What to Write in a Birthday Card


What to Write in a Birthday Card

From sentimental to funny, celebrate your loved ones by using these birthday wishes.

Besides "Happy Birthday", a lot of people struggle with What to Write in a Birthday Card. Whether you're looking for birthday quotes, birthday wishes for daughter or son, birthday wishes for friends, funny birthday wishes, or belated birthday wishes, we have some great options. Birthday wishes are usually lighthearted, though there are several different ways to celebrate a birthday. Celebratory, simple and thoughtful, or funny are all possibilities, depending on the person. When writing Happy birthday wishes, you will want to tailor it to your recipient and the card you are sending.

Birthdays are a time for celebrating a special person in your life. They might love funny cards or like a more sensitive birthday message. There's also the late happy birthday wishes that we sometimes have to send. If you have forgotten your loved one's birthday, don't worry. We have some belated birthday wishes for anyone and everyone that will make them appreciate the thought even if it's past their birthday.

Table of Contents
Birthday Quotes
Birthday Wishes for Daughter or Son
Birthday Wishes for Friends
Funny Birthday Wishes
Belated Birthday Wishes
DIY Birthday Cards to Make


Birthday Quotes

Some of us aren't the wordsmiths we wish we could be. Luckily, there's a lot of brilliant minds who have come up with quotes that you can use for inside your DIY birthday cards. There are also common birthday phrases and wishes included in this section. These happy birthday quotes can be used for everyone. 

  1. "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain

  2. "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Seuss

  3. "Happy birthday! You're another year older and another year wiser."

  4. "Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years." - Ausonius

  5. "You don't get old, you get better." - Shirley Bassey

  6. "Happy birthday! I hope you get everything you wish for today."

Birthday Wishes for Daughter or Son

No matter their age, our children are the ones we want to celebrate the most. On their birthday, they deserve the best birthday message you can give to show how much you love them and want them to have the best day ever. Find some ideas below! 

  1. "Ready. Set. Blow!"

  2. "We are so lucky to be blessed with a gifted son like you. Happy birthday to the best son in the world!"

  3. "One year older. One year cooler."

  4. "You are growing up so fast and I couldn't be prouder of who you have become. Happy birthday!"

  5. "You're as sweet as birthday cake."

  6. "Happy birthday, Princess!"

Birthday Wishes for Friends

Friends are the family we choose. Finding a person you love as much as family is worth celebrating. Show your friend you love and appreciate them with these birthday greetings perfect for comrades.

  1. "Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come." - Lucy Larcom

  2. "There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why." - William Barclay

  3. "You, my friend, are as precious as a diamond. Happy birthday and best wishes for another great year."

  4. "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammed Ali

  5. "You are the best friend I can imagine. I hope all of your wishes come true on your special day. Happy birthday!"

  6. "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever." - Alfred Tennyson

Funny Birthday Wishes

Birthdays are a great time to enjoy life, relax, and laugh. These funny birthday quotes and wishes will put a smile on anyone's face. When you're looking for what to write in a birthday card to someone who loves to smile and laugh, you'll need some good material. We can help with these birthday card ideas.

  1. "Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional." - Carroll Bryant

  2. "Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of 30." - Robert Frost

  3. "It has been scientifically proven that too many birthdays will kill you."

  4. "As you get older, three things happen: The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two." - Norman Wisdom

  5. "​They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body."

  6. "​Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative." - Maurice Chevalier

Belated Birthday Wishes

Oops, you've forgotten someone's birthday! Not to fret. With these sweet and funny belated birthday wishes, they will forget that you forgot. If the card fails, blame it on old age and say they'll see what you mean on their next birthday!

  1. "Happy belated birthday. Sorry I missed it. I hope it was as great as you are!"

  2. "I am wishing you happy birthday late so that you can celebrate again!"

  3. "I didn't actually forget your birthday, I just thought you deserved more than one special day."

  4. "I'm so sorry this is late...it took a really long time to walk to the post office to get a stamp!"

  5. "I'm sorry I missed your birthday. Oh, and the cake. I hope you filled your belly!"

  6. "My head forgot, but my heart remembered. Happy belated birthday!"

DIY Birthday Cards to Make

If you want to make your birthday messages even more special, then make your own homemade birthday card. The ideas below range in skill level and style so, no matter what, you can make a card that you'll be proud to give. Now, that's a great reason to celebrate!

Do you have any words or wisdom or favorite quotes to express birthday wishes? If so, please let us know in the comments and we will add them above.

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