Birthday Wishes for Boss: What to Say and How


The birthday of your boss is not only a special day at the workplace but also presents a great opportunity to show your respect and appreciation for this person. Below, you will find three different types of birthday wishes for a boss or colleague that are thoughtful, professional, and sure to be appreciated.

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Birthday Cards

Almost everyone appreciates a thoughtful birthday card. To make selecting a birthday card easier, you will find that certain stores and various online websites will have birthday cards specifically written for bosses and colleagues.

If you’d like to show off your creative side, another option would be to create a custom birthday card for your boss. Lastly, e-cards are also a fun and modern way to deliver a happy birthday wish, making it easy to customize a message that is humorous, animated or even interactive! For some text ideas, view example messages for birthday cards below:

  • “Happy birthday! My warmest wishes for personal and professional success.”
  • “Happy birthday to our incredible boss and an incredible person!”
  • “Happy birthday! Wishing you another year of great accomplishments!”
  • “Happy birthday to my excellent boss!”
  • “Warmest birthday wishes to my inspiring co-worker!”
  • “Happy birthday to a wonderful boss and person who means so many different things to our company!”

Email Note

If a birthday card or gift is too much, but you would still like to send positive birthday wishes to your boss, consider an email note. A quick, simple message with an optional photo is still a thoughtful gesture. View example emails below:

  • “Happy birthday to the one who motivates us inspires us, and sets a great example every day.”
  • “Happy birthday to a great leader and friend. Enjoy your day!”
  • “Here’s to another year of success, good health, and happiness. Happy birthday!”
  • “The first thing on the agenda today – a celebration. Happy birthday!
  • “I am lucky and fortunate to have a boss as great as you. Happy birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day!”
  • “Thank you for all that you do for our team each and every day, enjoy YOUR day! Happy Birthday!

Cake or Dessert

Presenting your boss with a cake or other celebratory treat is a great way to show appreciation as a group. Invite everyone to the office kitchen or central meeting place and present the cake as well as a birthday card signed by each member of the team.

This option is a great way to keep the birthday celebration short and sweet, something most prefer at the workplace. If your boss is not a fan of sweets, a group gift card could be a second option to consider.

While there are numerous ways to wish your boss and colleagues a happy birthday, at the end of the day, all birthday wishes are thoughtful and generous messages for the person you work with.
For more professional gift ideas and kind gestures, read Appropriate Corporate Gifts for Coworkers and Ten, Simple Gift Ideas for Coworkers.