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The Best Short Messages for Birthdays

Bouquet of bright pink peonies on a table with frosted white birthday cake.

Did you know that 62% of Americans prefer gifts that feel more personal? Taking the extra minute to make a short message from the heart can help your loved one or friend feel more appreciated on their birthday. While anyone can charge a credit card and pick a gift, it takes a conscious effort to attach a message that’s made just for the recipient. So, what types of short messages can you write when you pick a floral or deliverable gift? Here are some starting points.

Short on Time? Try Our Pre-Written Notes

We know that life can be busy, but a birthday flower delivery makes it easy to reach loved ones near or far — even if you only have 10 minutes to shop for a gift. This is why you can make your own message or select a pre-written note at checkout.

When you go through the checkout process, select “birthday” in the “tell us why you are sending” box, then click “personalize your gift”. Then, you can add a short note (don’t forget to sign your name). There is a 160-character limit, which is around a couple of sentences. Stumped? Don’t worry! Sometimes it can be hard to come up with something on the spot. This is why we created a few preset messages that we have when you select “Birthday” as the occasion. Some of these messages include:

  • Happy Birthday! I totally remembered your birthday without Facebook telling me. That’s true friendship.
  • Roses are red, violets are blue, happiest of birthdays to you!
  • Happy Birthday! UrbanStems gave me 160 characters to write this note, and with this sentence, I used just about all of it. Enjoy your day!

If these messages don’t say exactly how you feel, here are some other heartfelt messages that are within 160 characters to make a personalized impact.

Quick Birthday Messages For Your Loved Ones

When you want to make your birthday flower delivery extra special, make slight changes to these quick messages during checkout. All you need to do is then add their name and sign to let them know who it’s from. Check out these favorite messages that you can give to different types of people in your life.

Best Friend

Your best friend has been with you through thick and thin, so you can get quite playful and get more personal as opposed to work friends or acquaintances.

  • I’m so glad to celebrate the day you came into this world! On this day, I hope that your wishes come true and you have a wonderful time!
  • Happy birthday! It’s time to celebrate one of the most amazing people I know — you!
  • Today’s a day to celebrate the greatest human on this planet. I’m so incredibly grateful you’re in my life.
  • For years you have been my bestie and confidante. I don’t know what life would be like without you. Have a wonderful birthday!
  • On this day, I want to celebrate everything you are. May all your dreams come true today and every day. Happy Birthday.

Romantic Relationships

Your special someone is certainly expecting a gift from you, and when it has a personalized message, they will feel loved and honored.

  • I’m so glad I met you and get to celebrate your birthday today. Can’t wait to meet up later to wine and dine!
  • Every day I am so grateful that we met. I'm so excited to celebrate another year of your life. It just keeps on getting better!
  • Every day feels special since we’ve been together, but this one just feels extra special because you entered this world. I’m so glad I found you.


Your parents deserve special honor on their birthday, so take care to give them the sweetest messages, whether you will see them later in the day or are miles apart.

  • Happy Birthday _mom/dad_! Thank you so much for being awesome. I can’t wait to celebrate with you later today.
  • Happy Birthday! Even if we’re miles away, you’re always close to my heart.
  • It’s time for cake and candles, gifts and music! Thankful that you are here with us and we love you so much. Happy Birthday.
  • It’s that time of year again! We are so glad to celebrate another year with you.

Acquaintances & Work Friends

Sometimes you need to keep up professional relationships with gifts, and flowers do a good job delivering that “wow” factor.

  • Happy birthday, _name_! Wishing you a very happy birthday — may this day be filled with everything you love.
  • Happy birthday to our hard-working team leader! We appreciate you so much. You deserve everything and more.
  • It’s your special day! I hope you have the time of your life! Live it up! These flowers are just a token of my appreciation.
  • We wish you the happiest birthday. Thank you for being a great leader.
  • Of all the coworkers in the world, I’m glad one of them is you! Happy birthday!
  • As you turn one year older and retirement is around the corner, we just want to show you how much you mean to us. Happy birthday!

From Family to Family

Sometimes families like to go all-in for a smashing bouquet for another person. When your families are close to each other, it’s easy to give an impressive gift. Keep the message short and sweet since it’s from a group.

  • We offer the warmest wishes from our household to yours on your very special day!
  • Your life is just as beautiful as this colorful bouquet! Happy birthday from our family to yours.
  • This bouquet is just as vibrant as the shared friendship of our families. We can’t be more grateful to celebrate your special day!
  • We want to let you know on this special day what joy you have brought to our lives. Happy Birthday!

Missed Birthdays

Delivering flowers is a great way to be present even when you can’t be physically there for someone’s birthday. Here are some of the best heartfelt messages for long-distance gifts.

  • I hope all of your hopes and dreams come true on this very special day. Happy birthday to you!
  • It’s your birthday! I hope it is filled with happiness and plenty of love.
  • I am sorry I can’t be there with you today but have a wonderful time! celebrate joyfully another year of your life.
  • No matter if I’m near or far, I’m always thinking of you. May you have a very happy day full of good things.
  • Although we can’t be together today, I’m always thinking of you. Can’t wait to celebrate with you next year!

Birthday Flower Delivery

UrbanStems is proud to offer a curated selection of deliverable gifts. With a wide range of bouquet, plant, and gift options, it’s easy to find something that celebrates an upcoming birthday with fanfare. We offer same-day delivery and next-day delivery and pre-orders up to 2 weeks in advance. Delivery is included in all orders! Tell us when your birthday is and we'll send you a surprise gift!


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