21 Ways to Say ‘Thank You for the Birthday Wishes’ on Facebook


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In the middle of blowing out candles and opening up presents, birthdays can make you slightly stressed about how to adequately thank friends you haven’t spoken to in six years. 

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You don’t need to send a thank-you note — here’s how to say thank you for birthday wishes on Facebook! 

Tip: If you had an in-person or virtual birthday party, a great way to say thank you is with a party favor. You can try sending out these small cactus tealight candles or some rainbow bubbles with a thoughtful note.

Funny ‘Thank You for the Birthday Wishes’ Messages for Facebook

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There are plenty of reasons you might go the funny route with your thank you message. Maybe you’ve had an eventful year full of twists and turns and some comedic relief is warranted, or maybe you’re not that psyched about your age.

Try these funny options to thank your Facebook friends for their best wishes

1. “Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I’m still calling it 29!”

Aging is the most normal thing in life, yet it’s not super easy to come to terms with. We get it! This quick, easy post thanks everyone at once for their well wishes and also jokes about the internal struggle you may be enduring on your birthday.  

2. “I didn’t realize I had so many friends, thank you so much for the birthday wishes!”

Facebook notifies everyone on your friend list that it’s your birthday. That means you may get hundreds of birthday wishes from many of those people you most likely don’t speak to often. A funny response to this is to just call it how it is! 

3. “Wow! Can you all stop telling me what to do? Just kidding, thanks for the birthday wishes!”

After being inundated with people insisting you have a happy, amazing, wonderful, lovely and incredible birthday, a funny and unexpected response is “Don’t tell me what to do!”

4. “I want to sincerely thank Facebook for notifying all of my friends (including people I have only spoken to once in my life) of my birthday.”

Again, another glaringly awkward aspect of Facebook birthdays… Sometimes we friend people on Facebook we only meet once, or who are friends of a friend, or we might even request people by accident! That makes for a lot of birthday notifications. 

5. “Thank you to all of you for the birthday wishes, and if you didn’t wish me a happy birthday, expect to be unfriended within 24 hours.” 

Of course, this is a joke, but it’s funny and might actually provoke some stragglers to post a belated birthday post out of guilt! 

6. “Yeah, thanks everyone, but where are the presents?!”

As long as your friends can take a silly, sarcastic joke, this is a funny response to the many birthday wishes you are likely to get. 

7. A GIF of your choice

You can find a quick and accessible option to pull up endless options gif options. Type in a funny phrase and select your choice of gif, from a puppy smiling to a kitten saying thank you. You’re bound to come across a gif that’ll thank your friends for their birthday messages. 

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Emotional ‘Thank You for the Birthday Wishes’ on Facebook

Example of an emotional thank you message for birthday wishes over an image of colorful lights

You may feel all the feels during your birthday. You may reflect on the ups and downs and the growth you've endured. You may be more interested in sharing your thoughts in an emotionally charged Facebook post as you thank your Facebook friends for their messages. Here are some ideas.

8. “Thank you for being in my life.” 

You may see dozens or even hundreds of happy birthday posts on your Facebook page. It’s a nice thought that so many people took time out of their day to write to you and wish you a happy birthday. Respond with a deep thank you — it goes a step further. 

9. “Time is precious.”

Birthdays celebrate years lived and emphasize just how precious time is. If your year was tough from sickness or loss, you might take this time to share the sentiment that time is precious and just how much you appreciate each birthday you get to have. 

10. “You have been a part of my journey.” 

Shout out the impact each of those people has had in your life. No matter how small, each person you have crossed paths with has influenced you. 

11. ”Don’t take life for granted.” 

Take the chance to discuss the fragility of life. The harsh fact of life is that no day is guaranteed, and a great time to celebrate life itself is on our birthdays. An emotional post about the gift of life and how you choose to not take it for granted is an option. 

12. “This year I learned… ” 

Many people enjoy constructing a reflection post for their birthday. You can discuss what you've gone through and/or learned in the past year. Share it, be raw and use your birthday as a time to reach out to your friend list to discuss real stuff. 

13. “Next year I plan to…”

You may want to set resolutions for your birthday. Who says resolutions have to happen on January 1? In your thank-you message, share your hopes and goals for the next year and you may inspire your friends to do the same. 

14. Photo of a high or low point of the year.

Another emotional approach to your Facebook post is to reflect on a high or low point in the year you are celebrating. You might share a photo of your final chemotherapy treatment, a photo of you graduating college or simply a happy day at the beach. 

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Simple ‘Thank You for the Birthday Wishes’ on Facebook Messages

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Thanking your Facebook friends for their kind words can be as detailed or deep as you’d like it to be. These simple options will do the trick and will be just as appreciated as other options. 

15. “Thank you for taking the time to wish me a happy birthday!”

That’s pretty simple, isn’t it? It doesn’t require much thought at all. Post that for a simple, adequate thank you. 

16. “Your birthday wishes made my day extra special, thank you!”

This message is still simple, yet emphasizes just how much these posts meant to you. The truth is, seeing dozens of kind words on your Facebook page wishing you well will give you a great feeling and it’s nice to share that with your friends. 

17. Birthday Photo 

Instead of sticking to a simple phrase or few words, post a photo blowing out the candles and a message: “Thank you for the birthday wishes!” This will not only thank everyone but will catch the eye of everyone scrolling Facebook so your post will have a better possibility of being seen and appreciated! 

18. “This year I was reminded of the many kind people I have in my life from the many birthday wishes I received. Thank you!”

This is simple but still a sweet way to thank your friends. 

19. “I wish I could personally take the time to thank you all so much for your kind messages. I feel so blessed!”

If you feel a bit guilty for not responding to each post individually, use this option to acknowledge it within your response. This way you do thank everyone but avoid having to come up with creative responses for each post! 

20. “Today I feel so loved, and I thank you all for doing that for me!”

Simply share how special you feel from people’s kindness with this quick post option. 

21. “Here’s to another great year. Thank you for making my day that much better!”

Along with a shout out to your birthday and the year ahead, thank your friends for their addition to your birthday celebration. 

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Virtual Birthday Wishes Mean Just the Same

Your Facebook birthday wishes might feel just as special as your in-person wishes and hugs. Facebook offers a way to get these birthday wishes from people near and far, even people you haven’t spoken to in years. Have a very happy birthday!

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