Birthday Card Writer’s Block!

Birthdays come and go at the office, but you’re hoping to up your greeting card game this year. You want to make sure you write something that won’t make your coworkers yawn and instantly toss away your card – but, where do you start? What on earth should you write that they will genuinely appreciate?

10 Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

Look no further – we’ll help you brainstorm. You’ll have the perfect card written in no time at all! Remember, the fact that you took the time to write something for your coworker will mean more than a stock greeting card, anyway.

Funny Messages

Looking for a funny message to include for someone you are close with? Try out some of these greetings in your head before you jot them down on a fancy card! If your coworker has a nickname, you could pop it into your card, too.

  1. Happy birthday, Joe! I thought about writing a happy birthday for every year you’ve attained, but I don’t have enough space. Joking, hope you have a great day!
  2. Hey, Joe!  Wishing you the best birthday ever – I even swiped 10 of the candles from the breakroom so you can feel a bit younger today! Happy (37th), bud.
  3. Joe, I know I said I wouldn’t make a big deal out of your birthday, but here’s this card. It says stuff, and I figured you were worth the effort. Happy birthday!
  4. Hey Joe. I asked the new guy how old he thought you were, and he said 30! It’ll be our secret. Happy birthday! Hope you keep looking this good for years to come.
  5. Happy birthday, Joe! Make sure to bring me some of your leftover cake tomorrow. Just kidding, hope you have a great time with your family tonight.

Standard Messages

Not quite as close to your coworker as that?  Maybe you want to write a birthday card to someone who is new, or an intern!  For people you don’t know quite as well, these would do just as well.

  1. Happy birthday, Joseph! I hope you have a great year; wishing you all the best.
  2. Wishing you a happy birthday, today, Joseph. It’s been great getting to know you the past few months! Here’s to another awesome year.
  3. Happy birthday and heartfelt wishes to you, Joseph! I hope this next year brings you all that you hope for.
  4. Happy birthday, Joseph; one more year gone, but so many left to go! I hope you achieve all that you hope to this year.
  5. A very special birthday wish to you, Joseph. The team and I pitched in for a cake, we hope you enjoy it!

Writing an Employee’s Birthday Card

Looking for something to write on your employee’s birthday card, but don’t know where to start?  We recommend beginning with identifying your audience. How casual is your workplace? What kind of relationships do you want to foster with your employees? Once you have that in mind, you’ll be able to take a sense of direction and run with it.

It’s becoming increasingly important to write a message in your greeting cards. It will mean much more than the stock text and show that you care enough to take a few minutes to jot something down. Here are a few ideas to jumpstart your brainstorming!

10 Ways to Say “Happy Birthday”

It’s been an awesome year; watching you grow in the company and within this team has been amazing. Keep up the great work!  

Wishing you the best of birthdays,

Happy birthday to one of the most dedicated employees on this team. I’ve been impressed, day in and day out, with your outstanding work ethic. Carry this with you in all things, and each birthday will bring you more success than the last one.  

Enjoy your day,

Happy birthday, Mike. I hope this next year in your life brings you as much success as the previous ones have.

Here’s a big shout-out to you, Mike. You’ve been a great role model for new employees. I just wanted to say ‘happy birthday’, and thank you for everything you’ve brought to the team this year.

Mike, your positivity and general attitude about work have always been uplifting and a huge benefit to the team. We really appreciate all that you’ve taught us over the past year.  

I wish you a birthday as happy as you make this office feel,

Happy cake day, Mike! We’re all wishing you a fantastic birthday and a memorable year.

Steve, Stacey, Karen, and Jenna

P.S. Save some for us, will you?

Happy birthday, Mike. You’re such an invaluable member of this team; I’m so glad we get you for another year!  

Happy birthday from all of us,

Congrats on making it another year here on the Earth! It’s a pleasure to work with you – Happy birthday!

Hey, Mike. I just wanted to give a quick thank-you for all that you do. You make working here a lot more fun and your dedication is always a great reminder of what we do here. Thanks for your hard work, and happy birthday!

Happy birthday, Mike. No one could do your job better than you – except maybe “Mike with cake”! Thanks for sticking around and giving us all you’ve got. Go enjoy your special day and a slice of cake on us.

Keep it Simple

Birthdays are a joyous time, so keep a birthday card light and fresh.  Don’t talk too much about work, unless it’s to show appreciation, and try not to mention how old your employee is unless you have a very close relationship with them. Above all, take the time to consider what your employee would like to hear today! The simple act of writing in a card can be a powerful way to connect with the people you see every day.