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There’s something special about taking a few moments to wish a loved one a happy birthday. It’s a way to show you value their presence in your life and share thoughtful words that reflect your bond — whether you love to be silly and humorous or prefer a more reverent tone.

Choosing a birthday card can be fun — and sometimes intimidating! — with so many options on the market. Here, we’ll go over the benefits of electronic birthday cards and explain why they’re often a better option than traditional paper cards. Plus, we’ll show you where you can find the perfect birthday e-card for that someone special.

Benefits of Electronic Birthday Cards

electronic birthday cards: friends holding a birthday card, cake, and a gift

There are many reasons why electronic greeting cards are better than their paper predecessors (printable cards and grocery store greeting cards, we’re talking about you). Not only are digital birthday cards more convenient, but they’re also easier to customize. Let’s delve into more detail on why paper-free cards are ideal.


Unlike traditional greeting cards where you had to head to the post office to mail your written birthday message, digital cards let you send stunning designs wherever you are. Electronic cards can be delivered via email or even on social media channels. They’re convenient, affordable, and they look just as beautiful as traditional paper cards. You don’t have to hassle with postage and you can send a thoughtful birthday message with just a few clicks. 

Happy birthday e-cards are also great if you accidentally forgot someone’s special day. (Oops, it happens!) Since electronic birthday cards are delivered instantly, you can send belated birthday wishes without worrying about the card taking several more days to arrive. Plus, you can schedule cards to be delivered on specific days so you don’t miss a birthday again.

Endless Designs

Happy birthday greeting cards come in thousands of designs. There are funny birthday cards for coworkers who enjoy a good chuckle and sweet options that commemorate a milestone birthday. You’ll even find cards that suit every birthday party theme you can imagine — from Parisian parties and quinceañeras to a Hawaiian bash. E-cards are an easy way to ensure your birthday wishes line up with the party theme or the honoree’s personality.

Best of all, you can personalize electronic birthday cards with your own witty birthday wishes and make each card truly unique. You can customize the font and colors to fit your preferences and include your own words, making it more personal than a store-bought generic greeting card.

Unique and Special Every Time

Have you ever found yourself in the grocery store holding a birthday card that’s giving you deja vu? You start to wonder if you’ve already given this card to someone before. Or worse, you can’t remember if you picked the same card for the same recipient last year! 

With electronic birthday cards, those worries are a thing of the past. With sites like Greenvelope, you can keep track of which cards you’ve sent and who they were delivered to. In other words, you can ensure your loved ones get a unique card every year.


It might go without saying, but electronic birthday cards are better for the environment compared to traditional paper cards. No more cutting down trees for cards that usually end up in the trash bin. With a digital card, you can rest easy knowing that you’re doing the environment a favor, but still sending thoughtful wishes in style.

9 Online Birthday Cards For Someone Special

When it comes to online birthday cards, it’s hard to choose the perfect card, mostly because there are so many to love! Don’t worry, we’ve gathered some of our favorites here to make it easier for you. Choose from one of these stunning designs or browse our searchable birthday greetings selection to find the perfect one.

1. Magical You Card

electronic birthday cards: Magical You Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

This whimsical design is the perfect way to wish a magical friend a happy birthday. The e-greeting card is ideal for young teens who are having unicorn-themed parties. It’s also great for a special adult friend who seems to carry glitter and magic everywhere they go.

2. Celebrate Big Card

electronic birthday cards: Celebrate Big Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Say “happy birthday to you” with this sweet elephant card. The hand-illustrated design features accents like confetti and feathers for a fun time. Plus, the backside has plenty of space to write a birthday message. 

3. Happy Bday Frame Card

electronic birthday cards: Happy Bday Frame Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Instead of sending a generic text message for someone’s birthday, send birthday wishes with this personalized birthday card. Upload your favorite photo of the birthday celebrant and add a personal message for a card they won’t soon forget. Choose a silly picture to get your friend laughing or opt for a photo of your favorite hangout or moment.

4. Birthday Doodles Card

electronic birthday cards: Birthday Doodles Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

This cheerful birthday card features doodles of cupcakes, birthday cake, presents, and candles — basically everything you need for a proper birthday party! The template comes in several different color schemes from cotton candy pink and mint green to classic black. 

5. Happy Paint Speckles Card

electronic birthday cards: Happy Paint Speckles Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Shout out the birthday honoree with this colorful and oh-so-chic card. The metallic accents add a hint of glamour and the confetti illustration creates a fun accent. It’s perfect for your bestie or a coworker at the office thanks to the minimal yet festive design.

6. Happy Birthday Beautiful

electronic birthday cards: Birthday Beauty Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

This beautiful card is perfect for wishing a happy birthday to someone you love. The vintage floral illustration is bold and regal. It’s ideal for someone who loves nature and can be used for friends, significant others, and family members.

7. Things Are Bananas Card

Things Are Bananas Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Ready to party and celebrate someone special? Send this birthday card to someone who’s always up for a good time. The bright yellow illustration adds a cheery atmosphere and you can include a special message on the backside of the card.

8. Cheery Cocktails Card

Cheery Cocktails Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

This sophisticated design is ideal for wishing a happy birthday to your best friend, a coworker, or in-law. Featuring cocktails with fancy garnish and clean lines, it’s a stylish way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Choose from four retro color palettes or design your own to make the card truly unique. 

9. Minimal Sun Card

Minimal Sun Card from Greenvelope

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Celebrate your loved one with this modern design. The letter-pressed detailing and gold foil accents add a touch of sophistication. Use it to say congrats and cheers to another year around the sun. You can also use it as a general greeting card to say “miss you” or “love you” to someone you haven’t seen for a while. 

Design a Stunning Electronic Birthday Card With Greenvelope

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Creating and designing an electronic birthday card is easier than ever. Choose from hundreds of ready-to-send birthday cards designed for all ages. You’ll find gorgeous unicorn cards for the youngest birthday honorees, humorous designs, and birthday cards for every themed party. You can even upload your own design to make a birthday card that your loved one won’t soon forget.

With Greenvelope, you can send gorgeous cards for any occasion. Whether it’s a card for entertaining on a special occasion — like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Friendship Day — or a yearly holiday invitation like New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day we’ve got you covered. From thank you cards to thinking of you cards and everything in between, we have a card you’ll love. Browse our selection of digital cards and invitations to find the perfect one.