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Is It Your Brother's Birthday? These 115 Notes Might Just Cause a Teary-Eyed Moment

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These Captions Are Perf for Your Brother's BdayCourtesy | Margie Rischiotto

He may have annoyed you endlessly during your childhood, but you gotta admit that no one gets you quite like your brother does. After all, he's been there for all of your life's big moments (although he kinda didn't have a choice) and, yes, that includes your questionable Y2K fashion choices in middle school. But, most importantly, he's one of the few people you know that truly gets you—mood swings and pet peeves included. So when his birthday rolls around, you're gonna need the perfect IG caption or birthday card because nothing says "ILY" like the adorable throwback photo you'll be posting to celebrate.

If you're at a loss for words, we saved you some time and compiled these bday wishes for brothers that work just as well in his birthday card, a text, or with a special shoutout on social media. No matter what sentiment you're going for, we've got plenty of funny, touching, and short (yet v sweet) messages perfect for both older and younger brothers. Heck, we even sprinkled in some birthday wishes that you can send your brother-in-law's way when it's his day too.

Between these thoughtful birthday wishes and the perfect gift, your brother will have no choice but to begrudgingly admit that he kinda loves you too, or whatever.

Funny Birthday Wishes for Your Brother

  • I think you’re supposed to get wiser with age? But it’s fine, there’s always next year!

  • Happy birthday to mom’s second-favorite kid!

  • I hope you’re not looking for a present because my presence is your gift this year.

  • Happy birthday to the person who always covered for me when I snuck out after curfew.

  • If you’re feeling old, don’t worry: you’ll always be an annoying little kid to me.

  • [If he’s your only brother] Happy birthday to my favorite brother!

  • You may not have gotten the brains in the family, but you also didn’t get the looks. Anyway, happy birthday!

  • No one gets me like you do, because no one else grew up in our batsh*t crazy fam.

  • Because it’s your birthday, I’ll share my food with you. This won't be a regular thing though.

  • There is no one I’d rather watch Schitt’s Creek with. Happy birthday to the David to my Alexis.

  • I love you even despite all of the times you've snitched on me.

  • You know I love you because I spent more than $10 on this six-pack. You’re worth it, birthday boy.

  • [Your pet’s name] wanted me to tell you “Happy birthday to my favorite uncle!”

  • I guess your birthday wish came true because you have me as your sibling!

  • Happy birthday to someone who’s charming, smart, and perfect in every way. Takes one to know one!

  • Happy birthday to someone who loves me even though I take forever to reply to your texts.

  • Birthday candles won’t be the only thing getting lit this weekend, amirite??

  • Remember to smile awkwardly as the whole fam sings “Happy Birthday” at dinner tonight!

  • Oh, I’m actually just here for the cake. HBD, though!

  • Honestly, I feel bad for everyone who doesn’t get to have you as a brother. What a lame life!

  • Because it’s your birthday, I’ll let you control the music in my car. Use this privilege wisely.

  • I love you even though you hog the bathroom.

  • Happy birthday to my kid brother. Hopefully by now you’ve outgrown your aversion to vegetables.

  • Really, we should be celebrating Mom today. She did all the work, you kinda just showed up.

  • You know what they say, birthdays are the universe’s way of telling us to eat more cake.

Simple Birthday Wishes for Your Brother

  • Happy birthday, bro! I love you a whole lot.

  • I’m proud to have you representing the [Last Name] family out there in the world.

  • Happy birthday to my built-in best friend.

  • Wishing you a birthday as special as you are.

  • Happy birthday to my funny, accomplished, kind brother.

  • I have a feeling this trip around the sun will be a movie.

  • HBDTTVBBOAT! (Happy Birthday to the very best brother of all time. Keep up!)

  • Friends may come and go, but siblings are forever. Happy birthday to the best brother.

  • [Birthday date] is def my favorite holiday. Happy birthday!!!

  • My life would suck without you, dude.

  • The title I'm most proud of is your [sister/brother].

  • Happy personal new year!

  • In honor of your birthday, let’s eat, drink, and be merry!

  • Wishing you a birthday as adventurous as you are!

  • Happy birthday to my favorite gym buddy.

  • Let’s make this year one for the record books!

Touching Birthday Wishes for Your Brother

  • On this day, a special person came into this world, and I’m so grateful.

  • Sending you a birthday wish wrapped with all my love.

  • Happy birthday to my first best friend.

  • Happy birthday! You amaze me more and more with each passing day!

  • I hope you know how much you’re loved, today and every day. Happy birthday, bro.

  • You’ve grown so much in the last year, and I’m so proud of you. Here’s to many more years of growing up together.

  • Happy birthday to the most thoughtful brother I could ask for.

  • I feel so lucky that we got to grow up together. Happy birthday to my first-ever friend.

  • Happy birthday to someone who makes the world a better, brighter place to be.

  • There’s pretty much nothing I wouldn’t do for you, and I know you feel the same. Happy birthday!

  • I’ve never known a life without you and boy am I grateful for that. Happy birthday!

  • Happy birthday to the guy who’s always there to pick me up when times get tough. Love you lots!

  • Thanks for sharing your goofy sense of humor and big heart with the rest of us.

  • My birthday wish is that you get every good thing you deserve this year.

  • I hope you see yourself the way I see you: smart, thoughtful, strong, and hilarious.

  • I know it’s been a tough year. Here’s to a brand new one!

  • There’s a reason the universe dropped lil ole you into my life kiddo. Happy birthday!

  • You approach life in a way that makes every single day a celebration. But let’s make today’s *extra* special!

  • Happy birthday to someone who taught me everything I know about golf / cooking / vintage record players / whatever your brother is really into

  • Here’s hoping every single one of your birthday wishes comes true this year.

  • Although I’m not there to celebrate with you in person, I’m sending you all the good vibes for your birthday!

  • We may not live under the same roof anymore, but don’t worry, I’ll always keep annoying you from afar!

Birthday Wishes for Your Older Brother

  • Happy birthday to the guy who’s been there for me since day one (literally).

  • So glad we’re growing up together, and also that you have a head start!

  • You may be older, but I’m still the wiser one.

  • Happy birthday to the guy who was always there to protect me.

  • Happy birthday! I'll be your annoying little echo for life.

  • Wishing a very happy birthday to my role model.

  • Happy birthday, old man!

  • Being my big brother can't be easy, but you pull it off somehow.

  • Happy birthday to the guy who was always tasked with looking after me. Sorry I was such a terror!

  • Don’t sweat those gray hairs, birthday boy!

  • Happy birthday to the brother all my friends crushed on in high school (before you ask, nope!!!!!)

  • Okay, as much as I hate to admit it, you’ve always been my cool older brother.

  • Happy birthday to the person who honestly established my music taste.

  • Thanks for being the eldest sibling, so that mom and dad knew how to parent by the time I came around. You’re a real one!

  • I don’t say it enough, but I’m so grateful to have an older brother like you.

  • Happy birthday to my partner in crime since day one.

  • I know you weren’t so sure when they brought me home from the hospital, but hopefully you’ve grown slightly more fond of me since then.

Birthday Wishes for Your Younger Brother

  • Don't worry, I forgive you for being younger than me.

  • Your gift is that I literally taught you everything you know. You’re welcome!

  • It may be your day, but don’t forget to respect your elders (that’d be me).

  • You’re welcome for being mom and dad’s guinea pig.

  • No matter how old you get, you’ll always be my annoying little brother.

  • JSYK, I was fighting for my life to be allowed to stay out past 9:30. Aren’t you glad they’d mostly given up by the time you were a teenager?

  • Happy birthday! You'll always be 12 in my head brother.

  • Maybe by the time you’re my age you’ll be as charming and attractive as me. I guess we’ll see!

  • Happy birthday to the kid who is always willing to go along with my hijinks.

  • It’s no wonder you turned out so great with a role model like me.

  • Happy birthday to the baby of the family!

  • I may have cried when they brought you home from the hospital, but you’ve kinda grown on me.

  • When it comes to to kid brothers, I seriously lucked out

  • As the kids say, you’re the GOAT. HBD brother!!!

  • Happy birthday to the brother who keeps me feeling young (BTW, can you explain to me what Fortnite is again?)

  • Happy birthday to someone who is forever young at heart.

  • My birthday gift to you is this advice: get a good desk chair, because after age 30 your back will just kind of hurt all the time.

  • To quote the great poet 50 Cent, “We gon’ party like it’s your birthday!”

Birthday Wishes for Your Brother-In-Law

  • Happy birthday to the only person I would have allowed to marry my sister/brother.

  • Happy birthday! I’m so glad you married [sibling], because I really needed someone who would complain about her/him with me.

  • I’m so grateful you’re part of our family now. You're just the addition we needed.

  • I'm so grateful for the joy that you bring to [sibling]. Happy Birthday.

  • We may not have grown up together, but it feel like you've always been apart of the family. Happy Birthday!

Sibling Quotes for Your Brother When "HBD" Won't Cut It

  • "Siblings are like stars. You may not always see them, but they're always there." —Unknown

  • "Be nice to your siblings — they're your best link to your past and the most likely to stay with you in the future." —Mary Schmich

  • “They say that not matter how old you become, when you are with your siblings, you revert back to childhood.”― Karen White

  • "Happiness is seeing your sibling smile." —Unknown

  • "Our sibling bond is not eye to eye. Rather, it is heart to heart." —Unknown

  • "The rainbow sign, the blended flower/Still have my heart in thrall/The quiet joys of brotherhood/And love is lord of all." —Sandy Denny

  • “What strange creatures brothers are!”― Jane Austen

  • "What are siblings for if not to point out the things the rest of the world is too polite to mention?" —Claire Cook

  • “The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.”― Robert Brault

  • “Who knows you better than your own brother?”― Karen Joy Fowler

  • “I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.”― Maya Angelou

  • "Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together." —Sam Levenson

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