In times of social distancing, wishing someone who’s sick a quick recovery can be tricky. If they tested positive for COVID-19, you won’t be doing anyone a favor by visiting your friend or family member and compromising your own health. Luckily, we live in the 21st century so you can text or call them and make them feel better with some well wishes.

While it’s nice to check up on someone who’s sick at home by calling or texting, the best way to show your loved ones that they are in your thoughts is by sending a sweet get well card. Since delivering joy is our speciality, we decided to craft a few cute and funny get well cards that you can print out at home. Each card is available as a colored and black and white version in case you want to save on printer ink. Simply print the card you wish to send on a U.S. letter sized piece of paper, cut and fold according to the indications on the printable and write a message inside that wishes them a speedy recovery.

Whether you send the card on its own or alongside a bouquet of flowers, they will appreciate the extra effort you put into showing how much you care.

When to Write a Feel Better Card

There are plenty of situations when sending a get well card is a better option than visiting. Whether it’s because they have a compromised immune system, live too far away or are feeling under the weather, in these cases it’s probably best for you to keep your distance. Just because you can’t visit them doesn’t mean you can’t cheer them up with a call or a handwritten letter. A personalized get well card shows them how much you care and is a keepsake they can pick up when they’re feeling sad or alone.

Writing a card instead of visiting someone is also a great way to show a coworker that you care about them and hope they’ll feel better soon. They may not be comfortable with you showing up in person and seeing them in a state that is different from what they’d look like at work. A card however is a simple yet powerful way to cheer them up and remind them that people other than their family and closest friends are sending them positive thoughts.

What to Write in a Get Well Card

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What you can write in a get well card depends on how well you know the person and how you think it’s best to cheer them up. Depending on the situation, you may want to include humor to lift their spirits or something more personal to show how important they are to you. Here are a few ways in which you can make a card special:

  • Include a picture: For someone who is in the hospital, a sentimental piece like a photograph of the two of you can hold special value. They’ll appreciate a little piece of decor that reminds them of their friends and that better times are ahead. Even if you’re sending a card to a friend who’s sick at home, a printed picture is always a perfect way of cheering someone up.
  • Send a bouquet: Having flowers by your bed can be a comfort when you can’t leave your home or hospital room. If the person you’re planning on sending flowers to is in the hospital, make sure that they allow flowers inside. Otherwise, draw or paint them a bouquet they can place on a desk or hang up on a wall.
  • Write down your favorite jokes or memories: Being sick and tied to your bed can get boring really fast. Your ill friend or family member will definitely prefer reading about your favorite memories or a few of your favorite jokes over another episode of their Netflix show.
  • Compliment them: When you’re feeling down, an honest compliment can go a long way. This can be anything from “You make the best cupcakes, can’t wait for you to feel better so you can bake again” to “You’re such a positive spirit, we miss having you around and hope you’re back on your feet soon!”
  • Offer your help: This card is a great opportunity for you to offer your help. This can be anything from scheduling a video chat date to take their mind off of things to walking their dog or dropping off groceries.
  • Include an inspirational quote: Sometimes it’s best to resort to something that’s been said before. If you don’t know the person too well or are lost for your own words, pick an inspirational or uplifting quote to cheer up the patient.

For a dad who enjoys silly puns, include the funniest joke you can think of, a coworker that always knows what to say will appreciate an inspirational quote alongside a personal “Feel better soon, we miss you!” message and signatures from their whole team. Keep the person you’re writing to in mind and you’ll quickly know what to say.

If you’re looking for a few specific messages or quotes that you can write in a get well card, we’ve compiled a bunch of ideas for all the different people in your life that could use a personalized card and cheerful words.

Write a Get Well Card for Family

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When a family member is sick, you do everything you can to rush to their side. When you can’t be with them in person to care for them and make them feel better, sending a get well card can do the trick. It will show them how much you care and that you hope they get back on their feet soon. Here are a few ideas of what you can write in a card to a family member who has fallen ill.

  1. “Remember to just take it day by day. I’m sure you’ll feel much better soon!”
  2. “Best wishes that you feel better again soon and can go back to doing all the things you love!”
  3. “Sending healthy vibes your way!”
  4. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi
  5. “I’m sure you’ll be back to your old tricks before you know it. Love you!”
  6. “There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were in before.” — Henry David Thoreau

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Well Wishes for Friends

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Do you miss hanging out with your friend? Well, so do they! Make sure they know how much you’re looking forward to hanging out together again by sending them a card and writing a personal note inside.

  1. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — A. A. Milne
  2. “I hope you have a speedy recovery! I miss hanging out with you.”
  3. “Sending all the positive vibes to you. I hope you feel better soon!”
  4. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  5. “You’re a tough cookie — feel better!”
  6. “I hope this card reminds you of your good friend who’s waiting for you to get back on your feet.”
  7. “Sending you sunshine to brighten your day and lots of strength so you’ll feel better soon.”
  8. “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.” — Hubert Humphrey

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Send a Feel Better Card to a Colleague

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Whether you have found a friend in this person who you like to spend time with outside of work or they’re just someone you like to chat with during lunch, you don’t have to be super close to send them your words of encouragement. Knowing that they are missed at work and you’re looking forward to their return will make them feel better.

  1. “The office is not the same without you. Feel better soon!”
  2. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller
  3. “Here’s to hoping you make a swift recovery and can join us again soon.”
  4. “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” — Voltaire
  5. “We hope this card shows you how much we miss you. Sending you lots of strength and positive thoughts so you’ll feel better soon!”
  6. “So sorry to hear that you are feeling unwell. We hope you’ll quickly get better!”
  7. “You make the best coffee! We miss you, come back soon!”
  8. “Lunch breaks are so boring without you here. We’re looking forward to your return!”

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Funny Get Well Wishes

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Laughter is the best medicine! Whether it’s your friend, family member or colleague, why don’t you cheer them up with a punny card and get well message that will make them laugh? Here are our favorite picks.

  1. “Sorry to hear that you’re actually sick on your sick day. Feel better soon!”
  2. “Isn’t it unnerving that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?”
  3. “See, even germs like you… Hope you get rid of them soon so you can hang out with me again!”
  4. “You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.” — Dr. Seuss
  5. “Just don’t look it up on WebMD and you’ll be fine.”
  6. “Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” — Erma Bombeck

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If you are looking for a gift to accompany your get well card, sending a bright bouquet of flowers always lets your loved ones know you are thinking of them! Plus, there are quite a few health benefits that come with bringing a little bit of nature inside.