20th Birthday Wishes to Write in a Card

Updated on August 31, 2016
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Blake started out scribbling in cards over 30 years ago. Though his handwriting is mostly unchanged, the content has improved.


What to Write in a 20th Birthday Card

A 20th birthday is significant because it comes between the milestones of 18 and 21, is the first year after the teens, and marks a new decade. It's also the last decade before people start making jokes about being old, middle aged, or over the hill.

Since the jokes about being old aren't relevant yet, you'll have to be a little more creative. Inside jokes are great if you know the person well enough, but that's not always possible or appropriate. You can use these 20th wishes if you're stumped.

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Funny 20th Birthday Wishes

Writing something funny on a birthday card is definitely appropriate and in this case, you just need to say something related to turning 20. These are ideas to help you:
1. Somehow you have survived being a teenager! Congratulations!
2. Did you hear about the 20 year old who was still cool? Yeah, me neither. Happy 20th!
3. You have no excuse to act stupid. You're not a teenage anymore, and you're not old enough to drink.
4. You make 20 look cool!
5. Do you hear that? Your twenties have quietly arrived?
6. I can think of 20 reasons you should have a good birthday.
7. You look so much older than you did last year when you were a teenager.
8. After 20, the decades start flying by.
9. You're no longer at risk for teen pregnancy!
10. You're halfway to 40!
11. I was going to write you a really nice poem for your 20th, but I couldn't figure out any words that rhyme with twentieth. Zenith? Behemoth? Thirtieth?
12. I hope that you will finally start acting like an adult now that you are in your 20's.
13. Just think, only 10 more years until you're 30!
14. You are the youngest 20-year-old I know.
15. You are the perfect age to do anything. Actually, you're just the perfect age, period.
16. What most 30-year-olds wish for on their birthday is to be your age again.
17. You have 10 years until you are 30, but who's counting?
18. 20 years is 10,518,975.3 minutes. It doesn't seem so old when you think about it that way, does it?

20th Birthday Messages

These are more sincere and serious 20th birthday wishes:
1. I hope that your 20th is everything that you dreamed it could be.
2. I can't believe you are in your 20s. I hope this proves to be an excellent decade in your life.
3. May your wisdom increase as you move out of your teenage years.
4. I wish you the best on this milestone birthday.
5. I hope you have 20 blessings on your birthday!
6. God can do great things with you at 20, just as He has done with you already.
7. Happy birthday to one of my favorite people. You are an amazing 20-year-old!
8. I am glad to be able to wish you a happy 20th birthday!
9. Don't have a happy birthday. Have an ecstatic birthday!
10. Welcome to the third decade of your life!

20th Birthday Poems

You're 20

You're 20 and that's a big deal

Because you're no longer a teen

There's no sadness yet to feel

Your 20s are yet to be seen

20 Looks Good on You

I still can't buy you a beer

But I'll tell you the truth

You're wearing another year

And 20 looks good on you

Change Your View

Being the perfect age must be rough

Being in your physical prime is tough

You're expected to be all grown up

But you're really still just a young pup

20 is just the beginning of getting old

And your next milestone will feel cold

Because 30 is coming soon for you

You'll have to start changing your view

Sincere Birthday Messages

More Birthday Messages

  • Just because someone is having a milestone birthday doesn't mean you have to have a specific message that is related to that milestone. You have many options for themes, so don't limit yourself.
  • You can focus on your relationship and write a friend birthday message or a coworker birthday message. Or, if it's a family member write a message specifically for your son, daughter, niece, or nephew.
  • Writing a birthday quote is a nice way to go if you're unsure of what to write and you don't want to be too personal. Another theme you may want to focus on is inspirational or Christian birthday messages.
  • Think about the person you are writing to and come up with a birthday message that fits his or her taste.

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        Shola 5 months ago

        My plan is to have a birthday party for my 20th next year as I want to really have a good celebration to start my 20s.

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        Swarna 8 months ago

        Hi Darling Happy birthday.... Enjoy ur new life start

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        Blake Flannery 3 years ago from United States

        Patti, I love your answer to the question. Attitude goes a long way!

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        Patti 3 years ago

        Having reached 70, I certainly believe 20 was not the perfect age. Actually, I never looked back and thought it was the perfect age. 30, 40, and 50 all had different advantages and superior in different ways to being 20. Although I know I am "old" by the world's standards, I love what my mother-in-law used to say: "Old is 15 years older than you are."

        Would love to have the strength and stamina I had at 20, but hey I'm not old yet!!

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

        This was great. I love the first one... I think I'm going to write that on my son's 20th birthday card. He's got a couple more years yet but that's one that'll stick in my memory. Great hub.

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        torrilynn 4 years ago

        These were some nice messages to write inside a 20 year old's birthday card. Most of them were funny. Thanks for the read . Up and funny.