Look, I love a good gift just as much as the next girlie, but there's just something sweet and senti about a handwritten card. Even if you got your S.O. NBA finals tix, or splurged on a Dyson Airwrap for your bestie, that prezzie will mean so much more with a cutie note to accompany it. Trust.
But look, I know it can sometimes be tough to put your feels into writing. It's not easy to craft a greeting card-worthy message that's equal parts meaningful and hilarious, especially under pressure! But ladies and gents, that's why I'm here. I did alllll the work for ya with this list of 33 messages to write in a birthday card, breaking it down into different sections depending on who it's for. Just bookmark it for the next time you need a lil inspo—promise I've got the schtuff whether you're looking for something sappy, funny, hot, or sweet.
What to write in a birthday card for your friend
You slayed another year around the sun, gf!
I wanna be you when I grow up!
Thanks for giving us an excuse to get drunk on a [insert day of the week]! Now let's go celly!
Happy birthday to my fave human on the planet! Love you, mean it!
It's your bday but somehow I get a gift (it's you, you're the gift!!!!).
HBD, best friend! Just because you're a year older doesn't mean we have to grow up.
I legit don't know wtf I would do without you! Happy birthday!!!
Ily to the ends of the earth, best friend! But you already knew that.
I'm for real obsessed with you, bday gal! Don't ever forget it!
Sorry to get all cheesy, but ilysm and can't imagine this crazy life without ya.
Happy birthday to my bestie for the restie! Love to love ya!
What to write in a birthday card for your colleague
Block your calendar! We're going out for bday drinks!
HBD to my work wifey! I don't know how I'd survive this place without ya! (No really, I'd quit.)
Happy birthday to my coworker-slash-therapist!
Birthday Slack huddle in five, k?
Happy birthday to the one person I actually like at this office!
Birthday coffee on me! (Jk, we're hitting Starbs with the company card.)
What to write in a birthday card for your significant other
Ilysm, birthday babe! Can't wait for all the birthdays to come.
Fr, you're the hottest bday [girl/boy/partner] around!
You can unwrap your present later...
Happy birthday, baby! You don't know how hard it's been not telling you what I got you!
You blow out the candles and I'll handle the rest 😉.
Happy birthday to the only boo my [dad/mom/parent] has ever actually liked! That's reason alone to celebrate!
Prepare for the best birthday of your life, baby! I've got plans.
Happy birthday!!!!! I got you the best gift (hi).
Happy birthday to the love of my f*cking life! You deserve the world and I intend to give it to you one day.
What to write in a birthday card for your parent
I already got you the best possible birthday gift: me! But there's something in the mail, too.
Happy birthday, [mom/dad/parent]!! Thank you for letting me call you at every minor inconvenience!
I know your birthday won't be perfect (because I'm not there, obvi), but I hope it's as close to it as possible!
Thankful for every year with ya! Happy birthday, [insert nickname for your parent]!
You're the reason I'm so spoiled, but now it's my turn to spoil you! (For today only, though, okay? You taught me how to budget.)
Birthday dinner on me (for once)!
Thanks for being my best friend and [mom/dad/parent] all wrapped in one! Happy birthday!
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