A picture of a cake. A smiley face. A boring message. Be honest. Are these the best birthday card ideas you’ve got?
7 billion greetings cards are sent every year in the USA. Of that huge number, only some are great. Many aren’t at all impressive.
Giving birthday cards to employees should be a really nice touch from any employer. However, a boring card or odd message can give the wrong impression!
Avoid giving the wrong impression. These birthday card ideas will ensure you pick some of the best cards around and avoid sending less than creative messages.
Choosing the Right Design
Giving your employees birthday cards is a no-brainer. It’s a more challenging job choosing a suitable picture and design for each employee’s birthday card.
You don’t want to take too much of a risk and appear a little odd with your choice. On the other hand, if you play it too safe, it’s boring – and could appear so neutral that you’ve put no effort whatsoever into your choice.
The right design will depend on the person you’re picking for. The more you know about a person, the easier it will be to choose the right card.
Getting to know your employees on a personal level can make working alongside them smoother. It can save you from ‘crunch time’ when you spot their birthday on the calendar.
You never want to send anything that could be inappropriate. Such as an overly ‘exuberant’ card that could be taken the wrong way.
Those cards packed with blue humor might be a great pick for your own best friends. They’re not right for your employees, no matter how close you feel your working relationship is.
The card should be geared towards treating them with respect and professionalism that they deserve.
Personalized Birthday Card Ideas
Rather than picking an ‘off the peg’ design, why not choose a personalized card for your employees instead?
If you know that your employees have a great sense of humor, they might see the funny side of a birthday card watermarked with your own company’s logo.
Or if such a sardonic joke can’t be pulled off in your workplace, try something related to your business.
For example, if your business is a graphic design company, you might want to have an illustrator work on something cool for their colleague’s card.
Writing a Great Message
If you can find a clever way to tie in something work-related to the message, that’s fine.
However, a birthday card is a great opportunity to thank an employee for their hard work throughout the year. Don’t miss out.
Your birthday card ideas could make thanking them funny. For example, you could write something like: “We’re all really glad it’s your birthday because that means you were born. Since that happened, you’re here today to be the best salesperson we’ve ever had!” That might work well for a long-serving employee who you are close with.
Or as a quicker message – perhaps for a member of staff you don’t know so well – something more neutral can work. “We all wish you the very best, and hope you have a relaxing birthday.”
Or for a new member of staff: “We’re really glad you’re here and are all very happy with the work you’ve done so far. We’re looking forward to seeing what else you’ve got in store for us!”
The key is to tailor the message to the individual. There’s no need to go overboard and craft the best message anyone could ever dream up. A reasonably strong message will leave a lasting impression.
Get Everybody to Sign
Getting a card from your company is nice. Getting one signed by a whole bunch of your colleagues is better.
‘Crowdsource’ the messages in the card to give your employees a card that isn’t just from you, but from the people they work with every day too.
This is sure to lift spirits and promote the feeling of a cohesive team.
Add in a Little Gift
A nice gift attached inside the card can help to show your appreciation.
It doesn’t have to be anything big or exciting. Something simple like a $15 gift card to the movies tells them that you care. It also shows that you want your employee to enjoy their special day with a nice treat.
Amend the amount in our example to roughly cover the cost of them taking a friend or partner – that shows some real thought.
It’s possible to bulk buy gift cards, which can save you a bit of cash. If you have a big company and lots of employees, this might be a sensible suggestion.
Or if you have a very small company, personalize the choice of gift card according to each employee’s interests. This will make turn you into a fantastic and attentive boss in their eyes!
As an alternative to a voucher, chocolate is always a good bet. Try making a cool personalized message using the candy you pick out – like the creators of these awesome ‘cards’ have.
Gift Cards for Other Occasions
For over 14 years, we’ve been producing high-quality greetings cards for a number of corporate, professional and personal needs.
We produce personalized cards to suit the needs of these different groups of people. You can be sure of high-quality print and top-notch materials.
Read our blog for tips on card etiquette, ways to use cards in innovative ways, and much more. It’s sure to inspire some great birthday card ideas.
For example, if your business is sending out greetings cards this Christmas cards, be sure to avoid a red face. Learn about all the mistakes you must not make.
If you’ve got queries about our cards and services, or want more ideas on how to make your greetings cards stand out, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.