Have you ever been stumped by how to address an envelope? Over the years the post office has made changes to their preferences, so it’s always a good thing to brush up on your mailing address knowledge to make sure your cards and letters are properly delivered.
These tips come to you from American Greetings Christmas Card Editor, Courtney Rabideau…
To me, Christmas is about moments. In one of my favorites from my childhood, I am seven, and my parents have just given me the Christmas present of my dreams – an oak bookcase. The picture of me holding my arms up in victory upon seeing it is still an object of much delight…and, admittedly, much teasing.
When I write Christmas cards, either as an American Greetings Christmas Card Editor, or on my own, I try to capture the emotions behind moments like that one – the joy following a gift well-given, the suspense and then surprise of a Christmas morning, the delight that comes from family and fellowship and things much more important than bookcases.
Though the messages we all hope to convey during the holiday season undoubtedly vary, here are some things I try to keep in mind when I consider what to write in a Christmas card for our consumers or the people I love:
It’s okay to be simple
I think the things people most want to hear are actually quite simple – I love you. I hope you have a great holiday. I’m grateful for you. Write a novella if you feel compelled, but don’t fret if you’re staring at a blank card and all that is coming to mind is a sentence or two. Find the core of what you want to say, and even if you don’t say much else, say that.
Remember the sender
We send cards, or at least I do, to make an emotional connection. Though holiday well-wishes certainly have their place in our programs, remember the sender. You are sending the card for them, so tailor your message to specifically relate to that person whenever possible.
No card is a bad card!
At the end of the day, the act of sitting down and writing a card for someone is a labor of love. Regardless of what you put inside, that shines through. Christmas cards are about spreading the cheer and excitement of the season, not about finding exactly the right words.
What messages do you hope to convey during the holiday season? I’d love to hear what you have to say!
Still need some help? Check out these warm, lovely Christmas card sayings, also from Courtney!
There may be many friends—from childhood classmates to work acquaintances—who (despite the best of intentions) we lost touch with over the years. We think of them often, recall warm memories and wonder what they’re up to today. Even in this age of social media, it can sometimes still be difficult to locate people after name changes and not everyone uses social networks to keep in touch. But when contact information is available, why is it so hard to take that first step to reach out?
Enter the heartfelt note.
Writing a personal, handwritten note is a great solution to reaching out to long-lost friends. Whether in a birthday or holiday greeting card or just an unprompted note to say, “I’m thinking about you,” receiving a special note makes us feel important and loved.
So why not give that great feeling to a friend or family member that you’re missing? It only takes a few minutes and costs next to nothing, but the impact to your relationship will be long-lasting.
To help you out in this process, we’ve consulted our greeting card writers and relationship experts for some helpful tips on how to write a meaningful message every time.
• Try playing some music that gets you in the mood for the type of note you’d like to write, whether it’s touching and heartfelt or upbeat and fun.
• Think back to experiences you’ve shared together—that outing you took, the time they gave you really great advice or even a shoulder to cry on. You should focus not only on the event, but how it made you feel and the impact it had on your life.
• If you need some help walking down memory lane, try revisiting old photos and looking through mementoes.
• Create a list of words that describe your friend, as well as notable personality quirks that make them unique. These words can help to create a handy reference guide if you encounter writer’s block.
• Start with a quick draft on scrap paper before penning the final note on your card or stationery. Try writing a few simple sentences that describe what your friendship means, how grateful you are, and what makes them so exceptional.
• Just remember, no masterpiece was written on the first try. So don’t get frustrated if your first version doesn’t turn out as perfect as you’d like it to be. As you write more notes to friends and family in each birthday and holiday card, it will steadily start to become more natural to you.
• When you’re ready to write, select a nice pen and some beautiful stationery or a great card.
• Penmanship counts! Take your time to carefully write the note so that every letter is clear. Since this is something they’re likely to keep (and possibly even display), you’ll want your handwriting to look its very best!
• If, after all this effort, the words still don’t come, you can always head to the greeting card aisle and select a sentiment that best expresses what you would like to say. Then underline the words that stand out to you and jot a short note inside to let them know that you really mean what’s written on the card.
With a little practice, you can become known as the person who always writes sweet sentiments in notes and cards. Each time you write a personal message, it will become easier to get to the root of what makes your relationship unique so that you can express it most effectively. Happy writing!
Who is on your list of people to reconnect with? Share your stories of long-lost friends in our comments section!
Whether you’ll be celebrating one wonderful dad or several special guys on Father’s Day, finding a great card or ecard is usually pretty easy to do. Figuring out what to say in a Father’s Day card, however, can sometimes leave you staring at a blank page. Here are some idea-starters:
Tickle His Funny Bone
— If sentimental isn’t your style—or his—then even Father’s Day isn’t the time to get sappy. Keep your note simple with some of these humorous spins:
- Thanks for all your great advice, Dad! Can you please repeat it now that I’m paying attention?
- Fatherhood isn’t for the faint of heart…or the scared of bugs. Thanks for being my big brave Dad!
- You’ll always be someone I look up to Dad—even when I’m taller than you.
Speak from the Heart —
If you do want to say something sincere, Father’s Day is the perfect time to show the appreciation that Dad so deserves to hear:
- Even when I’m not saying it, I’m always thinking it…I’m glad you’re my dad.
- Thanks, Dad, for helping me believe in heroes.
- I can only hope to be the kind of parent you’ve always been: The Best.
Compliment Your Spouse –
Father’s Day isn’t just about parenthood, it’s also about partnership, marriage…and maybe a little bit of romance, too.
- There’s no one I’d rather share the crazy, wild, wonderful ride of parenthood with than you.
- I’m so thankful for the husband you are—and proud of the dad you’ve become.
- Thank you for giving me the family I always dreamed of.
Share a Famous Quote –
Combining a famous quote with a personal note is a wonderful way to show a little extra effort while giving you a starting point for your own idea. Here are some examples:
- “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~Jim Valvano That’s exactly how I feel about you, Dad. Thanks!
- Someone once said, “Children close their ears to advice but open their eyes to example.” Thanks for setting a great example, Dad!
- “Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” ~Author Unknown Thanks for always being there.
Make it Personal –
Whether you come up with something sweet, witty or wise, only you know what makes the dad in your life so special to you—and that’s what he really wants to hear. If you want to make your own personalized Father’s Day card at home, check out our selection of printable Father’s Day cards!
Did this article help inspire you with what to write in a Father’s Day card? Feel free to comment with your ideas or tweet us @amgreetings!
Summertime is in the air…along with graduation caps at high schools and colleges all over the country! It’s graduation season again, which means announcements in your mailbox, invitations on your calendar and graduation cards on your shopping list.
So once you find the perfect card for the proud grad, how can you put your worldly wisdom into just the right words? Sometimes starting with a great line from a great mind will help you come up with your own idea. Here are some examples of how to combine a few popular quotes with a personal message:
- Graduation is proof that “if you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~William Arthur Ward. This is just the beginning of the incredible things you can do. Congratulations!
- Congratulations on your graduation! From today forward, anything is possible.
- “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~Les Brown
- As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” And you have what it takes to do wonderful things. Congratulations!
- The tassle is worth the hassel! You did it! Congrats.
Now for the gift…
While money is the most common (and welcome) gift for grads, there’s often some questions about the appropriate amount. Of course your financial situation is the biggest determining factor, and most people give more for college than high school, but if you still want a ballpark figure: $25 tends to be on the low end while $75-100 is generous for a close relative. Yet, any amount is fun to receive when presented in a creative way…
- Roll the money into a scroll and tie it like a diploma.
- Tape the bills together to be pulled out of a tissue box decorated in their school colors.
- Visit the website of their future college and get a gift card from the campus bookstore.
- Personalize and send an ecard with a digital gift card to one of their fave places to shop.
Graduation season is an exciting time for students, but it’s important for all of us to remember that “in real life, every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.” Arie Pencovici
With all the greeting cards available for Mother’s Day, it’s usually not hard to find one for your mom, no matter how unique your relationship is. But writing a personal note might not be as easy. That’s where the creative team at American Greetings comes in. Before we write cards, we research relationships. And we’ve narrowed down the complicated, tender, strong, funny, forever love between a mother and child to give you some expert advice on just what to say to make your mom feel extra special…
Mom to Mom
Once you become a mother yourself, you have a better understanding of what your mom did for you—and now you’re also celebrating her as a grandmother! Here are some ways to express your thoughts:
For helping you become the mother you are: The highest compliment anyone can give me, Mom, is to say that I’m like you.
For the ways you’ve followed in her footsteps: I see you in things I do, I hear you in things I say—and these are some of the things I’m most proud of.
For all the stages of you’ve been through: From “Mommy” to “Grandma” you’ve always found a way to be amazing at who you are.
Mom as a Friend
Do you consider your mom a friend and confidant?–here are some great ways to express your feelings:
For the Mom you respect as a woman and/or professional: Somewhere along the way, I realized the extraordinary mom raising me was also an extraordinary woman.
For the mom you love to spend time with: You always knew just how to lift my spirits, Mom. Some things never change.
For the ways your relationship has changed…and stayed the same: My doctor, my hairdresser, my counselor, my friend…I can’t thank you enough for everything, Mom, because “everything” just keeps getting better!
Still Need Your Mom?
If your mom is still the person you count on most, be specific about what you appreciate:
For her words of wisdom: Even if you didn’t think I was listening, I live by your words every day.
For being the one you always turn to: In my heart I have every hug you ever gave me—and sometimes they still get me through.
For the example she sets: Beautiful, loving, understanding, forgiving…that’s you, Mom. And it’s who I strive to be.
For All the Moms Reading This: We wish you a well-deserved, wonderful Mother’s Day!
The holidays brought so much joy–from glorious gifts to fabulous dinners—and there’s so much to be grateful for. The perfect way to show it, of course, is with a thank you note. The following tips will make writing them a breeze, and can be used for any occasion.
Begin with a greeting: Be sure to include everyone. If a gift was from a family, include the children as well, and name both the host and hostess.
Be specific: “Thank you for…” or “I really appreciate…” Be expressive, too, and include complimentary adjectives. So, if you’re thanking someone…
- For Gifts — Let them know how you feel about the gift, or how you plan to use it. For example: “I’m so touched you remembered my favorite…!” or “It looks perfect in…”
- For Gift Cards — If you’ve already spent it—or know what you’re going to buy with it—let the receiver know. If you don’t know, tell them how much you’re looking forward to shopping with it. If you received money, it’s polite to say thank you for their “generosity” or “kindness,” and then how you plan on using it.
- For a Party – Be sure to compliment the host/hostess on a specific food, decoration, or even refer to a shared conversation. For example, “It was great hearing about your kids-you have to be so proud of them!”
Include well wishes: Add a message about the receiver, not the gift. Wish them well or express your hope that you’ll see them soon— make it sincere. This thoughtful touch is always appreciated!
Add a perfect finish: Say thanks again and close the note, using words appropriate for the relationship, such as Love, Warm or Kind Regards, Sincerely, etc.
So, don’t put off those thank you’s! After all, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward
A sympathy card is a wonderful expression of support for a person who is grieving. Yet, at a time when we want to be the most comforting and caring, and say just the right thing, we are also often the most unsure of what to write.
While sometimes it’s fine to keep our words simple, such as “So sorry for your loss,” there are also times when we’d really like to say much more. Here are some thoughts on this sensitive subject, and some ideas on what is helpful to say.
Before you write your message in a card, think about the person you are sending it to, and how personal you’d like it to be. Equally important is considering the loved one who has died. Did you know the person, too? If so, it’s nice to include a fond memory of them in your message. Or perhaps they had an endearing quality, such as a wonderful laugh. For example, you might include, “I’ll always remember the time we…” or, “Her laughter always made me feel…” Also, even if you didn’t know the deceased, use their name in your message no matter whether you’re sending a sympathy greeting card or a sympathy ecard.
Extra touches in the card are also very thoughtful. Do you have a photo of the deceased that might make the recipient smile? Or, if you feel it’s appropriate, include a Bible verse or inspirational quote.
Remember, whether you knew the deceased or not, the most important thing is to let the bereaved know you care. A personal message—sincere and from the heart—is the perfect way to do just that.
Celebrating a birthday is special, and sending a greeting card is the perfect way to add your wishes to the day. But once you’ve picked out the card, it’s nice to include your own personal message, too. You don’t need to be long—just sincere! So get your favorite pen ready—why not pick out colored ink for a fun touch?—and get writing!
First, consider how close your relationship is. If it’s a family member or dear friend, and you know what they have planned for their birthday, you can add a special wish such as “I hope your celebration gives you many happy memories to treasure always!” However, you can also write heartfelt words that will fit any relationship, and including a compliment is always appreciated. For example, “May your birthday be as special as you are!” or, “Wishing you all the happiness someone as nice as you deserves!”
For an added touch of thoughtfulness, include a quotation. There are many great quotation sites, or you can select one from a favorite book. Here are some that we especially like:
- Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others can not keep it from themselves. -Sir James Barrie
- And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
- This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24
- A friend is, as it were, a second self. -Cicero
- You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis
- We turn not older with years, but newer every day. -Emily Dickinson
- Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! -Henry David Thoreau
- A true friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same. -Elbert Hubbard
- Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -Woodrow Wilson
Keep in mind that a warm closing will bring an extra smile for the birthday person. Consider phrases such as Thinking of You, Love Always, Your Friend, or Best Wishes. And, of course, don’t forget to sign your name!
Print one of our beautiful birthday cards today!