Ideas for 13th Birthday Cards

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Ideas for 13th Birthday Cards
Celebrate a 13-year-old's birhtday with a thoughtful card. (birthday celebration image by Liz Van Steenburgh from

A 13th birthday marks an important crossover into the teenage years, so this milestone deserves special recognition. When creating or selecting a birthday card, try to incorporate the 13-year-old's personal likes and interests. Also consider his or her personality to decide whether the card should be a funny or serious one.

Pop Culture

Thirteen is around the age when an appreciation for pop culture begins to develop; this includes television, movies and music. Tap into the birthday celebrant's favourite pop culture icons and incorporate them into the birthday card. For instance, put a picture of a favourite celebrity on the front of the card and write a "personalized" message from that person as a joke. Another idea is to incorporate memorable quotes from a favourite movie, or to tailor the lyrics of a favourite song to sound like it was written for the birthday celebrant.

The Number 13

Focus on the milestone age for your card's theme. Write out 13 reasons you are appreciative of the birthday celebrant, thirteen wishes you have for that person, or thirteen of your favourite memories together. If you have a way with words, try writing a short, personalised poem for the 13-year-old that focuses on the number 13. Decide whether you want the poem to be funny, serious or both and build off of those guidelines to create the perfect poem; for instance, if you want the poem to be funny, you could write something like, "Now that you have turned 13, I hope you'll keep your bedroom clean!" Another option is to draw the number 13 to look like something the celebrant is passionate about; for example, if he or she plays soccer, colour a bubble-letter 13 to look like the black and white pattern on a soccer ball.

Words of Wisdom

Entering the teenage years can be a difficult transition, so words of advice are often appreciated. Think back to when you were 13 and try to remember some of the difficulties you may have had; offer the birthday celebrant the advice you wish someone had given you at that age. Also include some of the many things he or she has to look forward to during adolescence. For a special touch, consider including some funny stories or pictures of yourself from when you were thirteen to make the birthday celebrant laugh.

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