What to Write in a Father's Day Card

Blue father's day card standing up next to photo frame and gray gift bag

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

Father’s Day is a special time for you to show your dad how much he means to you. Whether you’re still living at home or have moved out on your own, the message you write in his card should be uplifting and put a smile on his face.

You may purchase a preprinted card with a message already in the card or a blank notecard to write your own. Either way, you still need to personalize it to show him that you’ve put some thought into it.

Expressing Your Personal Thoughts

Whether you have a gift of stringing words together or you struggle coming up with what to write, there are some important things to remember when writing your Father’s Day card.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Only write positive thoughts on the card. Remember that this is a day of celebration, not one to express your grievances.
  • Include something specific about your personal relationship with your dad. Do you share a hobby, or has he always been present at your events?
  • Show your appreciation for simply being there to listen or help your dad with something.
  • If you’re giving your husband a Father’s Day card, express your feelings about his being the father of your children.
  • Grandfathers enjoy receiving Father’s Day cards so don’t forget about him on this special day. Mention something special that the two of you share in common.
  • Humor is fine, as long as it isn’t insulting or mean-spirited.

Ideas to Write in a Father’s Day Card

There are certain things that most dads would love to see, and most of them are about how much you appreciate him. If you choose one of the following messages to write in your card, personalize it as much as you can.

Here are some basic ideas:

  • Happy Father’s Day to the first man in my life! I love you to the moon and back!
  • I appreciate how you’ve always been there for me, even when it was challenging. I love you and hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!
  • Who needs Superman, Ironman, or Spiderman when they have a superhero dad like you? You’ve always come through for me. Now I want you to have a happy Father’s Day!
  • Happy Father’s Day to the best daddy on the entire planet! No, make that the whole universe!
  • You've always put others at ease and made everyone around you feel special (including me), and I'm proud you're my dad. I hope you have a very happy Father's Day!

If you want to write humor that’s fine. Just make sure you don’t come across mean-spirited if sarcasm is your style of humor.

Here are some humorous thoughts for a Father’s Day card:

  • Dad, Happy Father’s Day to the only man I know who would put up with all of my shenanigans!
  • Happy Father’s Day from the person who made you who you are: a dad!
  • The older I get the smarter you get! Happy Father’s Day to the smartest guy I know!
  • Happy Father’s Day to the man who always said, “Yes,” after Mom said, “No.”
  • Dad, you have some of the most important skills a father should have: taxi driver, banker, chef, therapist, wakeup caller, bug killer, monster exterminator, boo-boo healer, and so many more. Happy Father’s Day!
Blue father's day card being written on by hand

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

Quotes About Fathers

If you want to add a quote from a famous person, make sure it’s something your father will relate to. Also, remember to credit the person you’re quoting.

Here are some quotes about dads you might want to use:

  • “It’s only when you grow up and step back from your father, or leave him for your own home. It’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.” -Margaret Truman
  • “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” –Author Unknown
  • “When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter
  • “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” – Author Unknown
  • “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” –Charles Wadsworth

Make His Day Special

Whether you add a gift to your thoughtful message or simply give him a card, Father’s Day should be special for your dad. Make reservations and treat him to a meal at his favorite restaurant, schedule a tee time on the golf course, or simply spend the day with him to show how much you appreciate him. If you live far away from your dad, give him a call to wish him a happy Father’s Day.