Here’s Exactly What You Should Write in Your Father’s Day Card

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We feel thankful for the father figures in our lives every day of the year, but Father’s Day is the one dedicated time when we get to shower them with the love and appreciation they deserve. And while the age-old saying insists actions speak louder than words, who doesn't love a kind message? Whether the thoughtful gift you've picked out is the latest gadget or an accessory for his favorite hobby, odds are you plan to include a card. We understand if you're a bit stumped as to what to write in it. It's natural to feel a bit of writer’s block when you're trying to express your feelings and you're not a natural poet or comedian.

No matter what sentiment you want to spark, read on for 65 sweet and funny Father’s Day messages to write in his card this year. We found ideas to make him laugh and make him cry—or both at the same time. Still looking for the perfect gift? You may also want to check out all the Father's Day gift ideas we've gathered, from affordable keepsakes to practical items he'll use every day. And if you need a Father's Day card to write your perfectly crafted message in, we have those too.

Messages of Love

  • I couldn't imagine having a better father. I love you so much.

  • I couldn't have made it this far without you. Thanks for being my rock. I love you!

  • Happy Father’s Day Dad! We love you so much.

  • To the best dad there is: Happy Father’s Day!

  • You’re in all of my favorite memories. Happy Father’s Day.

  • Happy Father’s Day to my best friend and biggest supporter, I love you!

  • Wishing my favorite confidant and joke-maker a very Happy Father’s Day.

  • Happy Father’s Day to the one I love. I hope you feel every day how grateful I am for you and for all you do.

  • Happy Father’s Day! You’re not just my father, but one of my closest friends.

  • You’re my one and only dad, and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you. Happy Father’s Day!

  • You will never go out of style. Happy Father’s Day to the coolest dad ever.

  • The older I get the more I realize how important it is to have a dad like you. You have provided stability in my life and the love and acceptance I needed. Happy Father’s Day!

  • I can’t imagine anyone who’s a better father or more loving husband than you.

Messages of Gratitude

  • Thank you for always being my favorite confidant and advice giver.

  • Happy Father's Day! Thank you for always being a safe place to land.

  • Thank you for being in all of my favorite memories, Dad. I love you!

  • Thanks for teaching me how to be strong, Happy Father’s Day.

  • Happy Father’s Day Dad, thank you for all of your unconditional support and guidance.

  • I’m so lucky to have a father like you. I hope you have the best Father’s Day possible!

  • Thank you for always being there for me. I love you, Dad!

  • Thank you for being there every day with just the love and guidance I’ve needed. Everything you’ve taught me has stuck with me and I’m lucky to have a dad like you.

  • Dad, you have given me the best things in life: Your time, your care, and your love. I am truly grateful to have you in my life. Happy Father’s Day!

  • 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.

  • I’m so grateful to be sharing life, love, and parenthood with a wonderful man like you.

Messages of Humor

  • I never thought I'd be thankful for dad jokes, but I am because of you!

  • Sending you heartfelt appreciation on Father’s Day. It’s the least I can do considering all the gray hairs I’ve given you.

  • Thanks for teaching me all the best things I know…plus some other good stuff that I probably should have paid more attention to.

  • I hope all your wildest Father’s Day wishes come true—maybe even the one about staying awake through the whole afternoon of baseball on TV!

  • Today is all about you, Dad! Enjoy, because tomorrow it’s back to the rest of us.

  • I hope you get to waste some time in your favorite ways on Father’s Day. You deserve it!

  • Happy Father’s Day to the man who put the fear of Dad into all my dates.

  • Sending lots of love to the dad who did his best to keep me out of trouble…from the child who was really good at finding it!

  • Happy Father’s Day with love from your favorite kid. (Don’t worry—I won’t tell if you won’t.)

Messages for Father Figures

  • You have shown me exactly what a father should look like. Thank you.

  • Thank you for your constant guidance and love. It means the world.

  • You may not technically be my dad, but you are a father to me in every way that truly matters. Happy Father’s Day!

  • You didn’t have to step up for me, but you always did. I cherish and honor you just like I would if you were my dad, and I will always love you! Happy Father’s Day.

  • Thank you for being the dad I never had and an essential role model in my life. I love you for everything you are and everything you have always been to me. Happy Father’s Day!

  • Blood ties are great. Heart ties are greater. What we have is by far the greatest!

  • Some father-child bonds are only human. Supernatural bonds like ours are only divine.

Father's Day Messages for Your Partner

  • Thank you for showing up for our family every single day. You're the best teammate.

  • Thank you for loving our children and being an absolute dream dad.

  • I love how much you love our family.

  • Thank you for being living proof that a man with a diaper bag can look hot.

  • Thank you for going on this crazy ride with me. Happy Father’s Day!

  • You are the best role model any child could ask for. Thank you for raising strong, independent, smart, and kind kids with me!

  • 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.

  • We are so lucky to have you in our lives. I am so proud of the father you’ve become and the wonderful husband you are. Happy Father’s Day, my love!

  • Thanks for being a loving father to our children and always being there for us when we need you the most. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life. Happy Father’s Day!

  • One day is not enough to honor how special of a father you truly are because you are amazing every day of the year. Thank you for all that you do. I love you!

Messages for Grandfathers

  • Happy Father's Day to the man who showed me how to be a good dad. I love you!

  • Thank you for always spoiling me, Grandpa. Happy Father's Day!

  • Now that I have kids, I realize how important your love has been in my life. I’m so grateful for you, now and always.

  • We love how at home we feel at your house, how comfortable you are at our place, and the way the kids look forward to our visits with you.

  • Thank you for the example you set and for your leadership in our family. We love you, Dad!

  • Happy Father’s Day to a father who is really grand.

  • Thanks for being in all of my favorite memories.

  • Grandpa, you’ll always have your own special place in my heart.

  • For all you’ve gone through, all you are, and all the love you share, we love you, Grandfather.

Messages for Fathers-in-Law

  • For welcoming me into your family, for loving me like one of your own, for everything you do for us—thank you, with all my heart.

  • You’ve always made that little extra effort to get to know me, and it means more to me than I can say.

  • I appreciate so many things you’ve taught my partner about life, but I appreciate what you’ve taught them about love even more.

  • Happy Father’s Day to the person who raised my person. I’m so grateful for you.

  • You don’t have to cheer me on or help me out, but you do it anyway. Thanks for always asking and always listening.

  • I hope you know what an amazing example you were—and still are—to my spouse. The wonderful parent and partner they are is thanks largely to you.

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