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Forgetful Elephant

The New Yorker

You forgot to wish your friend a happy birthday—and you’re more than fashionably late. Maybe your phone reminder didn’t work. Maybe you’ve been busy with work or traveling, or you went to the pre-party and had a little too much fun. Maybe you’re just not the remembering type. Fear not—with our clever and sincere belated birthday cards, you’ll be back in your friend’s good graces soon.

First things first: keep it light. Our selection of belated happy birthday cards say “sorry,” but with a little humor as well as sincere sentiment. Make a little fun of yourself and get out of your predicament with colorful, tongue-in-cheek cards that make your slice of humble pie a little more flavorful. Afterall, funny belated birthday cards at least give the gift of a good laugh (or at least a knowing smile).

Second: don’t dawdle. After you’ve picked out your favorite card, our online design tool lets you quickly customize your message, put your best typeface forward, and showcase your artistic instincts. We’ll set you up with the initial message, but a personal note is always encouraged. Third: make it count. While all of our free belated birthday cards are lovely, you know best what will make the best impression on your friend. No matter the recipient, you’re sure to find a design that suits their style—whether it’s the playful designs of kate spade new york and Jonathan Adler, the dry wit of a cartoon from The New Yorker, or something a bit more understated.

If your goal is to be more timely next year, use our online address book and scheduling options to have a card ready for every important birthday on your calendar—and other big days, too. Take a look at our many anniversary cards, congratulations cards, and greetings for other occasions that deserve a personal shout-out.