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How to write the perfect card

What you write in a card is just as important as the card selection itself. You want that happy medium between writing enough to express your feelings and not too little that you appear unemotional. If you follow these simple steps, you’re sure to write a meaningful card.

1. Dear who?

Now is the time to set the tone of your message. Remember, a card is a way to express emotion and feeling. Yet, it must sound like you. So, if you’re naturally funny or a hopeless romantic, this needs to come across in your style of writing. Here, is the opportunity for you to use endearing names or playful nicknames.

2. Make it personal

Here, is where the tone kicks in! Whether it’s a quirky rhyme, poem or short story, its best to start off with that. This is the first line the recipient will read, so it needs to have to most impact. Usually, it’s a good idea to take the individual on a journey of emotions, from laughter and nostalgia to sentiment and well wishes. Therefore, cheesy lines like “you are the peanut butter to my jelly” or masculine humour such as “I couldn’t think of anything to write, so imagine you’re reading something heart touching ..” are great.

3. Your genuine wishes for the individual

This can be one sentence expressing how you want the recipient to feel and acknowledging the occasion. For instance, “I hope you have a wonderful birthday!” It’s simple, but it addresses emotion in the adjective and caters the message to the occasion. You can go one step further and describe the recipient’s perfect day to help them envisage it and get excited. “I hope you have a wonderful birthday, filled with lots of cake and presents.” This is often a good idea to use, if you are unable to attend the recipient’s birthday or spend time with them on their day.

Note: This can be interchanged for weddings and congratulations messages.

4. Rounding off the message

This is where you write “lots of love from” or “best wishes for the future.” However, just as the start, your message is far from generic. Try and add different adjectives, the occasion, alliteration or repetition to make this final statement personal. For instance, “Big Birthday wishes from ...” or “Lots and lots of love from …” or “Sending you the best hugs and kisses …” Then, finally sign it with your name.

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