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101 ideas on what to tell Dad on Father’s day

Father's Day is a time to tell your father how much you appreciate him. Whether it's your dad, grandpa, uncle, stepdad, dad-in-law, or just "like a dad," there are myriad reasons to celebrate dads. Below you'll find some examples in what you can tell your dad 😄

Father’s Day Messages From You

Father’s Day is an opportunity to tell dad how much you appreciate him. There are at least a million different kinds of dads out there, and they all have something to teach us about father's love.

  • “You’re my favorite person in the world, Dad”
  • “I love you so much. I’m so proud of you and everything you do.”
  • “Thank you for all the times you set me high standards and expectations. Those are some of my happiest memories.”
  • “Your support has helped me through so much.”
  • “You are always in my thoughts.”
  • “I think of you first when I need advice or just someone to talk to. You are such an important person in my life, thank you for always being there.”
  • “I love you, Dad. Thank you for all the support you gave me as a child and adult. You’re my favorite person in the whole world. I miss you when you’re gone, and I always think of you when I need guidance about something or just want to talk. Thank you for being there for me, for being my dad. Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the whole world.”
  • “Dad, I don't know what I would do without you. You've always been there for me through it all and always been my rock. I love you, Dad. Happy Father's Day!”

Father’s Day Messages From You + Others

Father’s Day is absolutely the time to express your gratitude to your father. Even if you have a specific type of father in mind, there are many kinds of fathers. Each has his own special way of being a dad. There’s a million reasons to show your appreciation on Father’s Day, from granddads to stepdads like-a-dads.

  • “Dad, you’re an inspiration to us all. We’re so proud of you. We’re grateful for everything you’ve done for our family. Thanks for being a great dad, a great husband, and the best grandpa. You are truly a blessing!
  • “Thank you for the example you set and for your leadership in our family. We love you, Dad!”

For Grandpa

Whether he calls himself Grandpa, Papa, Abuela, Granddad, Granddaddy or another name, your grandpa is a treasured presence in your life.

  • “No matter how much time goes by, I always remember the times we spent together and look forward to the days ahead.”
  • “For teaching me so many skills and making me feel so at home in the great outdoors, thanks Grandpa!”
  • “I hope you know how proud I am of the man you are and what an inspiration you’ve been to me.” “Grandpa teaches me so much without saying a word.
  • “Thank you so much for being such a wonderful, kind, and thoughtful grandpa. I feel so lucky to have you in my life.”
  • “I can’t believe you remembered that I love ice cream! I’m glad you can still make me happy with your sweetheart smile.”
  • “Happy Father’s Day to the best grandfather in the world."

For The Humorous Dad

Humor is the way to many a father’s heart. So if your card is for a dad who enjoys practical jokes, feel free to make this father laugh with your jokey card!

  • "I wish you a happy Father's Day. It's the least I can do considering how many times I've grumbled at you in your twilight years."
  • “I’d like to take a moment today to thank you for all that you’ve done for me. I know the beer’s chilling, the grill’s sizzling, and there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be doing the same for you soon. Take care and have a great weekend!”

For a Dad You’re Missing

Some years, it’s not feasible for you to be there in person for Father’s Day. You can still celebrate your favorite dads through a heartfelt and thoughtfully written message.

  • “I’m thinking of you and sending so much love to you today. I miss you so much and wish I was there to celebrate this with you."
  • “I’m so thankful to have such a great dad. I hope you know how much I love you and appreciate all your hard work. I’ll be home in September, so we can have some time together then. Happy Father’s Day! Love, your son.”

For Your Partner

On Father's Day, a card that shows respect and gratitude for the man you love can mean the world to him. Whether he is single or attached, a card that speaks about appreciation of his parenting skills will make him feel loved and appreciated during this special occasion.

  • “I love our family, and I love you.”
  • “Happy Father's Day to the man of my heart, the father of our children, the love of my life. Thank you for all the ways you go above and beyond every day for our family. The kids and I are so lucky to have you.”

For the New Dads

If you’ve recently become a dad, send your best wishes to the father in your life. Being a new dad can be overwhelming, especially since it’s your first. By sending him words of encouragement, you can help boost his spirits and give him a confidence boost as he embarks on the new role of dad.

  • "Happy Father’s Day!"
  • "Congratulations on becoming a dad. Now you can be that cool dad with the awesome beard and the weird accent that we all secretly wish we had. I love you, dad!"
  • "You’re going to be the best dad ever."
  • Just wait until you see the crayon-drawn cards from your little ones!
  • Happy Father’s Day to our favorite father-to-be, who is going to be so proud of his little ones.


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