Writing a thoughtful card isn’t easy. With dozens of birthday cards and thank you letters to send out each year, it can be difficult not to sound robotic. Luckily, with these helpful tips and a little practice, writing a heartfelt card will be a breeze.
Find the Time
Don’t write the card while you’re in a rush – the reader can tell. Instead, find a quiet time when you can sit down and concentrate on what you’re writing.
Make a List
Are you sending your family holiday greetings? Wishing a friend happy birthday? Before you begin writing, it can help to make a list of all the things you’d like to say. Think of words you’d use to describe the occasion, like “friendship” and “time flies.” Then, find a way to include them in your card.
Example: “Happy Birthday, Rhonda! Wow, I can’t believe another year has flown by. I’m so thankful to have you as a friend and I wish you another great year to come!”
Show Your Emotions
Resist the urge to write anything generic. “Happy Birthday, I hope it’s a great one!” is nice, but there’s little emotion behind the words. Similarly, for sensitive topics such as family losses or get-well-soons, it’s important to incorporate your true feelings.
Example: “John, when I heard the news about your broken leg, I was utterly shocked. I hope that you are in no pain and that you heal quickly!”
A Personal Touch
An easy way to make a card personal is to add a short story or special anecdote. Including a little tidbit about yourself will help connect you to the reader and make for a truly touching card.
Example: “Happy Graduation, Marco! I remember the day I graduated and how excited I felt as I left for college – I’m sure you feel the same!”
Say It Aloud
To avoid sounding stiff, pretend the person is in the room with you. What would you say to them? “Congratulations on the birth of your daughter” sounds
a bit dull. Instead, write as if you were speaking directly to them.
Example: “Oh my goodness! A new little Miller baby, I can’t believe she’s here! She’s bringing a smile to my face, even as I write this.”