Greeting messages can be hard to write, and birthday wishes are no exception.
To help English learners like you write the best birthday wishes ever, we’ve put together the following list of suggestions. Feel free to write them on your next birthday card or simply use them as inspiration!
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Wish Them a Nice Day
The point of birthday wishes is to wish the person a nice day. Of course, you can say “Hope you have a nice day” or just “have a nice day.” But why choose these when there are funnier options?
Hope it’s a good one!
English speakers often say this along with the standard birthday greeting: “Happy birthday! Hope it’s a good one!”
“Hope it’s a good one” means “I hope it’s a good birthday.”
Wishing you the best birthday ever!
This phrase means “I hope you have the best birthday ever.”
Hope you enjoy your special day.
Ideally, you’ll want to avoid repeating the same word, “birthday,” in the messages you write.
One solution is to say “special day.” For example:
- “Hope you enjoy your special day!”
- “Wishing you the best on your special day!”
Hope all your birthday wishes come true!
This phrase comes from the custom of making wishes on birthdays. It’s a good one to use with kids, but still fun if you use it with adult friends!
Wish Them a Good Future
There’s nothing better than wishing someone a good day except wishing them a good future!
Wishing you an amazing year ahead!
This is how you can wish someone a good year. You can also say “I hope you have an amazing year ahead!”
Wishing you many happy, healthy years to come.
Many English greeting messages include the words “happy” and “healthy” and birthday wishes are no exception.
You can customize your birthday message by replacing “happy” and “healthy” with other positive adjectives, like “successful,” “fun-filled,” or “exciting” — whatever you think your friend will like.
Wishing you an amazing day and a wonderful year ahead!
Don’t forget that you can also wish people a great day and year at the same time.
Wishing you all the best on your birthday!
When you wish someone “all the best,” you are hoping that all the best things happen to them. So if you wish a friend “all the best” on their birthday, you hope their days ahead are filled with good luck.
Forgot to Wish Someone a Happy Birthday?
We don’t always remember to wish someone a happy birthday on the day of their birthday. In that case, what can we say?
Hope you had a wonderful birthday!
“Hope you had a wonderful birthday!” is simply “Hope you have a wonderful birthday” in the past tense. You can put most of the previous phrases in past tense for the same effect!
- Hope you enjoyed your special day!
- Hope it was a good one!
Happy Belated Birthday!
“Happy belated birthday” is a popular English phrase for wishing someone a late birthday. For example:
- “Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day!”
- “Happy belated birthday! Hope you ate lots of cake!”
Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you!
If your friend threw a birthday party and you couldn’t go, this is a great belated birthday message.
On the other hand, if the birthday party has not happened yet, you can say “Wish we could be there to celebrate with you!”
Now go send a birthday message!
We hope that’s given you more than enough inspiration to write the best birthday message ever. Time to go wish somebody a happy birthday!
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