Our series “Celebrating Fatherhood” shares inspiring stories, helpful advice, and insightful recommendations for choosing the perfect gifts to express your love for dads of all types. Show Dad your true feelings for him with these thoughtful Father’s Day card message ideas.

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Father’s Day is a time to show Dad how much you care about him…and what better way to express your love for him than with a message written from the heart? A personalized Father’s Day card is a simple but sweet gesture that will show the big guy how special he is to you.

If you’re having trouble finding the right words, check out some sample Father’s Day card message ideas to help you write a note that will make dad smile. To add an extra special touch, make sure to include your own feelings and memories. That way, he’ll know it could only have come from you.

Father’s Day card message from son to dad

Dear Dad,
Happy Father’s Day! I may not get sentimental often, but I wanted to make sure I tell you how grateful and proud I am to have you as my dad. [Insert a sentimental or funny memory about you and dad, such as his never missing one of your baseball games or teaching you how to shave.] Because of you, I [insert a trait or skill you learned from dad, such as “have really excellent taste in sports!”]  Thank you for being there for me every step of the way. I love you!
Love,
[Insert nickname and/or name]

Father’s Day card message from daughter to dad

Dear Dad,
Happy Father’s Day! I may not say it often enough, but thank you for always being there for me. [Insert a sentimental or funny memory about you and dad, such as his never missing one of your dance recitals.] Ever since I was a little girl, you have always picked me up if I’ve been down and given me advice…even if I didn’t take it all the time! No matter how big I get, I will always be daddy’s little girl.
Love always,
[Insert nickname and/or name]

Father’s Day card message from child to dad

Dear Daddy,
Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the whole wide world! Whether we’re [insert something you and dad do together, such as “going to the movies”] or [insert activity you and dad do together, such as “playing mini golf”], hanging out with you is always so fun. I’m so lucky to have you as my dad, and I love you forever!
Love,
[Insert nickname and/or name]

Father’s Day card message from faraway son or daughter to dad

Dear Dad,
Happy Father’s Day from [insert city or place]! Even though I can’t wish you a Happy Father’s Day in person, knowing that you’re always there for me no matter the distance makes me feel close to home. [Insert item or action that reminds you of home/dad, such as golfing together]. I love and miss you, and can’t wait to see you soon [if available, insert time period or holiday when you will see dad next]!
Love always,
[Insert nickname and/or name]

Father’s Day card message from all of us to dad

Dear Dad,
Happy Father’s Day! We are SO lucky to have a dad as caring and loving as you, even if we don’t get to tell you as much as you deserve! [Insert personal line about family activity, such as family dinners on Tuesday, BBQs, or Sunday football games.] Thank you for being you!
Love always,
[Insert nicknames and/or names]

Message from the family pet(s) to dad

Dear Dad,
Happy Father’s Day from man’s best friend! [Insert sound animal makes, e.g. “Woof,” “Meow.”] I bet you didn’t think I could write , but luckily I found an excellent translator who speaks [name of animal, e.g. dog, cat] and wanted to wish the best dad in the world a happy day from your furriest and favorite child! A [insert animal] like me is SO lucky to have a dad like you. [Insert personal line about dad’s favorite thing to do with the pet.] Thanks for being you!
Love always,
[Insert nickname and/or name]
For extra cuteness, add a paw print as a signature.

Message from wife to husband

Dear [insert name, nickname, or “pet” name],
Happy Father’s Day to the father of my children! You’re just as handsome as the day we met. In addition to being the best dad a kid could ask for, you’re also the best husband a wife could ask for, and I count my lucky stars to have you in my life. Your [insert favorite thing about husband, such as funny personality or breathtaking blue eyes] always brightens my day.
Love always and forever,
[Insert nickname and/or name]

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