60+ Unique Ways to Wish Your Best Friend a Happy Birthday

Cheers to your best friend! When their birthday rolls around, it's time to celebrate. Anyone who is lucky enough to have such an impactful person (think: a Gayle to their Oprah or vice versa) in their life knows that this momentous occasion is a time to recognize how important they are to you. Your BFF's birthday is also a reason for you to celebrate, because they're the ones who help us through the biggest hurdles and inspire us to thrive.

Birthdays are a chance to gush over our loved ones and take time to reflect on the value they bring. Whatever your style of sharing that is—attaching a heartfelt card to their gift, adding a hilarious and unique caption to your birthday Instagram post, or looking for a sentimental message to say in person—there's a birthday wish here that will capture your enduring bond.

Some are funny and teasing—in the kind of way that only besties can get away with—whereas others are short and sweet, yet touching enough that they'll be reminded of just how much you care.

Meaningful Birthday Messages

If you are looking for a chance to express your love and gratitude to your best friend, a birthday message is the perfect place to do it. Your bestie means the world to you—this is the time to let them know with a meaningful note!

  • I hope you know how much you’re loved today, best friend! Happy birthday!

  • Every year on your birthday, I get reminded of how much you mean to me as a best friend.

  • Birthdays only come once a year, and your friendship only comes once a lifetime.

  • You’re like a sister to me. Cheers to many more birthdays glowing together.

  • My best friend was born today! Where would I be without you?

  • Happy birthday to my partner-in-crime and my favorite person!

  • Happy birthday! Wishing you many more years of good health and prosperity.

  • Don't count the candles, but see the light they give. Don't count your years but the life you live. Happy Birthday.

  • There are friends and then there are best friends, happy birthday to the best friend I could have asked for!

  • I am lucky to have a best friend like you. Happy birthday my person!

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Photo credit: RuthBlack - Getty Images

Uplifting Birthday Phrases

Birthdays can be a time for self reflection, so why not uplift your best friend on their special day? These messages will raise your friend's spirits as they look towards the year ahead.

  • You’re making a beautiful life for yourself—enjoy it, especially today.

  • Thank you for living your life in a way that makes every day worth celebrating. Happiest of birthdays!

  • Here's my annual reminder that there's no one like you! Wishing you the best birthday!

  • Thank you for being the brightest person I know. Hope to see you shine for years on!

  • Happiness is seeing your best friend grow up with you! Happy Birthday!

  • Cheers to the nights that turned into mornings and the friend that turned into family. Happy Birthday!

  • You’ve grown so much in one year. I’m always so proud of you! Happy Birthday.

  • You make each day special just by being yourself. I hope you’re enjoying your special day—may life continue to bring you the best days ahead. 💜

  • Happy birthday to an inspiring person who is a shining example for all of us.

  • Your year ahead is full of promise and potential. May you make it the best one yet. Happy birthday!

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Photo credit: SolStock - Getty Images

Short and Sweet Birthday Wishes

A lengthy birthday message is lovely, but sometimes just a few words will do. If you're looking for a shorter message that packs a punch, take a look at these ideas.

  • Cheers to you for another trip around the sun!

  • Today is about you. I can’t wait to celebrate you all day long!

  • My wish for you is that you get all of your birthday wishes this year 🎂

  • Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and many more that top the year before!

  • Happy birthday to my ride or die. Love you bunches!

  • You’re not just my best friend, you’re the best period! Happy Birthday!

  • Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!

  • Every cool person has an even cooler best friend! Happy Birthday!

  • Happy birthday to my irreplaceable best friend.

  • Hello to a new year with an even better YOU! Happy Birthday!

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Photo credit: jakkapan21 - Getty Images

Funny Birthday Sayings

Cue the LOLs for your birthday message! When sentimental words don't feel like enough to express your love, opt for something funny and witty to make your best friend smile. These ideas are sure to make it happen.

  • If you’re getting old, that means I am too!

  • I thought you get finer and wiser with age? Well, there’s always next year 😂

  • Don’t think of it as getting older, think of it as becoming a classic.

  • You suck at aging! Can you at least try to look older?

  • Happy birthday. It took you [BFF's age] years to look this good!

  • Happy birthday to my forever young friend!

  • You’re older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow, happy birthday!

  • Happy birthday to this dime in her prime!

  • It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds!

  • Woah, time flies when you're having fun! How'd we get so old?

  • You're like a fine wine—you get better with age!

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Photo credit: Klaus Vedfelt - Getty Images

Classic Messages for a Birthday Party

If you get to celebrate with the birthday girl or boy in person at a party, your birthday greeting can mention how special it is to celebrate together. After all: There's no better way to make your bestie feel loved than with a fun day or night in their honor!

  • Life is more fun with you at my side! Let’s make this birthday memorable!

  • Hey you! It’s your birthday! Cake! Candles! Drinks! Presents! More drinks! Can you tell I’m excited?

  • Don’t forget to smile awkwardly as everyone sings you "Happy Birthday" today!

  • Birthday calories don’t count so the next drink is on me! 🍹

  • How many birthdays have we spent together now? I guess it’s official—you’re stuck with me.

  • We're gonna sip [insert BBF's favorite drink] like it’s yo birthday 🥳

  • I hope you’re treated like the queen you are today, my friend 👑

  • You deserve all the cake, happiness, and love today. Happy birthday and #treatyourself!

  • Wishing you 24 hours of joy, though you deserve a lifetime of it.

  • Let's party like it's [insert the year your BFF was born]! Happy birthday. 🥳

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Photo credit: miljko - Getty Images

Notes for Celebrating From Afar

If you can't be with your bestie on their birthday, you could still send a sweet note to wish them a happy day. And make sure you do a toast in their honor to celebrate them from afar!

  • Even though celebrations might look a bit different this year, you're always the life of the party—over Zoom, and all. Happy birthday!

  • Distance is nothing to the person who means everything! Happy Birthday!

  • Wishing I could spend your birthday with you, but know you’re on my mind and in my heart ♥️

  • Sending you nothing but positive vibes on your birthday ❤️

  • Thanks for being my turn up partner, venting partner, and everything in between! Enjoy your day! Happy birthday!

  • I'm toasting to you from afar on your birthday!

  • Here’s to more life, love, and adventures with you to come!

  • I hope your day is surrounded by love. I'm celebrating with you in spirit!

  • Next time we get together, we'll have a special birthday toast in your honor.

  • I know the distance may feel big, but my love for you is even bigger. Happy birthday!

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