What is the quintessential "perfect" 60th birthday greeting? It does what every birthday verse should do at the beginning of any birthday decade: put simply, it makes the birthday girl or boy feel better about getting older. This may call for humour or inspiration. The route you take is, of course, up to you.
Fortunately, you have many funny and inspirational 60th birthday messages to choose from, making it easier than ever for you to find the right one.
Message Guy Tip #41: How to choose 60th birthday wishes
When people turn 60, a major milestone birthday, their reaction can be positive or negative. Don't automatically assume that everyone dreads the big 6-0.
The reaction of the birthday girl or boy depends, as always, on their temperament and outlook. So figuring out what message to send can be hard. Should it be clever? Inspirational? Funny? It depends...
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Because turning 60 is a major milestone, it can have a major impact on the birthday boy or girl. For some people, it's tough — since they think it's the start of the last quarter of their life. That realization can easily make a person feel and act old, which has an impact on the type of birthday wish you should choose.
For people who feel old at 60, the best type of 60th birthday wishes are inspirational messages (if you want to lift their spirits), sentimental verses (if you want to show you feel about them) or generic "happy" messages (the safe route for the hard-to-please ones).
Of course, not all 60 year olds are created equal. For many, the 60s are the best time of all because they feel young at heart, yet are fortunately unburdened by the trappings of youth and may even have the resources to live their life-long dreams.
For this positive crowd, you can pick any birthday message, since any birthday wish will just make these people appreciate their life stage even more.
If you want to pinpoint what's right for these 60 year olds, you need only look at their personalities:
For clever or cultured 60 year olds, go the clever or cool message route
For sentimental 60 year olds, take the sentimental or happy message path
For charismatic or Type A 60 year olds, try an inspirational message route
For your 60 year old with a great sense of humor, a funny message will do the trick
Bottom line: the type of birthday message you choose depends more on the birthday boy or girl than what you want to say.
To get started, choose an option below that comes closest to his or her personality and/or attitude about life...and go from there.
If you want to personalize your choice (by, say, framing your 60th birthday wishes), go ahead and do it — it will only make the recipient of your message feel all the more special. ◄ Read less
Life is a beautiful struggle. Sometimes, it's beautiful, sometimes just a struggle. Make beautiful memories when you can. Happy 60th birthday!
At 60, let go of the past, seize the present and take hold of the future. It’s never too late to be happier. Happy birthday.
Your mind may tell you you're 60 but your heart and soul say otherwise. Happy birthday to the youngest 60 year old I know.
When I turn 60, I hope I'm as happy, healthy and successful as you are. Happy 60th birthday.
Happy 60th birthday. Hope you continue to live life to the fullest — in good spirits, good health and good times.
Turning 60 may add wrinkles to your face, dark circles under your eyes and pounds to your tummy, but it will never take away your beautiful outlook on life (and that's what counts, anyway). Happy 60th birthday.
No matter how many times the world's greatest scientists have tried to figure out the secret to eternal youth, they've always come up short — but you haven't, just by being yourself. Happy 60th.
I love your outlook on life — you are truly inspirational. Don't stop believing in miracles. Happy 60th birthday.
You may look and act like a 60 year old but always remember this important fact: A happy person at 60 is much better off, healthier and wiser than a sad sack at 30. Happy 60th birthday.
The 60th birthday wish below is perfect for a 60 year old. Mostly, that's because it has a certain quality that will appeal to your average 60 year old. What is it? Well...
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This is one of my top picks because it does not pander to the vanity of the birthday boy or girl. It celebrates his or her uniqueness (a much more realistic and complimentary message for a 60 year old). ◄ Read less
60 may not be the new 40 or 50, like everybody says, but you redefine 60, making it fabulously all your own. Happy 60th birthday!
Don't stop your search! Choose from more 60th birthday wishes below
Happy birthday! You're not turning 60. You're turning into an undeniable classic that can't be matched.
Happy birthday! You're not 60. You're 60…and sensationally sexy.
May your 60th birthday be as sensational, awesome and fascinating as you are.
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60 is a great number — it’s the number of years you've blessed this world with your presence, kindness, sense of humor and love.
Happy birthday! One of the perks of turning 60 is the fact that you can dress for comfort, not for fashion, not for success, not for even dignity…and nobody notices or cares.
Happy 60th birthday! 60 years ago, you were a baby. At 60, you’re simply babilicious.