How to Make a Nice Card for Someone Who Is Leaving

Updated February 21, 2017

Saying goodbye to a friend, relative, or co-worker can be a difficult and emotional task. Even a casual friendship may contain complex and deep emotions that are difficult to put into words. If someone close to you is moving away, don't try to be cute or even clever. Write a card from the heart to show what they mean to you.

Make a list of what you value about your friend who is moving away. Include character traits, experiences you have shared, jokes, and anything else you share.

Gather any personal mementos you have of your friend. Look for photos, tickets from concerts you've seen together, personal notes you've saved, and anything else that reminds you of the person who is leaving.

Write a note to your friend on a sheet of scratch paper. Say that you'll miss them and that you wish them luck in their new life. Make the note personal by including one or two of your favourite things about them from the list you've made earlier. Try several messages until you compose one you are happy with.

Fold your scrap note in half so that the note is inside, then decorate the cover. Place one of the mementos you gathered on the front of the card. You can either leave it without words or put something simple on it such as, "To my good friend Sam" or "I'll miss you, Jen." Do not fasten the memento onto the card yet.

Carefully write out the message and cover message you chose on a nice stationary card. This is the note you are actually going to give to your friend who is leaving.

Use paste or white glue to fasten the memento onto the card. Use only as much glue as is required.


If you don't have a memento, don't worry. A nice handwritten note on good-looking stationary will still make an impression.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Mementos
  • Stationary
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About the Author

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.