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Should You Send a Belated Birthday Card?

What do you do when you forget a family member or good friend's birthday? Some people say skip the card and give them a ring on the telephone. Others say send them a card even though it's late and just blame it on the mail. The last option is to acknowledge the fact that you forgot, and send them a belated birthday card.

Picking up the phone is always a good idea, and so is sending a card. If you send a birthday card that arrives two weeks after the birthday, it will be quite obvious that you forgot. While sending the card is still a nice gesture, it might be a good idea to own up to your forgetfulness and mention it in the card.

Whether you just put a "sorry it's late!" note or go with a full-blown belated birthday card is your choice, but choosing a belated card opens up possibilities for some good jokes. We have a good selection of funny belated birthday cards that let your friend know that you didn't forget on purpose, and they lighten the mood.

It's a good idea to keep track of birthdays on a calendar so you don't forget, and even mark a week or two before so that you have time to pick out and send a birthday card. It's better to be early than late, but if you do happen to forget, go ahead and send a belated birthday card.