What to Write in a Greeting Card

Author: Heide Hackworth & Rebecca Robinson   Date Posted:9 February 2023 

Stuck on what to write in a greeting card? It can be tricky to put our feelings into words and to come up with different things to say, which is why we have created this guide to help.

Sending a greeting card is a lovely way to show someone that we care, bring them a little joy and make them feel really special. Here, we cover our top tips on what to write in greeting cards, no matter what the occasion or who you are writing to.


Where to Start When Writing a Heart-Felt Greeting Card?

In order to help your thoughts come out naturally, we recommend writing a draft on scrap paper first. This way you can let the words flow without worrying about making a mistake.

It can help to think about special memories you have shared together, was there anything new or exciting that happened recently? Find a few words that describe this person. Do they make you laugh? Are they always there for you when you need them? Are they the best person to talk to when something is wrong? Think about how this person makes you feel when they are around.

Write down whatever comes to mind, then you will have plenty of material to chose from.


Top Tips For Writing a Card to Someone Special

  • Keep it simple. It truly is the thought that counts! 
  • Be sincere. A card is a great place to tell someone how much you really care about them and how much they mean to you.
  • Thank the person - for the times they were there for you, helping you out, something nice they did for you or the unique qualities they bring to your life.
  • Share a funny memory or story with them.
  • Send some love and encouragement to someone going through a tough time. Let them know that you're thinking about them and that they have your support.
  • Write down all the things that make your friend or family member important to you.
  • Try to think of one thing in particular that you love about each of the following: their personality, their sense of humour, the way they look at life and make it interesting for everyone around them.
  • Think about other things that are unique to them—what makes them stand out from the crowd? What is it about this person that makes you want them around?

Still struggling to get going or find the right thing to say? See below for further tips, quotes and suggestions for every occasion so that you’re never lost for words.

What to write in a greeting card

What to Write in a Birthday Card

Whether you are writing to a loved one, friend or colleague, a handwritten card can make their special day even more memorable. Here are a few ideas to get you going:

  • You're not getting older. You're just becoming a classic.
  • Happy birthday to my best friend! I think you're amazing
  • I love that we can be silly together. I love that we can be serious together. I love that we're growing old together. Happy birthday!
  • You deserve happiness for all the inspiration you give others.
  • I don't know what I'd do without you here by my side. You were always there for me when...
  • I love your sense of humour and unique way of looking at the world. You always make me laugh!


What to write in a Valentine's Day Card

So you got the card (and perhaps some hand-foraged flowers for an extra-special planet friendly touch!)

But what to write? Expressing yourself to your loved one can be a tough one - even if your heart goes BOOM. Telling someone how you really feel doesn’t always come easily. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with some card writing tips for your Valentine.

It can help to think about special memories you have shared together, and write about how amazing that felt. Perhaps the day you met, a funny moment together, or recall a time when the sparks were really flying!

Valentine's day is a moment to express how you really feel to your partner, best friend, sweetheart or all of the above! Think about how much you love their unique personality, sense of humor, or simply how much better life is with them in it. People expect honesty and sincerity in a card, so now’s your chance to really feel the feels.

  • I'm so glad we found each other and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.
  • You're the greatest partner, spouse, friend and lover I could ever ask for.
  • You mean more to me than anything else in this world and there's nothing I wouldn't do for you.
  • You make my heart feel full, and I really love that about you.
  • Thank you for always being there. You mean the world to me.
  • It felt really amazing when we shared that special moment together. (Describe special memory here.)


What to write in a Wedding or Engagement Card

An engagement or marriage is an exciting and time to celebrate love and a heart-felt card is something that is often saved and treasured by the happy couple. Here are some tips for what to write inside a wedding or engagement card:

  • Congratulations on your engagement. We’re thrilled at this exciting news and wish you both many happy days together.
  • Happy Wedding Day! Wishing you beautiful people all the best of luck on your new life together.
  • We’re so happy for you guys because you’re just perfect for each other. You mean the world to us, and we couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter in your lives together.
  • Wishing you joy, love and laughter on your wedding day and and a long and happy life together.


What to Write in an Anniversary Card for a Couple

Celebrating the enduring love of a couple on their wedding anniversary is so special. Here's a few ideas on expressing heartfelt wishes in an anniversary card.

  • Happy anniversary to a couple whose love story is a timeless as a romance novel. [You can add the name of your favourite romance or couple here eg Elizabeth and Darcy] May your journey continue to be filled with love, joy, and countless cherished moments.
  • As you celebrate another year together, we hope you can take a moment to cherish the beautiful memories you've created. Here's to many more years of laughter, love and unforgettable moments.
  • Wishing a happy anniversary to a couple whose connection is truly one of a kind. Your love is an inspiration to me. May your days be filled with endless happiness.
  • Congratulations on reaching another milestone together! Your love and support for each other is truly amazing. Wishing you both a day filled with appreciation for the beautiful journey you've shared.


What to write in an Anniversary Card for your partner

This is a special occasion to look back and reflect on all the good times you’ve had together. Here are some ideas for what to write in an Anniversary card for your partner:

  • Happy anniversary to my beloved husband/wife/partner. You always make me feel special and loved. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.
  • Every love story is special, but ours is my favourite. I love you, happy anniversary.
  • Many people never find their soul mates. How lucky I am to have found mine. Happy anniversary, I love you.
  • There’s no one I’d rather lie on the couch and watch Netflix with. I love doing life with you, happy anniversary.


What to write in a New Baby Card

What a joy it is to welcome a new little one into the world. A beautiful baby card will be cherished as a keepsake for years to come. Here are some ideas:

  • Congratulations on the birth of [Name]! I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are doing well. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help out during this exciting time.
  • Congratulations on the arrival of dear little [First Name Middle Name]. We hope you are all doing well and enjoying those newborn cuddles.
  • We are so happy for your growing family. Congratulations on your new arrival.
  • Congratulations to you all and welcome baby [Name]! We wish you all the happiness in the world.


What to write in a card for your Best Friend

What would you do without your bestie? Sending them a card ‘Just because’ can be a lovely act of friendship. Here are some ideas of what to write in a friendship card:

  • A friend like you makes my life better in every way!
  • I’m so lucky I have someone like you in my life.
  • You always brighten up my day with a smile or encouragement! Thank you for everything you have done for me.
  • Thanks for being there with me through the happy and sad times. It means the world to me to have you in my life.


What to write in an Encouragement card

We all need a little extra encouragement at times. When someone you care about is low help them feel valued by telling them how much you appreciate them, and remind them that they can count on you, no matter what. Here are some ideas of what to write in an encouragement card:

  • I’m so proud of you. Never give up on your dreams.
  • You deserve a hug. I’m sending you one right now.
  • Thank you for being there for me when I needed it. You’re more helpful than you realise. I’m always here for you.
  • You were there when I needed someone to talk to, and you never once judged me or made me feel bad about myself. I’m here for you too.
  • You are so loved. I am here for you whenever you need me.


What to write in a Graduation Card

Graduating from school, tafe or uni sure is is a milestone to be celebrated. Here are some ideas on what to write on a graduation card:

  • Congratulations, you did it! I know it wasn’t easy, but you made it through. Well done!
  • Your graduation is such an exciting moment. We’re so proud of everything you have achieved, and how far you have come as a person.
  • Congratulations! What an impressive achievement, you are an inspiration to us. 


What to write in a Sympathy Card

When someone loses a loved one it can be hard to know what to say. Just know that by sending a card, no matter what you write, shows them that they are not alone. Here are some ideas to help you write in a sympathy card:

  • I am so sorry for your loss.
  • My thoughts and love are with you in this difficult time.
  • There are so many beautiful memories we have shared with [Name of person being grieved], which I’ll always cherish. I’m here for you, whatever you need. With deepest sympathy.
  • I am here for you and your family in your time of grief. Much love.


What to write in a Pet Sympathy Card

Losing a beloved pet can feel like losing one of the family. You can show how much you care by writing a pet sympathy card. Here are a few ideas:

  • I know how much [pet name] meant to you. I’m here for you in this sad time.
  • They were so sweet, and always had a cuddle for me. I’ll miss them so much and am so sorry for your loss.
  • I’m so sorry for your loss. [pet name] was such a special part of your family. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
  • Losing such a big part of your family is so hard. We will miss [pet name] and are here for you.  


What to Write in a New Job Card

If you know someone who has just landed a new job, sending a card is a great way to congratulate them on their new role. Here are some tips on what to write in a new job card:

  • You have worked so hard to get where you are. Congratulations! I am so proud of you.
  • Wishing you all the best in your new job. It sounds amazing and perfect for you!
  • They are so lucky to have you, all the best for your new adventure.


What to Write in a Get Well Card

A get-well-soon card shows kindness and care for a friend or family member when they need it most. Here are some ideas of what to write in a get-well card:

  • Sending all the healing vibes of the universe. Get well soon!
  • We really miss having you around. We hope you are on the mend and can’t wait to see you back in the office soon.
  • Take care of yourself and get well soon. Let us know if there is anything you need. We love you.


What to Write in a Mother’s Day Card

Feeling stuck on what to write in your Mother's Day card? Here are some ideas to help communicate how much your special Mum, Mom or Mother Figure means to you.

  • To the most wonderful mum in the world, I want to take this moment to tell you how much I love you.
  • Mum, your love is the heartbeat of our family, and I am blessed to have you in my life. Happy Mother's Day!
  • Mum, I want to remind you of how incredible you are. You are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to. Keep shining your light and inspiring others. Love you always!
  • Mum, your dedication to our family is truly remarkable. I am grateful for everything you do.


Quotes to Add to Your Greeting Card

Adding a quote to your greeting card is a fabulous way to emphasis your point or to tie in with a specific occasion. It can also be a way to express yourself if you can't find the words. Here are some inspiring and encouraging quote ideas for greeting cards:


Birthday Card Quotes

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” — John Lennon

“Every birthday, you decide whether to mark it the end of your greatest days or the beginning of your finest hour.” — Oprah Winfrey

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” — Lucille Ball

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” — C.S. Lewis

Friendship Quotes

“A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.” — Unknown

“In the cookie of life friends are the chocolate chips.” — Unknown

“Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more.” — Unknown

“True friends aren’t the ones who make your problems disappear. They are the ones who won’t disappear when you’re facing problems.” — Unknown

Inspirational Quotes

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.” — Audrey Hepburn

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” — Oscar Wilde

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Dumbledore

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” — Tony Robbins


Mother’s Day Quotes

“To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.” - Unknown

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” - James E. Faust

“Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” - Unknown

“Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person's everything.” - Unknown

“A mother's love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” - Marion C. Garretty

We hope this article has given some helpful tips on what to write in a greeting card.

Writing a card is a great way to express how we really feel in a sincere, heartfelt way, but can also be a fun way to help others celebrate birthdays, milestones and achievements. There is no right or wrong way to write a card - any time we spend thinking of someone and sending a card means a lot - it truly is the thought that counts.

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