How to Write Business Birthday Cards

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How to Write Business Birthday Cards
Give a business associate a friendly, yet professional birthday card. (Kohei Hara/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Birthday cards let the recipient know she is thought of on her special day. Sending birthday cards to family and friends is practically a given, although few people think to send greetings to business associates. Keeping up with the birthdays of business acquaintances, employees, employers or coworkers can foster a budding business relationship or make you stand out. Although you are writing out a birthday card, which should be friendly, keep it professional as well.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Address the card in a professional manner, using the term you typically use when interacting with the birthday celebrant. If you call your boss by his proper name, address the card to "Mr. Robinson." If you call him by his first name, address the card that way. Only use an endearing term, such as "Dear" if you are close to him.

  2. 2

    Write a sincere birthday wish in the form of a statement, verse or poem. The message can be lighthearted if your relationship with the recipient is friendly. For example, "Happy birthday boss! Wishing you a great birthday and a fabulous year."

  3. 3

    Sign the card in a similar manner as the way you addressed it. For a business associate you aren't particularly close to, you might sign off with "Best Wishes, Sarah Adams." Signing your first name only is fine if you work in a small office and are the only one with your name. List your position and company if the recipient might not recognise your name.

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