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70+ Different Sayings You Can Write in a Birthday Card

Barbara has spent over 40 years writing poems, lyrics, and sayings for cards and interpreting the meanings and messages in songs.

Check out this guide if you're having trouble coming up with something to write inside a birthday card!

Check out this guide if you're having trouble coming up with something to write inside a birthday card!

Are You Looking for Something Thoughtful, Funny, Mushy, or Kind to Write Inside a Birthday Card?

Here you'll find an assortment of sayings you can write inside a birthday card for either friends, loves, or family. Things like, "Hey, gorgeous! Are you Benjamin Button's mother? Because every year you look younger!"

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right thing to say inside a card, especially if you're buying the card and gift at the last minute. We're so rushed these days, and because of that, the sayings below are designed to help you save a bit of time.

Here are five birthday thoughts and sayings to get you started, and you'll find even more featured below:

  1. When a light of love like you has a birthday, we are the receiver of the gift.
  2. Sending you hugs. Sending you kisses. The birthday girl is my hot Mrs.!
  3. A birthday hug for a class act with the power of grace, smarts, and beauty.
  4. Each year is filled with new possibilities when we open our minds to that possibility.
  5. You're not old; you're youthfully challenged!

Note: The sayings you see contained herein are by Brite-Ideas (Barbara Tremblay Cipak). Please feel free to share them in a handwritten card. Not for commercial use.

"Life makes sense only when I see you at the end of the day."

"Life makes sense only when I see you at the end of the day."

Write something cute or funny inside their card:

  1. One, two, buckle my shoe . . . oops, you're too old to bend now.
  2. You're funny, charming, and awesome. Too bad you're also old, shrinking, and balding.
  3. Your birthday should last a week . . . giving you time to sober up.
  4. Don't drink on your birthday; we can't afford the bail anymore.
  5. You're not just over the hill. You are the hill. Can I climb you?
  6. Your special day fills us all with joy and laughter.
  7. You don't look a day over happy!
  8. Birthdays are like skunks: they look best from a distance!
  9. You are young at heart. Yep, in other words, old.
  10. Please don't mourn the loss of your hair; it's a sign of wisdom (and old age).
  11. You are one in a million; thank goodness, 'cause the world can't handle a lot like you!
  12. My heart skips a bit when you enter the room; yours skips a beat due to age shock.
  13. Your lips are still soft; your heart is still soft . . . and your belly . . . well, it's not hard, ok?
  14. Life goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on; better to be on than off!
  15. Thirty-something . . . you wish!
  16. Your life is speeding up—well, that's better than slowing down!
  17. Looking 50 years old is amazing when you're 80. Have a happy day anyway.
  18. Forget the candles; the whole cake would be covered in wax.
  19. Do not start counting wrinkles . . . you'll be tied up all day!
  20. Age is but a number, mind you, a hateful freaking number!
  21. Time is passing by; the good news, at least something is successfully passing.
  22. Don't judge other people; unless they're younger and hotter, then judge away.
  23. Incredible things happen to incredible people; everyone else just gets old!
  24. In the spring of your life, the sun shines bright. In the winter of your life, it's constant white-outs!
  25. Only you could keep getting older and looking hotter; it peeves me off so much.
"I Don't Do Birthdays"

"I Don't Do Birthdays"

Things You Can Say in a Birthday Card to a Friend

Some special sentiments to express on a friend's special day:

  1. You are not just a friend; you are my sister for life. Happy Birthday.
  2. It's my friend's birthday today! The world needs to celebrate with me.
  3. Happy Birthday to the classiest friend a person could ever have.
  4. Your special day is my special day because you're my special friend.
  5. We traveled through time together and, as friends, shared a million birthdays.
  6. I wish I could get you a birthday gift that would make you as happy as Sheldon Cooper.
  7. You're the kind of friend people fight over . . . literally! Because we all love you.
  8. You give endlessly, and today, I want to spoil my generous friend.
  9. I think you wrote the handbook on friendship. In fact, I know you did.
  10. You are a rare friend, and I'm so lucky to share this life with you. Happy Birthday.
  11. In no way could I ever repay you for being the amazing soul that you are.
  12. In this life, I am blessed to call you a friend; I hope for the same thing in the next.
  13. Happy birthday, beauty, brains, and kindness . . . to you.
  14. You are the sunniest person and the happiest friend. What a joy to be around you.
  15. You could teach classes on how to be a best friend. Have a great day!
  16. The stars in the sky are in awe of your dedication as a friend.
  17. Your arms carry a lot of people; let me carry you on your special day.
  18. As my friend, I hold you close to my heart. Happy big day; you deserve it.
  19. Let's party till you drop, then I can carry you home as good friends do.
  20. I feel like we've known each other for a million years; you're an amazing friend.
"Friends Make The World an Easier Place"

"Friends Make The World an Easier Place"

Write Something Inspirational Inside the Card

If your aim is to inspire on their big day, then here are some ideas to consider writing inside the card:

  1. You have grown into a wonderful man. We're so proud.
  2. May your year be filled with peace, pleasure, and prosperity.
  3. May you have a year of growth, a year of grace, and a year of goodness.
  4. Happy birthday to the most inspiring person we know.
  5. May the sun shine on your soul for the whole year.
  6. We are the gatherers of knowledge and love in every new year of our life.
  7. Giving hope is your gift; happy birthday.
  8. Live this year with a passion for life and see where that promise can take you.
  9. Blaze a trail, build memories, and leave the dust of troubles in the rearview.
  10. A year of building and moving forward, may your year be just like that.
  11. The grace of character and integrity is your greatest gift.
  12. You are the author of your life. Write a great year for yourself.
  13. Reorganize your thoughts to include peacefulness in this next year of your life.
  14. Being present in your own life is sometimes difficult; take each day as it comes.
  15. Kindness is your strength, and you deserve a year filled with it in return.
  16. Look at each star in the sky this year as a possibility for something great in your life.
  17. You are only limited by your own thoughts, so have a year filled with powerful thinking.
  18. May the door of opportunity open wide, and may you walk through without hesitation.
  19. Your birthday: an annual reminder of how lucky we are that your soul lives at the same time we do.
  20. You've already left your mark on this world; each year from here on is just a bonus to all of us.
Here are some loving things you can write in a card for that special someone.

Here are some loving things you can write in a card for that special someone.

Things to Say to Someone You Love in a Birthday Card

Do you need to write something loving to your significant other for their birthday?

  1. You have given so much to me in life, but today I want to spoil you and treat you for being the wonderful person you've been.
  2. Your birthday is a reminder to me of how lucky I am to have you. Your character and class touch my soul deeply; you are my gift.
  3. I can't believe how much I love you! Time keeps marching on, and my love for you grows stronger with each that goes by. Happy Birthday, honey!
  4. To celebrate your special day, I've planned a night under the stars because you make me feel like a star every day.
  5. Gather round: the love of my life was born on this day, and the world needs to know how amazing she is. She has given herself to me, and I am a fortunate soul.
  6. If there were a way to measure love on a scale, there would be no scale large enough to measure my love for you. Every birthday you have is the first day of the rest of my life.
  7. For so long, I held onto the possibility of our being together. I would picture in my mind my lips meeting yours, and now 20 years later, and on your birthday, I can honestly say my heart still skips a beat, knowing that today my lips will touch yours once again.
  8. How can one woman love one man so much? Happy day, my love.
Age is merely a number - a nasty unnecessary tracking system - also known as A-nuts.

Age is merely a number - a nasty unnecessary tracking system - also known as A-nuts.

Questions & Answers

Question: What are birthday sayings for uncles?

Answer: You can always switch up the words in the sayings to make a dedication to an uncle, but I haven't done a page specifically for uncles.

Question: What would you say in a Birthday Card for twins?

Answer: You may look the same, but you're both one of a kind.

Question: What would you write if it was your (boy) crush’s birthday and you didn’t want to be too obvious?

Answer: I would probably just go with a generic happy birthday card that focused on being nice. Perhaps pay them a truthful compliment in the card about their character or the kind of person they are.

Question: I'm looking for something to say to someone who was born on the day of the crash in 1929. He will be 90 on that day which is in a week. We've said so many things like "the world went berserk that day", we have run out of funny comments. Can you help?

Answer: I have ideas, but they depend on whether you're looking for something serious or comical. I'll give you a couple of thoughts in both categories: It sounds like you prefer something amusing though - Ok, how about "you were born during a crash, but turned your life into a smash" - or, "We think your birth caused the crash in 1929", "You arrived during the big crash of '29, and we suspect you've been helping to correct the planet ever since, better stay another 90 years, it might take that long!" "The crash of '29 sent everything into a tailspin, today we're tail spinning back to 1929."

Question: I am in charge of birthday cards in a senior living facility. Do you have any suggestions for things to say in birthday cards for seniors?

Answer: How about "It takes a lot of time to get things right in life, and it looks like you've gotten a lot right in your life, thanks for helping the world out with your wisdom" - "You are a one-of-a-kind soul who we all appreciate" - "birthday's in our later years are worth celebrating, always remember you matter to all of us" - "we're happy to celebrate the day of your birth with you, you make us happy, thank you for that"

Question: Are these commercially available?

Answer: I'm sorry, they're for personal use only, thank you.

Question: What do you have in Birthday sayings for my daughter?

Answer: I haven't specifically completed a page for daughters yet. On the list. But let me see if I can come up with a few sayings. First, it depends on the age, is it mother and daughter, father and daughter, or both and do you prefer humor or something serious? I'll approach these few ideas from a generic point of few: (1) My wishes for you are deeper than my own existence, if only I could pave the road of life and get you to where you're going without any adversity, I would. (2) You are my shining star, nothing on this earth compares to the joy you bring me, happy birthday to an amazing woman/girl. (3) Chase your dreams, believe in yourself, listen to those who support your mission and block out the rest. You can do anything you put your mind to. Happy birthday!

Question: What would you do if your crush liked you, but you didn't know? What would you put in the birthday card?

Answer: Interesting question. So a person has a crush on you, but you don't know and you want to know what you should write in a card? I suppose if the giver of the card doesn't know, then it doesn't matter what they put in the card. It might also depend on how you felt about that person. Assuming you have a crush on them in return, then maybe being honest is the best approach. Tell them how you feel. A birthday is a good time to do that. There are too many variables to give you a specific suggestion.

Question: What are birthday sayings for an auntie?

Answer: "I scored in the auntie department!", "I was just notified that you had been chosen best auntie on planet earth, now let's get the universe award next!", "My life couldn't be any brighter, because you're in it," "There's the average Aunt, then there's you, the Queen of Aunts!"

Question: What are birthday sayings for a wife?

Answer: The answer to your question depends on what you're looking for in terms of mood: Humor, Serious, Inspirational. I'll go with humor; you can let me know if you're looking for something else. For humor - "Happy birthday, you're getting younger, how is that possible?", "I love you and cake, that's it," "Your birthday is my reminder that God sent me the best," "Stop everything, it's your day!"

Question: I'm looking for something to put in my 16 yr old friend's card. Nothing sentimental, just funny. Can you help?

Answer: How about, "We have to be friends forever, you know too much about me! Happy Birthday"

© 2013 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

When You Give Someone a Card, Do You Usually Write a Personal Note Inside of It, or Do You Just Sign Your Name?

Adeel on June 03, 2018:

very nice

Marie on April 14, 2014:

I love your card sayings and suggestion lenses because they're so useful for adding that special extra touch - this one's bookmarked as I will be using it year round :)

awesomecards on March 13, 2014:

Yes i always write some special quotes.

gottaloveit2 on January 03, 2014:

I always write a personal note and you've just helped me figure out what to pen. Thanks.

John Dyhouse from UK on November 12, 2013:

Another great resource, thanks for these

jemacb on June 09, 2013:

I would always write something personal in the card. Nice lens.

chi kung on June 04, 2013:

I write a personal note as well