Inspiration on things to write in a birthday card

What to write in a birthday card

Choosing the right birthday card for your best mate, colleague, cousin or your boss can be a tricky decision – and then you’ve got to decide what to write in it! Fortunately, we’ve done some of the legwork for you and collated a range of birthday card messages that will hit the right notes whether you’re aiming to elicit a laugh, a smile, or even a joyful tear.

Have a scroll through our funny birthday wishes and message suggestions and feel free to pick any ideas that jump out to you, or adapt them in a way that will turn them into the perfect birthday messages for mum, dad, brother, sister, auntie, uncle, or dog!

Birthday card messages for him

Whether he’s your best mate, your son, your brother or your work colleague, there are plenty of birthday card messages you can send his way. And if you’re a little unsure of what to write in a birthday card for the top guy in your life whose birthday is coming up, we’ve thought of some corkers for you.

You can check out our range of birthday cards for him from our extensive range, to write these in. Remember, you can get him a stern bottle of whisky from our birthday gift range to sit alongside his caring card, or if he’s a friend you keep in touch with every now and again, socks are always a great birthday present. Because you can’t go wrong with a pair of socks, right!?

Here’s a great selection of birthday messages for dad, birthday messages for sons and friends alike:

  1. Happy Birthday, matey, I know you’ll be celebrating in style. Drink up, sip up and eat up – it’s your day after all.
  2. Dad, no one deserves to kick back and relax on their birthday more than you do. Have a great day pal.
  3. Blow out your candles kidda’, there are gunna’ be more and more that sit on your cake from now on…
  4. To my best mate on his birthday, have a smashing day – and prepare for the hangover in advance.
  5. I hope everyone spoils you as much as you do for us all year round. Happy Birthday, dad, never change! We love you.
  6. Each year you get a little bit wiser remember! Happy Birthday, pal.
  7. I can’t say I know how old you are – but it’s probably for the best. Happy Birthday, Dude.
  8. To the best brother, Happy Birthday – you might annoy me every day but at least today you can have a day off…
  9. Happy Birthday you old git! Be as selfish as you like for one day only…
  10. Son, your birthday is here again. It might make me feel another year older as well, but I hope you have a cracking day with all of your favourite people. Cheers to that!

Birthday card messages for her

If you need to think up birthday messages for mum, birthday messages for daughters, sisters, your grandma, step mum or your best friends, we’ve got some great ideas that you can pinch and send their way. Of course, you’ll need a card to write these kind wishes in, so peruse our amazing range of birthday cards for her and pick your favourite. You can grab a bottle of fizz to celebrate her big day, and pop it in the post – just browse our selection of gifts and send one her way!

Here are some wonderful birthday card messages to take inspiration from:

  1. As Stevie Wonder once sang, “Happy Birthday to ya… Happy Birthday to ya… Happy Biiiirthday” – you get the gist. Have a smashing day!
  2. Enjoy this birthday even more than the last one, mum. I love you so much, hope you know that!
  3. Happy Birthday! Don’t worry; we’ll call your age vintage, grandma. Have a fabulous day, you really deserve it.
  4. Happy Birthday, bestie. Wishing you a birthday as sweet and lovely as you are.
  5. Wishing you the best birthday ever. Enjoy your day my love.
  6. Eat all the cake you possibly can girl, it’s your birthday after all! Happy Birthday.
  7. As you’re getting older, I’d recommend making your wish when blowing out your birthday candles…
  8. Relax on the day that’s all about you honey. Happy Birthday!
  9. Sister, you have free reign of my wardrobe for your birthday. That’s my gift to you (on this day and this day only).

Funny birthday messages

If your loved ones just love having a laugh, then you can wish them a “Happy Birthday” with a comical touch. Just find one of our funny birthday cards from our range and write one of these brilliant birthday card messages inside, to make them giggle with gratitude:

  1. You’re older than you’ve ever been, but hey – you’re younger than you’ll ever be again!
  2. You’re getting so old I thought I’d have to buy you a bigger cake. Fortunately, I found some smaller candles!
  3. Scientific fact: the more birthdays you have, the longer you live!
  4. Happy birthday to a great friend! Let’s be friends until we’re old and senile…then we can be new friends all over again!
  5. I was going to arrange for someone beautiful to jump out of your birthday cake, but we can’t be risking heart attacks now, can we!
  6. Happy birthday! I would crack a joke here, but I don’t want you to hit me with your walking cane.
  7. Happy birthday to someone who really isn’t showing their age… or acting it!
  8. The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.
  9. Happy birthday! You don’t look a day over fabulous.
  10. Nothing says happy birthday like a piece of folded card!

Playful birthday messages

If you want to get a little playful and write some rude birthday messages inside your favourite person’s card for their big day, then you’ll love these corkers we’ve come up with. And if you’re searching for a little more inspiration and want to view some rude cards to send your playful messages in, we’ve got a whole host of them to choose from.

Here are some of our favourite playful messages:

  1. I wanted to send you something sexy, but the postman told me to get out of the post box.
  2. Don’t go thinking you’re special just because it’s your birthday… you’re special every day!
  3. May your birthday be more spectacular than a unicorn farting rainbows.
  4. Here’s hoping that candles won’t be the only thing getting lit on your birthday!
  5. Happy birthday to someone who’s not a complete idiot most of the time.
  6. Happy birthday to someone who’s witty, charming, attractive, and always reminds me of myself.
  7. You might be older, wrinklier, slowing down, losing your memory and forgetting your youth, but look on the bright side… (don’t ask me what the bright side is).
  8. Happy birthday! At our age, ‘getting lucky’ means walking into a room and remembering why!
  9. Older, wiser, and still a total loser. Happy birthday!
  10. Old age! It’s coming for all of us. But today, it’s mainly coming for YOU.

Witty birthday messages 

Perhaps you want to send some witty messages their way? In that case, these helpful birthday card messages will help bring a smile to their face, and you can pair this with a cheeky birthday card and a nice bottle of gin from our fun birthday gift range.

  1. Happy birthday! Thank you for always being older than me.
  2. May your Facebook wall be filled with messages from people you never talk to.
  3. Being related to me is the only gift you need.
  4. Smile! You’re never going to look this young ever again.
  5. Don’t forget: wine gets better with age, but age gets better with wine!
  6. Congratulations on being born! The one thing in life you got absolutely right.
  7. Let’s make a birthday deal: you keep looking young, and I’ll keep refusing to tell people how old you really are.
  8. Wishing you a birthday as unforgettable as I am.
  9. Today on Sesame Street, we learn the letters O, L, and D!
  10. Congratulations on the anniversary of your triumphant escape from your mother’s womb.

Simple birthday messages 

If you like writing short and snappy messages for your loved one’s birthday, we’ve thought of some excellent choices for you to include in your chosen card. And you can pair these marvellous messages with one of our traditional cards to match. Remember to send them some gooey chocolates from our gift range for the occasion, too, they’ll be forever thankful – that’s for sure.

Here are some simple but wonderful birthday card messages that show them your best wishes:

  1. When life gives you birthdays, eat cake!
  2. I hope your birthday is every bit as lovely, sweet, and wonderful as you are!
  3. With love, kisses and birthday wishes!
  4. Have a happy, candle-blowing, cake-eating, wish-making, party-popping birthday!
  5. Age is simply the number of years that the world has been enjoying you.
  6. Well done for being born, many years ago!
  7. Happy birthday to my crazy, wonderful, charming, sweet, hilarious friend!
  8. Relax! At least you’re not as old as you will be next year.
  9. Your birthday is the day we all get to say thank you for existing!
  10. Happy birthday to one of my favourite people on the planet.

Caring birthday messages

Show them you care with a birthday message that shows it. Our loving birthday cards are a great choice to pen these messages in, so take your pick:

  1. You light up our lives all year round but today we celebrate you more than ever!
  2. I hope you get all the best presents today because I get the gift of you every day of my life!
  3. I hope your heart is filled with happiness on your birthday because you fill mine with joy all year round!
  4. Wishing you all the happiness your heart can hold, and some extra to set aside for a rainy day!
  5. I’m always grateful to have you in my life, but today I have the perfect excuse to celebrate you.
  6. Treat yourself to all the best things on your birthday, as you’re one of the best things in my life!
  7. Wishing you all the birthday joy and love as you get ready for another rotation around the sun!
  8. Hoping your birthday is as full of fun and laughter as you make our lives every day.
  9. I’m so grateful to have you in my life, and wishing you a happy birthday is the least I can do in return!
  10. The very happiest of birthdays to one of life’s best people. I am grateful for every day we spend on Earth together!

For more inspiration on what to write in your greetings cards, head on over to our blog, which is filled with helpful articles which provide advice on the best milestone birthday messages, the best birthday present ideas for him, the best birthday gift ideas for her and so much more!

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