106 Best Birthday Wishes for Friends & Best Friends
Last updated: April 20, 2021
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!
These happy birthday friend messages range from beautifully crafted birthday wishes 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!).
Use the links below to jump to a particular section, or scroll down the page to see all of our birthday wishes for friends.
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 happy birthday best friend wishes, 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.
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 bee's 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.
Short Happy Birthday Friend Messages
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.
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 best friend! 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 a 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!
Happy birthday to my best buddy! I hope you have a good one.
Happy Birthday Wishes for Friends in 2021
In general, we like to keep birthday wishes light-hearted. Still, we can't ignore that many of us have had a difficult time with illness, loss, uncertain employment, and isolation due to COVID-19. With that in mind, here are some examples of birthday wishes for best friends and close friends that you could use as a starting point to write your own note of encouragement.
This birthday card is packed full of virus-free hugs and kisses just for you! We hope you have a very happy birthday and that we can see you again soon. Until then, cheers to you from afar for your good health and happiness!
Sending you all our love on your birthday. We might be apart today, but you're always in our hearts. Take care and stay safe in these uncertain times. We miss you!
Happy birthday dear friend! Sending lots of love to you on this special day, and looking forward to the day we can see you again. Take care of yourself and stay safe.
Happy Birthday friend! We might be separated today, but I am still raising a glass to your good health and happiness from afar. May you keep strong, stay safe, and take care of yourself. I miss you!
Happy Birthday! We're sorry you're celebrating your birthday in quarantine. When this is all over, let's celebrate properly!
We are so grateful for all the sacrifices you have made this past year to support and serve others. May your birthday be a time for you to rest and recover and reflect on all you have achieved. Sending all our love to you and our prayers for a better year ahead.
Happy birthday dear friend. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers every day as we remember [name] and miss him terribly. We know your birthday this year will be very difficult, and we wish we could gather around you in person to support you more. We are sending all our love from afar, and if there is anything you need, please let us know.
Funny Birthday Wishes for a Friend
These next birthday greetings to a friend are all funny birthday messages to 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!
It's OK to light the candles on your birthday cake now; I've already alerted the fire department!
[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!
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!
You're how old?! Better take that cake outdoors to light the candles! Have a very happy birthday.
Congratulations, you've finally reached the wonder years... wonder where your car is parked? Wonder where you left your phone? Wonder where your glasses are? Wonder what day it is?
Don't stress about your eyesight failing as you get older. It's nature's way of protecting you from shock as you walk past the mirror.
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Happy Birthday Quotes for a Friend or Best Friend
In this section, you'll find a collection of endearing and funny quotes about friendship and getting older, perfect for writing as part of a happy birthday best friend message or for an SMS to a good friend 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 and are a great addition to birthday wishes for best friends.
A good friend knows all your best stories. A best friend has lived them with you.
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.
We've been friends for so long I can't remember which one of us is the bad influence!
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time.
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.
Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.
Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.
Gently tease a friend on their birthday with one of these funny happy birthday quotes about growing older. They add a bit of fun and laughter to birthday greetings to a friend 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!
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
We'll be friends until we're old and senile... and then we can be *new* friends!
I've reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me.
The secret to staying young is make up... make up an age, then stick with it!
A true friend remembers your birthday, but not your age.
You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.
~ John Grier
These next happy birthday quotes for a friend are also about aging, but they are more reflective and philosophical and could give comfort and encouragement to a best friend 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.
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.
Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
~ Stanislaw Lec
Birthday Bible Verses for a Best Friend
Here are beautiful birthday scriptures and blessings to write in a greeting card to a close friend on their birthday to thank them for their faith and encourage them in their faith. They make a lovely addition to birthday wishes for best friends who are religious.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 2
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy Philippians 1:3-4
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice. Proverbs 27:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
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. Numbers 6:24-26
May God bless you today on your birthday and every day after. May you be comforted by His presence in your life, and always follow His guiding light. Amen
I pray on your birthday that your faith in God continues to grow as you grow older, and that you find comfort in God's love for you. Wishing you many blessings on your special day.
Happy Birthday! Remember that for every day of your life there is Someone taking care of you, and may God continue to hold you in His gentle hands and bring you peace.
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 greetings to 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 - 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 we 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 that 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 a 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].
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 birthday 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!
I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday. The good news is that I also forgot your age. Happy belated Birthday!
Happy Birthday friend! 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.
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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.
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