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Birthday Love and a Gift to Last

Birthdays—arrive before we know it and sooner than expected. We’re usually unprepared for them regardless of who’s birthday we’re celebrating. There’s a wonderful feeling of satisfaction that comes with finding a unique birthday gift. Not only does it show you took the time to find something meaningful but reveals something about you; the gift bearer. This is especially true for birthdays with a zero at the end that mark a significant milestone.

What do you give a loved one with a birthday coming up? What do you give someone that has everything? How do you find a meaningful gift? What can you give your mom, sister, daughter or friend that you’ll know she’ll love—and use? Where can you find something personalized, unique and hand-crafted? Thankfully we have the answer.

“A one of a kind gift, to be carried and cherished. Opening each handmade Fontem handbag, inscribed with a birthday message is like opening a birthday gift—every time you open your bag.”

﹣Maayan Hotam, Founder of Fontem

Celebrating our cycle around the sun—365 days, 8,760 hours may seem commonplace now, but we owe it to the Pagans that marked this symbolic occasion to keep evil spirits at bay, and the birthday candles that we blow out on cakes are believed to have originated with the Ancient Greeks that honored the Goddess Artemis. Fast forward to today and we’re always looking for ingenious ways to create memories and connect.

“Gift giving is ingrained in our DNA and a vital part of our survival, it makes us feel good to give, a way to show our love—and in turn makes the receiver want to reciprocate that feeling.”

﹣Maayan Hotam, Founder of Fontem

To mark this auspicious world-wide tradition, we’ve picked some of our favorite birthday quotes from famous writers and people we admire and we’ve selected some birthday messages from sentimental, to funny and cute— that can be inscribed inside Fontem’s custom handmade handbags.

These birthday messages can be enjoyed day after day and read—year after year. Choose a message and simply sign your name—with love.

Birthday Quotes We Love

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new. -Sammy Hagar

Those whom the gods love grow young. – Oscar Wilde

Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. – Dr. Seuss

We are always the same age inside. – Gertrude Stein

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. – Franz Kafka

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West

Birthday Messages We Love

Although a flower can make me smile, a friend can be a garden of love, inspiration, and laughter that cannot be found anywhere else in this life. Thank you, friend, for being my garden.

You don’t need to bother aiming for the moon, because you’re already a real star. Another year brighter. May it be filled with blessings and bright moments to last forever.

Your birthday is the first day of another 365-day journey. Be the shining thread in the beautiful tapestry of the world to make this year the best ever. Enjoy the ride.

Best friends are hard to come by. That’s why on this special day I wanted to let you know just how much your friendship means to me. Happy birthday my friend!

The world is a little bit brighter because of you. Happy Birthday.

Happy birthday to someone who is smart, gorgeous, funny and reminds me a lot of myself… from one fabulous person to another!

Happy birthday my dear friend, may the bright colors paint your life and you be happy forever. Stay blessed.

A friend like you is more priceless than the most beautiful diamond. You are not only strong and wise, but kind and thoughtful as well. Your birthday is the perfect opportunity to show you how much I care and how grateful I am to have you in my life. Happy birthday!

I can never thank God enough to have sent you for me in the form of an angel…Happy Birthday.

Forget the past; look forward to the future, for the best things are yet to come.

Wishing you beautiful beaches, ocean breezes, and wishes upon stars…

Smile, beautiful! Happy birthday!

You are the greatest gift anyone could receive. Happy Birthday.

You may only be one person to the universe… but to me, you ARE the universe. Happy Birthday.

I hope that this year is filled with bright new opportunities.

Wishing all your dreams come true. May you continue to shine. Love you always. Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday! To my forever friend!

You make ordinary moments extraordinary. It’s an opportunity to let you know how special you are to me. Happy Birthday!

There are so many reasons to celebrate you and I’m thankful to have you in my life. Love you always. Happy Birthday.

The world is a better place because you are in it. Happy Birthday!

May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung May you stay forever young Forever young, forever young May you stay forever young.

–Bob Dylan from the song “May You Stay Forever Young”

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