What to write in a friendship card

From lifelong besties who feel more like siblings, to newer mates who you instantly clicked with, all friendships are unique, and that’s what makes them so special! But how often do you let your friends know just how much they mean to you? 

Well, with Best Friends Day coming up on 8th June, there’s no time like the present! And a great way to show appreciation is by sending them a unique card featuring a heartfelt message. 

Sounds like a wonderful idea, right? Well, if you’re wondering what to write in a card for a friend, we’ve come up with a whole host of friendship card messages for you to take inspiration from! We’ve got everything from best friend card messages, to messages fit for long-distance besties, and even a few hilarious greetings too! 

But, before we dive into it, you’ll need to pick out the perfect card. Luckily for you, our brilliant illustrators have designed a fantastic range of love and friendship cards for you to choose from! Below you’ll find just a few of our faves:


Funny friendship card messages

Now, we don’t know all your inside jokes (we’re pretty good, but we’re not mind readers…), so feel free to personalise one of the below message ideas for a card your bestie will truly treasure. We’ve also thrown in some ready-made comical messages for good measure: 

  • Remember that time when we… (insert hilarious personal memory). 
  • It makes me laugh every time I think of… (Insert memory). 
  • Who needs therapy when they have a friend like you? Thanks for listening to my daily rants and crazy stories. 
  • (Insert comical memory) is without a doubt in my top ten best life moments… 
  • Here’s to another year of memories and stories we’ll tell our grandkids about (or, on second thought, perhaps won’t…) 
  • If laughter is the best medicine, I think we’ve got a pretty good chance of living forever. 
  • Hey, that’s enough about you, aren’t you lucky to have a bestie like me?

Short and sweet messages for best friends

Been searching for sweet, simple, and nice things to write in a card for a friend? Well, sometimes a short, punchy message can have the biggest impact. 

Whether you have a lifelong friendship where few words are needed (let’s face it, you’re basically telepathic at this point), or you’ve made a new friend who you’re hoping to express gratitude for, the below messages are ideal! 

  • I’m so lucky to have been blessed with a friend like you. 
  • Our friendship means the world to me. 
  • I can’t wait for all the good times to come! 
  • Feeling grateful today that I get to call you my friend. 
  • What a gift to have a true friend like you. 
  • Cheers to our wonderful friendship, and all the joy it brings!
  • You just get it. I’m beyond lucky to have a friend like you. 

Heartfelt messages for friends 

Life’s too short to leave things unsaid, and it’s important we take time to express our love in platonic relationships too. So, if you’ve been searching for heartfelt messages for friends, why not steal one of the ideas below?  

  • I cherish you and our friendship more than you’ll ever know. 
  • To my forever best friend, cheers to plenty more years of fun, adventure, and laughter. 
  • Life is so much brighter with you in it! You’re a gem of a friend, never change. 
  • Even though I don’t always say it, I hope you know just how much I love and appreciate you. 
  • You’re the brother/ sister I never had. I feel so lucky that I get to do life with you by my side. 
  • Here’s to more chatting over coffee dates, uncontrollable laughter, and heart-to-hearts. 
  • You bring so much joy into my life! I’m forever grateful for our bond. 

Friendship quotes from literature

Occasionally someone else’s words sum up how we’re feeling almost too perfectly, and there’s nothing wrong with taking a little inspiration from the world’s treasured wordsmiths. So, why not include one of the below literary quotes in a surprise card? 

  • “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” – Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.
  • “Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?” – Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life.
  • “You had to know a person well to make them laugh like that.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince.
  • “Friendship is constant in all other things.” – William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
  • “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.
  • “True friendship resists time, distance, and silence.” – Isabel Allende, Portrait in Sepia.
  • “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh. 

Or, you might prefer one of our best friend quotes for your BFF , so take a quick look before jotting one down! 

Long-distance friendship messages 

True friendship knows no boundaries. So, if you’ve got a long-distance bestie, here are some messages to help remind them just how much they mean to you (and just how much you miss them): 

  • The second we’re back together, it feels as though we’ve never been apart. 
  • Our friendship is so special that distance can’t even touch it. 
  • Always rooting for you from afar, bestie! 
  • How lucky am I to have a long-distance friend as wonderful as you? 
  • No matter the distance, you’ll always take the top spot as my best friend.  
  • Here’s just a little note to say how much I’m looking forward to our next bestie get-together! 
  • Counting down the days ‘till we next see each other! I can’t wait for all the fun we’ve got to come. 

We’ve got a guide filled with creative ideas on how to keep in touch with long-distance friends which you might find handy too! 

Whether you’re hoping to make your best friend belly laugh or cry (with happy tears, of course), you can’t go wrong with a special card featuring one of the above messages.

Perhaps you’re celebrating a special friendiversary, or maybe you simply want to let your bestie know how much they mean to you? Either way, sending a card is a wonderful way to express your love. 

And, if you’re looking for even more inspiration, why not head over to the thortful blog? There, you’ll find insights on everything from how to help a friend move house, to how to celebrate your BFF on Best Friends Day

Quickly before you go, if you’re really looking to treat a friend, why not dive into our wonderful gifting range