Sometimes, a happy birthday card can say a lot more than a gift of any kind. The fact that you are thinking of the birthday person on their special day shows how much you love them and appreciate them. Unfortunately, it is possible to make a bad impression and make the birthday person unhappy even if you have decided to use this lovely gesture. In order to avoid such unfortunate results, you need to follow a simple yet very helpful etiquette.
Choose a happy birthday card that is of excellent quality. An inferior card may make the recipient think that you do not care about them much. The card that you pick has to be positive and optimistic above all. It can be colourful, dreamy or more formal depending on the recipient’s age and interests and on your relationship with them. It is best to avoid humour cards unless you are very close to the person and you are absolutely certain that they will appreciate the joke.Always write something inside the happy birthday card that you send. Avoid just signing it. It is true that there are greetings on the front of the card, but if you do not add something from your personality, the otherwise touching gesture will seem to be somewhat cold.
What to write inside a happy birthday card? You have a number of options. You can continue the message that is on the front of the card, if this is an option. In general, this message can serve as great inspiration to come up with really touching words.
You can come up with an entirely personal message. Greet the person for their birthday and wish them well. You can wish the person lots of happiness and love, good health, professional success and so on. Express how much the person means to you especially if he/she is your partner or a close friend. Avoid making jokes especially about the person’s age and the changes associated with the respective age. No matter how funny the joke seems to you, it may be offensive for the recipient of the card.You can get creative in a lot of ways when coming up with a happy birthday card message. You can quote a famous person or a poem. You can write a short poem yourself or make the greeting in verse.
Write the address on the envelope by hand. This is one of the most important rules of the happy birthday card etiquette. Mail the card a week before the person’s birthday. If you are sending the card abroad, you should mail it two weeks in advance.