50 Instagram Caption Ideas to Celebrate All the ~Special~ Birthdays in Your Life

Photo credit: john francis
Photo credit: john francis

From Cosmopolitan

There are few things in life better than birthdays—and most of them do not involve champagne or glitter. That’s because one (one!!) day a year is dedicated solely to celebrating you, your bestie, your mother, your sister, and whomever else is on your “Close Friends” list on IG.

But if you’re wondering, “Ugh, how in the hell do I commemorate someone’s birthday who just means so much to me?” Open Instagram, pick a cute photo, and let us do the rest. After all, the app was pretty much created for this, right?

We’ve already come up with some pretty perfect (I’m not NOT bragging) captions for whatever pic you decide to post.

Right this way for 50 ideas that’ll secure all the Likes and give you and the birthday queens (or kings!) the clout they deserve.

For the BFF

  • “Today is the only day I won’t fight you for the last mozz stick. HBD, my girl.”

  • “Happy birthday to the girl who literally crafts 90 percent of the messages to my Tinder matches and smashes pepperoni pizzas. You the real MVP.”

  • “It’s not really your birthday unless I’m posting a sexy pic of us, right?”

  • “Your birthday is worth more than just an IG Story. You get a spot on the grid. ILY.”

  • “Not sure where I’d be without you, [Insert name]. Cheers to another [How old they are turning] years.”

  • “It’s hard to find people who will love you no matter what. I was lucky enough to find one of them. Happy birthday to you, my best friend.”

  • “So happy we ended up [place where you met: pre-school, college dorm room, etc.] at the same time.”

For the S.O.

  • “[Insert age they are turning] looks great on you.”

  • “Life isn’t perfect, but you’re close. Happy birthday, my love.”

  • “To the person I love even when I’m hungry. You’re the best. Happy birthday. “

  • “Had no idea this was in store when I downloaded Tinder [or insert however you met]. I also had no idea I’d be the type to post about someone on Instagram for their birthday. Guess you’re worth it.”

  • “Happy birthday, my lil [insert zodiac sign].”

  • “HBD to the person who [insert weird thing they do] but still steals my heart every. freaking. day. You’re my person, and I love you.”

  • “Happy birthday to the best view.”

  • “Hey Siri, play Jeremiah’s ‘Birthday Sex.'”

For Yourself

  • “Shout out to my momma for birthing me today. Give her all the hype.”

  • “Who knew [insert your age] would bring me so many memories…and tequila shots. Thankful for another year.”

  • “If I didn’t post a cute pic of myself, would you even know it was my birthday?”

  • “Tell me happy birthday or GTFO.”

  • “Who knew celebrating me could be so fun?”

  • “Well, I just turned [insert age], and I still have no idea what to do with my hands.”

  • “Hope everyone’s celebrating my birthday with pizza, ranch, and rosé. Love you, all. Thanks for making my day the best.”

For Mom

  • “Not sure how aging works, but you don’t look a day over 20. Let’s hope this woman passes her genes to me.”

  • “If I grow up to be half the woman you are, I’ll know I’ve had too many margaritas. Just kidding, I love you.”

  • “Will always celebrate you with tacos, mom. To my best friend, happy birthday.”

  • “Thanks for always knowing where I left my phone and diagnosing that weird bump on my chin. You always deserve celebrating but especially today. Happy birthday to the best mom.”

  • “I feel seriously bad for people who think they have the best moms. They’ve got nothing on you. Happy birthday.”

  • “For everyone who knows me, they know I’m my mother’s daughter. V thankful for that title. Love you, mom. Happy birthday!”

  • “Happy birthday to the woman who literally spent eight hours birthing me! You the real one.”

For Dad

  • “Happy birthday to my hero.”

  • “In honor of your birthday, you get to tell one dad joke today. One!”

  • “To the man who always taught me right from wrong, how to ride a bike, and the easiest way to shotgun a beer, I love you. Happy birthday.”

  • “Happy birthday to the dude who raised me. Bless you for putting up with my ass. You deserve all the celebrations today.”

  • “Remember when Darth Vader said ‘You are my father?’ Yeah, I felt that. HBD, dad!”

  • “Happy birthday to the person who taught me how I deserve to be treated.”

  • “Happy birthday to the dude who will spend all day watching [insert show you watch together] and still make time to hang with me. Love you!”

  • “Happy birthday to the one responsible for my [insert trait]. “

For the Siblings


  • “It’s not really your birthday unless I post a pic of us where I look cuter, right?”

  • “I always wanted a brother, but I guess you’re alright. HBD!”

  • “Happy birthday to the girl who shares her clothes with me, even if she doesn’t know it. Love you!”

  • “Happy birthday to the one who always gets mistaken for my twin.”

  • “Happy birthday to the Gigi to my Bella.”


  • “I love you—even when your breathing annoys me. HBD, bro!”

  • “You deserve all the attention today. Happy birthday!”

  • “Can we all give my brother the clout he deserves on his day?”

  • “You’re kind of gross, but ILY. Happy birthday!”

For Anyone

  • “You deserve all the cake and sparkles today. Happy birthday!”

  • “If we only get to celebrate you one day a year, let’s do the damn thing.”

  • “Even though it’s your birthday, I hope you don’t cry…even if you want to.”

  • “Ryan Gosling told me to tell you happy birthday. Seriously.”

  • “Happy birthday, [insert name]. Can you at least try to look a year older?”

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