101 Birthday Card Messages

These Birthday Card Messages are here to help with writer's block (or greeting card block?). Sometimes it's tough to think of the right thing to say. But, below, you'll find 101 ideas to get you started...or to use just as is (we won't tell). See all of these unique birthday card messages below.

Birthday Card Messages
Sometimes coming up with just the right thing to say can be a bit daunting, especially on another's special day (not a time to mess up, right?). I've put together 101 different birthday card messages below to use in any card for anyone. They're perfect when you're in a pinch for words.

101 Birthday Card Messages

My husband is wonderful at writing heartfelt messages in cards. Me? Not so much. I stress over it...worry it's too gushy, sounds fake, isn't enough, etc. And when your family member is pouring their heart and soul into a card, you want to somewhat be able to create those same feelings in a card, too. Using one of these birthday card messages isn't cheating at all...it's just a bit of a help when words don't always spring to mind. You can use these messages as is or add another sentence or phrase alongside them. 

I've divided these messages into categories to make them easier to search through. Feel free to leave additional ideas for card messages in the comments. 

Basic Birthday Card Messages

The below messages can be used for just about anyone. And be sure to tack on a "Happy Birthday" to the end of each of these messages, when appropriate!
  • May all of your birthday wishes come true. Have a lovely day.
  • Thinking of you today and always.
  • Celebrating you today and always.
  • Hoping you can take a little time for yourself today. You deserve it!
  • Birthday Blessings to YOU!
  • May your day be filled with all of your favorite things.
  • You're a wonderful person. I'm so happy to celebrate you today!
  • May this day be full of blessings and love.
  • Praying your day is a blessing...just like you!
  • Birthdays are wonderful. And so are you. Have a wonderful time celebrating.
  • Celebrating you is one of my favorite things to do...today and every day!
  • Calories don't count on birthdays. Have an extra piece of cake and enjoy the day!
  • You're a joy to celebrate!
  • You're somebody worthy of a celebration!
  • I'm so proud to call you friend. Have a great day.
  • You bring joy to so many! Hoping your special day is filled with it, too.
  • You're a gift to everyone. Hoping this day is a gift to you.
  • It's a wonderful day to celebrate YOU!
  • Hip hip hooray! Today is YOUR day! 
  • Celebrating with you from afar. 

101 Birthday Card Messages

Birthday Quotes to Use in Cards

Why reinvent the wheel, right? Sometimes thinking of the perfect thing to say can be a bit, well, awkward. Using a quote from someone else is still a great way to celebrate a birthday...and packs a lot of meaning in one punch. The following quotes are perfect as birthday card messages:
  • "We turn not older with years, but newer every day." –Emily Dickinson
  • "The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything." —Oscar Wilde
  • "The older you get the better you get, unless you are a banana." –Betty White
  • "Middle age is when you still believe you’ll feel better in the morning." —Bob Hope
  • "Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research." —Carl Gustav Jung 
  • "Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come." —Lucy Larcom
  • "Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed." —Charles Schulz
  • "The first hundred years are the hardest." — Wilson Mizner
  • "Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears." —John Lennon
  • "Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age." —Booth Tarkington
  • "Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them". —Anna Magnani
  • "You don’t get older, you get better." —Shirley Bassey
  • "A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life." —Amit Kalantri
  • "To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age." —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • "Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter." —Satchel Paige
  • "A birthday is not a day to fear. It is a day to celebrate and look forward to the coming year." —Byron Pulsifer 
  • "Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it." —Brigitte Bardot
  • "If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes." –Euripides
  • "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." —Lucille Ball
  • "There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why." —William Barclay

Birthday Card Message Ideas

Birthday Messages for Kids

I always want my own kids or nieces and nephews to smile with the cards I write. Making them a bit more personalized (including their age and such) can go a long way to giving them a smile on their special day. The following messages are perfect for kids' cards:
  • You're growing up so fast. Enjoy your (age) birthday!
  • Wow! (age) already? I'm so proud of the young (man/lady/person) you are growing into. Have a great birthday.
  • Today and always, you are celebrated! I'm so thankful you were born (age) years ago. 
  • Enjoy a special day that is all about YOU!
  • (age) is such a wonderful age! Enjoy your entire year.
  • You are the best (age) year-old I know! Have a great day of celebrating.
  • What an awesome kid you are growing up to be! Happy (age) birthday!
  • Happy birthday and many morrrrrrre! 
  • I heard you have a birthday today! Hope it's as special as you are to me.
  • (age) is one of my favorite ages. Hope you enjoy it to the fullest. Happy birthday.
  • Have the biggest piece of cake and the biggest scoop of ice cream today! Enjoy and celebrate being (age). It's a great age for sure!
  • You're already (age)? You may need a bit of help with the candles this year, huh? Happy birthday!
  • Let's celebrate! Let's eat cake! Let's sing as loud as we can: Happy Birthday to YOU! 
  • Three cheers for the birthday girl/boy!
  • You make me so proud. Enjoy your (age) birthday!
  • You're (age child is turning)? Weren't you just (age child previously was)? Happy Birthday!
  • A birthday? Those are just the BEST! Hoping yours is special.
  • Wow! You're growing up so fast. Be sure to enjoy your special day.
  • What can I say? I love celebrating my favorite (age) year-old. Hope it's a grand day.
  • Presents, and cake, and candles, oh my! What a fun way to celebrate YOU!

Birthday Messages for Kids

Birthday Messages for Tweens/Teens

  • Birthdays are the coolest. And so are YOU. Have a great day!
  • Being a teen is such a crazy time...but you do it so well. Happy Birthday!
  • You've turned into a wonderful young adult that everyone loves to celebrate.
  • What? Another birthday for you? Next thing you know, you'll be adulting like the rest of us. Happy day!
  • Hey, QT! JTLYK, you are fabulous. HBD2U. (Translated: Hey, cutie! Just to let you know, you are fabulous. Happy Birthday to you.)
  • Hey, hey, hey...heard it's your birthday! Celebrate and live it up.
  • Do all the things that make you happy today!
  • Homework can wait...let's celebrate!
  • The years have flown by and you're all grown up (almost!). Happy Birthday!
  • IMHO, you should celebrate BIG today B/C it's all about YOU. HBD2U. (Translated: In my humble opinion, you should celebrate BIG today because it's all about YOU. Happy Birthday to you.)
  • You do you. Because you do it so well. Happy Birthday.
  • You. Are. Amazing. And it's time to celebrate that fact. Happy Birthday!
  • Happy day to YOU!
  • Make some noise and raise the roof! It's going to be a FUN day to celebrate YOU!
  • How do you make being a teenager look so fabulous? Happy birthday!

What do I write in a birthday card?

Birthday Messages for a Significant Other

Birthdays are my favorite way to celebrate my husband...it's a time to shower him with love and sweet words (of course, as I mentioned above, I often need help in this department!). Here are a few of my favorite lines to include in a birthday card to your significant other.
  • Happy Birthday to the one who has my heart!
  • You'll always be my favorite person to celebrate.
  • Thank you for making my life wonderful. It's a joy to celebrate you today and always.
  • I don't need a special day to tell you how wonderful you are. But, since it's your birthday, I better make sure you know it!
  • I love everything about you. And I'm happy to have a special day to celebrate all of those things. Happy birthday!
  • To the one who stole my heart, Happy Birthday!
  • I celebrate you not only today, but every day! 
  • You're simply the best. And I hope your day is just that.
  • Sending you my love on your birthday and every day.
  • Happy birthday to my love.
  • May your day be as lovely and wonderful as you are. 

Birthday Messages for Significant Others

Scriptures for Birthday Messages

Using a Bible verse inside of a birthday card can be very inspirational and uplifting to the recipient. Here are a few favorites that work perfectly in this manner:
  • Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
  • Proverbs 9:11 - "For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life."
  • 2 Corinthians 9:15 - "Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!"
  • Romans 15:13 - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
  • Psalm 16:11 - "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
  • Zephaniah 3:17 - "The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
  • Psalm 20:4 - "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed."
  • James 1:17 - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
  • Psalm 37:4 - "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
  • Numbers 6:24-26“The LORD bless you and keep you;  the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
  • Psalm 27:4 - "One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." 
  • Lamentations 3:22-23 - "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
  • Psalm 91:11 - "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;"
  • Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
  • Psalm 118: 24 - "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

What to Write in a Birthday Card

Free Printable Birthday Cards

The following cards are perfect to use with any of the above messages. They're all blank on the inside for your own sentiments.

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  1. Thank you so much for making this list! It is such a help when making birthday cards.

    1. You're so welcome, Mary! I appreciate that feedback...I'm thinking of adding a few lists of this nature for different types of cards. Take care! xoxo

  2. I send out all of the birthday cards for our church. We recently switched to blank post cards with our church logo on the front side, meaning I write the greeting. I am so so thankful to have your list of messages to write in cards. This has made my life so much easier. I also send a lot of cards out from me. All of these will come in quite handy. Thanks again

  3. Useful. Keeping your curated list to use later when I am stumped. Many many thanks - you are obviously a very generous person.