Want to say "Happy Birthday" perfectly? Whenever you can't decide on anything, look for my Message Guy Tips to choose the right birthday messages for your loved ones and my Message Guy Picks to quickly select the perfect birthday wishes at the last second.
My tips and picks could mean the difference between finding "good" birthday messages and "great" birthday messages.
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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4. Don't go too far with the style you choose.Read more ►
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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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!