Do you struggle with what to write in a greeting card? Have you ever had a pen and a blank card in front of you only to sit there for 10-15 minutes trying to come up with the perfect words? Maybe you feel like you write the same thing every time or the same thing everyone else writes.
It is difficult to come up with the right words on the spot and always know what to write in a greeting card. Coming up with the words to express yourself is hard. Moreover, let’s be real – we don’t have 30 minutes to spend writing a draft for a greeting card.
Greeting Card Cheat Sheet
After many struggles, and much time spent writing in greeting cards, I started to keep a greeting card cheat sheet. On the sheet I have lines and phrases I like to use and write to people in various situations.
The past 7 years this sheet has helped me immensely when it comes to what to write in a greeting card. You can download your own greeting card cheat sheet with various phrases to use for different occasions. In addition, there is space to write in the phrases you like to use so filling out greeting cards becomes quick and easy. Grab your free greeting card cheat sheets and the entire greeting card bundle here.
Other Greeting Card Resources
Have you ever loved what someone wrote to you in a greeting card, but when you try to recall it when you need it, you can’t remember it? Modify it and write it down on your greeting card cheat sheet and use it later. Scroll to the bottom to download your greeting card cheat sheet in my free resource library.
Lastly, you can purchase a greeting card book to give you words and ways to say things. Alternatively, you can google what to say in a card as well. Do not get me wrong, I have used these resources before. However, I like to write something that sounds like me and comes from my heart. At times these resources have given me a starting point and ideas of what to write.
Although now it is super easy for me to get out my own cheat sheet instead of spending the time searching online or in a 80 page book for the perfect words. For phrases and words to get you started, get my greeting card cheat sheet by scrolling all the way down.
How to Write in a Greeting Card
You may think great – a cheat sheet to write down what I like to say in cards. Except I don’t know what to write in cards that makes it sound like “me”.
No worries, keep the following in mind and follow these prompts for how to come up with what to write in a greeting card:
- Speak from your heart.
- If you were with this person right now what would you say to them in this situation.
- How does this person make you feel.
- What would you want them to say to you in this situation.
Greeting Card Occasions
There are many occasions where greeting cards can say a special message to those you care about. Here is a sample list of occasions where greeting cards can be used:
- Valentine’s Day
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- New Baby
- Baby shower
- Wedding shower
- Get well
- Thinking of you/As you go through a difficult situation
- Confirmation/First communion
- Thank you
- Good Luck
- Boss’s Day
- Administrative Assistant Day
- Teacher Appreciation
- New home/moving
Why Give and Write in a Greeting Card
With technology, Facebook, and ecards, greeting cards are becoming more obsolete. However, there is still something about getting a physical card in the mail or handed to you that gives a warm fuzzy feeling. Writing in a greeting card is still a thoughtful thing to do for others and appreciated by others.
Celebrate With Others
There are many times in life where a celebration is in order! It could be a birthday, wedding, baby, graduation, or anniversary. Although you might not always be there to celebrate in person, a greeting card can be used to show your personal congratulations to the individual(s).
Holidays are special, full of traditions, memories and togetherness with those you love. Obviously, Christmas is the most popular holiday to exchange cards. However, there are other holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving to express your thoughts and show love to others.
Show Support to Others
Giving someone else a greeting card in a time of need is a great way to show support. For more ways to show support to others click here.
As I have gotten older I have found myself sending and handing out more “thinking of you” cards. Here are some examples of when I give these cards:
- Friend/family/co-worker longterm illness
- Child of a friend/family/co-worker longterm illness
- Parent of a friend/family/co-worker longterm illness
- Loss of job
- Moving away
- Return to work after maternity leave
I keep a variety of greeting cards stocked in my card box at home. Sympathy, thinking of you, and get well cards opportunities happen more unexpectedly so I always have some handy in case I need them.
Final Thoughts on What to Write in a Greeting Card
Because it is difficult to come up with the words on the spot, get my greeting card cheat sheets + a bonus greeting card list organizer and sample below. Then see how easy it is to show your support and celebrate with those you love by writing your best words in your next greeting card.