"There is still no cure for the common birthday.”
John Glenn

Funny Birthday Card Messages If Your Present Is...

Funny quotes for birthday cards if your present is a cake

"I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake."
Mitch Hedberg

"Let them eat cake."
(Marie Antoinette*)

Funny quotes for birthday cards if your present is homemade

"Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time."
Doug Coupland

"It's the thought that counts."

Inspirational Sayings For A Birthday Card

These thought-provoking, inspirational quotes will go perfectly into a meaningful birthday card.

"Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new."
Sammy Hagar

"It takes a long time to grow young."
Pablo Picasso

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."
William Shakespeare

Rhymes to Put in a Birthday Card

Once a year we get an excuse to eat cake,
I'm gonna make the most of it, make no mistake!

Happy Birthday to my best friend,
I hope this day will never end.
(So that neither of us need to have another birthday ever again!)

Happy Birthday to you my dear,
You're looking younger every year!

Unique Birthday Card Idea - Book Passage

Why not put a passage from your friend/family member's favourite book into their birthday card? The best bits are of course birthday scenes, where you could change the name of the character having a birthday to your friend's name. For example, if your friend was a fan of the Harry Potter books, you could include the following passage:

Uncle Vernon made a funny rasping noise.
'I demand you leave at once, sir!' he said. 'You are breaking and entering!'
'Ah, shut up, Dursley, yeh great prune,' said the giant. He reached over the back of the sofa, jerked the gun out of Uncle Vernon's hands, bent it into a knot as easily as if it had been made of rubber, and threw it into a corner of the room.
Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on.
'Anyway - (your friend's name here),' said the giant, turning his back on the Dursleys, 'a very happy birthday to yeh.'

Belated Birthday Card Messages Ideas

What should you write in a card if you've forgotten someone's birthday or you are late in giving it for some other reason?

What about:

It's no wonder I can't remember your birthday since you never look any older!

The dog ate my birthday card.

Heartfelt Birthday Card Messages

Likely the most treasured cards of all, this is one you must come up with yourself. These can get quite long (take up the entire inside of the card long) but don't fall into the trap of spewing out junk just to fill in the blank spaces- the old adage "quality over quantity" holds true.

How to write a heartfelt birthday card

Some ideas of things to talk about in your heartfelt birthday card include:

  • That you are glad you have them in your life, and hope they have a great birthday because they deserve it.
  • Why the person is special to you - what qualities do they have that you treasure? Funny, kind, upbeat etc. Avoid this turning into a laundry list- if you have a lot of things to say for this part, consider including a few examples of things they've done that show these attributes to show that they're not just empty words on your part.
  • Things in the past year you have enjoyed doing with them, such as working, a hobby, lunches, shopping etc..
  • How you hope to spend time together in the near future


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      sandeep mam 3 years ago

      I'm confident you’ll have a happy birthday. That's because when it comes to having birthdays, you've had a lot of experience

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Doc you have a great collection of birthday wishes. I love the images too.