Birthday Card Ideas for an 83-Year-Old


While turning 83 is a milestone, it's not 80 or 85 and there aren't many pre-made cards for the number 83. However, by using personal feelings and memories, you can create a special birthday card for the person who will soon be 83 years old. Poking a little fun at the age can break the ice at the party and help everyone laugh and have fun.

83 Reasons Why

  • The birthday boy has been through a lot and has probably given you multiple reasons why you love him, why he inspires you or why you know he will live another 83 years. Choose one of those lists or another to create inside the birthday card. 83 is a lot, but feel free to combine items. For example, numbers 21 to 25 could represent the five marathons he has run in his lifetime or the number of children he has. Keep the reasons short and concise so everything fits on the card.

83 Historical Events

  • Over the last 83 years, many historical events have happened, including personal events that are part of the birthday girl's history. Make a list of 83 important things that have happened over the last 83 years and include both nationally historical and personally historical events. The newly 83-year-old will enjoy taking a trip down memory lane while reading your card.

Digital Card

  • Although this 83-year-old may not be completely tech-savvy, a digital card can be as easy to watch as a movie or TV. Create a digital slide show of pictures reminding the birthday boy of the last 83 years. Include short clips of family members and friends saying "happy birthday" and other messages. This is a card that anyone would love to watch again, after the celebrations are over.

Poke Fun

  • Most 83-year-olds are aware they're old and are probably able to laugh at themselves. Laugh along with her by giving a card poking a little fun at her age. Use a papyrus paper to make a faux Egyptian scroll and write in the card, "This is the paper you used to use as a child." Draw caveman art to depict your message instead of writing it out and then explain, "I decided to write 'happy birthday' using the first language you learned." Lighthearted humor is a way to make the birthday party more fun and less serious.

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