These Birthday Wishes for Your Dad Will Ensure Your Spot as the Favorite Child

If you're reading this, that means it's probably time to wish your dad a happy birthday! He may not remember the names of your friends (like, ever), but he's the one who taught you everything from the art of corny jokes to when to get that oil change (btw, when's the last time you got that checked?) — and he deserves some celebrating.

If you find it nearly impossible to find the perfect gift for dad, trust me, you're not alone. Besides giving the absolute best present (ahem, your existence), nothing says "ILY" quite like a special birthday wish — whether you're writing it in his birthday card or posting it on your Instagram. But no matter how much you love the man who taught you how to ride a bike and yelled at you at the kitchen table while doing math homework (IYKYK), finding the right words can be kinda hard.

Luckily, all you have to do is get the photo and/or card, and I've got the special birthday message covered. Whether you want to one-up his dad jokes or write something heartfelt and sweet, the birthday captions and wishes below ensure you'll def be the favorite child. Oh, and if you still need a last-minute gift for dad to go along, we've got you covered there too.

Funny Birthday Wishes That Rival His Dad Jokes

  • Happy Birthday, Dad. Enjoy another year of reminding me to change my oil!

  • Today, the MVP of bad dad jokes and not knowing any of my friends' names was born.

  • HBD to the person who brought the coolest person (me) into the world.

  • Don't worry about getting older. Pretty soon you won't be able to remember your age anyway!

  • I brought you the best birthday present ever: me!

  • In honor of your birthday, you can tell one dad joke today. One!

  • Happy birthday to the guy who put up with all my teenage angst.

  • Don't hurt yourself blowing out all those candles, old man!

  • Umm, we may need a fire department for all those candles on your cake.

  • Happy birthday to the man who always said "yes" when mom said "no."

  • Pretty sure I'm your favorite child, but since it's your special day, I won't put you on the spot and make you say it out loud!

  • Don't worry about getting older, Dad—it just means you're getting wiser, or is that something people say to make getting older sound better?

  • Cheers to you on your special day! After all, you did help bring the most amazing person ever into the world.

  • Don't party too hard, old man!

  • Let them eat cake. And by them, I mean you!

  • It's kinda your job to put up with me all year long, so now it's my job to celebrate you on your birthday.

  • Happy birthday, Dad. When I grow up, I wanna be just like you...but hopefully with more hair!

  • Happy birthday to the best dad! It's time to party...well, at least until your 10pm bedtime.

  • When it comes to bad dad jokes, you truly are the best. Happy birthday!

  • Dad, I can never repay you for everything...literally. So instead I'm posting this pic on IG for your bday.

  • To the man who always taught me right from wrong, how to ride a bike, and how to shotgun a beer, happy birthday!

  • HBD to my main man, who fully knows that I still don't understand 401(k) plans and first downs but still wants to hang with me.

Heartwarming Wishes That'll Put Him in His Feels

  • Happy birthday to the epitome of what a good father should be.

  • May your birthday be filled with joy, laughter, and the sounds of you cracking open a cold one.

  • I'm v grateful for another year around the sun with you, dad.

  • Your birthday will always be one of my favorite days (right behind my own bday, but you know what I mean).

  • Happy birthday to the reason I'm the person that I am today.

  • I'm pretty lucky to have a dad who's also my best friend. Happy Birthday!

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

  • No one gets me like you do. Happy birthday, Dad!

  • Happy birthday to the most kind, intelligent, caring person I know.

  • Happy birthday to the man who touches the lives of so many and makes things brighter wherever he goes.

  • You live a life worth celebrating everyday. Happy Birthday, Pops!

  • Birthdays are always cool, but your birthday's the coolest, Dad!

  • To my true ride or die—I hope your birthday is as special as you make me feel.

  • Although the years keep going by, I know there's one thing I can always count on and that's you, Dad.

  • Life is so much better with you, so thanks for sticking around. Happy birthday!

  • When I was younger, I thought you were a superhero. Now that I'm older, I know you are!

  • Roses are red, violets are blue, I am one proud son/daughter to have a dad like you! Happy birthday, dad.

  • You deserve the best birthday and the best year ever, dad!

  • Happy birthday to a man who has a heart of gold.

Short and Sweet Birthday Captions

  • Happy birthday to my favorite person (don't tell mom).

  • In honor of my dad's birthday today, here's a throwback pic to prove he's always been cooler than me.

  • Happy birthday to the Lionel to my Sofia.

  • HBD to the king of dad jokes.

  • 🎉🎁🎂 @ Dad

  • It's my dad's birthday today!! He may never remember any of your names (like ever), but you better wish him a HBD anyway!

  • Happy birthday to the real Phil Dunphy. We don't deserve you, dad.

  • Shoutout to the first guy I ever loved. Happy birthday, dad.

  • I may be a little biased, but I think I have the best dad on the planet.

  • V grateful to be this guy's child. HBD, dad!

  • Love ya 3000, Dad!

  • Happy Birthday to the man who taught me everything I know.

  • Happy birthday to someone who's truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Cheers to my favorite partner in crime.

  • Go shawty, it's ya birthday!

  • Dad, life's better with you in it. Thank you for everything.

  • Happy birthday to my hero.

Birthday wishes from his favorite daughter

  • Happy birthday, and thanks for never telling mom about me sneaking out!

  • Cheers to the man who's always there when I need a shoulder to cry on (and sorry for the mascara stains).

  • I'm the luckiest girl on Earth to have a Dad like you.

  • HBD to the most wonderful father a girl could wish for.

  • Thanks for being the Papa to my know, without all the weird government experiments or whateva.

  • Few daughters are blessed with a dad as wonderful as mine.

  • I'll forever be your little girl.

  • Cheers to the most supportive father a girl could wish for.

  • I am one lucky girl to have a dad like you. Happy Birthday, Pops!

  • Happy birthday to the man who was unfortunately so right about all my exes.

Birthday wishes from his favorite son

  • A lucky son like me has only the best birthday wishes for a wonderful dad like you.

  • Happy birthday to the man who taught me everything I know.

  • Happy birthday to the greatest role model a guy could ask for.

  • You are the man I aspire to be. Happy Birthday, Pops!

  • Happy birthday from the world's luckiest son.

  • Like father, like son is all I've ever wanted to be. Happy birthday, Dad!

  • HBD to the man who I will be stealing all my dad jokes from.

  • Happy birthday, dad and thanks for not telling mom about the time I stole the car.

  • Cheers to the greatest father who shaped me into the man that I am today.

  • Happy birthday to the man I look up to the most, no matter how much taller I get.

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