Best Birthday Wishes for Friends & Best Friends

Last updated: September 30, 2022

Find the perfect birthday wishes for your friend or best friend! Your friend's birthday is a fabulous opportunity for celebrating, whether your plans include cake, champagne, or both! Good friends help us through our difficult moments and offer us renewed inspiration. So, of course, you'll want to find the right words to wish them a Happy Birthday.

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Every friendship is unique. Some friends shower each other with encouragement and heartfelt messages, while others like to tease and joke with each other. There will be some friends who you've known for years, making it easy to fill your birthday message with inside jokes and wild stories. Or, perhaps you're celebrating someone who has just recently become an important part of your life, and something short and sweet will do. Some of our friends are far away, and sometimes we're late with our birthday messages (whoops!).

Whatever your case, you'll find many messages and quotes to bring a happy glow to your friend's face and kick off a brilliant birthday celebration!

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Tips for Writing your own Birthday Message for a Friend

Writing a unique birthday wish for your friend can go a long way toward making their day special. Don't worry if you're not sure what to say, though. These tips will help you write the nicest birthday wishes for your friend, to make them feel cherished and loved!

1. Congratulate your friend on their birthday - especially if it's a milestone age!

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

3. Thank them for their friendship. Mention something specific you appreciate about them.

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

5. Wish them well for the coming year. Mention something you know that they are looking forward to.

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

Looking for the right word to describe your friend? Here are some of our favorite adjectives to help you think about their best traits. Use them to personalize your birthday wishes, and let them know what you love and appreciate about them.

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

Short and Sweet Happy Birthday Friend Messages

These simple birthday messages for friends work equally well for close buddies or new acquaintances. Add them to a text or social media post for a quick and easy way to let someone know you're thinking of them on their birthday.

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

Happy Birthday to a great [guy/gal/friend], I hope you have fun tonight!

You're such a blessing, I'd celebrate you every day if I could!

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

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

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

Happy Birthday, friend. May all your birthday wishes come true!

I'm so lucky to have such a kind and generous person in my life.

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

If I had a flower for every time you made me smile, I'd have a beautiful garden! Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, dearest friend! I hope you have a very special day and a wonderful year!

Happy Birthday! May the year bless you with good health and much joy.

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

Happy Birthday! I'm always grateful to have such an amazing friend. Love you lots and can't wait to celebrate with you.

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

Fun and Funny Birthday Wishes for a Friend

Use these funny birthday greetings to celebrate your friend's sense of humor and bring laughter to their day! Tickle their funny bone with one of these humorous birthday messages.

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

Oh hon, don't worry! Those aren't gray hairs, they're "wisdom highlights". And you 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!

Watch what you're calling "gray hairs!" I prefer to see them as strands of birthday glitter growing out of your head. Now you're 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!

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? It's your birthday!

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.

Gently tease a friend on their birthday with one of these funny happy birthday quotes about growing older. These wishes add a bit of fun and laughter to birthday greetings for a friend - perfect 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

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

I've reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me.
~ Unknown

The secret to staying young is make-up... make up an age, then stick with it!
~ Unknown

A true friend remembers your birthday, but not your age.
~ Unknown

You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.
~ John Grier

Want more ideas for funny birthday messages? Click here to read more funny birthday wishes for friends.

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Birthday Wishes for your Best Friend

Is it your best friend's birthday? Hooray! These happy birthday best friend birthday wishes will start their day with a smile and some birthday love. Don't be shy! Let your bestie know just how special their friendship is to you.

It's time to party! Cheers to a day as special as you are and a year full of joy. Happy birthday!

To my bestie, who makes every day full of crazy fun. I love you to the moon and back. Thanks for all the good times this year, and here's a toast to a year full of adventure!

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

Happy Birthday, gorgeous! You're the absolute best, and I'm lucky to have you. I hope you have a spectacular day.

It's not enough for life to be merely lived, it should be celebrated! Happy Birthday to my best friend!

Happy Birthday to my amazing, smart, witty, wise, kind, generous... shall I go on? In other words, Happy Birthday to my best friend. There's no one else I'd rather spend the day with. Let's celebrate and have lots of fun!

You've been there for me through all life's ups and downs, and I hope you know that I'm always here for you. Here's to growing together for many more years!

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to my favorite human. I'm so glad to know you, Bestie!

When we first met, I never would have guessed that we'd become best friends and make lots of silly memories together! I cherish every adventure and can't wait for the next one!

If I had to tell you how great you are? I'd say:
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.

Male friendships have a unique way of communicating and expressing their care for each other. Nonetheless, you can still make your more masculine friends feel valued with birthday wishes that are tailored just for them and their interests. Here are some happy birthday wishes for male friends.

Happy Birthday, partner in crime. I have two things for you to remember: 1) Have the time of your life. 2) I'll always be there to bail you out.

You won't be this handsome forever, so tonight you should make good use of it. Happy Birthday, man!

It's your birthday, old friend! Here's to another year filled with love, happiness, and great moments that we'll remember forever. Have a great day and party hard.

Age makes some people wiser. It makes others richer. But everybody gets older with age. So good luck on the first two, man. Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, dude! As much as we may irritate each other, you're also always there for me. Thank you for bringing both insanity and support to my life. Cheers!

If I ever wrote a memoir, our friendship would be page one. Here's to all the good times we've had! Wishing you a happy birthday, dear friend.

Here's to the man of the hour. You're cool under pressure, and always completely yourself. I wish you an incredible day, full of laughter and fun. Happy Birthday, buddy!

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Happy Birthday Wishes for Friends from a Distance in 2022

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. Additionally, birthdays can make distances feel more significant. Making the effort to wish your friend a happy birthday can brighten their day.

Sending you all our love on your birthday. We might be apart today, but you're always in our hearts. We miss you!

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!

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!

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! We're sorry you're celebrating your birthday isolating. When this is all over, let's celebrate properly!

We are so grateful for all the sacrifices you have made this year to support and serve others. May your birthday be a time to rest and recover as you reflect on your achievements. Sending all of 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/her 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.

Happy Birthday, friend! We might be separated today, but I am still raising a glass to your good health and happiness. May you keep strong, stay safe, and take care of yourself. I miss you!

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.

Happy Birthday to a friend who's always there for me, even when he/she's many miles away.

Wishing you all the best on your birthday! Sorry to miss you on such a special 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!

See our full belated birthday wishes collection here.

Birthday Wishes for a Friend Who Is Angry with You

The occasional fight can strengthen a friendship, but that doesn't make it easy, particularly when it gets in the way of your birthday message. The key is to acknowledge the tension between you and your friend without dragging the fight back up. Center the message around your friend, how much you care about them, and your hope that you can overcome these tensions.

Although we haven't talked in a long time, I think of you often. Today's your birthday, and I'm remembering all the good memories we've shared. Wishing you all the best!

We've been like oil and water lately, but I love you like a [brother/sister]. You mean so much to me. I hope you have an incredible day today!

I know I don't say it enough, but your friendship is the best gift I could ask for. Together, we'll get through the tough times. Happy Birthday!

You've always been a true friend, even when things get dark. I value your strength and honesty, and I wouldn't change any of it for the world. Happy Birthday, and I hope you find what you're looking for this year.

Even though we haven't been seeing eye to eye lately, you can call on me whenever you need. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and your year is off to a bright start.

On your special day, let's forget all those things we said. It's water under the bridge. Tonight I just want to party with you until the sun comes up.

It's another year, and though we've grown apart, I still think of you all the time. You're as bold and inspiring as the day we met. I hope you have an incredible day and year, wherever your life leads you.

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Inspiring and Meaningful Happy Birthday Quotes and Wishes

Are you finding it difficult to express how you feel about a close friend with a message straight from the heart? Here you'll find heartfelt and meaningful birthday messages, as well as our collection of endearing, sentimental, and also funny quotes about the magic of friendship and growing older. Use them in cards or in a fun text to your bestie!

Stay true to who you are. You are an amazing person and the best friend a person could ever hope for! I hope that you have a fantastic birthday and a great year.

Happy Birthday to one of the most supportive, kind, funny, and special people in my life.

Happy Birthday! You are one of the most positive people I've ever known. You inspire me to be kinder, more patient, and to always view life as a gift. I hope that this year brings you everything that you desire - love, health, peace, joy, and so much more. You shine brightness and joy into the lives of everyone around you. Thanks for being such an amazing person. I hope that on your birthday, that brightness shines right back at you!

Happy Birthday! I can't believe all of the beautiful memories that we've made together over the years. I love you so much.

Many birthday blessings! I know this past year has had tough times. I hope that the coming year brings you all of the good fortune that you deserve. You're a great friend - I am so thankful for your presence in my life.

Happy Birthday to one of the best people I've ever met. Your energy always inspires me, and I love you dearly. You are one of the truest friends I could ask for. When we are together, our time is always a wonderful adventure.

Happy Birthday! I hope that your day is fun and full of enchantment. I can't imagine a day without you, let's celebrate the many good times we've shared through the years.

Happy Birthday to my best friend and partner in crime! I don't know where I'd be without such a caring person like you in my life. Thank you for all the nights we've stayed up talking. I'll always value your amazing advice and perspective on life. I hope your year ahead is fantastic and that your dreams come true!

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

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

These next happy birthday quotes for a friend offer some reflections on aging. These wishes 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.
~ 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

Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
~ Stanislaw Lec

Birthday Bible Verses and Blessings for a Friend

These birthday scriptures and blessings are a lovely addition to a greeting card for a close friend who's religious. On their birthday, express gratitude and encouragement for your friend's faith, while telling them how much your friendship means to you.

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.

Looking for more friend birthday wishes and quotes for your Christian friends? Click here to see our full collection of bible verses for birthdays and birthday prayers.

Free Printable Birthday Cards

Download a free printable birthday cards for your friend's birthday card. 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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More Birthday Wishes for Friends...

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 friend 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

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.

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