Need original birthday wishes? On this page, choose from more than 500 happy birthday messages that can make anyone's big day special. Sending happy birthday wishes with unique, heartfelt birthday messages is the nicest gift you can give to your loved ones.
What should you write in a client's birthday card? Be professional to a certain extent, leaving room for sincere, yet appropriate birthday wishes that make your client feel special on his or her big day. Below are a few examples to inspire you:
Happy birthday to the best client anyone could ever have. May your brightest ideas become a reality.
Wishing you the very best birthday and the most successful year ever.
Happy birthday! Working with you and your team has been the highlight of my career.
It’s "Happy Birthday" time! Wishing you only the best of everything on your birthday and in the year ahead.
Happy birthday! This is an excellent time for me to tell you how much I appreciate getting the chance to work with you. You make working fun!
You and I are a great team. Together, we are champions. Happy birthday, champ.
May your life be a series of fortunate events with countless happy birthdays, starting with this one.
Happy birthday. May today bring you every bit of happiness, health and prosperity you deserve.
Happy birthday! May your special day be the beginning of a year blessed with good fortune, good health and great joy.
On behalf of our entire team, I wish you the happiest of birthdays.
It’s a pleasure doing business with you! I hope your birthday is filled with everything that gives you pleasure.
Happy birthday! I'm glad you and I work together every day of the week! I look forward to working with you for many birthdays to come.
Happy birthday! We appreciate the chance to work with you and look forward to working together for years to come.
Happy birthday! It's always been a pleasure working with you! We greatly appreciate your business.
We're so fortunate to have a client like you. Happy birthday!
Loyalty, commitment, trust and honestly are merely words but you give them real meaning. Happy birthday!
What should you write in your father's birthday card? Opt for birthday wishes that express how much you love him, making his special day even more amazing. To get started, check out the examples below:
The best fathers know when to let their children be themselves. Happy birthday to the best dad (and best man) I know!
I know I never say it enough, but I admire you and, most of all, I love you. Happy birthday, Dad. Thanks for being you.
Happy birthday to someone I respect more than anyone and love more than I ever imagined.
Even though my hero can't stop a speeding bullet, his strength and love know no bounds. My hero is you, Dad. Happy birthday!
Dad, you can't tell a joke, even if your life depended on it. But I can depend on you, bad jokes and all. May your birthday be better than your jokes!
Every birthday you celebrate reminds me of how much I admire and love you, Dad. Happy birthday to the world's best pop.
Dad, may your birthday be filled with great food, great cake, great music and great fun with family and friends.
Dad, you deserve every moment of joy that comes your way. Happy birthday.
Happy birthday to the most loving, caring and intelligent man I know. I love you, Dad. You make me proud I have your genes.
Whatever happens, I know I can depend on you, Dad. Happy birthday to the world's greatest father and man!
It takes an incredible man to be an even more incredible father. You are incredible, Dad. Happy birthday.
You're the best man I know. Happy birthday to a man who knows what's important in life.
Your gray hair speaks volumes. It says that you're best father in the world, despite my efforts to drive you crazy. Happy birthday, Dad!
Being a father isn't easy, but you've managed to do it so much better than most, even with my crazy antics. Happy birthday, Dad.
Happy birthday, Dad. Thank you for your unconditional love. I feel the same way about you.
Happy birthday to the man who showed me what it takes to love brilliantly (yep, that's you, Dad).
Happy birthday to the world's best father from the universe's worst kid. I didn't deserve the TLC but you gave it anyway.
Happy birthday! I'm not the greatest writer but you make it easy for me to express what I feel about you. I love you more every day and twice as much on your birthday!
Father's Day should be your second birthday. That's how amazing you are as my Dad. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday, Dad! You always can make me laugh, even on the worst of days. That's a gift. Just wanted you to know I noticed.
Dad, thank you for laughing at yourself so readily. You've taught me how to laugh at myself. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday. I hope you know how I feel about you. I love you, I admire you and I think you're the GREATEST Dad ever.
What are the best funny birthday wishes for a birthday card? Essentially, you should choose funny birthday wishes that will make your friends and family gladly laugh at themselves and all the changes that come with age.
For some ideas, take a look at the examples below:
Happy birthday! I wouldn't say you're getting old. Well, I wouldn't say it to your face.
Happy birthday! I wouldn't say you're getting older. You're just getting old.
Happy birthday! I wouldn't call you old. I would call you elderly, decrepit, feeble, infirm, on your last legs (but not "old").
Do you hear that whooshing sound? That's the sound of your youth going down the drain. Happy birthday.
Do you hear that cracking sound? That's the sound of your arteries starting to harden. Happy birthday.
You don't look a day older than you did yesterday. You look much older than that. Happy birthday.
Happy birthday! I was planning to write you a special poem for your birthday, but I couldn't find any words that rhyme with decrepitude.
Happy birthday! The best advice I ever heard when I got older was “savor the little things in life.” Of course, you first need to see them, which is impossible at our age.
Happy birthday! Don’t let your age get you down. Pretty soon, gravity will do the job for you.
Happy birthday! You are not old. You are old enough to do what you want and pretend you don't remember doing it.
Happy birthday! You've been granted another chance to show that getting older means getting wiser (not just tired and achy).
Happy birthday. You’re at an age when you find out you won't be getting any wiser!
Happy birthday. May all your birthday wishes come true — except the ones that make you richer, healthier and happier than me!
Happy birthday. Thank you for being the oldest person in the room.
Happy birthday. Even if you calculated your age in dog years, you would still be, well, old.
Happy birthday! As your younger [sister, brother], it’s my duty to remind you that you’re still older than me.
Happy birthday! When I turn your age, I will still be younger than you!
Happy birthday! Today is the first day of the rest of your decrepitude (I mean, life).
Happy birthday! Today is the first day of the rest of your tired and achy life.
Happy birthday! Today is the first day of the rest of your Jurassic period.
Wish you were a kid again? Wish you had no money, no credit, no car, no privacy and no freedom? No? I thought so. Have a happy birthday instead!
Happy birthday! Wish you looked younger today? Next wish?
Happy birthday! Wish you looked younger today? Here are directions to the nearest retirement home.
Happy birthday! You're not old yet. You'll know you're old when your birthday candles cost more than your birthday cake.
Happy birthday! You're not old yet. You'll know when you're old once your kids have the fire department on speed dial when you blow out your birthday candles.
Happy birthday! Now's the perfect time to start treating your kids to life's luxuries — since, in a few years, they’ll be treating you to a nursing home.
Happy birthday! You're old enough to fall in love, walk down the aisle and make us grandparents — in that order, of course.
Happy birthday! Your better half just told me that you’re getting better with age. Did you start to do chores around the house?
What should you write in your girlfriend's birthday card? Whatever you jot down, be yourself and be genuine. But even more importantly, express how much you love her. To get started, check out the birthday wish examples below:
Happy birthday, my love. You are so special to me and have brought so much love and joy into my life. I love you and want to bring as much love and joy to yours.
Happy birthday. I love every moment we've spent together. It's been the adventure of a lifetime. I hope it never ends. I love you.
Happy birthday. May your special day be as bright and breezy as your smile and as uniquely beautiful as you are.
Happy birthday. You're a ray of sunshine every day of the year, but you shine brighter than the sun on your special day. I love you.
I have never met a person as lovely as you are. Today, you are the loveliest of all. Happy birthday. I love you.
Happy birthday. With you in my life, it's incredibly easy to live life to the fullest. You complete me. I love you.
Happy birthday. You bring more than a smile to my face. You bring endless beauty and love to my life. I love you.
You always show me how much you love me. Now it's my turn to show you. Let's make your birthday as amazing as the love in my heart for you.
May your birthday be even more beautiful and lovelier than you are to me, if that's even possible.
Happy birthday, honey. You're the reason I get up in the morning, live life to the fullest all day and have beautiful dreams at night.
Happy birthday, my love. Our love will never fade, because our passion burns brighter every day. I love you.
Happy birthday, my love. We were destined to be in love.
Happy birthday, my dearest. No matter where we are, no matter what, I will always love you and be there by your side.
Happy birthday, sweetheart. You are the gift that keeps giving love. Today, I will give this gift to you. I love you.
Happy birthday. You're the loveliest thing that's ever happened to me. Let me show you how much you mean to me, now and forever.
My love, you deserve a birthday that makes all your dreams come true, because you're my dream come true. I love you.
I'm luckier than the world's luckiest person because I have you in my life. I love you, my lucky charm. Happy birthday.
What are the best birthday wishes for your granddaughter? The best birthday wishes show your granddaughter how much you love and admire her is a great start. Plus, adding your personal touch will make her big day even more unforgettable. For some ideas, take a look at the examples below:
When you were born, we knew that God had sent us a beautiful angel. And you've only become more angelic with time, bringing joy to our lives. Happy birthday.
Wishing you all the gifts life has to offer you, wrapped with all the love I can give. Happy birthday, my beautiful granddaughter!
Happy birthday. From someone who loves you deeply, may good health, great fortune and incredible joy follow you all your days.
Sweetie, it's an honor and privilege to wish you, someone so special in my life, the best of birthdays.
Have the best beautiful birthday ever, my beautiful granddaughter.
A very happy birthday to my greatest joy ever. I love you, darling.
On your special day, I would like to raise a glass of the finest to you. May this glass be full all your days. Happy birthday.
Happy birthday, my sweetheart of a granddaughter! You're looking more beautiful than ever!
Happy birthday, my precious granddaughter! Words alone cannot express how much you mean to me and how much it means to me to celebrate your special day!
On your birthday, my lovely granddaughter, I only have one important wish for you. Be happy, be healthy and be passionate. Happy birthday.
Having a granddaughter like you is the luckiest thing to ever happen to me. You make my life awesome. Hoping I can make this birthday and many more just as amazing.
Because it's your special day, my mission is to make it the best ever! I accept this mission. Happy birthday, darling granddaughter!
You make the world a sparkling shade of wonderful. Happy birthday, my sweet angel!
What type of grandfather birthday wishes should you use? The best birthday wishes let your grandfather know just how much you love and respect him.
Don't hold back your feelings when you write your birthday message. For some inspiration, start with the examples below:
Happy birthday! Grandpa, my love for you will never get old — neither will you. That's because you will be forever young in my eyes.
Happy birthday! May you always drink from the fountain of youth.
As far as grandfathers go, you’re simply awesome. Of course, I'm slightly biased since I'm your grandchild, the recipient of your awesomeness. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday to the most awesome grandpa!
When God created grandfathers, He made them in your image...the best grandpa ever. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday, Grandpa! On the day you were born, the world stopped spinning 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 grandfather like you is a once-in-a-lifetime gift. I'm so fortunate to have you as mine. I love you. Happy birthday, Grandpa!
Grandpa, today is your birthday, the day you started to touch so many lives with love and kindness. I'm glad I can count myself as one of the lucky many. Happy birthday.
In the dictionary, there's a word for random acts of love, kindness, wisdom, intelligence, beauty and generosity: Grandpa! Happy birthday!
Happy birthday to the greatest grandfather ever. You've done so much for everybody you know and love. You are truly loved.
Happy birthday! May you forever be blessed with the goodness in your heart.
I don't think I'll ever be able to thank you enough for "spoiling me rotten" with your love and kindness. Grandpa, I love you. Happy birthday.
Grandpa, 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, Grandpa, the best of birthdays, with me by your side every step of the way to make sure.
Grandpa, you've always done everything right. Today, let yourself go and do everything wrong, but be sure to savor every wickedly wonderful moment.
Happy birthday, Grandpa! I plan to make your birthday as special, exciting, delightful and all-around amazing as you are to me, starting now!
Happy birthday, Grandpa! You're the best grandfather anyone could ever wish for. Today, let's create more unforgettable memories to share for a long, long time.
Grandpa, you've always believed in me, even when I didn't, even when nobody did. Thank you. Happy birthday! I love you!
With a big family like ours, life is always better, especially with a grandfather like you. I love you so much! Happy birthday!
You have so much to give everyone. Now it's my turn to give you the best birthday ever. Happy birthday, Grandpa.
Grandpa, may you always be in good health and great spirits. Happy birthday.
What should you write in your grandson's birthday card? The best birthday wishes for your grandson let him know how much you love him and admire what he has done with his life, so let your feelings be your guide.
For some inspiration, check out the examples below:
Happy birthday, grandson. 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.
Happy birthday, grandson. For your special day, I have only one wish for you: be happy in the now, so you'll be happy forever!
My dearest grandson, any day we can live our lives to the fullest is a gift. Savor every moment of your special day. Happy birthday.
Wishing you the greatest birthday ever, my lovely grandson.
Wishing one of the best individuals I know, who also happens to be my grandson, the very best birthday.
Your age makes no difference. You do. And you're great. Every day. Happy birthday, grandson.
My beautiful grandson, hope you have a wonderful birthday with memories that last all year-round!
Happier birthdays come to dreamers who dare to take action. Like you, grandson. Happy birthday.
Happy birthday balloon, cake, candles, ice cream and gift day! That's what I wish for you, my darling grandson.
Happy birthday to my favorite grandson (and my only one)! May joy be your companion everywhere you go.
Happy birthday, grandson! It's time for your BIG birthday bash! Let's get started!
Grandson, have a bright, beautiful, fun-filled birthday (and lots of cake, ice cream and presents, of course)!
Happy birthday, my sweet grandson! Today, celebrate the day you were born. Every day, celebrate life.
Happy birthday, grandson! Hope this special day is the start of your most special year ever!
Grandson, here's to a birthday full of life and a life full of happy birthdays!
When you came into the world, my world became as beautiful as you are. And you, grandson, are a very beautiful boy. Happy birthday.
What are the best romantic birthday wishes for girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives? Put simply, birthday messages that show how deeply you love him or her. Below are examples to inspire the Romeo or Juliet in you:
Darling, I love you so, so, so much. May the sunshine of our undying love shine dazzlingly on your birthday and forever.
Darling, wishing you all the love in my heart on your birthday (and always), the very same love you so generously give me all year-round.
Happy birthday, sweetheart. Love isn't what makes my life complete. It's loving you.
Happy birthday, dearest. I will never break your heart. I will make sure it overflows with love, joy and wonder.
Happy birthday, sweetie. My joy is limitless. My wonder is unbounded and my love for you is infinite — with you in my life.
Together or apart, you make my heart and soul sing a beautiful song. Happy birthday, darling!
Happy birthday, sweetheart. Your incredible beauty, boundless sense of humor, unwavering kindness and unconditional love keep me thinking about you 24/7.
Happy birthday, my love. My life is complete, my life is epic, my life is full of love, because you're in it, for life.
Happy birthday, my dear. When I fell in love with you, I never thought that life could be so good.
Happy birthday, sweetheart. Being in love with you is so much better. I hope that our love brings you as much joy, today and forever.
Happy birthday, lover. With each birthday of yours, my love for you grows.
Happy birthday, my love. Our best years are still ahead of us, full of all the wonderful things that love can bring into our lives.
Happy birthday, sweetheart. Today, I hope my love makes this day truly special for you.
Happy birthday, honey. Sometimes I can't find the words to show you what our love means to me, but you'll always find a big smile on my face and a glint in my eyes, all the signs that I love you.
Happy birthday, my darling. I love you like a cliché — more than life itself.
Happy birthday, sweetie. It must have been a lovely, sunny day when you were born, because the light and love you shine into my life is blinding.
Happy birthday, darling. For me, "I love you" is so easy to say and hard to show, but you're so worth all the effort.
Happy birthday, honey. I love you madly and I plan to show you just how much for eternity.
Happy birthday, my love. I plan to celebrate today more than anybody else, because the person I love and admire most on this spinning ball of rock was born on this day.
When you entered this world, this planet had cause to celebrate. When you came into my world, my heart and soul jumped for joy. In every way, you make this world a lovelier place. Happy birthday, sweetheart.
Your unwavering joy makes me love you all the more. It's a precious gift. That I am the cause of it gives me such joy. Happy birthday, darling.
Let our love light a birthday candle for every moment of your special day. You deserve as much love as you can take. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday to my special someone, the love of my life who makes every day feel like a dream come true.
Celebrating a wonderful person like you once a year on your birthday just doesn't seem right. Someone as special as you should be celebrated every day.
Happy birthday, honey. Morning, noon and night. I love you. Today and forever.
Happy birthday! You're what's sweet about your birthday cake, what's bright about your birthday candles and what's special about today.
Happy birthday, dear! Giving you all the love in my heart, today and always, is as easy as breathing, even easier.
In the dictionary, there's another word for love: you! Happy birthday, sweetheart! You're all the love I need!
My life belongs to you. My heart belongs to you. My love belongs to you. I belong to you. Happy birthday! I love you.
You're sweeter than the sweetest song and more beautiful than beauty itself. Happy birthday, my dearest.
Thanks for making my world truly sweet and beautiful. I love you madly. Happy birthday, my darling.
What should you write in your sister's birthday card? Write birthday wishes for your sister that will make her feel so incredible, including what you most like and love about her. Here are a few examples to inspire you:
Happy birthday to a sister who brings so much happiness and warmth into my life (yep, that's you, sis).
May your special day bring you all the joy and love you could handle...and then some. You deserve every wonderful moment.
Happy birthday, sis! Friends may enter and exit my life at will, but we're family, so that's forever.
I'm so glad that you're my sister, someone who redefines what family really means. Happy birthday, sis!
There's nobody I'd rather call "family" than you. You are remarkable in every way, especially as my sister. Happy birthday, sis! I love you.
Happy birthday, sis! You're as rare as a diamond. You're rarely annoying, you're rarely selfish and, most of all, you're rarely bossy.
I'm so happy I have a sister as wonderfully beautiful as you. Happy birthday, sis!
Happy birthday, sis! When I was a child, I looked up to you. Now that we're older, I still do, even more so.
Happy birthday! Sis, thank you for showing me the way. It's the path I will follow the rest of my life.
Sis, nobody comes even close to your spectacular aura. You are a shining star and a shining example for me. Happy birthday!
Sis, you stand out in a crowd for your big heart. Thanks for bringing me so much heartfelt love and kindness into my life. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday, sis! May you only know all the blessings life has to offer.
Happy birthday, sis! Hoping your birthday celebration gives you the best of memories. All my best ones include you.
Sis, may your birthday be the start of a year full of joy, promise and wonder (like you).
Happy birthday, sis! You deserve everything wonderful in this world. I already have the most wonderful thing in life: you.
Happy birthday to an incredible sister. You always take the time to show me what matters in life. Thank you for showing me the ropes.
I'm incredibly grateful and fortunate to have you as my sister. Happy birthday, sis!
Happy birthday, sis! When I look back, I only have great memories of doing everything together. I can't wait to see what memories we will make next.
Happy birthday, sis! Thank you for supporting me through the best and worst of times (well, anytime). You didn't have to, but you did anyway.
You've been my support system for what seems like years. Now it's my turn to be yours, starting today! Happy birthday!
Happy birthday, sis! Here’s to an even brighter future. With you in it, that's guaranteed!
Happy birthday, sis! May everything and everyone you touch turn to gold or, at the very least, a silver lining.
Sis, you represent everything that's good about our world. I'm glad you're in mine. Happy birthday.
You make me proud to be your [sister, brother]. You have all the qualities I admire in a person: true beauty, bravery and brains.
Happy birthday, sis! Thank you for being the perfect example to follow. I love you.
I fully realize that it's gift to have a sister like you. Happy birthday, my sweet sister.
You're a great human being, an incredible friend and the perfect sister. Happy birthday, sis!
My life would not be complete without you in it. Happy birthday, sis. May you only know the joy you bring others.
Whenever I lose my way, you're there to get me back on track. You are more than my sister — you're my commander-in-chief. Happy birthday.
Sis, you can boss me around anytime. That way, I know I'll always be on the right path for the rest of my life. Happy birthday.
I know you're my sister for life. I don't mine. I actually like it. Love it, in fact. You're a wonderful sister. I'm blessed, and I know it. Happy birthday.
You're an incredible sister. But you're an even better person and my best friend. I'm glad we're family. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday, sis. All of my best memories from childhood have one thing in common: you.
We've made so many wonderful memories together. I'm so excited just at the thought of making even more of them with you. Happy birthday.
What are the best zodiac birthday wishes? Basically, the best are birthday messages that strike the right balance between what astrologists believe about the zodiac sign of the birthday gal or guy and his or her actual personality (or circumstances).
Below are examples for each sign of the zodiac:
Aries (March 21-April 19) You are an Aries through and through. You are a trailblazer with the energy to make things happen, fight for your beliefs and boldly put yourself out there. You are remarkable. Happy birthday!
Taurus (April 20-May 20) You are a real Taurus. You are a true giver, a source of strength, security and joy for the people you know and love. You are special. Happy birthday!
Gemini (May 21-June 20) You are my favorite Gemini. Intriguing, unique, imaginative, charismatic, smart and daring, you are a guiding light for your friends and an agent of change for the world (for the better). Happy birthday!
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Like the best Cancers, you are a genuine nurturer. You have a heart of gold — caring, patient, empathetic, thoughtful, passionate and inspired — when it comes to those you love. Happy birthday!
Leo (July 23-August 22) You are definitely a lion of a Leo — utterly brave, compassionate, giving, dependable, protective, honest and charming. Let them hear you roar on your special day. Happy birthday!
Virgo (August 23-September 22) Devoted, inventive, supportive, witty and no-nonsense like any true Virgo, you're always the first to lend me a helping hand when I need one. I'm glad I have a Virgo Friend like you. Happy birthday!
Libra (September 23-October 22) You're always a Libra on a good day. Fascinating, adorable, fair, honest and generous, you inspire me to find peace, harmony and love in life —because you do it so well, with style and grace. Happy birthday!
Scorpio (October 23-November 21) You're made from the best of everything Scorpio. You're magnetic, passionate, loyal, protective, trendsetting and brave — all the qualities of an amazing individual (and my BFF), Happy birthday!
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Happy birthday. It must be in the stars that you're a Sagittarius. You're dedicated, trustworthy, fair, upbeat, passionate, encouraging and, above all, inspiring. You inspire me. Continue to dream big!
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) As the best example of any Capricorn I know, you're hardworking, loyal, family-oriented, devoted, honest and, best of all, fearless, making this world — and my world — simply beautiful.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Happy birthday. It figures you're an Aquarius. You're outgoing, unique, open, fair, logical and inviting, helping me (and all your loved ones) envision life's infinite possibilities (we can't see ourselves). Thanks.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) As a Pisces, you're naturally idealistic, compassionate, wise, comforting and imaginative — it's what I love about you. May you always live life to the fullest through rose-colored glasses. Happy birthday.
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What are the best birthday wishes?
Choosing the best birthday wishes depends on seven factors:
1. Knowing what you want to say is a good start.
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.
2. Knowing the birthday boy or girl well makes all the difference.
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?
3. Major milestone birthdays call for milestone birthday wishes.
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.
4. Don't go too far with the style you choose.
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).
5. But don't be shy with your birthday messages.
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.
6. Birthday messages are not engraved in stone.
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.
7. Make sure that the birthday wishes you choose have no mistakes.
Last but certainly not least, check the birthday wishes you choose for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes.
How do you say "Happy Birthday" to someone special?
There are a many ways to say "Happy Birthday" to someone special, but only one way that makes birthday wishes special: you need to personalize the birthday wishes you send to them.
All the birthday wishes here have that personal touch you need. The best way to show you what I mean is to show you a generic birthday wish and what I would do to personalize it.
Here's one: "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):
You change the word "wonderful" to any other adjective (e.g. inspiring, supportive, loving).
You can also change the word "amazing" to another adjective (whatever you think will make him feel truly special on his birthday).
Plus, you can change the word "sweetheart" to your own term of endearment (such as darling, honey, sweetie pie, a cute variation of his name or just his name).
Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches for this site, has been a professional writer, editor and translator for more than 25 years. He decided to create BirthdayMessages.net in 2012 to share his passion for birthday and "unbirthday" quotes on the best day of the year — your birthday.