Everyone deserves to have a special day, at least once a year on their birthday. Special people like you deserve to have a special birthday celebration in their honor, every day of the year. Happy birthday.
You are the truest friend I've ever had. You've always had my back, supporting me when everyone else I know has left me high and dry. You're the best, and the best you shall have on your special (if I have anything to do with it...and I will). Happy birthday.
May your birthday set your life on fire and light up your path to inner joy, well-being and love.
Happy birthday. So what if you're getting older. It's just the age of your machinery. The you that is you — your heart and soul — is still truly young at heart, still the ever-optimistic Peter Pan. That's a wonderful way to be.
Happy birthday. May only the world's greatest treasures — love, joy, adventure and peace — be yours, today and every day.
It’s your birthday, and you can laugh and sing if you want to (you can even cry but that's no fun). I plan to make you laugh and sing harder than you've ever had in your life. That's because your birthday is a major cause for celebration.
Sure, with every birthday, you get a little older. But you also get the wisdom to see what's truly beautiful, truly full of joy, truly yours to celebrate.
From one hopeful dreamer to another, may you have the happiest of birthdays, the kind that wishful thoughts are made of.
Birthdays come and go so fast, before we even realize that the day we were born is truly a special one. Let's make your special day especially about you. Let's celebrate you.
To thank you for all the beautiful memories we've shared, I will make your birthday this year the most unforgettable of all, moment by moment, until the wee hours of the night. Let's start now!
I'm glad we have years of memories to keep us warm, fuzzy and happy. Thankfully, we have so many more ones to create, starting today, on your birthday! Let's make your special day extraordinarily unforgettable (in a good way, of course).
I'm more than proud to call you my friend — I'm grateful, honored, blessed, overjoyed, fortunate and humbled. Happy birthday.
Happy birthday, bro. You may not be the perfect brother but you are as close to perfect to me.
I'm pretty sure that no one I know comes closer to my ideal of a beautiful, natural woman than you. Not even me. Happy birthday to a truly great human being (you).
Darling, I love you so, so, so much. May the sunshine of our undying love shine dazzlingly on your special day and forever. Happy birthday.
Message Guy Tip #72: How to choose birthday wishes
Choosing just the right birthday wishes for your loved ones depends on...
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Choosing the right birthday messages for your loved ones depends on seven factors:
1. Knowing what you want to say is a good start.Read more ►
If you know what you want, you just need to find birthday messages that say just about everything on your mind. Be sure that it reflects your true feelings (you don't want to come off as insincere to a friend or family member who knows you inside out). Knowing what you want to say, of course, is not the only way to begin your search. You can also start without a clue of what you would like to express in your birthday message. If you don't know what you want, simply opt for generic birthday messages (what I call "happy" birthday greetings on this site) that "feel right" to you (in other words, a message that fits your personality). So-called "happy" birthday messages are practically guaranteed to be inoffensive. ◄ Read less
2. Knowing the birthday boy or girl well makes all the difference.Read more ►
Knowing whether or not he or she has, for example, a funny, clever, cool, sentimental or romantic side can really help you narrow your search. Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself about the recipient of your birthday greeting: What age will he or she be turning? Does he or she want his/her age mentioned in the birthday wish? When is the birthday of the birthday boy or girl? How do you know the birthday girl or boy? His or her personality? Education? Work history? Hobbies and/or interests? His or her idea of fun? Any talents or skills worth mentioning? Does he or she like to travel? Where? Favorite colors, animals and foods? Goals, dreams, job and school? But if you truly want to find out what your friends and family are really like (down deep), click here to check out a website called "The Secret Language of Birthdays", which can offer you an interesting (maybe not so accurate) look at their personalities — just from their dates of birth.◄ Read less
3. Major milestone birthdays call for milestone birthday wishes.Read more ►
When any of your loved ones, turn 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100, you need to pick birthday messages that not only pay tribute to these milestones but also reflect how the birthday girl or boy feels about reaching them. Is he or she freaking out about getting older or aging gracefully? Is he or she now more content with life or is every mountain a mole hole? The more you acknowledge the milestone and their reaction to it, the better your birthday message will be.
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When you want to pick a funny message, be funny. Don't be cruel. Nobody likes the cold, hard truth, even in jest. If you want to go the inspirational route, don't be condescending. People could usually smell condescension a mile away. If you want to be sentimental, don't be maudlin or melodramatic. It's just depressing on someone's birthday. If you want to be cool or clever, don't be cryptic. Nobody wants a puzzle for their birthday. If you want to go the generic route, don't be too generic (it sounds insincere and it's plain boring).
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5. But don't be shy with your birthday messages.Read more ►
When you're too shy with your birthday messages, you could come off as cold, phony or, even worse, the "b" word (boring). Pick a message that truly speaks your heart. However, don't be too forward — you don't want to go too far and cross any lines by mistake. You'll just end up offending the birthday girl or boy.
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6. Birthday messages are not engraved in stone.Read more ►
In other words, you can personalize any birthday wish on this site. In fact, adding your personal touch will only improve what I've written, since you obviously know the recipient of your message better than I do. What kind of changes should you make? Take a quick look at Message Guy Tip #6 below to get a good idea of what you need to do.
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7. Make sure that the birthday wish you choose has no mistakes.Read more ►
Last but certainly not least, check the birthday greetings you choose for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. Although I've proofread the birthday messages on this site, I'm not perfect (even though I've been a freelance writer for over 25 years), so some mistakes may slip by me. Do me a favor and let me know when you see a mistake. Simply click here to go to my "Contact Me" page if you find any oversights of mine.
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Don't lose hope! Keep looking! See even more birthday wishes below...
For a preview of all the birthday wishes you can find on this site, keep checking out the birthday messages I have for you below.
Our love will never get old. That's because, together, we're forever young. May we always drink from the fountain of youth. Happy birthday, darling!
As far as fathers go, you’re simply awesome. Of course, I'm slightly biased since I'm your child, the recipient of your awesomeness. Happy birthday to the most awesome Dad!
When God created friends, He made them in your image...the best friend anyone can ever have. Happy birthday, BFF!
Happy birthday, my friend! The world stopped spinning for a moment on the day you were born, just long enough for you to make your debut. I'm so glad you came into my orbit and made my world truly wonderful.
Birthdays come once a year, but a sister like you is a once-in-a-lifetime gift. I'm incredibly fortunate to have you as my sister...and my best friend. I love you. Happy birthday, sis!
Grandpa, today is your birthday. Today is the day you started to touch the lives of others in the most important way — with love and kindness. I'm glad I can count myself as one of the lucky many. Happy birthday. I love you dearly.
There are a few ways to personalize birthday wishes. The best way to show you is, well, to show you. Let's start with a generic birthday wish I have on this site... Read more ►
Here's the generic birthday greeting: "As a husband, you’re wonderful. As my best friend, you’re simply amazing. Now that you’re 40, you’re, well, perfect. Happy birthday, sweetheart!"
There are three ways to personalize this birthday wish (without changing its overall message):
1. You change the word wonderful to any other adjective (e.g. inspiring, supportive, loving).
2. You can also change the word amazing to another adjective (whatever fits).
3. Plus, you can change the word sweetheart to another term of endearment (such as darling, honey, sweetie pie). ◄ Read less
Take every birthday wish you've received today, multiply all the love you found in them by 1,000, then add years of joy, wonder and prosperity to the mix...and it still wouldn't equal all the love, joy, wonder and prosperity I wish for you.
Wishing you, my best friend, the best of birthdays — with the best of me by your side every step of the way to make sure.
You've always done everything right your whole life. On your special day, let yourself go and do everything wrong, but be sure to savor every wickedly wonderful moment of it all.
Happy birthday, son! I plan to make your birthday as special, exciting, beautiful and all-around amazing as you are to me, starting now!
Happy birthday, darling! You're the best daughter anyone could ever wish for. Thank you for choosing me as your partner in fun on your special day. We will definitely have some unforgettable, unbelievable memories to share for a lifetime.
Mom, you've always believed in me, even when I didn't, even when nobody did. I have you to thank for all the great things in my life. Happy birthday! I love you!
Happy birthday. Give yourself a break from all your troubles and let yourself fully enjoy your special day — after all, it's the only day of the year that you can get away with it.
For your special day, I have only two birthday wishes for you: now and forever. Be happy in the now, so you'll be happy forever!
Any day we can live our lives to the fullest is a gift. Savor every moment of your special day, because you'll have to wait another 364 days to feel as special. Happy birthday.
Happy birthday! Turning 40 is not so bad when you consider the alternative: turning 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100.
Need to say more in your birthday card? Here are more birthday wishes to choose from
Happy birthday! Let’s turn your 50th birthday into a celebration you'll never forget (or, if you're lucky, you'll forget entirely). And there's no better time to get started than right this second!
Whoever said you're 60 years old is just wrong. You're actually a 30 year old with 30 years of mind-numbing, mind-altering, mind-bending, mind-boggling, mind-blowing, mind-expanding, never-mind life experience. Happy birthday!
Happy 100th birthday! This is not a milestone because you have 100 years of life, love and memories under your belt. It's because of you. You're the most incredible person I've ever known...and will ever know.
The funny birthday wish below tickles my funny bone for all the right reasons. What are these reasons? To begin with... Read more ►
I love funny birthday wishes, as long as they aren't mean-spirited. When a birthday greeting (like the one below) is self-deprecating and painless to relate to, it easily and quickly becomes one of my favorites on this site. As a bonus, it also pokes some fun at the usual birthday refrain, "Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake," which is getting a little old. Plus, you won't offend anyone with this funny birthday message. In other words, you have every reason to use the birthday wish below.
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Birthdays are nature's way of telling you that eating more cake is stupid, especially when you have to look in the mirror the next morning. Have a special (and carb-free) day!
On your special day, I have the perfect gift for you, a gift that’s guaranteed to get you through thick or thin, feast or famine, sink or swim and all or nothing: my undying love (and my credit card, if necessary). Happy birthday!
Sure, good friends remember your birthday and forget your age. But great friends remember your birthday and get you smashed to the point you forget your own age. Happy birthday! Let’s party, BFF!
If the love you take is equal to the love you make, you must be the world's most loved and loving person. I’m glad I get to bask in the sunshine of your love. Happy birthday!
Great things do happen to great people — especially on their special day — and you're certainly one of the greatest people I know and love. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday. As you get older, losing your memory bit by bit is certain. Forgetting everything that once made you miserable is certainly better.
You wear your age well — it looks great on you. I would love to try your inner fountain of youth on for size and see if it fits me. Happy birthday.
Happy birthday! For most people, wisdom comes with age. For others, it's prosperity. For everyone I know, it just means getting older. Good luck with the first two.
For your special day, I have good news and bad news. The good news is I don't have any bad news. The bad news is that I don't have any good news. Anything can happen.Don't you just love birthdays? Not.
There's only one thing I like about you: everything. Happy birthday!