What to Write in a Birthday Card to a Friend

It’s their birthday, and you want to say all the right things in their birthday card. But you’re not sure what to write in a birthday card to a friend. Right?

Never fear, Brenda’s here!

That’s me. 😀

I’m going to help you with some ideas on what to write inside a birthday card to a friend.

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I’ll start with the “how.” Meaning, how to do it. I hope you’ll join me by reading along.

How to Write in a Birthday Card to a Friend

A birthday is a chance to celebrate a friend’s accomplishments, and to look ahead to all the amazing things they’re going to do in the coming year.

It can be tough to come up with the right words to say on a friend’s birthday. After all, you want to make sure your message is personal and thoughtful, but you don’t want to overdo it. That would be corny!

Here’s how to do it:

Step One

When thinking of what to write in a birthday card to a friend, consider the nature of your relationship and choose a message that’s appropriate for your level of intimacy.

For example, if your friend is someone you see regularly and you’re very close, you can get away with being more personal and intimate in your message.

On the other hand, if your friend is someone you don’t see very often or are not as close with, it’s probably best to stick to more general birthday wishes.

Step Two

Once you’ve decided on the tone of your message, it’s time to start brainstorming what to actually what to write in a birthday card to a friend. If you’re still feeling stuck, here are some general ideas of what to say to help get you started:

I’m so grateful to have you in my life
and am wishing you
all the happiness in the world
on this special day.

May your birthday be filled with lots of
love, laughter, and joy!

I hope this year brings you everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

On this day, I celebrate one of
my favorite people in the world!
Happy birthday!

Thanks for being such a great friend.
I hope your birthday is as wonderful as you are.

Wishing my amazing friend a happy birthday! Love always.

Tips for What to Write in a Birthday Card to a Friend

Here are a few tips for coming up with your own messages:

1. Start with a fun memory.


Remember your last birthday
when we went camping?
The woods will never be the same.
Needless to say, we had a blast!
I’m glad I could experience it with you.

2. Make them laugh.


A birthday is just another day where
you get to be older and closer to death.
But at least you do it with cake!

3. Get sentimental.


I’m so grateful to have you in my life.
You’ve been such a great friend.
I hope you know that
I’ll always be there for you.

4. Send them positive vibes.


I hope this year brings you nothing but
good luck, happiness, and lots of cake.

5. Or just keep it short and sweet.


Happy birthday! Love you lots!

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What to Write in a Birthday Card to a Friend

Okay, I’ve done my best to teach you how to make up your own messages. But I know you’re pressed for time, so I’ve done the work for you.

Here are my examples of what to write in a birthday card to a friend. Enjoy!

Happy birthday, my friend!
It’s another year and you’ve
accomplished so much.
I know you’re going to accomplish
even more in the next.
I’m excited to see all the awesome
things you’re going to do!

“Happy birthday!
You’re not old, you’re vintage!
You’ve been through so much and
come out stronger every time.
I know in the years to come,
you’re going to be even more amazing.

Your birthday looks good on you!
You’ve accomplished so much in your life,
and you’re only getting started.
I can’t wait to see all the amazing things
you’re going to do in the next 5-10 years.
Happy birthday!

Thanks for visiting my page. I hope you found my info on what to write in a birthday card to a friend useful.

Remember the best cards are personal, so think about what makes your friend unique.

What is their favorite food?

  • Movie?
  • Book?
  • Joke?

If you’re stuck, by all means, use one of the templates above as inspiration! And don’t forget to add an inside joke or two.

Your friends. Will. Love. It.

Finally, be sure to sign the card and include your contact information (just in case they want to return the favor).

Thanks for reading and come back again! If you haven’t been there yet, check out my printable birthday cards page. You can even get the birthday card to write in. Hope that’s helpful!

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