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You've found the card they will love...Now find a message to personalize your card.

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Find a few ideas to write besides the obvious "Happy Birthday"

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How to respond with compassion. 

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Browse for a few lines to compliment the happy couple.

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Celebrate the happy achievements of friends, relatives, or colleages.


Here are a few ways to show your gratitude.

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Sympathy Cards

Words to console and show that you care.

Birthday Card

Milestone Birthday Messages

  • Happy [AGE] Birthday, [Name]! Celebrate the wonderful person you have become. I am so blessed by the many ways you have touched my life!

  • "Youth has no age." - Pablo Picasso

  • Birthdays are a time to celebrate. The more of them you have, the more you can experience the beautiful world before you. Enjoy your day and the year ahead!

  • "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." - Mark Twain.

  • [50] never looked so great!

  • Happy Birthday, [Marcus]! Now that you’ve arrived here, [40] will never be the same again!

  • Turning [60] is big! Especially when you’ve made the most of each year and made such a positive difference for the people in your life, like you have. ❤️

  • [Tía], you are [50] years of fun, laughter and love. ¡Te quiero mucho!

  • [30] is the perfect age. You’re old enough to afford the good stuff and still young enough to enjoy it!

  • Happy [90th] Birthday, [Nana Betty]! You’re an amazing [woman] and we love you so much!

  • Happy birthday, Bae! Look who’s making [40] look fly!

  • Hoy es una ocasión muy especial. Hoy cumples [50] años, y celebramos el regalo que es tu vida. ¡Muchas felicidades!


Friend's Birthday

  • Happy birthday to a friend I couldn’t live without!

  • In case I don’t tell you often enough, I’m so grateful for all you bring to my life!

  • Gettin’ old ain’t for babies. They can’t handle this much fun!

  • Girl, age can’t handle your hotness! Happy birthday, friend.

  • It just occurred to me that we really are becoming OLD friends. So glad we are.

  • Love you, sweet friend. Happy birthday.

  • In my soul, I call you sister. Happy birthday to a phenomenal woman.

  • [Elana], thanks for being there—basically, for being you.

  • Hope every little piece of this day is good, man.

  • ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Amiga! ¡Que vengan muchos más! ¡Te quiero mucho!


Sibling's Birthday

Love, compliments and warm wishes all work nicely for family. So do “proud of you” and “I’m glad we’re family” messages or quotes. 

  • Every year, I’m even more grateful to have a [brother] like you.

  • Celebrating today what a joy you are to be around, [Sis]!

  • Nothing feels safer than coming home to love, tradition, heritage and you, Gramma.

  • So proud of the person you are! So happy we’re family.

  • I am just so in awe of you…and so proud to call you my [sister].

  • Well, [Grandpa], another year has gone by, and I still haven’t come across anyone wiser, kinder, more generous or better at [checkers] than you. You’re the best!

  • [Amil], you do life big and love bigger. Love having you as a brother and celebrating your goodness.

  • Felicidades, [Hermano]. Eres muy importante para mí, y por eso en tu cumpleaños deseo que recibas mucho amor y felicidad.


Child's Birthday

  • Wishing you a very happy birthday! I can't believe your are already [AGE]! Time has flown by!

  • You are a special part of our lives. Happy [AGE] birthday!

  • You have made our lives even more special than we ever imagined. We hope you have a wonderful [AGE] birthday!

  • [NAME], how did you get to be [AGE] already? Stop growing up so fast! Happy Birthday!

  • [NAME], I know that you are going to make an amazing [AGE] year old! Happy Birthday!

Tip: Adding the child's age will make them feel special that you know just how old they really are!


Spouse's Birthday

If you’re married to or dating the birthday boy or girl, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your relationship or have a little flirtatious fun.

  • Happy birthday, Beautiful.

  • I’m so grateful you came into the world because you make my world better every day. Happy birthday, Baby.

  • Hope your birthday cake is the second sweetest thing I get to taste today. Those lips, tho!

  • Happy birthday, babe. Thanks for you being you and being mine.

  • It’s your day, and I can’t wait to celebrate it with you.

  • Baby, I’m celebrating the special sweetness and deep goodness of you today. Happy birthday.

  • I hope your birthday is the happiest, my love.

  • Wish you were here for me to spoil today.

  • Beautiful. Sweet. Tasty. And I ain’t talking about the cake. Happy Birthday, Bae.

  • ¡Feliz vuelta al sol, mi vida! Haces que el mundo sea mejor, y por eso hoy te celebro.


Colleague's Birthday 

Let your relationship guide birthday messages for co-workers. If it’s someone you’re close to, you can be casual in your message. If it’s your supervisor or someone with whom you have a relationship that’s more about work, keep your message more formal.

  • Happy birthday and all the best to you in the year to come!

  • It’s a pleasure to work with you…and to wish you a happy birthday!

  • [Cecily], all work and no play makes us dull girls. So don’t work too hard on your birthday. Hope it’s happy!

  • Your birthday lunch is on me! (Unless we can expense it—then I’ll let someone else pay.)

  • Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for baking you the cake in the break room. Fortunately, I can totally have a slice in your honor.

  • The best thing about your cubicle is that it’s next to mine. Happy birthday, friend!

  • You’re my favorite person to ping. Hope you have a happy birthday!

  • Thanks for being such a great person to look up to. Hope your birthday is the best.

  • Here’s to zero [fire drills/urgent emails/angry customers] on your birthday.

  • You make work a lot less like work. Thanks for all you do!

  • Let’s wait to circle back to the serious stuff until AFTER we celebrate your birthday.

  • Happy birthday to the funniest member of my work fam!

  • You really GLOWED UP in that cubicle! Get it, Girl! Happy birthday.

  • Es un placer trabajar contigo. Te deseo el más feliz de los cumpleaños.

Wedding Card

More casual

  • “Congratulations to the wonderful two of you!”

  • “This calls for congratulations! (And probably champagne!)”

  • “Congrats, [Ethan and Erica]! It’s so great to see two awesome people like you getting married. Love and best wishes always!”

  • “So happy for you!”

  • “I predict cute babies.”

  • “It makes us so happy to see the two of you so happy. Congratulations!”

  • “Congratulations! Love you both!”

  • “You guys are great together! So happy for you!”

  • “You’ll always remember this day. Hope it’s even more beautiful and perfect than you’ve been dreaming, and hope it’s just the start of a lifetime that just gets better and better.”

  • “Prayers and blessings on your wedding and on your marriage.”

  • “‘Two become one’—what a beautiful thing. Congratulations!”

  • “You two make this ‘love and marriage’ thing almost seem worth trying. Just kidding—you look so happy, and I’m so happy for you!”

  • “Hope you’ll always find yourselves as much in love as you are today. (We suggest date nights and lots of them!)”

  • “I hope through the years you become even better friends and share every possible kind of happiness life can bring.”


More Formal

  • “Heartfelt congratulations.”

  • “Warmest congratulations and love.”

  • “With warmest wishes and love today and always,”

  • “Congratulations on your wedding day and best wishes for a happy life together!”

  • “It means so much to witness the joy of your wedding day. Congratulations to you both on finding the perfect person to share all your days with.”

  • “Feeling so much joy for the two of you as you join your lives in marriage!”

  • “We hope you can feel all the happiness surrounding you on your wedding day!”

  • “Seeing you two make promises and step forward into the future is so inspiring and wonderful.”

  • “If ever two people deserved a sweet, meaningful, joyful wedding day, it’s the two of you.”

  • “God bless you both as you begin this wonderful journey of marriage together.”

  • “Be happy, be grateful, and love each other well!”

  • “I just know life has even more wonderful things in store than the happiness you share today. May every day be beautiful and happy for you as a couple.”

Thank You Cards

  • “You’re the best.”

  • “I’m humbled and grateful.”

  • “You knocked me off my feet!”

  • “My heart is still smiling.”

  • “Your thoughtfulness is a gift I will always treasure.”

  • “Sometimes the simplest things mean the most.”

  • “The banana bread was fabulous. You made my day.”

  • “I’m touched beyond words.”

  • “All I can say is wow! (Except, of course, I’m grateful.)”

  • “My heart just keeps thanking you and thanking you.”

  • “You’re a blessing to me.”

  • “Thank you for being my angel.”

Get Well Cards

For Family or Friends 

Get-well wishes expressing love, gratitude and support are great for family or friends facing illness or injury. A healthy dose of humor can also make a nice, uplifting message for someone you know well.


  • “You mean so much to me. Hope you’re feeling better very soon.”

  • “Hope it helps a little to know how lovingly you’re thought of.”

  • “God bless you through your recovery.”

  • “Just sending a little get-well sunshine your way because you’re always a bright spot in my days.”

  • “Love you and think of you all the time.”

  • “Love you…hate that you’re sick.”

  • “I know you, and I know you’ll beat this.”

  • “Ugh. I hate it when my favorite people get hurt.”

  • “I have faith that you’ll be better really soon.”

  • “Sending hugs and love.”

  • “Saying extra prayers for your recovery.”

  • “No fair. You’re way too nice to be this sick.”

  • “The things you’ll do for attention! 😉 Well, you’ve got mine for as long as this takes.”

  • “Get better and get back to your amazing self soon!”

  • “I realize just how much I need you when you’re out of commission.”

  • “If you need me to come over and tell you that you don’t look sick, call me.”

  • “Go ahead and milk this as long as you can. I would.”

For a Child 

A get-well message to a child is a chance to encourage, send a hug or a smile, and take their mind off the scary or unpleasant stuff for a little while.


  • “Use your superpowers and get well soon!”

  • “You’re being so brave, [Princess]. Love you lots.”

  • “[Baxter] and I are thinking about you. He says ‘Woof,’ which is doggy for ‘Feel better soon!’”

  • “There are easier ways to get out of school, you know. Glad you’re on the mend.”

  • “I know things are tough right now. I know you’re tougher.”

  • “You are way cooler than this. You’ll be back to your awesome self soon.”

  • “Please come back home from the hospital soon! Your toys really miss you.”

  • “Wishing on every star that you get better soon.”

  • “Can’t wait to see you smiling again!”

  • “Sorry things are so un-fun right now. Hoping that changes soon.”

  • “Sick stinks. You rock. Get well soon!”

  • “Even school is cool when you’re here. Hope to see you back soon.”

  • “Like a big ol’ basketball, you’ll bounce back!”

  • “I bet your friends miss you at school. You’re very miss-able.”

  • “See? You’re so great, even germs like you!”

  • “Ouch! I’m so sorry about your broken leg, [Emma]. Sending you lots of feel-better hugs.”

  • “So sorry to hear your ankle will keep you out of action for the rest of the season. Hope you’re able to focus on resting, healing and coming back stronger than ever next year!”

  • “Bye-bye tonsils. Hello feeling lots better!”

Offer to Help 

If you’re able to help with meals, housework, childcare or something else while your recipient is laid up, then feel free to include an offer to do so as part of your message. Just be sure to follow up and follow through.


  • “I’d love to help around the house until you’re up and around again. I’ll text to see about a good time to come over.”

  • “You’re going to beat this thing! Until then, don’t worry about the lawn. We’ve got it covered.”

  • “You need it, I got it. Whatever it is.”

  • “For now, let somebody else do all the doing. I’d love to bring over some meals, for starters.”

  • “I promise I won’t pretend that I can cook for you. How’s takeout sound?”

  • “No matter what, no matter when, I want to be there for you. I’ll be in touch soon.”

  • “We’re having fun getting [Ella] to and from school with us. Hope that makes one less thing to worry about as you heal up.”

  • “Don’t worry about a thing while you’re in the hospital. There’s a whole crew of ‘elves’ taking care of everything. Hope those doctors are taking good care of you!”

  • “I’m here for you. For whatever. For as long as you need.”

  • “We’ll pick up and clean up. You rest up.”


Serious Illness or Injury

Don’t let your fear of saying the wrong thing keep you from saying anything at all to someone facing a serious injury or illness. Writing a few lines in a card is a relatively comfortable way to reach out—and your caring will come through loud and clear, whatever you write.


  • “I was so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Sending lots of caring thoughts your way as you begin treatment.”

  • “Praying you’ll feel God’s healing hand at work in you.”

  • “I don’t know why bad things like cancer have to happen to good people like you. But I want you to know how much I’m thinking about you and how much I want to help in whatever way I can.”

  • “Whatever makes you feel better, that’s what I wish for you as you work through your physical therapy.”

  • “Praying with you.”

  • “I don’t know what to say, except I love you and I’m thinking of you.”

  • “Let’s hang out. As soon as you’re ready, I’m ready.”

  • “Wishing you some well-deserved good days to make up for all the crummy ones lately.”

  • “Call me when you’re up to it. It would be great to hear your voice.”

  • “I’ve seen a million of your smiles, and I’m gonna see a million more…”

Congratulations Card

More Casual

  • “Congratulations and BRAVO!”

  • “This calls for celebrating! Congratulations!”

  • “You did it! So proud of you!”

  • “I knew it was only a matter of time. Well done!”


More Formal

  • “Congratulations on your well-deserved success.”

  • “Heartfelt congratulations to you.”

  • “Warmest congratulations on your achievement.”

  • “Congratulations and best wishes for your next adventure!”

  • “So pleased to see you accomplishing great things.”

Sympathy Card

  • “We are so sorry for your loss.”

  • “I’m going to miss her, too.”

  • “I hope you feel surrounded by much love.”

  • “Sharing in your sadness as you remember Juan.”

  • “Sharing in your sadness as you remember Dan.”

  • “Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.”

  • “With deepest sympathy as you remember Robert.”

  • “I was saddened to hear that your grandfather passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.”

  • “Remembering your wonderful mother and wishing you comfort.”

  • “It was truly a pleasure working with your father for 17 years. He will be deeply missed.”

  • “Thinking of you all as you celebrate your sibling’s remarkable life.”

  • “Thinking of you all as you celebrate your grandmother’s remarkable life.”

  • “We are missing Anne along with you. With heartfelt sympathy,”

  • “Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember a friend who was so close to you.”

  • “Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.”

  • “Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are doing OK.”

  • “Even though there is joy in the homegoing, there is sorrow in your loss. Thinking of you at this tender time.”

  • “Te acompaño en estos momentos de gran tristeza.”

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