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Happy Birthday Wishes for Friend: What to Write

Looking for some fun and unique happy birthday wishes for friends, then read on. It’s important to send a message wishing someone a happy birthday on their special day. What would make it more meaningful than just writing “Happy Birthday”?

I’ve got some great birthday messages here for you to wish your friend a happy birthday in an unique way. Use this article to help you with what to say in your card. Simply write these messages in a card for a friend or also send them via social media.

These messages are perfect if you want to wish someone happy birthday without having to write out a long letter. This article has lots of suggestions for the best things to say.

If you want to to say something funny, or show your love or just wish them a good day there are lots of options below.  You could express your gratitude for all of their support, tell them how proud you are of them, or simply remind them that you’re there for them. Whatever feels right to you at this moment is what’s best to say in a card.

I’ve also made some FREE custom Happy Birthday images that can be personalized with your friends’s name. Great to send in a text message or on social media. Find these at the bottom of the article.

It can be hard to find exactly the right words to write into a birthday card for a friend, so here are some ideas to get started.

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Happy Birthday Wishes for Friend

Warm wishes for a friend include wishes of well-being and happiness. Wish them good health, money and luck, as well as an abundance of love. Nice things to write in a card for a friend include words of encouragement, such as “you’re the greatest” or “I wish you all the best.”

  • Happy Birthday! You are the best friend anyone could have. You have a big, bright heart and give it to everyone unconditionally.
  • May this day be the start of many more happy days that will come upon you, dear friend. Have a wonderful birthday.
  • My beautiful friend. I’m always here for you, especially on your birthday. Wishing you nothing but happiness and joy on this special day of your life.
  • I am so happy you’re a part of my life, dearest friend. Happy birthday to you!
  • You are such a sweetheart and an excellent friend. Having you as my friend has made my life more colorful. I am really grateful for that. 
  • You are one of the most special people I know. Without people like you, life would be so boring and dull.
  • I’m so glad that we’re friends! It’s a blessing to have someone like you in my life. Happy Birthday and may every other year be just as awesome as this one.

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Simple Birthday Wishes for Friend

Simple Birthday wishes for friends are perfect on a card for a friend or to tell them via social media.

  • Wishing you a great time on this special day of your life. I hope you have the best birthday ever.
  • To my friend, here’s hoping your birthday is filled with joy and excitement. Have lots of fun! Happy Birthday!
  • Thank God we are friends. You’re so much fun and so good at making me laugh.
  • So thankful you are my friend. Happy Birthday!
  • I hope that you have an amazing birthday filled with many wonderful surprises! 
  • I hope your birthday is filled with joy, laughter and happiness.
  • Happy Birthday! You are such an awesome person and a great friend.
  • Thanks so much for being my friend. I hope your birthday is filled with love and happiness. 
  • Happy Birthday! The best is yet to come.

unique birthday wishes for friends

Unique Birthday Wishes for Friends

  • To have you as my friend is one of the best gifts I could ask for. Happy birthday!
  • There is no one like you. You are unique and irreplaceable. I love and respect you very much. May your birthday be a day of light and happiness!
  • A day without your smile is a day without sunshine in my life. Hope your birthday fills you with smiles, joy, and happiness. Enjoy!
  • I hope your birthday is all you’d wish for. No matter how old you get, I’ll always be there for you. Happy Birthday!
  • You are a ray of sunshine on everybody’s life. I wish for you a celebration filled with lots of laughter and warm wishes.
  • It wasn’t easy finding a friend as great as you, but I’m glad I got to. Wishing you the best birthday, dear friend!
  • I think I can safely say that I’ve found my soul brother. Happy birthday, bro!
  • Happy Birthday soul sister! Sending you love.
  • Happy Birthday! I hope it’s the best birthday you’ve ever had. I’m so glad to be your friend; we have so much fun together. Hope you have a fantastic day!
  • May your birthday be so great that your face hurts from smiling.

Happy Birthday Wishes for Best Friend

  • Thank you for being my best friend in the whole world! I wish you a happy birthday and many more to come!
  • You are such an awesome best friend! I often wonder what I did to deserve someone like you in my life. You make me better by knowing you.
  • Happy Birthday to my best friend! I hope it’s the best one yet. I love you so much.
  • Warm wishes to my best friend. I hope your day is full of happiness because you deserve the best of everything. 
  • Happy Birthday to my best friend! I love you so much and I’m so grateful that you’re in my life. I feel truly blessed!
  • Happy birthday to my best friend who is not only a dear friend, but a top-notch fashionista and a fantastic cook. Happy birthday to you, my dear friend!
  • Happy Birthday to my best friend in the whole world! You are such a darling and I love you with all my heart. May every day of your life be truly wonderful.
  • I’m so lucky to have someone like you as my very best friend. You always make me smile and bring out the best in me. I can’t wait to celebrate another year with you on your special day!
  • Happy Birthday to my bestie! I’m so glad that we decided to be friends. I love you with all my heart and soul.
  • I’m so grateful to have met you! You are the best friend anyone could wish for! You mean the world to me and I love you forever more.
  • We’ve been friends forever and I really hope that we’ll stay friends forever more. You are the best friend anyone could wish for and I love you for all that you are.
  • Happy Birthday to my best friend! You are the most amazing person I know.
  • To my best friend who lights up the room. Shine bright on your birthday.

what to write in a birthday card for a friend

What to Write in a Birthday Card for a Friend

  • Friends are family that you choose along the way. I’m so glad we are on this journey together.
  • I appreciate you more than I could ever say. I wish your birthday would be the best celebration ever. And may all your dreams come true in the coming year! Wishing you lots of happiness and joy on this special day of your life. Happy Birthday!
  • I really appreciate your friendship every day. Wishing you a special day. Happy Birthday!
  • May all your wishes come true and may you continue to be as wonderful as you are today.
  • The best way to spend your birthday is with family and friends. So, I’m glad that you got to spend the day with us!
  • Happy Birthday to a great friend, who is also very humble and caring. May you have the best birthday ever! Wishing you all the best!
  • I am so glad you’re in my life and I can’t imagine the last few years without you. May your birthday be filled with joy, love and happiness. Enjoy!
  • Thank you for your constant support and encouragement. I really appreciate it because without you I wouldn’t be who I am today. Happy birthday to you!

Funny Birthday Wishes for Friend

  • I remembered your birthday but lucky for you, not your age.
  • Age before beauty. I’ll let you go first.
  • A little older? Do you feel a little wiser?
  • Birthdays are great for your health. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • Happy Birthday to my partner in crime.
  • Birthday wishes from your much younger friend.
  • Happy Birthday. You’ll always be my old friend who’s getting old.
  • Happy Birthday. May you live to be old and toothless.
  • Happy birthday to my old friend. 
  • Just like fine wine, you get better with age.
  • Happy Birthday. Thanks for always being older than me.
  • The secret to staying young is to surround yourself with older people. Thanks for being my old friend.
  • Happy Birthday. May your Facebook be lit up by friends you no longer speak to.
  • Please don’t forget that although we’ve been friends all this time, you’re still my friend no matter how old you get. Happy Birthday! 

Custom Happy Birthday Image

I have created some birthday images to personalize with your friend’s name and post on social media or send in a text message or email. These have been created in Canva.

Click on images below to access custom happy birthday images. (Read below for instructions on how to personalize).

custom happy birthday image


custom happy birthday image


custom happy birthday image


custom happy birthday image


custom happy birthday image

Instructions to personalize custom happy birthday images

  1. Follow the link and access the free images. You may be prompted to start a free Canva account if you don’t already have one. (It’s completely free to sign up). Click on ‘use template’ to access the image.

2.  Once logged into Canva you will be taken to the free design. Simply click on the area where it says <add name>.   Type in the name to personalize the photo.

3. Click on the “Share” button at the top right hand corner of the page. Then click on “Download”.

You now have the image downloaded to your computer. Post it on Facebook, send it in an email to wish your friend a very Happy Birthday.

I hope you have found the perfect happy birthday wishes for friend to inspire a great birthday message on a card or post. If yes, then please share this article with others through social media to help them write a great message too for your birthday.

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6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Wishes for Friend: What to Write”

  1. I find the section on writing birthday cards quite helpful. It’s always been a challenge to articulate my feelings adequately. This will surely improve my card-writing skills.

  2. For my best friend’s birthday, I wrote, ‘You’re not old, you’re vintage!’ Jaye Harrison, thanks for the tips! It got a great laugh.

  3. Happy Birthday Wishes for Best Friend section was so touching. It’s amazing how you can make someone feel special with just the right words. Thanksfor the beautiful ideas.

  4. Not sure why we obsess over making birthday messages super unique. Isn’t the point just to show you remembered? Anyway, some of these are alright, I guess.


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