9 Birthday Card Ideas Sure to Bring Smiles 

It’s that time of year again…again. That’s the thing about birthdays—they come all the time, every year. It can be tough to come up with new, creative birthday card ideas. You want it to be special, but things can get repetitive. Lucky for you, the Kudoboard team has come up with 9 birthday card ideas that are sure to bring smiles!

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1) Get Silly. 

Funny birthday cards are always good for a laugh, but what if THEY are what's funny? Gather silly, possibly unattractive photos of your birthday celebrant. Nothing like a little friendly joking around between friends, right? Tease the birthday boy/girl, but at the same time remind him or her how much you love and appreciate them despite their weirdness with a simple birthday card and heartfelt happy birthday wishes.

2) Make a Video. 

A plain happy birthday card on paper? You can do better. Gather video clips of your friends wishing happy birthday, or alternatively, create a longer, personal video to include in a free eCard. A DIY birthday card made with homemade videos conveys effort and time that you just don’t get from the traditional greeting card. 

3) Give a Virtual Gift. 

Including an electronic gift card with your birthday wishes is thoughtful. Nothing says “Happy Birthday!” better than a little moolah, right?! Buy an online gift card for the birthday boy/girl from a favorite store and include the gift card link on your Kudoboard. If you can’t include a link, try taking a picture of your online purchase and posting it on the birthday greeting card (you can email the actual gift later).

Read more: 30+ Employee Birthday Gifts They’ll Love!

4) Give Back. 

Sometimes the best gift is to give back on their special day. Tug at your friend’s heartstrings by donating to charity in their honor. Make sure to provide relevant pictures and information about the chosen charity so that your friend can appreciate the impact of the gift. Add this information to a free printable birthday card or birthday greeting for a great birthday surprise. 

5) Create a group eCard. 

Although it’s really easy to make group cards for your friends and family online, the birthday boy/girl will appreciate the coordination and joint effort. Receiving birthday wishes all at once can highlight how much someone is loved. You can pass around a handmade card or beautiful pop-up card with their birthday gift, or choose a personalized card. Don’t worry if your group is spread across different social circles or geographic areas. A group ecard by Kudoboard makes it easy to share a link via email, text, or social media. It’s the perfect birthday card!

6) Make it an Invite!

Post the time and place of their own surprise party on the card! Deliver your Kudoboard or homemade birthday card to your colleague just before her surprise party will start! Instead of the traditional jump-out-from-behind-the-couch ordeal, surprise her with the details of the party you’ve planned for later that day. She’ll get to enjoy the party AND the time she has to look forward to the celebration.

7) Make it Inside. 

Make a memorable DIY birthday card that could only come from you. Include an inside joke and a relevant picture instead of a generic birthday image. Nothing’s more personal than that dumb, yet hilarious joke that only you and your BFF know about. She’ll open her handmade birthday card and smile, remembering why you two are so close.

8) Create a Timeline Slideshow

Take a trip down memory lane for a loved one’s birthday. Post an array of photos from different years in chronological order. Show your younger sister how much she’s changed, and make sure to emphasize her awkward phase. Ugly duckling to swan, am I right??

9) Confuse… then Surprise! 

Send a card with a message and photos that are completely irrelevant to his/her birthday, and then… Include a surprise birthday wish message at the end. He’ll be confused (and possibly annoyed) at first, but appreciate the suspense. It’s a unique way to celebrate a birthday that they’ll never forget!

Celebrate in Style

Just because birthdays are repetitive doesn't mean they need to be boring! Get the birthday celebrant to burst with a smile when you try one of these birthday card ideas—perfect for your next Kudoboard.