The best birthday wishes for your cousin should have all the ingredients that make any birthday greetings so special: a heartfelt birthday message that expresses how you feel about the birthday boy or girl — and how much he or she means to you.
For inspiration, jump to the section of cousin birthday wishes below that express exactly what you want to say.
As a cousin, you are great! As my friend, you're the greatest. Happy birthday!
Hey cousin, I'm glad I have your birthday to tell you: I love you! Happy birthday!
Being your cousin is one of the best things that ever happened to me! Happy birthday!
Dearest cousin, may every moment of your birthday be as wonderful as you are!
You play a major role in my life. I'm so glad I have you as my cousin. Happy birthday!
Have the happiest of birthdays, dearest cousin!
Blessed is your birthday. Happy birthday!
Here's to an incredible birthday for my incredible cousin!
May your birthday be just as bright, kind, sweet, cool and fun as you are.
May every moment of your birthday be as wonderful as you are!
May your birthday and all the days that follow inspire you to greater things.
Happy birthday! Here's to many, many, many more wonderful cousin adventures together.
Happy birthday! Thanks for all the wonderful memories we've shared. Let's share more!
Happy birthday to my absolute favorite cousins (and person) in the world!
Happy birthday! Hey cousin, I wish you joy, love and prosperity today and always.
Cousin Birthday Wishes - Heartfelt & Happy -
Happy birthday! If you're one of the lucky few, you have two of life's greatest gifts in abundance: family and friends. With you, dear cousin, I have both.
My dear cousin, may you have the happiest of birthday celebrations. That's my way of telling you that I love you very much.
With a cousin like you, I'm the luckiest person I know. You're family by blood and my closest friend by choice. Happy birthday, dearest cousin.
What a blessing to have you in my life! As my cousin, you're the closest thing to a brother or sister. As my friend, you're the closest thing to a BFF. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! If I had the power to choose every member of my family, you would definitely be at the top of my shortlist. That's because you've always been top-notch in my books!
My dear cousin, I wish you only the best in life. You should only know happiness, health and prosperity the rest of your days, starting with this birthday.
Happy birthday! Even though we're just cousins to the outside world, I consider you one of my closest friends in my heart.
We lead such busy lives that we never have enough time to tell each other what needs to be said: I'm glad I have you as my cousin. Happy birthday!
I'm glad it's your birthday, because I get a chance to show you how much you mean to me. Happy birthday to one of my favorite peeps! Happy birthday!
There are only three things I can wish for a cousin as special as you: more happiness, health and prosperity than you ever wished for...today and always.
With an awesome cousin like you, growing up was the best kind of adventure. I remember every stupid, fun, exciting, precious moment. Here's to many more adventures. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! Whenever I think about you and our exploits, a flood of amazing memories come back to me. With this birthday, let's start creating new and wonderful memories.
Knowing I have a cousin like you to share my ups, downs and in-betweens is a gift few people have in this life. Happy birthday to the best cousin anywhere.
Happy birthday! The moments that we've spent together are some of the best I've ever had in my life. I‘m so grateful to have a cousin like you!
Happy birthday to the best cousin anybody could ever wish for! What a wonderful day to celebrate you. May all your days be as special as this one.
To my dearest cousin and best friend, I wish you a wonderful birthday and all the wonderful things that come with it. That's because you're so wonderful.
You are not only my cousin. You're also my friend. In fact, you're my favorite cousin and my best friend. Happy birthday!
We've been cousins a long, long, long time — longer than I can remember. All I care about today: spending even more time together, especially on your special day. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! It doesn't really matter how much time has passed since the two of us have seen each other. You're so awesome that I feel as close to you as ever.
Happy birthday to an amazing cousin! As you begin a new chapter in your life, I hope it's filled with many blessings and treasures.
Hey cousin, you are a shining star that's brighter and more beautiful the stars in the night sky. May you shine bright today and every day of your life. Happy birthday!
Cousin Birthday Wishes - For Female Cousin -
Happy birthday, cousin! From the moment you came into this world, you've been the shiniest apple to hang on our family tree. That's why I love hanging out with you.
No matter how many miles separate us all year-round, I want you to know that you're as close to me as my closest friend. Happy birthday to my awesome cousin!
You are a very important part of my life. I'm so delighted to be part of your birthday celebration! Happy birthday, cousin!
I consider you my sister, not just a cousin. I really love you. Happy birthday!
With a cousin like you, I'll always have someone special to count on. I hope you know you can count on me anytime. It'd be an honor to be your special someone. Happy birthday!
You're one of the most important people in my life. And that's why I think this birthday of yours is the most important day of the year. Happy birthday!
The moments that we've spent together are some of the best I've ever had in my life. I‘m so grateful to have a cousin like you! Happy birthday!
Let's make your birthday truly special — as special as you, the best cousin anybody could ever have or want.
There's only one thing to say to such a wonderful cousin like you: may every birthday you celebrate be as wonderful as you!
Cousin, just wanted to say "Happy Birthday" to you! May your special day be packed with loved ones, laughter and wonderful moments.
Happy birthday to my awesome, wacky, lovely and funny cousin! I'm so grateful I got to grow up with you. I'm looking very forward to all the thrilling adventures we will have in the future. I love you so much!
You are the kind of person who gives so freely. You mean the world to me. One day, I hope I can be even half the person you are right now. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday to a truly special cousin. Family by blood, sisters at heart and BFFs by choice, you and I are lucky to have each other (especially me).
On the inside and outside, you're so, so beautiful. I hope you always keep that in mind. Of course, I'll be there to remind you if you don't. Happy birthday, lovely cousin!
Happy birthday! Growing up with a cousin/sister/best friend like you is the best gift I've ever been given. I want you to know how much it's meant to me to have you in my life.
Cousin Birthday Wishes - For Male Cousin -
Don't tell the others but you are definitely my coolest cousin. May you have the coolest of birthdays!
With a cousin like you, there's really no need for a best friend. That's because you're my best friend. Happy birthday!
It gives me such pleasure to be at your birthday celebration! You are not just my cousin — you're like a brother to me. Happy birthday!
You play a major role in my life. I think of you as my brother and my bud, not merely as my cousin. You're the best. Happy birthday!
Celebrating your birthday with you is double the fun for me. I get to be with my favorite cousin and my best pal. Have a truly happy birthday!
Here's to you enjoying every incredible moment of your special day — simply because you're truly incredible. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! It's really wonderful to have such a bright, kind, sweet, cool and fun cousin like you. Thank you for being you.
Happy birthday! Hope you have the greatest birthday celebration ever — this year and every other year of your long, long, long life.
Happy birthday! What could be better than growing up with an amazing cousin like you? Not much! You're the best.
Happy birthday! Whenever one of our incredible, wild, fun memories we've had comes to mind, it always brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Can't wait to make more unforgettable memories!
Happy birthday, cousin. Although you and I don't see each other every day, I think of you all the time — as my brother and best friend.
Happy birthday, my cool cousin. Thank you for making my life as cool as you are, just by being you.
Happy birthday! You were always there for me, so I never felt like I didn't have a brother.
Happy birthday! You have always encouraged and helped me to be better. Thank you so much for being in my life.
Happy birthday to my gorgeous cousin. I hope you have a wonderful, unforgettable day in every way.
Cousin Birthday Wishes - Inspirational -
You are not only my favorite cousin — you're also my favorite person in the world, a constant source of joy and wonder. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday to my dearest cousin. May every birthday you celebrate be a chance to start a new chapter in life.
Happy birthday to the cousin ever. May you have many birthdays — and many chances to start life anew — in the years to come.
I’m not only glad I have you as my cousin. I'm also glad I have your love, compassion, faith, wisdom, friendship and encouragement to inspire me.
Happy birthday! Here are some birthday words of wisdom for you, my wonderful cousin: look at your birthday as the beginning of a new and brighter future, not as the end of another year in your life. Therein lies the difference between happiness and happenstance.
Happy birthday! Every day of your life is a special gift, particularly your birthday, so celebrate yours at least twice as much as you would any other day.
Cousin, my life became richer, kinder, gentler and, most importantly, happier the day you were born. Happy birthday!
My life has always been complete because of family and friends like you. That's because, in you, I have the best of both worlds — the best cousin and the best friend anybody could want. Happy birthday!
You always been there for you, through my ups and downs, failures and successes, happiness and sorrow, for richer or poorer. You're more than my cousin. You're my rock! May you have a truly happy birthday!
My dear cousin, you've always been the shiniest light in my life. Thank you for inspiring me to become a better, kinder, gentler, more loving version of me. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! The best gift I ever got in my life is a cousin like you. I've always been inspired by you. You inspire everyone you know. May you be the bright light in my life and others for many birthdays to come.
As you turn a new page in your life's book today, be strong, be brave, be kind, be loving, just by being yourself. I know, dear cousin, you can achieve anything you dream. Whatever you write in your life's book comes true. It's written in the stars.
Remember, my sweet cousin, that each birthday heralds the end of one year and the start of a new one, giving you the gift of life and the chance to fulfill all your dreams.
Happy birthday, my beautiful cousin. The world was blessed with an angel the day you were born. I'm so glad you're still here to spread your wings and continue to bless us with your kind, loving and divine heart.
Happy birthday, my wonderful cousin! May you find peace, love and wonder everywhere you go, in everything you do.
Cousin Birthday Wishes - Funny -
Happy birthday! Being cousins is amazing, especially for you.
Happy birthday! Let's promise to be as close as two twigs on the same branch, until we're so old that we can't even remember this promise.
Happy birthday, cousin! You're not old. You and your teeth still sleep together.
Happy birthday! Today, cousin, you can do whatever you want — you know, like you do every day.
Happy birthday to only person in my family I can tolerate for more than five minutes!
Happy birthday! You're more than a cousin. You're my old cousin.
Happy birthday! A true cousin remembers your birthday but forgets which one.
Happy birthday! Cousin, you always get the same thing on your birthday — another year older!
Happy birthday, cousin! This year, celebrate your special day like a pickle — relish it.
Happy birthday, cousin. You're another year older and another year closer to your first colonoscopy.
Happy birthday, cousin! You're not old. You've just set a new personal record for years lived.
Hey cousin, I don't really need to wish you "happy birthday" since I'm certain that your birthday will be a happy occasion. After all, I'm going to be there. What could be better.
Cousin Birthday Wishes - Famous Cousin Quotes -
"Cousin by blood, friends by choice."
- Darlene Shaw
"Born as a cousin, made as a friend."
- Byron Pulsifer
"Never forget who was with you from the start."
- Ziad K. Abdelnour
"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
- Desmond Tutu
"Cousins are friends that will love you forever."
- Constance Richards
"Win, lose, or draw, you’re all my cousins and I love you."
- Chill Wills
"In my cousin, I find a second self."
- Isabel Norton
"Cousins are people that are ready-made friends."
- Courtney Cox
"Cousins are sisters or brothers you never had."
- Reah Glowstorl
"If you’re lucky, a cousin is there from the beginning."
- Susan Bolch
"My cousins are shareholders of my soul."
- Saswat Padh
"Cousins are more than cousins. They are best friends that are there for us through it all."
- Heather Mills
"If little kids had a People magazine, cousins would be on the cover."
- Jim Gaffigan
"Cousins are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer."
- Ed Cunningham
"Cousins are cool to see, impossible to forget and true to your heart."
- Leo Farno
"We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun."
- A.A. Milne (Winnie The Pooh)
"Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family."
- Trenton Lee Stewart.
"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold cousins together."
- Woodrow Wilson
"Time passes and we may be apart, but cousins always stay close at heart."
"We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."
"A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."
- Marion C. Garretty
Hints & Tips
What are the best cousin birthday wishes?
Cousins are a very special breed — not exactly immediate family, but not distant relatives either. When the time comes to write cousin birthday wishes for them, this very fact may have an impact on how you craft this birthday message.
Should you take the safe path and write a one-size-fits-all birthday greeting? That's not always the right way to go. Like any birthday message, cousin birthday wishes rely on one element more than anything else: your relationship with the birthday girl or boy.
Your relationship with your cousins means two things when it comes to cousin birthday wishes:
If you're close to your cousin, you should write cousin birthday wishes that fit his or her personality (this could translate into a sentimental, inspirational, cute, clever, cool, happy (generic) and/or a funny birthday wish).
If you're not close to your cousin, you should write cousin birthday wishes that do not offend him or her (based on what little information you have about his or her personality).
Either way, you need to realize that there are many types of cousins, and I'm not just talking about the difference between, first, second or third cousins.
Below, I've listed the types of cousins found in this article, plus I've indicated the kinds of cousin birthday wishes you should choose to write for them:
The goofball cousin - Funny or cute cousin birthday wishes
The over-achieving cousin - Clever or inspirational cousin birthday greetings
The playboy cousin - Cool cousin birthday messages
The responsible cousin - Inspirational or "happy" cousin birthday wishes
The troublemaker cousin - Funny or "happy" cousin birthday greetings
The kindergarten (young) cousin - Funny or cute cousin birthday messages
The shy cousin - "Happy" cousin birthday wishes
The "black sheep" cousin - Cool, funny or "happy" cousin birthday greetings
The “distant” cousin - Cute, funny or "happy" cousin birthday messages
The "wedding only" cousin - Cute, funny or "happy" cousin birthday wishes
The doting cousin - Cute, heartfelt or inspirational cousin birthday greetings
The artistic cousin - Cool, inspirational or clever cousin birthday messages
The "know it all" cousin - Inspirational or clever cousin birthday wishes
The cool cousin - Heartfelt, inspirational, cute, clever, cool, happy and/or funny cousin birthday greetings (or all of them combined)
These are only suggestions. The actual cousin birthday wishes you end up writing are ultimately up to you and what you know about your cousins.
Bottom line: The best cousin birthday wishes have all the ingredients that make any birthday greetings so special: a heartfelt cousin birthday message that express how you feel about the birthday boy or girl, coupled with an inspirational, cute, clever, cool or funny message.
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Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches on BirthdayMessages.net, has been a content writer since 1993. In 2012, Kevin created this site to share the incredible power of words with birthday well-wishers everywhere.