60+ Birthday Wishes for Friends

Collection of over 60 of the best birthday wishes for friends, with top tips on how to write the perfect birthday message for your bestie.

Last updated: 11th July 2018

Tips Short & Sweet Friends Funny From a Distance Belated Quotes Milestone (30, 40, 50, 60)

5 Top Writing Tips for Friend Birthday Wishes

Follow these top tips to write the nicest birthday wishes for your friend that will make them feel loved and extra-special on their special day!

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 too.

So you could write something like this, personalized to them:

"Happy birthday to my best friend and partner in crime! I don't know where I'd be without such a fun, caring person as 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 the birthday wishes for your friend you could use some of these words to describe the traits that you really love and appreciate in your friend.

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

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Happy Birthday Wishes for Friends

Feeling stuck and not sure what birthday wishes to write to your friend on their birthday? Use these message examples as a starting point, and personalize further to make your friend feel extra-loved on their birthday.

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

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

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.

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 friend. I hope you have a great birthday and the coming year ahead is the best yet!

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

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!

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

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

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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 friend.

Time to party and make your birthday as special as you are! I hope your birthday is the best and the year ahead even better still.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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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Funny Birthday Wishes for Friends

A collection of funny birthday wishes for friends that you could include in a funny birthday greeting card message to your friend.

Those aren't grey hairs you see. They're strands of birthday glitter growing out of your head.

Don't worry, they are not grey 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!

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

You SUCK at ageing! Can you at least try to look older?

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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".

Don't let ageing 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!

Want more funny birthday message ideas. Click here for the full funny birthday wishes collection.


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Short Birthday Wishes for Friend

Just want short and sweet birthday wishes for your friends? These one-line messages are great for acquaintances and distant friends birthday messages.

Happy birthday! Have a great day.

Wishing you a happy birthday!

Happy birthday. Here's to the next [insert age] years.

Have a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead!

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

Many happy returns on your birthday.

Warmest wishes for a very happy birthday.

Wishing you a happy and healthy birthday.

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.

Many happy returns on your birthday! Have a great day.

Wishing you all the best on your birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day.


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Birthday Wishes for Friends - from a Distance

On occasions like birthdays the sense of distance can feel greater, so making an effort to wish your friend happy birthday and tell them you're thinking of them can make all the difference. These next happy birthday wishes for friends are written with that 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 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 neighbourhood.

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 special day! Sending all our love from [insert location]. We miss you!

Wishing you many blessings on your special day. We miss you! We hope you have a wonderful birthday and look forward to seeing you at [insert month, or event eg. Christmas].


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Belated Birthday Wishes for Friends

Oh no! Did you miss their birthday? Here are some happy belated birthday wishes for friends... 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?

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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!

Dear [name], 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!

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 I also forgot your age. Happy belated Birthday!

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!


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Looking for more birthday wishes for friends? Check out our Happy Birthday Quotes, Wishes, Videos, and Printables page for more birthday message ideas and inspiration.

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

Any 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!

30th Birthday Wishes
30th Birthday Quotes

40th Birthday Sayings
40th Birthday Quotes
Funny 40th Birthday Jokes

50th Birthday Wishes
50th Birthday Quotes
50th Birthday Poems
Funny 50th Birthday Jokes

60th Birthday Wishes
60th Birthday Quotes
60th Birthday Poems
Funny 60th Birthday Jokes


Personalized Milestone Birthday Posters

And if you're looking for age-related birthday gifts, our personalized birthday posters are a fantastic gift to celebrate a friends *extra* special birthday.

With a huge choice of color palettes, and lots of ideas for poster-text, you can personalize these posters as much or as little as you wish. Easy to format and download at home, they're a great gift for a milestone birthday.

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