“Modern Expressions” is a monthly series that provides the month’s most popular gift card notes written by you!

We’ve all been there, staring at a blank note that needs to be filled with a beautifully composed message. Finding the sentiment to compliment the gift can become a mental spin cycle. The message may be brief, but the process is not. Messages require the right blend of thought and care.

That’s why we decided to dig into our database of millions of gift messages to see the most popular gift messages sent over the past 30 days. In this month’s installment, we focus on three occasions everyone celebrates – the holidays, new babies, and birthdays!

Writing messages can be a challenge, and we’re here to take the challenge out of it. Now, aren’t you curious about your top messages? Here are our monthly top exchanges:

Top 10 Birthday Messages

  1. Happy Birthday! I hope you know how special you are and how deeply you are cared for.
  2. Happy birthday to you! Enjoy your special day…you deserve it!
  3. Wish I could be there with you to celebrate. Happy birthday!
  4. I hope your birthday is filled with smiles, love, and laughter!
  5. Here’s to hoping all your birthday wishes come true!
  6. Happy Birthday, Mom!
  7. There’s no canceling these birthday wishes!
  8. Just wanted to surprise you with something special. Happy Birthday!
  9. Happy Birthday! Love you!
  10. We hope your birthday is filled with smiles, love, and laughter!

Top 10 messages celebrating a new baby

  1. May your baby be blessed with good love, laughter, and health!
  2. Congratulations on the new arrival!
  3. Can’t wait to see the little one!
  4. Welcoming your baby! Here’s to health, happiness and plenty of sleep!
  5. Congratulations! You’re going to be great parents!
  6. Good job creating the new little guy!
  7. We’re delighted to hear the news! Can’t wait to meet the little one!
  8. Congratulations mom & dad!
  9. Welcome to the world, little one. Can’t wait to get to know you!
  10. Let the noise and sleepless nights begin!

Jacqueline deMontravel is 1-800-Flowers.com’s senior editor of floral and gifting. She is also an editor, writer, designer, artist and stylist. Previously, Jacqueline was the editorial director of Engaged Media’s Lifestyle group, overseeing such publications as Cottages & Bungalows, Romantic Homes, Yum, Seaside Style, Cottage White, French Style, Happy Modern and Rooms. Formerly the editor of Country magazine, she held editor positions at Self and GQ. She has been a contributor with Hearst's Harper's Bazaar and Black Book magazines.

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