We all know the feeling. It’s someone’s birthday, we bought a gift and a nice card but then – writer’s block! What do we write?! Well, the good people of Smilebox have put together a huge list of wording ideas for any type of birthday life may throw your way.

We have loads of birthday card sayings categories for you – check them out below:

Famous birthday card quotes

  • “No wise man ever wished to be younger”. Jonathan Swift
  • “Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka
  • “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
  • “If you are pining for youth I think it produces a stereotypical old man because you only live in memory, you live in a place that doesn’t exist. Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” – David Bowie
  • “We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” – Lauren Hutton
  • “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
  • “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball
  • “You know you’re old when the candles cost more than the cake.” – Bob Hope
  • “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss

Funny birthday card messages

  • I wanted to get you something to remind you of your childhood, but they were sold out of dinosaur eggs and cave drawings.
  • You deserve the very best of everything. I guess that’s why you have me as a [friend /colleague/son/daughter].
    Happy Birthday! Remember – It’s better to be over the hill than under it.
  • Happy birthday! Can you believe we used to think people our age were responsible grownups?
    Please stop ageing so gracefully. It’s getting kind of annoying.
  • Don’t be sad because you grew older, be glad that you’re still not the grumpy old fart you’ll be in 10 years! Happy birthday!
  • Don’t think of it as getting older. Think of it as a day in which you can eat a ton of cake you like, and no one will judge.
  • They say the gift of friendship is the best gift in the world. So that is what I got you for your birthday!
  • May your Facebook wall be filled with birthday wishes from people you don’t know, don’t miss or don’t care about.
  • Congratulations on your birthday! Remember to conserve your energy so you can blow out the candles!
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Birthday card messages for friends

  • Happy birthday! Your life is just about to blast off into outer space. Wear a seat belt and enjoy the ride!
  • A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are – even as you get older. Thank you for being that friend, and happy birthday.
  • A birthday comes once a year, your friendship comes once a lifetime.
  • Even though we’re apart, you’re always my closest friend. I love you and miss you and wish you the happiest of birthdays! See you soon!
  • Happy Birthday to you, my dear friend. May this be the best year ever of your life so far! Have a great day!
  • In case you didn’t know, I really appreciate and adore your friendship. I’m so grateful for every amazing thing you bring to my life.
  • Happy birthday to my fabulous bestie! I love you so much! Grateful for years of friendship. I hope you have an amazing day you deserve the best.
  • Happy Birthday! You deserve unlimited amounts of cake, love, kisses, hugs and joys today. You are the best and I wish you the best!
  • Today is the day you arrived in this world in order to serve as a blessing and inspiration to all your friends, colleagues and family. You are a fabulous person! You deserve to have a birthday every day!
  • You light up each life you touch, spreading joy and love: may the happiness you share with others return to you a thousand-fold. I wish you many more happy years!

Birthday card sayings for boyfriend

  • My love, I’m so happy that I’m with you for your birthday. I wish that the upcoming year is filled with happiness and romance. I can’t wait for all of the amazing things that the future holds for us.
  • Another year older, another year sexier! Happy Birthday, hot stuff!
  • I know it’s your birthday, but it feels like I’m the one who should be celebrating. After all, the person I love most in this world was born today.
  • You laugh at all my jokes, lift my spirit when times are tough, and are an amazing life partner and friend. Happy birthday. I can’t wait to spend another year with you.
  • Happy Birthday to my champion, the man who’s always there for me. I feel so blessed that you are mine and I am yours.
  • I hope you have an awesome birthday. You deserve to have your dreams come true. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I love you to no end.
  • What can I wish for the man who rocks my world like nobody else? I wish that you keep rocking for many happy years to come. Tons of love and kisses. Happy Birthday.
  • Your dashing good looks, your fabulous charm, your smile, and most importantly: your intelligence. Thank you for being such an amazing boyfriend. I absolutely adore you.
  • Two hearts, once apart and astray, joined into one by love. You are my home and my happiness. I am so grateful to have you in my life. Happy birthday!
  • Your smile lights up a room. Your love is a gift. I lose myself each time I’m in your arms. Happy Birthday to the man in my life, you are amazing.

Birthday card sayings for girlfriend

  • Loving you will never get old. I wish you the brightest, best birthday ever.
  • A very happy birthday to my amazing girlfriend! You are the most beautiful person in the world as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll never get tired of telling you this. You make every day special to me – and you make love better.
  • This birthday when you look at the candles on your birthday cake, please remember that there’s a flame endlessly burning in my heart, for you! Happy Birthday!
  • You get more beautiful with each year that passes by. It almost feels like this is my birthday – and you’re the best present a guy could ever get. Happy Birthday love!
  • Baby, when I look at you, my heart goes boom. You float my boat, you rock my world, you scratch my itch. On your birthday I want tell you how much I love you – A TON. Happy birthday girl, you are the best.
  • Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday, my darling,
    I’m so in love with you!
  • Birthday hugs and kisses to my one and only – the love of my life. You make every day better and your birthday is a celebration.
  • Because this day is so special, I want to celebrate you in a special way with this special message “I’m head over heels in love with you”
  • My one and only – today is your day, and I can’t wait to celebrate it with you. I love you to the moon and back. Happy Birthday Baby
Best Birthday Wishes

Birthday card wording for boss

  • Happy Birthday to an amazing boss and mentor!
  • Boss, it’s your birthday today so all of us at the office are really trying to behave. I suggest you savor today because tomorrow we’ll be back to our usual shenanigans. Happy Bday!!!
  • Boss – you’re a treat. Thank you for being a blessing in our lives at work and outside of work.
  • When it comes to bosses, you are a head above the rest. Happy birthday to the greatest motivator of my life!
    Happy Birthday to someone I work for…and happen to also like! A lot!
  • It’s been always a great pleasure working for you. You are a great leader and an inspiration. Happy birthday boss!
    You have been such a great mentor to my colleagues and me. As you celebrate your birthday, I wish you all the good in the world. Success, happiness and health!
  • I’m lucky to have a boss like you. Happy to have you in my life, I wish you the happiest of birthdays from the bottom of my heart.
  • I hope that you know how awesome you really are, but we’ll still emphasize it: you are THE BEST. You are a wonderful person, and we are all super happy that you are our boss. Happy Birthday.
  • Happy Birthday, boss! Hope you take some time off today, because no one deserves it more than you.

Birthday card wording for client

  • Without you, there wouldn’t be us. So, thank you for your business and Happy Birthday!
  • Happy birthday to our favorite client!
  • It truly is our pleasure to work with you, and even more of a pleasure to wish you a Happy Birthday.
  • Working with you is awesome. Happy Birthday and may all your wishes come true! Looking forward for another year of great deals!
  • My business is all about clients like you. I hope your birthday is tons of fun, you deserve it. Best wishes!
    While it’s true that our relationship is of a professional nature, please accept my very personal wish that you have the best birthday ever!
  • You have always been a marvelous client to us, and we hope that your birthday is marvelous as well this year. Stop by when you get a chance, we’ve got a present for you.
  • On the occasion of your birthday, I wish you all the best in the world. May your day be full of joy and happiness.
  • We hope that the start of this new year in your life brings you a ton of success and happiness! Happy birthday and best wishes!
  • We hope that on this special day you take a well-deserved break for some fun or relaxation—or both!

Birthday card messages for coworker

  • It is a pleasure to work with a person as fun as you. Thank you for just being you and Happy Birthday! Hope you weren’t expecting a big bonus and a promotion for your birthday, because all you’re getting is a cake break and this card. Sorry and best wishes…
  • You are not just a colleague to me; you are also a friend. I feel very fortunate to have someone like you around the office. I wish you endless happiness and joy, Happy Birthday!
  • Happy Birthday buddy! Having the support of a coworker such as yourself is one of my favorite things about work. Thank you for all that you do and best wishes!
  • Please remember to attend the conference room meeting later where you’ll receive instructions on how to have fun for your birthday.
  • Today, we celebrate you! One of the most extraordinary people in this company. I’m super excited to be sharing an office space with you. Happy birthday!
  • Happy Birthday to the world’s best colleague. You’ll be an even better colleague if you remember that my birthday is on October 11th.
  • Thank you for your support and assistance, I learn so much from you. Happy birthday, wishing you a wonderful day and all the best.
  • Happy birthday, blah blah blah – now get back to work!
  • Very few coworkers can make an office feel like home while keeping things super professional at the same time. Happy birthday to what I consider one of the best things about coming to work in the morning! You!
What to Write in a Birthday Card

Birthday card wording for dad

  • You are a smart, honest and good man —and I am so very proud to be your son. Happy Birthday, dad, I love you.
  • I have always secretly wished to grow up and be just like you. Do you know why? Because you are an amazing person and awesome parent. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, dad!
  • Your birthday is special to me because you’ve been more than just a dad to me; are a role model and a friend. You mean everything to me.
  • Happy birthday! We can’t choose who our Dad is, but if I could – I’d definitely go with you.
  • We are lucky to have a father like you. I wish you a day full of family fun, just the way you like it. Happy birthday, Dad.
  • You’ve always worked towards making our wishes come true. Today, our turn to wish you a Happy Birthday, Dad!
    Thanks, Dad, for everything; for being a role model, a friend, and a rock to the entire family. You’re our hero and you deserve all the best.
  • My favorite thing about how you raised us is that you’ve taught us how to make our own decisions and learn from our mistakes. Happy birthday to the wisest man I know!
  • Happy Birthday, Dad! Today is your chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy your family. We love you!
  • Dad! You never grew up and I hope you never will. Happy birthday!

Birthday card wording for mom

  • Mom, Happy Birthday. You are the most loving and giving woman I know. Take the time to love and give yourself the celebration you deserve.
  • Here’s a big kiss to my favorite mom from your favorite child. I wish you a year full of joy, success and good health.
    Mom, you’ve always cherished the horrible-looking birthday cards I made you when I was little, because they were from me. Now that I’m older, I just buy cards instead of making them. So feel free to throw this card away after reading it. I love you, Happy Birthday.
  • I need my Mom, I admire my Mom, and I will always love my Mom. Happy Birthday, Mom. You’re the perfect role model and the perfect parent.
  • Mom, you always know how to make me smile. I don’t know how you manage to do that, but I am so glad that you do. Best wishes to you, I love you.
  • Happy birthday, Mom! Thank you for showing me what true patience, love, and courage look like.
    You’re a beautiful, amazing woman, and you’re only improving with age. I love you and wish you a Happy Birthday.
  • Good advice, hugs and kisses, and endless wisdom. I’m so fortunate to be your daughter. Best wishes and Happy Birthday.
  • I’m forever grateful to you for everything you did and still do in order to care for our family. Thank you, Mom, for being the amazing person that you are. Happy Birthday.
  • I don’t say it enough, but here goes: I love you, and I’m lucky that you are my mom. Best wishes on your birthday.

Birthday card wording for sister

  • No one shines as brightly as you do. You blow people away with your kindness and humor. Thanks for always being there for me and for the amazing sister that you are. Happy Birthday.
  • Dear sis. We’re flowers from the same patch but today it’s your day to bloom. Best wishes on your birthday.
    I couldn’t dream up a better sister. You are my best friend, my partner-in-crime and my role model. Happy Birthday!
    I’m not only celebrating your birth today, I’m celebrating the fact I get to be your brother and share a life and a family with you.
  • Dear sis! All the mistakes you made growing up taught me a lesson or two… I adore you and love you. Happy birthday.
  • Happy Birthday to the best sis ever! Sending tons of love, success and happiness your way – you deserve all the very best the world has to offer.
  • From childhood shenanigans to our crazy-busy grown-up lives — I can’t imagine going through life without my super sister!
  • Happy Birthday sister. You are so special in my life, not only a sister, but also a friend and confidant. Without you I would not have made it thus far and for that I’ll always be indebted to you. I love you forever.
  • Happy Birthday sis! Each year you get older you annoy me less and less. Let’s hope you live to 120!
  • A sister is worth a thousand friends. So glad to call you my sis. Happy Birthday!

Birthday card wording for brother

  • Celebrating another year of our unbreakable bond. I love you endlessly, dear brother, and wish you a happy birthday.
  • I know today is your Birthday, but it has always been a special day for me, as well. Years ago, the heavens sent me the best friend I will ever have on this exact date. I hope all your wishes come true today and every day.
  • Happy birthday bro! May your day be more beautiful than a baby unicorn farting rainbows!
  • Brother dear, I pray that God blesses you with every good thing the world has to offer. Love, luck, joy and good health. Thank you for always being there for me and giving me your support and wise advice. Happy birthday.
  • Dear Brother, thanks for your lifelong, unconditional love and support through thick and thin. I love you from the bottom of my heart and wish you the happiest birthday a person could ever dream of!
  • Having a brother like you is a blessing from above. Happy birthday, dearest. Wishing you all the very best and then some.
  • To my amazing brother, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Today we celebrate you and you alone! I wish you happiness, success and good health and am looking to seeing you soon!
  • You were always there to pick me up when I was down, always quick to squeeze a smile out of a frown. You are a shining beacon of light in my life and I love you to no end. I simply want you to know how glad I am to have a brother like you. Happy Birthday!
  • Bro. You are that one person I can be completely stupid with. So glad I’ve got you in my life! Have a fabulous birthday!
  • Dear brother, let us promise never to be separated from each other’s hearts despite the distance between us. My very best wishes to you on your birthday!
Birthday Wishes

Birthday card wording for grandpa

  • The funniest jokes and the most solemn of problems – I can take it all to you and share just about anything. I know you’ll always have the smartest thing to say on any issue. Grandpa, I love you and admire you. Happy birthday.
  • I wish the number one grandpa on earth a happy birthday! Good health, good spirits, energy and joy. I’ve always appreciated your sage advice and unconditional love. You are an amazing soul and I wish you all the best in life.
  • Gramps, you mean the world to me. I love you so very much! You’re the world’s best grandpa!
  • Grandpa, another year is over. That makes you another year wiser, funnier and even more special in my life.
  • How great it is to be able to say Happy Birthday to such a fantastic man such as you, Gramps. You’ve been an unbelievable influence on me and my life and I love you to bits.
  • Grandpa, No one could ever occupy the space you occupy in my heart. You’ve always been there for me without fail and I love you for that. Have a wonderful birthday.
  • My goofy Grandpa, Happy Birthday. When I think of all the memories we’ve shared, all I can do is smile like an idiot. They truly broke the mold with you, Grandpa, and I love you so much.
  • Grandpa, grandad, grandaddy, gramp and gramps – I have many names for you, but they all mean one thing: LOVE. They simply don’t make ‘em like they used to. You’re a limited-edition antique in good shape. Happy birthday!
  • Grandpa, understand me more than mom and dad ever did, and I am so lucky to have you in my life. Happy birthday and best wishes.

Birthday card wording for grandma

  • Granny, you have been a part of every day of my life. We share so many beautiful moments… I think about you all the time. Without you, there would be no me! So Happy Birthday! You are absolutely the best!
  • Happy Birthday to the most amazing woman in the world! You know how to pick my spirit up when I’m feeling down. I wish you all the best this world has to offer – god knows you deserve it… LOVE YA!
  • Sending a big hug your way on your birthday, Nana! Best wishes, and I hope that you’ll be around for many more years to come. Happy birthday!
  • Grandma! I miss you so much and I cannot wait to see you again! I wish I was there to shower you with hugs and kisses right now, but until then, have a lovely day.
  • Happy birthday, Grandma! You are simply an incredible person and led an incredible life. Nurturer, educator, provider, mentor, comforter, caregiver, organizer, chauffeur, cheerleader and friend. You deserve the best!

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