When your best friend’s birthday rolls around, you know the drill! It’s time to get him or her a thoughtful present. You might also want to send a birthday card (or text) or make a thoughtful birthday post on Instagram in honor of their special day. If you’re stuck on what to write, you’ve come to the right place. We have plenty of ideas for the best birthday wishes for best friends, including birthday blessings, simple birthday messages, and funny quips.

When it comes to writing a unique birthday wish for your friend, it can be hard to know where to start. One option is to think about where and how you met. Whether you met in preschool, college, or through your kids, you can incorporate something about how you met into your birthday wish for your friend. Another option is to think about how you spend your time together. Referencing something special that the two of you share is a thoughtful way to get started with writing a birthday wish.

And if you need more inspiration, you can also look through some best friend quotes, including some hilarious sayings and funny jokes to share with your friend.

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Birthday Blessings for Best Friends

  • Your friendship is one of the biggest blessings in my life, and I’m so grateful that God brought us together. Happy birthday to someone truly special!
  • Wishing you blessings as you take another step in your journey of life.
  • God really knew what He was doing when he made us friends. Happy birthday to someone I can always count on!
  • In my prayers this morning, I asked God to give you a big birthday blessing!
  • May your birthday be filled with happiness, blessings, and plenty of cake!
  • I feel so blessed that we’re friends. Happy birthday!
  • Here’s hoping your special day is blessed with all the goodness you put into the world. Happy birthday to the woman with a heart bigger than anyone I know.
  • I’m praying for all your birthday wishes to come true today! You deserve it.
  • Your life is a gift from God, and I know I am grateful to Him for all the blessings you bring into this world. Happy birthday!
  • I pray we’re both blessed with many, many more birthdays to celebrate together.
  • Happy birthday to my best friend! Here’s hoping your guardian angels are smiling down on you today and every day.
  • Praying that God blesses you with peace and joy on your birthday - no one deserves it more than you!
  • Happy birthday! I’m praying that you’re blessed with everything as wonderful as you are as you start this new year of life.
  • May God shower you with all the blessings you deserve as you celebrate your birthday!
  • Happy birthday to my very special best friend! May God continue to bless your path this year.
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Simple Birthday Wishes for Best Friends

  • Happy birthday to my best friend!
  • Wishing you a very special birthday!
  • Happy birthday! I love you a whole lot.
  • Happy birthday to my beautiful and irreplaceable best friend.
  • Happy birthday! Today is all about you.
  • I can’t wait to celebrate you all day long!
  • Happy birthday to a friend who’s forever young at heart.
  • Let’s eat, drink, and be merry!
  • Happy personal new year!
  • I’m so happy that we’re in each other’s lives. Happy birthday!
  • Wishing you the best birthday of all time!
  • Life is more fun when we’re together. Wishing you a very happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to a best friend who truly brings out the best in me.
  • Wishing a happy birthday to someone who’s beautiful inside and out.
  • I hope your birthday is peaceful and joyful, just like you.
  • You’re simply the best! Happy birthday!
  • Birthdays are the universe’s way of telling us to eat more cake.
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Touching Birthday Wishes for Best Friends

  • Happy birthday to someone who makes things brighter everywhere you go!
  • Today, you deserve the biggest celebration for all the joy you bring into the world.
  • Isn’t it fun to think about how far we’ve come since we first met all those years ago? Happy birthday to a lifelong friend.
  • Thanks for sharing your great sense of humor and your big heart with the rest of us.
  • I’m so grateful we got to grow up together. Happy birthday to my friend since [preschool / middle school / college / wherever you met].
  • As we celebrate your birthday, I hope you see yourself the way I see you: gorgeous, kind, smart, funny, compassionate, and all-around amazing.
  • Best friends are the family you get to choose, and I’m so grateful we chose each other. Happy, happy birthday to my best friend in the world.
  • Wishing a very happy birthday to someone who makes the world a happier, more joyful place for everyone.
  • You live your life in a way that makes every day worth celebrating. Wishing you an extra-special celebration today!
  • You’re someone I know I can always count on, and I hope you feel the same. Happy birthday to an amazing friend!
  • When I think about my favorite memories, you’re always a part of them. Let’s make more memories this year!
  • I’m so proud to watch you build a meaningful, joyful life for yourself. Take time to enjoy it, today and every day!
  • Happy birthday, friend! I hope you know how much you’re loved, today and every day.
  • Happy birthday to my unshakable, quick-witted friend who always knows what to do. I’m so thankful to have someone like you in my corner!
  • Cheers to many, many more years of celebrating your birthday together!
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Funny Birthday Wishes for Best Friends

  • I think you’re supposed to get wiser with age? Well, that’s okay, there’s always next year!
  • Happy birthday! I forgive you for being younger than me.
  • Happy birthday to the woman who taught me everything I know about getting on daycare waitlists and who poured me a big glass of wine when I found out the costs.
  • Because it’s your birthday, I’ll share my nachos with you.
  • I’m actually just here for the cake. But happy birthday!
  • Like a fine wine, you’re only getting better with age!
  • Happy birthday to someone who’s talented, gorgeous, and charming. Takes one to know one!
  • [Your pet’s name] says “Happy birthday to my favorite aunt / uncle!”
  • Another year older, and still no gray hairs! Happy birthday to you and your fountain of youth (and maybe your hairdresser).
  • Happy birthday! Having me as your best friend is really the only gift you need.
  • Wishing a very happy birthday to my favorite elder.
  • They say you get wiser and better with age. Is it true? I wouldn’t know, I’m forever 21.
  • Happy birthday to the only person who will be honest with me when my makeup looks weird.
  • We might need to call the fire department to help with all these candles! Happy birthday, friend.
  • I’m so happy we’re going to get old together, and that you have a head start.
  • Happy birthday to someone who is always willing to try a new Pinterest idea with me…and is able to laugh with me when it becomes a Pinterest fail.
  • Happy birthday to someone who is always there to listen when I need to vent about my husband and kids. You’ve saved me lots of money in therapy bills!
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Unique Birthday Wishes for Best Friends

  • Although we only became friends a few years ago, it feels like I’ve known you forever. Happy birthday to a wonderful friend!
  • We may not get into the same types of shenanigans we used to back in the day, but I always have a blast hanging out with you.
  • You have been so strong in the face of a difficult year. Here’s to sunnier days ahead.
  • Happy birthday! Here’s to another year of giggling in yoga class together!
  • Work would be so boring without you! So happy that [company] brought us together.
  • I love that we can always pick up right where we left off. Happy birthday to my lifelong friend!
  • Happy birthday to someone who can make me laugh when I want to cry. I love you so much!
  • Wishing you a birthday that’s as adventurous as you are! Here’s to another year of globe-trotting adventures and funny stories.
  • Although I can’t be there to celebrate with you in person, I’m wishing you the happiest birthday ever!
  • Happy birthday to my favorite [running partner / Bible study pal / soccer mom / etc]!
  • Wishing you 24 hours full of celebration, though you deserve even more!
  • Happy birthday to someone with the most fabulous shoe collection I’ve ever seen!
  • One of the best parts of life is friendship. Thanks for being my friend.
  • When we met, I immediately knew that we’d be friends for a long time. Happy birthday to a wonderful friend!
  • Here’s to another year of dinners and hang-outs where we laugh so hard our cheeks hurt!
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