69 Funny Birthday Card Messages, Wishes & Quotes

Last updated: March 20th, 2024 Published on: August 21, 2023

Choosing a birthday card is just half the battle; now you have to think of something funny to write inside. We’ve all been there, you’ve picked out a great card but when you sit down to write your message, you can’t think of anything besides “Happy birthday.” Well, don’t worry! Our team of greeting card experts have scoured the internet, searched our own cards and trawled thousands of ideas to bring you a list of the 69 funniest things you can say inside your card. From the rude and offensive to the cheeky and light-hearted messages, simply choose your favourite and pass it off as your own in your funny birthday card. You’re welcome!

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Classic Funny Birthday Wishes

The go-to for any birthday, we’ve crafted these funny birthday wishes to be great for almost any birthday celebration. Perfect for that friend you only see once a year or that colleague who you don’t have any inside jokes with, just go with one of these classics to get them laughing.

  1. I always limit my budget on buying birthday gifts according to what that person gave me as a gift on my birthday. Enjoy your gift of nothing!
  2. Happy birthday to one of the few people whose birthday I can remember without a Facebook reminder.
  3. Forget about the past, you can’t change it. Forget about the future, you can’t predict it. Forget about the present, I didn’t get you one.
  4. May your Facebook wall be filled with birthday wishes from people you’ve never met, haven’t seen in years, or genuinely couldn’t care less about.
  5. On your birthday don’t forget to set goals that are sky high and spend the rest of the year miserably trying to build a rocket to get there.
  6. You’re a really hard individual to shop for… so I didn’t get you anything. Happy birthday!
  7. Happy birthday to the only person I would rescue in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
  8. If you were Jesus, today would be Christmas!
  9. Smart, good looking, and funny. But enough about me. Happy birthday!
  10. It is scientifically proven that people who have more birthdays live longer.
  11. Right, let’s get you so drunk that you end up believing it’s my birthday and buying me drinks all night 😉
  12. Happy birthday! Can you believe we used to think people our age were adults and had their life in order?
  13. Congratulations on getting slightly older!
  14. Well done – you have still been alive for several years!

Old Age Jokes

Is your old man turning one year older? Or maybe your friend that’s a little bit older than you needs reminding that they’ll always be the old mate in the group. Here’s a selection of our best old age birthday jokes and messages, perfect for your friends or family who need a gentle but humours reminder that their best years are behind them!

  1. Happy birthday – I’m so glad you’ll always be older than me!
  2. Remember that growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional!
  3. Birthdays are like spotting Bigfoot. You really do want to see them but you’re a little afraid of what they’ll look like…
  4. If you look back through all the years you’ve lived, the first thing you’ll notice is that you need a telescope.
  5. Happy birthday – So far, this is the oldest you’ve ever been!
  6. At least you’re not as old as you will be next year… if you make it!
  7. If anyone calls you old, hit them with your cane and throw your teeth at them!
  8. Yes, we have reached that age… when every compliment we get is usually followed by ‘for your age’. You’re still looking great though… for your age!
  9. As you get older, three things happen. The first thing is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.
  10. Congratulations! You are now old enough to need TWO packs of candles for your cake.
  11. We all knew this day was coming. It’s best to just suck it up and accept it’s no longer acceptable for you to eat a happy meal in public.
  12. Don’t worry about your age… alcohol will make it all better!
  13. I will stop making age jokes on your birthday now… you’ve reached the age where it’s genuinely not funny anymore.
  14. Just remember the more candles on the cake, the bigger the cake you’ll get! Now who’s laughing?
  15. Another year older and you’re one step closer to getting those Velcro shoes!
  16. Remember that age is just a number… just a really, REALLY high one in your case!
  17. I regret to inform you that your childhood has EXPIRED.

Rude Birthday Messages

Everyone has at least one friend who absolutely roast each other at every chance they get, but they’re absolutely inseparable. So, if your friend who shows affection through insults has a birthday coming up, throw some shade back their way with these brilliant funny (but definitely slightly insulting) birthday messages.

  1. Happy birthday! Let’s celebrate the first time you cried naked in someone else’s bed…
  2. I hope you have a happy annual celebration of escaping from your mum’s uterus. I wish that you may never again have to return to your dark underwater prison.
  3. Birthdays are like bogeys. The more you have, the harder it is to breathe!
  4. I hope your birthday is better than walking through a fart with your mouth open.
  5. Since it’s your birthday, I’ll let you leave the lights on.
  6. May your day be more beautiful than a unicorn farting rainbows.
  7. I hope you celebrate your birthday the way you came into this world, naked and screaming!
  8. Some say that age is just a number. I say that’s bullsh**. I mean, you’re getting really old. Happy birthday anyway.
  9. Happy birthday… congratulations on now being of the age where understand the horror of waking yourself up with your own fart!
  10. You might be old, but you’re still a d***.
  11. Older and wiser… but still a bit of a pr***.
  12. I didn’t know where to start on your birthday present so I thought I’d trawl the internet. After a couple of hours, I found some really good stuff. But then I remembered I was supposed to be finding you a birthday present and it was too late. Sorry!
  13. Have a mucking farvellous birthday!
  14. Some things are better with age. Too bad you aren’t one of them.

Sarcastic Birthday Messages

“Wooooow, I’m sooo happy that I have to write another birthday card…” If that feels familiar, don’t worry – we’ve saved you the effort by picking out your sarcastic birthday card message for you. So, if you’re the king or queen or sarcasm or you just want them to know how much (or how little) you care, steal one of these ideas and send their way.

  1. You’re the least famous person I know of who was born on your birthday.
  2. I couldn’t think of a message that would make you laugh for your birthday card… you’re too boring…
  3. I hope your birthday is better than the card I sent you…
  4. Seriously, I don’t know how many more of your birthdays I can handle.
  5. Another year older… and you still can’t grow a beard.
  6. If I made fun of how many years old you are, it would be beyond funny.
  7. Getting someone as awesome as me to send a birthday message to you, has undoubtedly been your biggest achievement this year.
  8. Congratulations on being a year older and still maintaining such a low level of maturity; you are truly an inspiration.
  9. Happy birthday! Here is a piece of card to show you how little I care…
  10. What are you so happy about? It’s your birthday and you are going to have to spend a lot of money to keep us happy. At least have fun doing it!
  11. Life was meant to be celebrated more often than just one day a year. Man, you’re missing opportunities the other 364 days!
  12. I decided to keep having birthdays because it beats the alternative… Death.

Belated Birthday Wishes

Lost track of the days and missed your friends birthday? Or maybe you were away on the day and are celebrating with them later? No worries! With these funny belated birthday wishes, they won’t even mind that you missed the big day. Simply stick one of these ideas in your card and you’ll be off the hook for forgetting their big day. You’re welcome.

  1. I know you had lots of birthday wishes yesterday, but who is thinking of you today? Me, that’s who. Happy belated birthday!
  2. I’m sorry my birthday wishes are belated—I honestly didn’t think you’d live this long. Happy birthday!
  3. Sorry I wasn’t there with you to mourn the loss of your youth. Happy birthday!
  4. It’s not your fault, buddy. No one can help the fact that you’re growing old, and that I totally forgot… Happy belated birthday!
  5. You’re amazing, wise, super cool, fantastic, brilliant, intelligent – but don’t get too excited. I’m only saying all these things because I’m a couple of days late! Happy birthday!
  6. It wasn’t my fault… Facebook forgot to remind me about your birthday!
  7. It’s so tough to believe that you are getting older, that I decided to wish you a happy birthday late this year.
  8. Sorry I missed your birthday… hopefully you’ll have another one next year…

Funny Quotes for Their Birthday

There’s nothing better than a genuinely funny and creative birthday card to make someone’s special day even more special. As Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else ever thought.” Luckily for you however, we’ve saved you the effort and pulled together some funny and creative quotes for you to use in their card this year.

  1. Two things that are inevitable for any living person are birthdays and taxes.
  2. Birthdays are like cheese. They stink more the older they get.
  3. Aging is the worst side effect of birthdays.
  4. There’s really only one true birthday. The rest are simply anniversaries of the day of a person’s birth.
  5. Birthdays are like vacations. You don’t have one too often and they come and go too quickly.
  6. The old pessimist focuses on his growing number. The old optimist focuses on his growing blessings.
  7. Getting older is just part of life… and the other parts are even worse.
  8. The older you get, the more disoriented your hair gets. Once it leaves your head, it seems to get lost.

There you go, 69 of our best ideas for funny things to write in your next birthday card. If you’ve found the perfect quote but still haven’t bought their card, don’t worry – we can help with that too! You can explore a huge range of funny birthday cards, including a wide range of brilliant designs that they’re sure to love! Plus, why not pair your card with a unique personalised gift for a special birthday present that’s sure to make them laugh?