Message Guy Tip #81: How to select cute birthday wishes
There's a very good reason for all the photos of babies, kittens, puppies, ducklings and pandas on the web: they're cute. Most people love to see and read "cute" things. That's what makes choosing the "cute" route practically a "no-brainer" when it comes to birthday wishes. Virtually everybody loves them.
The problem? Yes, there's a problem. Basically, what's cute for some people is nauseating to others.
Below are three levels of "cute" birthday wishes to choose from. So just how cute should your birthday messages be? The first thing to consider is...
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How much cuteness can you and the birthday boy or girl take? You may be tempted to assume that males don't care for cute birthday wishes at all and females can't get enough of them. Don't be tempted to make this assumption, because you would be wrong. Given the tremendous popularity of baby, kitten and puppy photos on the web, the only thing you should assume is that practically everybody surfing the web loves cute things.
So let's go back to my original question: how much cuteness can you and the birthday boy or girl take? I'm including you in this question because you also need to feel comfortable with the cute birthday greetings you send to people. To help you answer the question above and, at the same time, choose the right cute birthday greeting for your loved one, try to think of "cuteness" as a spectrum, with different levels of the "cute" factor, not as just a "cute" or "not cute" choice.
In fact, there are a multitude of "cute" levels but the only ones that have any real bearing on birthday verses are cute, super cute and OMG (Oh My God) cute. I could describe each "cute" level in detail but I won't. I'll do something even better. I will show you what I mean with different photos (since a picture is worth a thousand words).
So, here are 3,000 words (actually, three photos x 1,000 words/photo) to show you what cute, super cute and OMG cute look like...
Now select the level of cute that comes closest to giving you or actually gives you that "aw, shucks" moment — and is likely to do the same for your loved one. Avoid the "cute" level that makes you (and makes the birthday boy or girl) just want to squirm. Next, store each of your reactions to each of the pictures above in your memory banks. When you choose from the cute birthday wishes below, channel those feelings: you'll need them to pick the cute birthday greeting that comes closest to the ideal "aw, shucks" reaction. That's definitely the one you should pick for the birthday boy and girl.
If none of the photos work for you (and are unlikely to work for your loved one), don't opt for cute birthday wishes. Remember, “cute” is not for everyone. For most people, it triggers the “aww, so cute” response. For some, the gagging reflex. So only choose cute messages when you’re sure it’s the way to go. If you're not sure at this point, maybe another type of birthday greeting is the best option. If this is the case, go to my Birthday Wishes section to choose from many other styles — or select a verse by age or person.
Ultimately, you just want to express how you feel about the birthday boy or girl with a sprinkle of sugar and a dab of honey. Now wasn’t that cute? ◄ Read less
Choose one of my cute birthday wishes
Happy birthday! Quick, make a wish and blow out all the candles on your birthday cake...before I do. I must have your cake and eat it, also!
I have a big birthday surprise for you...I actually got you a gift you will like. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday. Some friends are precious. You're more than precious. You're priceless precious.
Hey, buddy, I hope you have bundles of fun on your birthday...plus bundles of gifts.
I hope your birthday is a rainbow of fun, family and friends...with lots of birthday cake, ice cream and gifts right at the end of it (for your pot of gold).
Wishing you lots and lots of sweet surprises on your special day...like the biggest birthday cake, every flavor of ice cream and enough gifts to fill your room.