Personally-written greeting cards are one of the most authentic forms of communication, and there are many ways to craft a great message. Here is a little inspiration to get you started writing your birthday, thank you, congratulations, or everyday greeting.
1. Think, then write.
Reflect for a moment on what you want to say in your card. If you feel inclined, jot it down on scrap paper first. This will make for a more thoughtful message, and help you plan how big or small to write.
2. Open with the main point.
Be sure to address the recipient by name, and then jump right in to why you are writing. For example…
Happy birthday, Charlie! Wishing you a fabulous day filled with all your favorite things!
Dear Addison, Thank you so much for hosting us earlier this month.Hi Leah! I was listening to the radio and our old road trip song came on; I can’t believe it’s been five years already!Hi Kayla, BIG congratulations on earning your MBA! Hooray!
3. Add another personalized sentence or two.
Make the message extra special with a personal note. For example…
We had a wonderful weekend, and we appreciate all the effort you put into making everything so special.
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating on campus.
I treasure our happy memories!
I hope our paths cross again soon! Preferably on a beach somewhere!
I hope that the coming year brings you as much love as you give to all of us!
I can’t wait to see you next month at the wedding!
Bonus points for humor.
4. Close strong.
A nice closing with your signature can almost always make someone smile. Close with something you think she or he would appreciate. For example…
Wishing you all the best!
5. Most importantly, embrace the personal touch.
Not-so-refined handwriting, a word or two crossed out, several postscripts of things you forgot to mention--no problem! Embracing each other’s imperfections and vulnerabilities are part of what makes a friendship special. If you end up with a two-word inside joke alone in the card--so be it!
So, be authentic and write in your own voice; your friends want to hear from YOU!