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Messages For Friends: Nice Things To Write In A Friendship Card

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You love your friends and you want to make sure they know it- and sending them a friendship card that speaks to your relationship is a great way to do that! Whether you have a way with words or you can never quite think of the right thing to say, sometimes we all need a little inspiration to get the words exactly right when we try to put our feelings down on paper. Whatever the occasion is – a birthday, an exciting opportunity, a time of struggle, or just because – we have some helpful tips and suggestions to get you started writing a fabulous friendship card that will make your friend’s day! 

Reasons To Send A Friendship Card

There are probably a million reasons to send a friendship card, just like there are a million types of friendships. But our favorite reason to send a friendship card is no reason at all! Your friend will be delighted to receive a note in the mail from you on a random day when it’s least expected. Even though your friend isn’t expecting it, you may be prompted to send a friendship card for a number of reasons. Here’s just a few reasons why we love to send a friendship card.

To Tell Your Friend How Much You Appreciate Them

Do you ever just feel especially grateful for one of your friends? Maybe they did something for you or someone else that made you realize how lucky you are to have them in your life. Or maybe they just popped into your head one day and you’ve been thinking of them fondly. These are the perfect moments to let your friend know what they mean to you. If they did something specific that made you pause to reflect on why they’re such a special person, let them know. They absolutely would love to hear it! If you’re admiring their great qualities, tell them. Most of us don’t hear often enough about the things we do to earn the admiration of others. Telling your friends in the moment when you’re feeling particularly appreciative of their friendship is a great way to make sure your friends know that you appreciate them.

Sending Happy Thoughts

Sending Happy Thoughts Butterfly Greeting Card

To Send Some Words Of Encouragement

A friendship card is a great way to remind your friend that you’re always there for them. You’ve been there through thick and thin, highs and lows, and everything in between. No matter where we are on our journey, we all could use some encouragement now and then- and a reminder that our friends have our back no matter what.

You think your friends are pretty great people, and you want to cheer them on. When they’re doing something great, you want to be there to tell them to keep it up! Celebrate big victories and small accomplishments by telling your friend that you see the work they’re doing, that you’re proud of them for all the great things they do, and that you love seeing them chase their dreams.

When your friend is struggling with something, you want to be there to encourage them to hang in there so they can get back to being their awesome self again. Sometimes just a few kind words from a friend can make all the difference to get us through our toughest days. 

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Just A Note To Say Hello Greeting Card

To Reconnect With A Friend You Haven’t Seen In A While

Oftentimes, life just happens, and we lose touch with friends we value. When we get caught up in our busy lives, sending a little note in the mail can be a great way to reconnect. Sending a card can be less pressure than a phone call or text that demands a more immediate response, and it can be a great reminder to a friend that even though you haven’t seen each other in a while, they’re still important to you.

Send a note saying, “I miss you.” Ask your friend how they’ve been lately- ask about school, work, family, etc. Give an update on your life. Invite your friend to catch up sometime, either by getting together in person, or setting aside time for a phone call. Then follow up to get something scheduled!

To Share A Thought Or Memory

Do you ever see something that you just know one of your friends would appreciate? Or read something and then have a thought that you want to share with someone? Write it down and send it to your friend! It’ll give them something fun to think about, and then you can discuss it the next time you see each other.

Same thing goes when you have a memory of something you did with one of your friends. If you have a memory that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, it’ll be even better if you know remembering will make your friend feel warm and fuzzy too. If you remember a time when you and your friend did something hilarious, it’ll feel good knowing you’ll make them laugh. 

To Brighten Up Your Friend’s Day

Sometimes you just want to send a friendship card because it feels good to put a card in the mail and know that you’ll be making your friend’s day. You’ll make your friend feel special and nurture your relationship. 

What Should You Write About In A Friendship Card?

Most of the time, the point of sending a friendship card is no other reason than to make your friend smile. And luckily, there are so, so many ways to do that! After all, in a world where everything has been made quick and easy and most of our correspondence is done on our cell phones or computers, you will have already brightened up your friend’s day just by putting in the effort to write a handwritten note and stick it in the mail. 

When writing your friendship card, keep your friendship at the forefront of your thoughts. Let your friend know what your relationship means to you, and specifically why you’re glad they’re your friend. Let the tone of your relationship set the tone for your note. If you’re affectionate with each other, keep it sweet. If you’re casual friends or acquaintances, keep your tone light. If you’re sassy with each other, use a more playful, teasing tone (lovingly, of course). You get the idea. 

A friendship card doesn’t have to be complicated to write. You can keep it short, sweet, and simple, or write a longer note about why your friendship is important to you. If you’re looking for some inspiration to get a little more creative, read on for our favorite ideas!

Creative Things To Write In A Friendship Card

Make A List

Write your friend a sweet or silly list related to your friendship or why your friend is special to you. Keep it short, or make it long. Go crazy. Here are some ideas:

  • 10 reasons why you are an amazing human being
  • 10 reasons why I’m so glad we’re friends
  • Top seven qualities that I admire most in you
  • 5 places we need to visit together
  • My five favorite memories of us
  • Reasons why I’d choose you for my zombie apocalypse team
  • Eight things we need to do together this summer
  • Ten reasons why I can’t live without you
  • Three times you went above and beyond to make my day
  • Five craziest things we’ve seen together
  • List of songs that were totally written about us
  • 10 reasons why I love you

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Shakespeare Friend Quote Card

Share A Quote You Love

A fun and easy way to celebrate your friend and your friendship is to share a quote that makes you think of them. Here are some of our favorites:

Quotes About Friendship:

  • “With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare
  • “True friends are always together in spirit.” – L.M. Montgomery
  • “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.” – Pam Brown
  • “It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds.” – Gina Barreca
  • “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” -Irish Proverb
  • “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
  • “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow Wilson 
  • “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” – Elisabeth Foley
  • “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” – Thomas Aquinas 
  • “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Friendship is a sheltering tree.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Watterson
  • “Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  • “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” -Proverbs 27:9

Quotes To Give Encouragement

  • “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
  • “All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  • “Once you face your fear, nothing is ever as hard as you think.” – Olivia Newton John
  • “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
  • “All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” – Viola Davis

Quotes To Tell Your Friend How Amazing They Are

  • “We do not fall in love with the package of the person; we fall in love with the inside of a person.” – Anne Heche
  • “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
  • “When you’re true to who you are, amazing things happen.” – Deborah Norville
  • “Never let anyone or anything distract you from noticing how amazing you are.” – Edmond Mbiaka
  • “You are brilliantly capable of being the most outstanding version of yourself. The strength is already inside you.” ― Hiral Nagda
  • “If I could give you one thing, it would be the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then will you truly understand how special you are.” – Frida Kahlo

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You’re So Sweet Bee Greeting Card

Give An Awesome Compliment

Your friends are obviously amazing – tell them why you think so! To give the best compliment, tell your friend what wonderful qualities they have, and then give them an example of how they demonstrate those qualities. Here’s some great things your friend might be to get you thinking:

  • Kind
  • Caring
  • Generous
  • Good listener
  • Dependable
  • Understanding
  • Patient
  • Adventurous
  • Calming
  • Fun
  • Creative
  • Humorous
  • Joyful
  • Perceptive
  • Wise
  • Fearless
  • Comforting
  • Thoughtful

Say Thank You For All The Great Things Your Friend Does

Take the opportunity to not just tell your friend that you appreciate them, but specifically say thank you for the things they do for you and the ways they improve your life. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

  • “My life would be so boring without you in it. Thank you for bringing joy and laughter to my life.”
  • “I don’t know where I’d be without you. Thanks for your neverending support.”
  • “Thanks for keeping me out of trouble (and for being with me when I am in trouble).”
  • “Thank you for being there for me, through thick and thin.”
  • “You inspire me. Thank you for always being you.”
  • “I’m so grateful for your friendship. Thanks for being a wonderful friend to me.”

Tell A Story

Amuse your friend by telling a story. Don’t be afraid to really get creative and make your story exciting with some colorful descriptions. Write down the story of a memory you share that your friend will be able to look back on with fondness. Tell a funny story from your day that your friend will appreciate. Make up a fairytale with your friend as the hero or heroine. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless.

Tell A Joke

Feel free to get creative here as well. Get on the internet or pull out an old joke book and tell your friend a super cheesy joke. Or write down an inside joke you share.

Ways To Tell Your Friend What They Mean To You

Still need ideas for how to tell your friend what they mean to you? Here’s some more examples of wording you might want to use in a friendship card:

  • “I’m so glad we met- you’re such a great friend.”
  • “I think fate brought us together. Our friendship was meant to be.”
  • “Your friendship means the world to me.”
  • “I’m so glad that you understand my weirdness.”
  • “What would I ever do without you?”
  • “We just get each other.”
  • “I value your friendship more than anything.”
  • “We’ve been together through a lot. I’m glad I always have you by my side.”
  • “It means so much to me to know you’re on my side.”
  • “You inspire me with the amazing things you do.”
  • “I’m grateful for your positivity when things get tough.”
  • “When I count my blessings, you’re at the top of my list.”
  • “We’re kindred spirits.”
  • “In good times and bad, you’re always exactly what I need.”
  • “I love that your weird matches my weird.”
  • “I’m so blessed to have you in my life.”

The Perfect Cards For Friends

Now that you’ve got some ideas about how to tell your friend how much they mean to you and make their day, it’s time to get writing! All you need is a pen, a card, an envelope, and a stamp. 

White Clover Paper Co. has many different handpainted card designs to choose from that are great for re-connecting with friends. Browse our wide selection of watercolor greeting cards for many different occasions. White Clover offers free shipping on all orders and you can save 20% on your first order by subscribing to our newsletter. Questions? Need help selecting the perfect card or placing an order? Don’t hesitate to contact us by filling out our online contact form.



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