Being the cool aunt or uncle is such a burden. Whether you choose to shower your nephew with attention, or go the tried-and-true route of buying his love with expensive gifts, it requires a tremendous investment of resources.
That said, it’s also a pretty sweet deal. You get to be part of that special guy’s life without having to do a lot of the difficult parenting stuff. You may even find that your nephew looks up to you as a friend and mentor in a way that makes his mom and dad jealous (score!).
To help you be the coolest aunt or uncle you can be, we’ve put together the following list of sweet and clever birthday wishes for a nephew. Whether Dear Nephew is all grown up, or just a little tot, these messages are sure to get you the brownie points you crave.
Note: If you’re a godparent to your nephew, you’ll also want to see this list of birthday wishes.
Here are some ways to wish an older nephew a Happy Birthday.
- Happy Birthday to my amazing nephew! I always knew you would turn out great. I just didn’t know how great.
- Happy Birthday, Nephew! Hope you know how much we love and appreciate you. Whatever you do and wherever you go, we will always be rooting for you.
- Happy Birthday to my handsome nephew! I’m so proud of the man you’ve become!
- Congrats on another year of being the most amazing nephew on the planet. Happy Birthday!
- Best wishes on your birthday! I continue to be amazed that my [brother/sister] could make a kid as awesome as you.
- Happy Birthday to my dear nephew. You are truly one of a kind, and life just wouldn’t be the same without you.
- Happy Birthday, Nephew! You turned out to be an awesome person, and I’m totally taking some of the credit for that.
- Wishing the best birthday ever to the best nephew ever!
- Hey Nephew… hope you make some great memories on your birthday. You’ve made so many great memories for us over the years.
- Best birthday wishes to my amazing nephew! Hope you have a wonderful day, and a wonderful year ahead.
- Happy Birthday, Dear Nephew! You are, without a doubt, one of my top ten favorite relatives.
- Happy Birthday! I may not see you very frequently, but I want you to know that I think about you all the time and I’m so proud to call you my nephew.
Here are a few birthday messages for a young nephew.
- Happy Birthday to a nephew who’s wonderful in every way… and keeps getting more wonderful day after day!
- Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Nephew. But please… could you stop growing up so fast?
- Happy Birthday to my little nephew, who somehow keeps getting cuter by the year.
- Happy Birthday to my adorable nephew! Wish I could be there to spoil you rotten on your big day, but I’m sure Mom and Dad have that covered!
- Happy Birthday, Nephew! Mommy and Daddy must be doing something right, because you are turning into a wonderful little man!
- Happy Birthday to my little nephew, who continues to take cuteness to ridiculous extremes.
- Happy Birthday to my favorite miniature human being, my nephew!
Here are some birthday wishes specifically from an aunt.
- Happy Birthday to a guy who has always been blessed with brains, talent, good looks, and an amazingly awesome aunt!
- Happy Birthday to my beloved nephew. Being your aunt has been one of the great pleasures of my life.
- Happy Birthday to my nephew, who has grown up to be one amazing guy. And it’s all because he had me as a role model, showing him what not to do at every step of the way.
- Somebody loves you and is thinking about you on your birthday. Actually, a lot of people love you and are thinking about you, but in this case, I’m talking about me, your devoted auntie. Happy Birthday, kiddo!
- Best birthday wishes to my smart, talented, and handsome nephew… from an auntie who loves him dearly.
- Happy Birthday! Now that you’ve heard from your favorite auntie, your day is complete.
Here are a handful of ways for an uncle to wish his nephew a Happy Birthday.
- Happy Birthday to my devastatingly handsome nephew, who clearly takes after his uncle!
- Happy Birthday! You turned out to be a pretty great guy, despite growing up with some seriously questionable role models such as myself.
- Happy Birthday to an amazing nephew! I wish I had been half as smart, talented, and good-looking when I was your age.
- Happy Birthday to one amazing nephew… from one proud uncle.
The following messages are for a nephew who’s turning 18. You can find more options in this collection of 18th birthday wishes.
- Happy 18th Birthday to my nephew! As an adult, you are now old enough to make much more consequential mistakes.
- Happy Birthday, Nephew! Just because you’re legally an adult, doesn’t mean you have to act like it. Just look at me!
- Happy 18th birthday to my nephew, who just keeps getting handsomer and handsomer.
Finally, here are some messages for a nephew on his 21st birthday. For lots more ideas, check out these 21st birthday wishes.
- Happy Birthday to my 21-year-old nephew! Time to stop sending you birthday cash, and start buying you birthday drinks!
- My nephew is turning 21 today. My feelings are as mixed as the drinks he will be legally enjoying tonight.
- Happy 21st Birthday, Nephew! Hope you enjoyed all the birthday money over the years, because you are officially cut off!