Teenage boys: birthday card ideas

Updated March 29, 2017

Traditional greeting cards can seem uninspiring, especially for teenagers who can be difficult to please. However, if you use a little imagination it's possible to give a teenage boy a birthday card that is memorable for all the right reasons. Your card should reflect the boy's personality. From a fun homemade card to a birthday greeting he can view on his laptop, there are lots of ways to honour the birthday of a teenage boy in a way that he will appreciate.

Magazine Card

Use a piece of construction paper to create a magazine card. Put together images from magazines and type up a special birthday headline using your word processor. Create a happy birthday headline and include smaller stories that hint of gifts or a party that may be in his future. Include jokes or quotes to make a truly personal and unique card.


Teenage boys spend a great deal of time communicating via their cell phones and laptops. Send an e-card, which is a virtual birthday card, direct to his e-mail inbox. There are a large number of online companies that will allow you to send free birthday e-cards. Simply choose a design you like, construct a birthday message and send it to his e-mail address. If you do not use technology often to communicate with him, it will be a pleasant surprise when he receives it.

Baby Photo Card

Create a homemade birthday card for a teenage boy using his baby and childhood photographs. A birthday is a good opportunity to reminisce and remind him he is still the baby he once was in your eyes. Stick a baby photograph on the front of the card and write, "Look who's all grown up" above the image. It is your opportunity to embarrass him a little although he should see the humorous side.

Video Greetings Card

Instead of sending a traditional greeting card that can be bought in a store, film your greeting instead. Set your video camera up and record yourself saying what you would ordinarily write in your greeting card. Burn your footage onto a DVD and put it in an envelope with his name on it. This is particularly good for teenage boys who have left home for college; seeing and hearing you will make it extra-special.

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About the Author

Based in Manchester, U.K., Natalie Baker has been a freelance beauty and fashion writer since 2009. Her work appears in the beauty pages of "The Detour Magazine" and online at Just Makeup Artists. Baker is experienced in both television and print journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts broadcast journalism from Salford University.