100 Best Birthday Wishes for Friends & Best Friends

Last updated: October 15, 2020

Say Happy Birthday to a friend or best friend with one of our fabulous birthday wishes! On this page, you'll find lots of messages and quotes written to help you find the perfect words to wish a friend a brilliant birthday and help kick off their bday celebrations!

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The wishes range from beautifully crafted birthday messages for best friends and friends you've known for a long time to short and sweet greetings for regular friends and acquaintances. Plus, there's a great section with birthday wishes for friends who live far away and a collection of belated birthday messages for when you've forgotten their special day (whoops!).

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Birthday Wishes for a Best Friend

Is it your best friend's birthday? Hooray, how fun! Start their day off with some birthday love with one of these birthday wishes for a best friend, and let your bestie know just how much you care about him or her and how special their friendship is to you!

It's time to party and make your birthday as special as you are! I hope your day is fantastic, and the year ahead even better still. Happy birthday!

You shine so much brightness and joy into the lives of everyone around you. Thanks for being such an amazing person and best friend, and I hope that today on your birthday some of that brightness shines right back at you!

Happy birthday to my crazy, fun, fabulous best friend! I love you to the moon and back and am so grateful for your friendship and all the fun times we've shared this year. I hope you have a great day!

It's your birthday, let's party! Cake - check. Candles - check. Drinks - check. Gift - check. Coolest birthday girl ever - check!

Happy birthday to my gorgeous friend, you're the best! I hope you have a brilliant day.

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Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated. Happy Birthday to my best friend!

Stay true to who you are, you are an amazing person and the best ever friend a person could hope for! Have a fantastic birthday and a great year ahead.

Happy birthday to my fabulous, witty, kind, brilliant best friend. There is no one else I'd rather spend the day with. Let's go celebrate and have some fun!

You've been there for me through all my ups and downs, and I hope you know I'm always here for you too. Thanks for being such a wonderful best friend. I hope you have a great birthday and the year ahead is the best yet!

I never guessed when we first met that we'd become best friends, or all the silly memories we'd make together! Thanks for all the fun adventures, and here's to many more in the coming year!

Has anyone told you today how great you are? Because I think you're the bees knees, the greatest thing since sliced bread, out of this world... basically I think you're the best! Have a great birthday my brilliant, fabulous best friend.

Happy Birthday Wishes for a Friend

These simple birthday messages are for all types of friends, from close buddies to new acquaintances! They are a quick and easy way to let someone know you're thinking of them on their birthday, and take no time at all to send in a text message or post on their social media.

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I hope your birthday is full of sunshine and rainbows and love and laughter! Sending many good wishes to you on your special day.

Wishing you a wonderful birthday and a fantastic year ahead! Thanks for being such a great friend.

Happy birthday to such a fabulous friend! Wishing you many blessings for the year ahead.

Happy birthday! I'm so grateful for your friendship and all the fun times we've had together this year. Here's to many more!

Happy birthday to a dear friend! I hope you have a very special day and a wonderful year ahead!

Congratulations on your birthday! Wishing you a truly fabulous day.

Happy birthday to such a great [guy/gal/friend], I hope you have a fun day today!

Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day today and the year ahead is full of many blessings.

Let's celebrate, it's your birthday! Wishing you an awesome day, and brilliant year ahead!

It's your birthday, let's get up to some mischief!

Wishing you a very happy birthday and all the best for the coming year. Thanks for being such a great friend!

Many happy returns on your birthday! I know this past year has had some tough times but I hope that the coming year brings you the good fortune you deserve. You're a great friend and I am so thankful for your presence in my life.

You're such a generous, kind, fabulous person and I'm so lucky to have you as a friend. Wishing you an extra special birthday and best wishes for the year ahead.

Happy birthday! Love you lots and can't wait to celebrate your birthday with you [tonight/on the weekend etc]. Thanks for being such a great friend!

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Happy birthday to my best buddy! I hope you have a good one.

Funny Birthday Wishes for a Friend

Write a funny birthday message to your friend and bring some laughter and happiness to their day!

Don't worry, they are not gray hairs, they are wisdom highlights. You just happen to be extremely wise!

[insert age] is a perfect age. You're old enough to recognize your mistakes but young enough to make some more. Happy birthday!

You suck at aging! Can you at least try to look older?

You're not getting older... just more distinguished! Happy birthday.

A wise man once said, "Forget about your past, you cannot change it". I'd like to add: "Forget about your present, I didn't get you one".

Happy birthday. It took you [insert age] years to look this good!

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Those aren't gray hairs you see. They're strands of birthday glitter growing out of your head. You're just ready to party!

Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get up again!

Q: What goes up and never comes down?
A: Your age!

Middle age... when "happy hour" is a nap!

How do you know you've hit middle-age? In preparation for a big sneeze you cross your legs really hard and hope for the best!

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Birthday Quotes for a Friend or Best Friend

In this section, you'll find a collection of endearing and funny quotes about friendship and about getting older, perfect for writing as part of a greeting card message, or SMS to good friends on their birthday!

These first quotes are all about friendship and what friends mean to you. They are a lovely way to express how you feel about a best friend or friend you've known for a long time. From sentimental to funny, they capture the magic of a close friendship.

A good friend knows all your best stories. A best friend has lived them with you.
~ Unknown

True friends are like diamonds - bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.
~ Nicole Richie

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good friends don't let you do stupid things... alone.
~ Unknown

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We've been friends for so long I can't remember which one of us is the bad influence!
~ Unknown

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
~ Aristotle

Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time.
~ Unknown

Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.
~ Misty Copeland

Friendship isn't a big thing. It's a million little things.
~ Unknown

Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.
~ Unknown

Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.
~ Unknown

Gently tease a friend on their birthday with one of these birthday quotes about growing older. They add a bit of fun and laughter to a birthday message and are great for friends who enjoy a laugh!

I'm so glad that we are growing older together, and that you'll always have a head start!
~ Unknown

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
~ Mark Twain

Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional.
~ Chili Davis

You don't get older, you get better.
~ Shirley Bassey

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We'll be friends until we're old and senile... and then we can be *new* friends!
~ Unknown.

These next birthday quotes for a friend are also about aging, but they are more reflective and philosophical and could give comfort and encouragement to someone who feels anxious about their age.

Age is a matter of feeling, not of year.
~ George William Curtis

The important thing to you is not how many years in your life, but how much life in your years!
~ Edward J. Stieglitz

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
~ Ausonius

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.
~ Albert Einstein

Today you have added another candle of knowledge and wisdom to your life.
~ Debasish Mridha

In youth we learn; in age, we understand.
~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
~ Voltaire

Birthday Wishes for Friends - from a Distance

On occasions like birthdays, the sense of distance can feel more significant. So making an effort to wish your friend a happy birthday and tell them you're thinking of them can make all the difference. These next happy birthday wishes for a friend or best friend are written with that thought in mind.

Happy birthday all the way from [insert your location]. I hope you have a fabulous day and be sure to eat an extra slice of cake for me!

Happy birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day today, and looking forward to seeing you in [insert month].

Happy birthday dear friend! Raising a glass to your continued health and happiness all the way from [insert location]. I hope you have a great day!

Thinking of you on your birthday! We hope you have a great day and wish you all the best for the coming year. We're so excited that you're coming to visit in [insert month], and can't wait to see you then!

Congratulations on your birthday! Sending you our love and good wishes all the way from [insert location].

Wishing you a very happy birthday and all the best wishes for an exciting and fun-filled year ahead. With lots of love from [insert location].

Many happy returns to you on your birthday! We hope you have a wonderful day full of friends, family, and cake! Sorry we can't be there this year and we hope to catch up next time we're in the neighborhood.

Wishing you all the best on your birthday! Sorry to miss you on such an wonderful day. We're thinking of you all the way from [insert location] and raising a glass to your good health.

Wishing you many happy returns on your birthday. We hope you have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you in [insert month]/or [at an event eg. Christmas].

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Wishing you many blessings on your birthday. We miss you!

Belated Birthday Wishes for Friends

Oh no! Did you miss your friend's birthday? In this section, you'll find a range of light-hearted and funny happy belated birthday wishes to help you get back into their good books!

Happy belated Birthday! I'm so sorry I forgot to write earlier, but how do you expect me to remember your birthday if you never look any older?

I promise this card isn't late. It is intentionally arriving after your birth-day, because I think you deserve a whole birth-month. Happy Birth-month!

HBBD! That stands for Happy Belated Birthday! Love, YTDF (Your Terribly Disorganized Friend)

I know you think this card is a few days late. It's actually worse than that. This is your card from 2010 that I only just got around to sending. Happy Belated Birthday!

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I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday. The good news is that I also forgot your age. Happy belated Birthday!

Happy Birthday! Don't think of this as a late birthday card. Consider it a very early one for next year. Here's wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

Sorry I missed your birthday by several days, but happy birthday anyways!

I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday. The good news is that if you forget mine next year I'll forgive you. Happy Belated Birthday!

You can see the full belated birthday wishes collection here.

Birthday Wishes Images for Friends

In this section, you'll find some of the above heartfelt and funny birthday wishes and quotes for friends as images that you can share with friends on their birthday.

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Let's celebrate, it's your birthday!


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It's your birthday, let's get up to some mischief!


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You suck at aging! Can you at least try to look older?


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A good friend knows all your best stories. A best friend has lived them with you.


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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Good friends don't let you do stupid things... alone.


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It's time to party and make your birthday as special as you are!


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Happy birthday dear friend! I hope you have a very special day.


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Happy birthday to my fabulous, witty, kind, brilliant friend.


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Friendship isn't a big thing. It's a million little things.


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Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.


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Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional.
~ Chilli Davis


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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
~ Mark Twain


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You don't get older, you get better.
~ Shirley Bassey


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Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


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God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
~ Voltaire


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True friends are like diamonds - bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.
~ Nicole Richie


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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time.


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Age is a matter of feeling, not of year.
~ George William Curtis

92 Free Printable Birthday Cards

Download our free printable birthday cards in high-quality PDF format to print and fold at home. There are even some color-in printable cards, perfect for kids who want to create a unique birthday card for family and friends.

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Looking for more ideas and inspiration for birthday wishes for friends? Take a look at these other birthday wishes and quotes collection:

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Milestone Birthdays Wishes (30 / 40 / 50 / 60)

Every birthday is special, but some are *extra* special! Use our age-specific happy birthday wishes, quotes, poems, and jokes to wish your friends an extra-special birthday on their big day!

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Personalized Milestone Birthday Posters

Looking for a unique birthday gift? Our personalized birthday posters are a fantastic gift to celebrate a friend's *extra* special birthday.

Choose a color palette to suit their personality and customize the text as much or as little as you wish. Easy to format and download at home, this poster will make a memorable gift for a milestone birthday.

What do you say on someone's birthday?

Need some help coming up with your own unique birthday wishes for friends? Not sure what to say on someone's birthday? Follow these top tips to write the nicest birthday wishes for your friend that will make him or her feel loved and extra-special on their birthday!

1. Congratulate your friend on their birthday!

2. Acknowledge and celebrate your friend's personality and what you love about them.

3. Thank them for their friendship and mention something you really appreciate about them.

4. Reminisce over a fun time you've shared together, and how much you love being with them.

5. Wish them well for the coming year. Be specific - mention something you know they are looking forwards to.

So you could write something like this, personalized to your friend:

"Happy birthday to my best friend and partner in crime! I don't know where I'd be without such a fun, caring person like you in my life. Thank you for all the nights we've spent talking until late and for your amazing advice and perspective on life. I love spending time with you and all the adventures we get up to! I hope you have a fantastic year ahead and that your dreams come true (especially our summer vacation plans!)."

Great Words to Describe a Friend

Here is a list of some adjectives you could use to describe your friend. It's not extensive. It's just a starting point to help you think about what is so special about your friend. In your birthday wishes to your friend, you could use some of these words to describe their traits you really love and appreciate.

Adventurous Creative Helpful
Ambitious Determined Philosophical
Bright Diligent Practical
Calm Easygoing Persistent
Capable Enthusiastic Reliable
Caring Faithful Resourceful
Confident Fun Sensible
Clever Generous Unassuming
Considerate Happy Witty