264 Birthday Wishes & Messages That Are [Very] Good

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Grace Moser

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This is the ultimate guide to birthday wishes (well almost).

Also, if you wanna send something other than a super simple “Happy birthday” message, then I’d say that’s a pretty good idea.

I mean, letting someone know you’re thinking about them on their birthday in a very thoughtful way is always gonna be better.

And there are so many reasons why you’d probably want to get more creative and mindful with your birthday messages:

  • You want to become someone who is intentionally caring for others and making them feel special.
  • You want to strengthen your bond with a close friend, family member, or your significant other.
  • You don’t wanna just send a normal birthday wish every year; you wanna send something they’ll (actually) remember. 🤷‍♀️

But whatever your reason, I honestly think it’s always a good idea to try out new (and more meaningful) ways to give birthday wishes.

So if you’re looking for happy birthday quotes, happy birthday wishes for love, or even happy birthday wishes for a friend, I think this list has got you covered. 👍


Here Are More Thoughtfully Kind Things You Can Send to the People You Care About:


Best Happy Birthday Wishes

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Finding just the right birthday wish is such a great way to make sure your loved one feels thought of. So I did my best to create a few heartwarming messages that I think you’ll wanna send. They’re thoughtful and kind and show how much you really appreciate them. Here are a few ideas for best happy birthday wishes to send:

  • Wishing you an amazing birthday! I honestly feel so grateful to have you in my life. Here’s to another year of amazing moments together!
  • Wishing you a year filled with more amazing moments and memories. Happy birthday!
  • The world is a better place with you in it, so here’s to another year of remembering everything that you bring to the world!
  • Happy birthday! I can’t wait to see what this year holds for you and I’m so happy I get to be a part of it!
  • Happy birthday! Thank you for being such a wonderful person. You always know how to make my day better, so hopefully this birthday message does the same for you!
  • Hey, happy birthday! I hope you have an amazing day and I hope this next year is so much better than the last one! You really do deserve it!

Short Birthday Wishes and Messages

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Sometimes giving someone a short birthday wish is all they really need. And in this list, I think I’ve gathered some pretty sweet and thoughtful birthday messages that’ll make whoever receives it feel a lot happier. So whether you’re working on a bday wish for a text message, social media post, or birthday card, these short and sweet yet kind messages are gonna help make their day so much better! Here are 11 short birthday wishes to send to your special someone:

  • Happy birthday. Wishing you all the best on this super special day!
  • Wishing you an amazing birthday!
  • Hoping your special day is exactly what you wished for!
  • Enjoy your day!
  • Sending you lots of love on your birthday!
  • Have a really fun day!
  • Here’s to another amazing year. You deserve it! 🎉
  • Happy bday!
  • Here’s to you!
  • Wishing you another amazing year!
  • Wishing you a birthday filled with good memories (and food)!

Heartfelt Birthday Wishes for Family

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Family is so important, and taking time to make their birthday so much more memorable is a great way to show them how much you care. So whether you want to wish happy birthday to your kids, parents, siblings, or other family members, I’ve got you covered. Here are some heartfelt birthday wishes for family:

  • You’ve always been there for me, and I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I really am glad we’re family and that I get to spend this amazing day with you. Happy birthday!
  • Wishing you a day that’s just as special as you are to our family!
  • Happy birthday! I’m so happy I get to celebrate another year of your life with you!
  • Happy birthday to the person who makes our lives so much more special!
  • You being in our family is an incredible gift!
  • I am so grateful that we’re family. I hope you have an amazing birthday and here’s to another year! 🙌
  • Happy birthday and thank you for always reminding me about how family is so much more than blood. ♥️
  • Today is a celebration of your life, and your many years to come. Cheers to another year of adventures as a family!

Birthday Blessings for Your Mom

  • Happy birthday, mom! Thank you for always being there for me. I love you! ♥️
  • To the best mom in the world, happy birthday! You have no idea how much you mean to me.
  • Mom, your unconditional love and amazing support means everything to me. Enjoy your special day! Love you!
  • Mom, I really love you and I hope you have an amazing day today. You really deserve it. Happy birthday!
  • I’m honestly so blessed to have a mom like you. I don’t know what I would have done without you. Thank you for being who you’ve always been to me and everyone in the family. I love you and happy birthday! 🥳
  • Happy birthday to my ridiculously amazing mom! Thank you for everything you do. Now it’s time to enjoy a day filled with others taking care of you. You deserve it!

Birthday Wishes for Dad

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  • Thank you for always being there for me dad. I really appreciate everything you do. Happy birthday! Love you! ♥️
  • I hope you enjoy this super special day dad! You really deserve it after all that you do for me and the family. Happy birthday!
  • To the best dad ever, happy birthday! Try to do something for yourself for once, ok? 😉 Love you!
  • Dad, you are my role model and my biggest supporter. I don’t know what I would’ve done without you. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
  • Happy birthday, dad! Take this day to relax and have others take care of you. I promise, you deserve it!
  • Happy birthday to my amazing dad! Your love and support means so much to me. Thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me!

Birthday Wishes for Grandparents

  • Happy birthday, grandma! I’m so glad to have you in my life and I hope today is very special for you. You really do deserve it!
  • To my amazing grandma, happy birthday! I’m so glad I get to spend this special day with you! ♥️
  • Happy birthday, grandma! Thank you for always being so kind to me. I really love you!
  • Grandpa, I love you so much and I hope you have the best day ever! Thank you for always being there for me. I don’t know what I would have done without you. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to literally the best grandpa ever! You have always made me feel special, so I hope I can return the favor today! ♥️
  • Hey grandpa, I’m so glad I get to spend this day with you. I hope you have an amazing birthday with everyone!

Birthday Wishes for Son

  • Happy birthday, son! Watching you grow has been the greatest joy of my life. I’m so glad I get to spend this special day with you!
  • Make some good decisions, but also make sure they’re fun! Love you son and happy birthday!
  • To legit the best son ever, happy birthday! I really am so proud of you!
  • Happy birthday, son! You really do bring so much happiness into our lives. Have an amazing day, you deserve it!
  • To my son, I am so privileged that I got to watch you grow up. I love you and I hope you have an incredible birthday!
  • Happy birthday to my amazing son! I’m so glad we get to celebrate you today. Have lots of fun and enjoy yourself!

Birthday Wishes for Daughter

  • Happy birthday to my amazingly sweet daughter! You have no idea how special you are to me. I hope you enjoy your special day!
  • To my super sweet daughter, happy birthday! Your kindness and gentleness really do amaze me. Have an amazing day!
  • I am so blessed to call you my daughter. I love you and happy birthday honey!
  • Happy birthday, daughter! Watching you grow into the person you are today gives me so much pride and so many reasons to celebrate this special day!
  • Happy birthday to my beautiful daughter! You have no idea how much better you’ve made our lives just by being here. We all love you!

Sweet Birthday Wishes for a Sister

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  • Happy birthday, sister! Thank you for always being there for me and being my best friend. I’m so blessed to have you in my life! ♥️
  • To my really amazing sister, happy birthday! I am so glad I get to spend your special day with you. Love you!
  • Happy birthday, sis! Pretty sure our family wouldn’t know what to do if we didn’t have you. Love you!
  • To my sister, you are such a blessing in my life. Wishing you a birthday almost as amazing as you are!
  • Happy birthday to the best sister ever! Take some time for yourself today. You really do deserve it!

Birthday Wishes for Brother

  • Happy birthday, brother! I’m so glad to have you in my life and I want you to know that I love you so much! Have an amazing day!
  • To my amazing brother, happy birthday! I’m honestly so proud to call you family, you have always been there for me. Love you!
  • Happy birthday to my brother! I hope you never quite grow up! ♥️
  • Having a brother like you really is a blessing. Happy birthday and I hope you have so much fun!
  • Thinking about you on your very special day. I hope you have an amazing time and I’m really glad I get to celebrate it with you!

Birthday Wishes for Uncle

  • Happy birthday to the best uncle ever! I’m so glad I get to have fun and celebrate with you!
  • To my super amazing uncle, happy birthday! You’ve always been there for me, so I hope you know today that I’m here to celebrate another year of you!
  • Happy birthday, uncle! I’m so grateful for all the amazing memories I’ve gotten to have with you. Love you!
  • To my awesome uncle, I’m so glad you’re around. I have no idea what I’d do without you in my life and all the fun (and help) you’ve given me. Wishing you a great birthday!
  • Happy birthday to my incredible uncle! Our family wouldn’t be complete without you (although it’d probably be a lot quieter)!

Birthday Wishes for Aunt

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  • Happy birthday, aunt! Your amazing support, love, and care means the world to me, so I hope you have the best birthday yet!
  • To the best aunt ever, happy birthday! I hope you treat yourself today the way you have always treated me! You deserve it!
  • Happy birthday, aunt! I always love being around you and I am so blessed to be able to celebrate this special day with you. Love you!
  • To my aunt, have an amazing birthday! We all love you so much!
  • Happy birthday, aunt! You always make me feel really appreciated, so I hope you know how much I love and appreciate you!

Birthday Wishes for Niece

  • Happy birthday, niece! You have no idea how much of a blessing you are in my life. I’m so glad to celebrate your special day with you!
  • To my beautiful niece, happy birthday! I am so proud of you, and I hope you have an incredible day!
  • Happy birthday, niece! Watching you grow has been such a blessing. Enjoy your very special day!
  • Niece, you are such a blessing and a joy to be around. You have no idea how proud I am to be your aunt/uncle. Wishing you a really special day!
  • Happy birthday to my intelligent and beautiful niece. Thank you for always being so sweet, I don’t know what this family would do without you!

Birthday Wishes for Nephew

  • Happy birthday to my amazing nephew! I hope your special day is filled with so much fun! You deserve it!
  • To my nephew, I remember your very first birthday, and it’s really incredible to see the man you’ve become today. Happy birthday and love you!
  • Happy birthday to my ridiculously awesome nephew. I’m so proud to be your aunt/uncle and watch you grow!
  • Wishing my amazing nephew a super fun birthday! May your year ahead be as incredible as you are!
  • Happy birthday, nephew! I’m so glad that we all get to celebrate you on your special day. You always have a way of making others happy, so we’re very happy to spend this time with you!

Birthday Wishes for Cousin

  • To my amazing cousin, thanks for always making family gatherings so much more fun. I’m really glad I get to spend today with you! Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to my favorite cousin! Do something you love today, and I hope to see you soon!
  • To my cousin, you’re one of my earliest friends, and I really appreciate the memories we’ve made. So I hope I’m one of the first to say, happy birthday!
  • I’m pretty sure cousins like you are kind of hard to come by. You’ve always been so much fun to be around and I’m glad we really get along! Have a birthday as special as you!
  • You really are an amazing cousin and an even better person! Happy birthday!

Birthday Wishes for Sister-in-Law

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  • Happy birthday to my incredible sister-in-law! You’ve really completed our family ever since you came. I’m so happy to have you in my life. Love you!
  • To my sister-in-law, wishing you a day as beautiful and special as you are. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday, sister-in-law! I’m so glad you’re a part of our family. We all love you! ♥️
  • I don’t feel like our family quite felt complete until you joined, and I’m so glad you did. Happy birthday and I hope you have an amazing day!
  • Happy birthday, sister-in-law! Thank you for being the sister I always needed and such a close friend. I’m so happy I get to spend this day with you!

Birthday Wishes for Brother-in-Law 

  • Happy birthday to my incredible brother-in-law! I’m so glad we get to have you as a part of our family now and for all the years ahead!
  • Wishing you a really good birthday, brother-in-law! We all love you and we’re so happy you’re a part of our family. Love you!
  • Happy birthday brother-in-law! You’re always making family gatherings so much more fun and I’m glad to have you in the family. Love you!
  • To my brother-in-law, have an amazing birthday, and thanks for making our family complete! I don’t know what we’d do without you!
  • You’re not just a brother-in-law but a real brother to me! I’m so glad I get to spend this special day with you. Love you!

Birthday Wishes for Friends

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Sometimes friends can be just as important as family, so I think it’s always a great idea to make them feel extra special on their birthday too. So whether you want to send them a quick birthday message or a more thoughtful birthday wish, I think you friends will appreciate them. Here are some great ideas for birthday wishes for friends:

  • Happy birthday to my amazing friend! 
  • Here’s to another year of an incredible friendship. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to my amazing friend. Thank you for always being there for me. I really am glad to have you in my life!
  • Sending you well wishes for a fun birthday and an amazing year ahead. Happy birthday, friend!
  • Happy birthday, friend. I’m so glad that I got to spend another year with you. To be honest, you’ve been more like family than just a friend. Thank you for being in my life!
  • Happy birthday! I really hope you have an incredible day with family and friends. I look forward to the memories we get to make together this year!

Inspirational Birthday Wishes

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Every birthday is another great reason to be more thoughtful as you or a loved one gets just a bit older. And if you wanna make your message or card more meaningful, then inspirational birthday wishes might be a really great approach. Here are some good ideas for an inspiring birthday wish:

  • I hope this year brings you so much closer to your dreams and aspirations. I know you’ve got what it takes. This year is gonna be amazing. Happy birthday!
  • May this new year inspire you to go after the dreams that you deserve. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday. I know so many things happened in this past year, but I hope that you look to the moments where I and others were there for you and remember that’s never going to change. Ever. I promise.
  • I hope that the kindness and love you have given to others all comes back to you this year. You really do deserve it. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday! Today is the day we celebrate you coming into this world and making it so much better. I really am glad that you’re here and I get to be a part of your life!
  • May you find the inspiration to go after the things you truly want in your life. Happy birthday!
  • I hope you have an incredible birthday and get to see so many incredible moments and dreams start to fall into place this year. Happy birthday!

Special Birthday Wishes

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A birthday is an amazing time to make sure your loved one feels special. It’s their day to be celebrated for all the incredible things they do. Here are some great special birthday wishes you can send:

  • Happy birthday to someone who means the world to me. Thanks for always being there for me and making everything so much more special!
  • Happy birthday! You’re a seriously special person who deserves an incredibly special day. I hope you enjoy every moment of it!
  • I hope you know that every year is a reminder of what a unique and special person you are. So glad I get to spend this day with you. Happy birthday!
  • On this extra special birthday, I’m so glad that we all get to come together to celebrate you. It wouldn’t be the same if you weren’t in our lives. Happy birthday!
  • It’s not just another birthday; it’s a day where everyone gets the chance to celebrate how truly incredible and special you are. Have an amazing time!
  • It’s your special day! Make sure to really celebrate it and have fun. You deserve it!

Funny Birthday Wishes

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Sending a birthday wish that can make someone laugh is a great way to make their birthday so much better. And I think we should do whatever we can to make their special day so much more fun. Here are some awesome funny birthday wishes:

  • Happy birthday! Make sure not to count all the candles. Just enjoy the nice glow.
  • Happy birthday to someone who is funny, sweet, beautiful, and reminds me a LOT of myself!
  • Happy birthday to the one person whose birthday I can remember without someone texting me a reminder!
  • Happy birthday and congrats on becoming more wise and experienced. I’m not really sure what you learned, but I’m sure it was something!
  • Don’t get too down about getting older. Your age is just the number of years the world has been able to enjoy you!
  • Happy birthday! I wouldn’t say you’re really getting older. It’s more like one of those cool classic cars that just needs more maintenance!
  • They say that you get more wise the older you get, so you must be one of the wisest people I know. Or at least you’re pretty good at pretending to be!

Funny Birthday Jokes

  • So what does a clam do on its birthday? It shellebrates!
  • What do monsters serve at their birthday parties? I scream cakes!
  • What does a fireplace call its birthday? Its hearth-day!
  • What do you always get on your birthday without fail? Another year older!
  • How much birthday cake does it take to have a proper birthday bash? I’m not sure, but I ate all of it already.
  • Why did the computer go to the party? Because it needed to crash!
  • Hey, did you hear about the tree’s birthday party? I heard it got pretty sappy!
  • What did the elephant want for its birthday? A big trunk of presents!

Funny Birthday Quotes

  • “You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” — Bob Hope
  • “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — Jack Benny
  • “Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.” — Edward Morykwas
  • “Just remember, once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” — Charles M. Schulz
  • “You’re only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.” — Unknown

 Romantic Birthday Wishes

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If it’s your significant other’s birthday, then something romantic is always going to be a great idea. You want them to feel extra special on their special day. Here are some romantic birthday messages to send their way:

  • I am beyond happy that I get to celebrate how special and amazing you are today. Happy birthday my love!
  • Here’s to another year of romancing and loving you with all of my heart. Happy birthday, babe!
  • They say love gets so much better with time, and with you, I can say that it really is true. Happy birthday, love!
  • Happy birthday, babe! May your birthday be as beautiful and wonderful as you are!
  • I don’t think one day a year will ever be enough to celebrate someone as incredible as you. ♥️
  • I could never imagine a life without you; it’s impossible and I’m so glad that I get another year to spend it with you. I love you and happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday, love! I want to make today as romantic and special as possible for you. You will always be worth it!

Romantic Birthday Wishes For Husband

  • To my husband, you are the love of my life and I am so blessed that I get to spend another birthday with you.
  • Happy birthday to the husband who still has me crushing. I love you more than words could ever say!
  • Just so you know, we’re celebrating the day the world got so much better when you arrived. Happy birthday, my love!
  • Happy birthday, love. Thank you for all the special moments you romanced me. I hope to be as romantic and as loving as you!
  • It may be your birthday, but you kinda make me feel special every day. Happy birthday to my incredible and romantic husband!

Romantic Birthday Wishes For Wife from Husband

  • Happy birthday to my incredible wife! I’m so glad I get another year to make you feel romanced and completely loved! ♥️
  • To the woman who makes every day so much better, happy birthday! You deserve literally every good thing that comes your way!
  • Happy birthday to my beautiful wife! You’re not just my partner but also my best friend. I’m so grateful and blessed for all the memories we’ve made together. And I am so glad I get to go through life with you!
  • Wishing my loving amazing wife a birthday filled with so much happiness. You mean everything to me!
  • On your special day, I jut wanna remind you of how much you are loved and adored. Happy birthday, baby!

Romantic Birthday Wishes For Girlfriend

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  • Happy birthday to legit the most incredible girlfriend ever! Let’s make this year your best one yet!
  • To my girlfriend on her special day, happy birthday! I am beyond grateful for you!
  • Wishing my incredibly beautiful girlfriend a birthday as special as you are. Thank you for always being by my side. I love you so much! ♥️
  • Happy birthday, love! You being in my life makes every day so much better. Here’s to many more birthdays together!
  • On your birthday, I wanna romance you and make you feel so special! You deserve every good thing! Happy birthday, baby!

Romantic Birthday Wishes For Boyfriend

  • Happy birthday to the best boyfriend ever! Here’s to celebrating you today and another amazing year together!
  • To my incredible boyfriend on his special day, happy birthday! I am so grateful that I got to spend another year with you. You really are amazing!
  • Happy birthday, love! You mean so much to me, and I’m so happy that I get to romance and love you on your special day! ♥️
  • Wishing my amazing boyfriend a great birthday! For all the good things you do for me and others, you really do deserve it!
  • On your special day, I wanna remind you of how much you are loved, appreciated, and admired. Happy birthday, babe!

Birthday Messages for Long-Distance Couples

  • Happy birthday to my distance-defying partner! Even though we’re miles apart, I will always feel so close to you!
  • To my love, happy birthday! Even though we’re not by each other, I can still celebrate you on your special day!
  • I can’t wait to celebrate with you soon and I hope you have an incredible birthday baby! Love you! ♥️
  • I might not be there, but I hope you have a wonderful birthday filled with so much love and lots of fun with family and friends!
  • Happy birthday, baby! Even though we’re apart, know that you’re always on my mind and in my heart. Here’s to bridging the distance with our love!
  • Happy birthday, love! I wanna send you all of my love and best wishes. Distance may be hard, but our love will always make it.

Cute Happy Birthday Wishes

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It doesn’t matter if it’s for your significant other, friend, or a family member, sometimes a cute birthday wish is exactly what they’ll enjoy reading. It makes them feel thought of and will probably make them smile. Here are a few ideas for cute happy birthday wishes:

  • I hope all of your birthday wishes come true! Happy birthday!
  • Wishing you a day as special as you are to our family! Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday! Forget about your age, I’m pretty sure you’re only as old as you feel (and you clearly feel incredible). Here’s to another amazing year!
  • Wishing you an incredible birthday! I hope your special day is filled with good friends, fun, and enough cake to share (or not – that’s completely legitimate too).
  • Happy birthday to the person who brings so much happiness into all of our lives!
  • You being in our lives is the real gift here. We love you and happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to someone who makes every day so much better! May your special day be filled with all of your favorite people and things!

Cute Happy Birthday Messages for Her

  • Every year you get cuter, sweeter, and so much more incredible. Happy birthday, babe! So glad I get to spend it with you.
  • Happy birthday, baby! I hope your cake is delicious, your presents on point, and your day filled with everything that makes you happy!
  • Forget about the candles, you’re the one who’s really making this party so much brighter! Happy birthday! 
  • Happy birthday! Wishing you a special day filled with so much love, fun, and incredible moments. Love you!
  • I honestly don’t know how I got with someone as cute and sweet as you! So glad I get to spend your special day with you. Happy birthday and love you!

Cute Happy Birthday Messages for Him

  • Happy birthday to the one that I love! May your day be as incredible as you are!
  • Happy birthday babe! Here’s to another year of growing wiser (and cuter too)!
  • Happy birthday, love! May your day be filled with happiness and all of the things you love (which I hope includes me)!
  • Hey cutie, happy birthday! Let’s celebrate just the two of us so I can focus on making your special day so much more special!
  • Happy birthday! I honestly have no idea how I got with someone as sweet, thoughtful, loving (and cute) as you. So glad I get to spend another year with you!
  • Happy birthday, babe! I’m legit so happy that I get to spend another year with you. I don’t know how I got this lucky!

Birthday Quotes for Almost Everyone in Your Life

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If you don’t just wanna send a birthday wish by itself, then adding a birthday quote is honestly a great addition. It makes things more thoughtful (or fun) and should definitely be tried. Here are some great birthday quotes to send:

  • “Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.” — Aretha Franklin
  • “We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” — Emily Dickinson
  • “Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year.” — Wilfred Peterson
  • “Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come.” — Lucy Larcom 
  • “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” — Sammy Hagar

Birthday Quotes For Best Friend

  • “We’ve shared so many birthdays together, and I’m looking forward to many more. Cheers to my best friend!” — Unknown
  • “Best friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” — Edna Buchanan
  • “Good friends don’t let you do stupid things alone. Happy birthday!” — Unknown
  • “You don’t get older, you get better.” — Shirley Bassey
  • “Every year on your birthday you get to start anew.” — Sammy Hagar

Birthday Quotes For Friends

  • “Friendship is a sheltering tree.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.” — Nicole Richie
  • “Friends are the family you choose.” — Jess C. Scott.
  • “The best birthdays are sometimes the birthdays of a close friend because you get the chance to celebrate them for the incredible person that they are!” — Anonymous
  • “A friend’s birthday is a chance to remind them of their greatness – and their age!” — Unknown

Birthday Quotes For Husband

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  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” — Mignon McLaughlin
  • “You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person you can’t live without.” — Unknown
  • “I must have done something incredible in a past life to land you as my husband. I’m so glad I can celebrate you in this one. Happy birthday to you!” — Anonymous 
  • “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” — Mark Twain
  • “You’re my end and my beginning.” — John Legend, “All of Me”

Birthday Quotes For Wife

  • “A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.” — Erma Bombeck
  • “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life – to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting.” — George Eliot
  • “A soulmate is someone who has loved you through all your phases – your crazy, your awkward, your innocent, your broken – and still wants to spend the rest of their life with you.” — Unknown
  • “In other words, live vicariously, beautifully, and excitedly, discover, love, dare, and act as there is nothing to lose.” — Andy Hertz

Birthday Quotes For Mom

  • “We are born of love; love is our mother.” — Rumi
  • “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” — George Eliot
  • “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” — Diana, Princess of Wales
  • “Happy birthday, mom, and thanks for being the reason I can celebrate mine!” — Unknown
  • “You’re the angel that never leaves my side. Happy birthday, mom!” — Unknown

Birthday Quotes For Dad

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  • “Wrinkles may appear, but your sense of humor never fades. Happy birthday, Dad!” — Anonymous
  • “They say behind every great kid is a truly amazing dad. Have a great birthday!” — Unknown
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” — Steve Martin
  • “No man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” — Hedy Lamarr
  • “A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely.” — Emile Gaboriau

Birthday Quotes For Son

  • “A son may outgrow your lap, but he will never outgrow your heart.” — Unknown
  • “A son’s love teaches a parent the true meaning of unconditional love.” — Lisa T. Shepherd
  • “Happy birthday, son. Watching you turn into a man has been the greatest gift you could give us.” — Unknown
  • “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” — Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
  • “A son’s birthday is an opportunity to celebrate the man they have become. Happy birthday, son!” — Anonymous

Birthday Quotes For Daughter

  • “A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.” — Ben Sirach
  • “Every daughter is her own kind of flower.” — Mary Calvi
  • “To my amazing daughter on her birthday, thank you for making us proud.” — Anonymous
  • “Someday when the pages of my life end, I know that you will be one of the most beautiful chapters.” — Unknown
  • “A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.” — Unknown

Birthday Quotes For Sister

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  • “You’re my best friend, my confidante, and the partner-in-crime I never asked for.” — Anonymous
  • “How do people make it through life without a sister?” — Sara Corpening
  • “Sisters are the best kind of friends. Happy birthday, sis! Here’s to laughter, love, and always having each other’s backs.” — Unknown
  • “We’ll always fight, but we’ll always make up as well. That’s what sisters do: we argue, we point out each other’s frailties, mistakes, and bad judgment, we flash the insecurities we’ve had since childhood, and then we come back together. Until the next time.” — Lisa See
  • “Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister?” — Alice Walker

Birthday Quotes For Brother

  • “Brothers are the people who know you best and love you anyway.” — Anonymous
  • “Happy birthday to the coolest (or weirdest, depending on the day) brother a person could ask for! Here’s to a year of making memories that’ll last us a lifetime.” — Unknown
  • “I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance—waiting for the bathroom.” — Bob Hope
  • “A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.” — Unknown
  • “To the “r” in the word brother; Without it, you’d just be a bother.” — Unknown

Belated Birthday Wishes

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Life gets pretty busy and sometimes missing someone’s birthday just happens. It’s understandable and nothing to feel bad about! Here are a few belated birthday wishes you can send:

  • I may have missed your birthday, but I still wanna celebrate it! Consider this a bonus day just for you, happy birthday!
  • Sorry I’m a little late, but I hope you had an incredibly fun day with family and friends. Happy belated birthday!
  • I promise that I didn’t forget your birthday, I just wanted to extend it! Happy belated birthday, and I hope you had a great one.
  • Since I’m a bit late, let’s not see this as a belated birthday wish, but a pre-celebration for next year! Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday and thanks for keeping around a forgetful friend like me! I hope your birthday was extra special!

Birthday Wishes for Coworkers

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Whether you’re close friends with your coworkers or casual acquaintances, they’re still a part of your daily life. And it’s always gonna be a great idea to make those you work with feel thought of and cared for. Here’s a list of some kind birthday wishes for your coworkers:

  • Thanks for always making work feel a little less work-like. Happy birthday to my incredible colleague!
  • I know we’re at work, but I hope you still find a way to make today special! Happy birthday!
  • I’m glad I get the chance to work by your side, and I hope the people in your life celebrate you the way you deserve. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to the best colleague anyone could ask for. Make sure to treat yourself today!
  • I hope you do something special for yourself today because you make all of us feel so special every day! Enjoy your birthday!

Social Media Birthday Wishes

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It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, a family member, or a significant other, sometimes you just want everyone to know how special this person is to you. You wanna shine a light on them for their special day. Here are a few social media birthday wishes to try:

  • Happy birthday! I honestly have no idea what I’d do without you. Thank you for being in my life and always being there for me. You have no idea how much you mean to me!
  • Happy birthday! I hope you have an amazing day with your family and friends. I can’t wait to see you again so we can celebrate together!
  • I can’t wait to celebrate with you today! Happy birthday! I am so glad you came into my life; it would not be the same without you.
  • Hey, I hope you have an amazing birthday today! You really deserve it after everything you do!
  • I am so glad to have gotten to know you and to spend another year together. I can’t wait for all the new memories we’ll make together. Happy birthday!

Text Message Birthday Wishes

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Sometimes you don’t just wanna give them a card with an amazing birthday message. You also want to send them a quick text to really make them feel thought of on their special day! Here are some fun text message birthday wishes to send:

  • Happy birthday! 🎂🎉 I hope your special day is exactly what you want!
  • Happy birthday! 🥳 Have an incredible time celebrating today!
  • I am so glad we get to celebrate you today! Happy birthday and I love you! ♥️
  • Happy birthday to my favorite person! 🙌 Have an amazing day today!
  • Happy birthday! I’m pretty excited we get to celebrate you today!
  • Sending you a quick birthday text message to let you know that I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday today! 🥳 🎉

How to Write Birthday Messages

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To write a good birthday message, it’s very important to think about what this person means to you and remind them of why they’re so important. This special day is a reminder to you and to them of the fact that they’re in this world, and that’s a very good thing. You want them to know that you’re glad that they’re here.

Also, here are some great tips for writing a great birthday message:

  • Be Sincere: Birthday messages don’t have to be long in order to be meaningful. As long as you’re showing them that you’re happy to have them in your life and to be in theirs, it’s honestly enough.
  • Make Sure It’s About Them: Focus on making your birthday wish about them and making them feel thought of. What is it about them that you really love? How can you make their day just that much better?
  • Be Willing to Keep It Brief: Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to respond to every message you get on your birthday. And if you know that they already have a big day ahead of them + a lot of people already messaging them, keep it brief but thoughtful!

While sending birthday wishes or a card seems pretty easy, sometimes you want it to be a bit more thought out.

And I really hope these ideas help you; I want these birthday messages to be something you’d actually wanna send.

So try some of these and let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear!

PS – What’s a birthday message you love sending to others? I’d like to know!

 
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Grace is the owner of Chasing Foxes, a lifestyle blog that's here to help women level up their lives in almost every way possible.

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Grace Moser

Grace is the owner of Chasing Foxes, a lifestyle blog that's here to help women level up their lives in almost every way possible.

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