Happy New Year wishes for family: Happy New Year greeting card

A new year is approaching, and now is the perfect time to start thinking about sending happy new year wishes for family members. Whether you’ll see each other on the holiday or they’re miles away, sharing warm greetings is always a good idea.

In this guide, we’ll help you find a fun way to send those good wishes to your loved ones and share some of our favorite Happy New Year wishes for family members — from sweet to funny. Let’s celebrate the New Year in style and send good vibes their way.

Fun Ways to Share Happy New Year Wishes for Family Members

Ringing in the new year often means visiting loved ones, having your best friends over to celebrate, and sending relatives some cheery New Year greetings. Every family is different, but here are some great ways to share those warm and fuzzy wishes this New Year.

In Person

Invite your loved ones over to your place for a New Year’s Eve party, or head to theirs for a feast on New Year’s Day. You could even have a New Year’s gift exchange to celebrate the upcoming year.

By Text

It’s not always easy to get everyone together, even if you don’t live far apart. A short and sweet telephone call on New Year’s Day is a great way to let them know you care. You could also send a thoughtful text on New Year’s Eve with a cheery “Happy New Year!” or “I’m so grateful to have family like you.”

On Social Media

Thanks to social media, it has never been easier to send someone a cute image or a funny meme to celebrate a holiday. It’s also a wonderful place to share Happy New Year wishes for family members. Create your own graphic and post it to your page, or search for a GIF or meme that matches your personality. Talk about how it’s been a funny old year, celebrate someone’s wins, or share excitement about what the future might hold. 

In a Greeting Card

One of the best ways to send Happy New Year wishes for family members is with the help of a New Year’s card. While you could DIY or buy one from a store, try something fun and eco-friendly by sending an online card

Greenvelope’s digital Happy New Year cards are an exciting way to send those warm wishes to loved ones. We have an incredible collection of designs to suit every personality and theme, all of which you can customize with your own message. Plus, make sure they arrive at the perfect time with the help of our easy scheduling system. No more cards arriving late in the mail! 

40 Inspiring Happy New Year Wishes for Family Members

Happy New Year wishes for family: group of friends holding some sparklers

Now that you know you’re going to be sending some good vibes for a great year, it’s time to think about what to say. Knowing what to write isn’t always easy, so here are some of our favorite Happy New Year wishes for family

Short and Sweet New Year Wishes for Family

Happy New Year wishes for family: Retro Revelry Greetings Card

Design: Colin Cowie

Sending your love and well wishes for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes the simplest messages feel the most natural — like the greeting on this Retro Revelry card. Here are some ideas on what to say. 

1. Hope you have a very Happy New Year, [Name]!

2. Here’s to a great year of new opportunities!

3. It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate. Happy New Year!

4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

5. Have a wonderful New Year

6. Sending you our love for the New Year ahead.

7. Wishing you a very happy New Year.

8. Festive greetings to you, [Relation]!

9. Have a fabulous New Year! 

10. Sending you good wishes for the New Year and always.

Heartfelt Happy New Year Wishes for Family

Good Things to Come Card

Design: Signature Greenvelope

There are times when you’ll want to write something deeper than a short message. A card like this Good Things to Come design has plenty of blank space for your note on the backside. Consider these heartfelt Happy New Year wishes for family members

11. May the New Year bring you everything you’ve always dreamed of, [Name]. If there’s anyone who deserves the best, it’s you. Have the happiest New Year ever!

12. I’m so grateful for having you in my life, [Relation]. Through all the ups and downs, you’re always there. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

13. Let’s face it. This last year was tough. But now it’s a time for new beginnings and new adventures. Here’s to a new chapter filled with joy, peace, and lots of love!

14. Have a prosperous New Year, [Name]. May God continue to bless you and keep you. 

15. Happy New Year, [Name]! You’re not just family, you’re my best friend. I hope this coming year brings all your new hopes and new goals to life.

16. Wishing you a blessed New Year, [Name]. There’s nobody who shines brighter than you and I’m so thankful that we’re family.

17. Sending you lots of love and hugs as you embark on an exciting new year! Look out world, here you come!

18. It’s time for a new start, and we’re so proud to see you take a new path. Sending you all our love this New Year.

19. We know big things will happen for you this year, [Name]! Now is the perfect time for a fresh start and we want you to know that we’ll be here by your side the whole time. Here’s to a blessed New Year

20. It’s an honor to be surrounded by such a loving family at this time of year. Happy New Year! 

Happy New Year Wishes for Family Members Across the Distance

Bright Year Ahead Card

Design: Owl and Toad

We can’t always be close to our loved ones during the holidays, but we can send them something fun like this Bright Year Ahead card. If your family members are too far away to visit, you can still shower them with festive cheer and even hold a virtual New Year’s Eve party. Use these messages as inspiration for thoughtful greetings to share across the distance. 

21. I know we haven’t seen each other much this past year, but I know next year will be easier. Until then, have a wonderful New Year’s Eve

22. Wishing you good health and good fortune for the New Year, my dear [Relation].

23. The countdown has begun, [Name]! Can’t wait to see you at our virtual New Year’s Eve celebration!

24. Hope you have a bright New Year ahead of you, [Name]! Can’t wait to see you soon.

25. I hope this upcoming year is full of wonderful memories with your gorgeous family. Happy New Year, [Name]! 

26. I’m excited to get together in the upcoming year. Wishing you all the best! 

27. Sending you the biggest and best Happy New Year wishes, [Relation]. Sorry we can’t be together this year but we’ll definitely hang out IRL next year

28. Happy New Year to the best [Relation] in the whole world. Counting down the days until we’re in the same city again! 

29. Sending you plenty of festive cheer from here in [Location]. The weather may be different than where you are, but our love remains the same! 

30. We might be miles away, but rest assured we’ll be raising a glass (or two) to you for a wonderful New Year. Love you, fam!

Funny Happy New Year Wishes for Family Members

Ahead Of Schedule Card

Design: Lisa McLean Design

The holidays are the perfect time of year to let loose and have a little fun — like with this Ahead of Schedule card. If your loved ones enjoy your sense of humor, or you know they’re ready to hear your best jokes, these funny Happy New Year wishes are a great alternative to something more traditional.

31. Happy New Year, [Relation]! Another year stuck with me by your side.

32. Last year was full of questionable choices, huh? Let’s hope this next year is a little less wild! 

33. Will this be the year where that fresh start at being a better person sticks? Happy New Year to the funniest [Relation] I’ll ever know.

34. It’s time to set some of my New Year’s Resolutions, [Name]. Yours too. Let’s place bets on how long it’ll be before we break them again! 

35. Happy New Year, [Name]! Seeing as you can’t make it to the party, I’ll drink for the both of us. 

36. Sending you good vibes for the next year, [Name] — think we’ll need it! 

37. Happy New Year to the butt of my jokes since [Year].

38. Out with the old, in with the new — but you’re stuck with me, sorry! 

39. Sure, the New Year is a time to build positive new habits. But it’s also a time for immediately breaking them.* (*The latter is much more fun. Let’s go with that option. Again.)

40. Hope you’re having a wonderful New Year celebration out on the beach. Sure, we’re stuck here in the snow. But it’s OK. We still love you!

Share the Joy with These Happy New Year Wishes for Family Members

There’s no shortage of inspirational Happy New Year quotes or Happy New Year messages you could send to your family members. Use this list to inspire your greeting and personalize it to make your own.

Likewise, customizing your Happy New Year’s card gives it an extra special touch. Take a look at our collection of Happy New Year’s cards and let your loved ones know just how much you care. Here’s to a fabulous new year!