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25+ Card Message Ideas for Milestone Birthdays

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You might be wondering how to properly wish a loved one a “Happy Birthday,” especially for a milestone year in life. 

Depending on the age of the birthday guy/gal, there might be some uniquely funny and appropriate messages. From the 21st birthday to the 60th, here are some fun sentiments galore.

21st Birthday Wishes

Twenty-one is a significant milestone birthday! Although 18 is considered adulthood, 21 feels like freedom.

  • Cheers! You've finally reached the legal drinking age! It's about time after all the beers. Happy celebrating! 
  • Happy 21st birthday! I am incredibly proud of the success you have found at an early age. You're wise beyond your years. 
  • The winds of change are blowing, and it seems they've blown you straight into adulthood. I'm proud of who you are & where you're heading. I'll always be a safe place for you to land. 
  • Twenty-one years ago, we knew you'd be trouble the first time we saw you. Just kidding. You were actually quite cute back then. Happy birthday!
  • Enjoy every moment of this beautiful season of life. Don't feel pressured to rush to the next stage. Happy 21st! 

25th Birthday Wishes

The 25th birthday is a milestone, but halfway between twenty and thirty can feel nerve-wracking for some. So share some encouragement, a maintenance-free artificial houseplant bouquet, and a dash of humor.

  • When you're 1/4 of 100, you have a better idea of what you want in life. You can create the life you want. Happy 25th! 
  • Happy birthday! Remember: you're where you need to be. Trust that everything will unfold for you at the perfect time.
  • Happy 25th birthday! You are my favorite person. I love growing up together. 
  • To my wonderful daughter/son, happy birthday! It's hard to believe you're already 25. Getting to know you in each new stage of life is one of my favorite things. 
  • I am proud of the authentic & responsible way you live your life. I see many happy years in your future! Happy 25th birthday! 

40th Birthday Wishes

Traditionally, the 40th birthday is a landmark occasion in a person's life. So, if they feel iffy about the event, share encouragement & kindness. If they don't seem worried about it, give the gift of comedy. 

  • You're not very excited about today, so I got this birthday card. Happy 40th! It is your birthday.
  • It's great to grow old with my best friend. What's even better is you're older than me!
  • Look on the bright side. You aren't 40 in dog years! 
  • Happy 40th birthday, friend! I hope you're ready for the best decade of your life.

You may want to share an encouraging or inspirational quote: 

  • "As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it." -Margaret Deland
  • "One of the many things that nobody tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young." -Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • "The formula of happiness and success is just being actually yourself in the most vivid way you possibly can." -Meryl Streep 
  • "Life begins at 40." -Walter Pitkin

50th Birthday Wishes

Many people find ways to stay fit, healthy, and feel great at fifty! So celebrate their vitality and this monumental milestone.

  • I swear you're the youngest 50-year-old I know! You make us all feel younger when you're around. Fifty looks fantastic on you.
  • On this day thirty years ago, you turned twenty. That alone is a reason to celebrate! Happy anniversary of your 20th birthday.
  • If age precedes wisdom, you must be the wisest of all! Happy 50th Birthday, friend!  
  • Happy 50th birthday! The world has been lucky to have you for all these years. Cheers to the next 50! 
  • We've got the fire department on standby, so go ahead and light the candles. Happy 50th birthday! 

60th Birthday Wishes

Sixty is a spectacular milestone! Share a message that will warm the heart of your loved one on their birthday.

  • All the wrinkles on your face tell stories of life enjoyed. You're magnificent, and I'm so thankful that you're my (mom/grandma/aunt/sister)! 
  • You're a little "Old Fashioned" but still really cool! Happy 60th Birthday, Grandpa! I'm so lucky to have you in my life. 
  • When I turn 60, I hope to be as happy, healthy, and in love with life as you are. You're an inspiration! Happy Spectacular 60th! 
  • This birthday is the beginning of something magical: senior discounts! Happy Celebrating... and saving! 
  • They say that age is merely a number. For you, it's just an enormous number, and that's okay too. Happy Birthday! We love you! 

Birthday celebrations are meaningful. People feel treasured when loved ones remember them on their birthdays. So let this be the year that you give a card for each family member or friend's birthday. They'll fondly remember the gesture and your particular birthday message if you do.

Then, make your birthday messages extra meaningful by writing it inside a unique & artsy pop-up birthday card! They'll display it (and continue raving about it!) for months to come. 

 

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