Many teens enjoy being treated with maturity and equality. Give them birthday cards that are uplifting and that reflect their personalities. Consider the teen's favorite writer, favorite hobby, a memory from her past or her faith. Use your knowledge about the teen to create a birthday card that she will want to keep for years. She will feel encouraged and warmly cared for.
Write your own poem or find one on websites such as Imag-e-Nation Online or Special Birthday Poems Online. Poems for teens can be silly, serious or a mix of the two. Consider writing a poem that offers clues to the gift that corresponds with the card or a poem that brings up a funny anecdote about the teen's life. Keep the poem uplifting and lighthearted. Poems written in birthday cards should not be embarrassing or sad.
Purchase a blank birthday card. This will allow you to write a birthday card quote from the teen's favorite writer or someone the teen may admire. Take into consideration one of the teen's hobbies. If the teen enjoys playing a musical instrument, painting, swimming, gardening or photography, you can find a quote from someone in one of those fields and include it within the birthday card. For example, for a teen who loves photography, you can quote Dorothea Lange as saying, "Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."
Christian teens may enjoy receiving birthday cards that have scripture verses written inside of them. Consider scripture verses that are uplifting, encouraging and inspirational. Bible verses that offer comfort, hope, courage, guidance and protection in times of danger are also powerful verses to include in a birthday card. Along with the card, give a gift of a prayer journal, a daily devotional for teens or a personalized Bible.
Memories are important to teens. Write about a specific event in the teen's past, such as a family event or a family vacation when she was a baby. Include details about the memorable event, such as what the teen was wearing at the time, what family members were there, what the weather was like and what age the teen was at that time of the event. Include a photograph of that memory if possible, either inside the card or wrapped separately as a gift.