Father’s Day is the perfect chance for you to return the love you receive from the father figure in your life on a daily basis. On the third Sunday in June, make sure to thank your father or honorary dad for all he’s done for you. Send him a cool gift and write him a card that will touch even the toughest man’s heart.

We curated the perfect Father’s Day messages for any type of father figure that you want to acknowledge on this day and also have a few ideas how you can celebrate this special event from near or far.

How To Celebrate Father’s Day

Whether you’re quarantining with your family or haven’t seen them in a while because you live far away, Father’s Day is a great reminder to show gratitude to the amazing man who guides you through life. Father’s come in all shapes and sizes and it doesn’t matter if he raised you from day one, barely saw you because he worked long hours to support your family or you found him later on in life — celebrate the father figure who guides and supports you through it all on this special day.

father playing soccer with his two sons

In the lucky case, that you are living with or close to the man you refer to as “dad”, you can spoil him with a delicious, hearty brunch and plan a full day of fun for him. Think about something he really loves and make a day of it. Is your dad a sports nut? Prepare some snacks, cold drinks and let him yell at the TV all day, cheering on his favorite teams. Does your father like to spend time outside? Plan a picnic in the park or your own backyard or take him for a hike. The father figure in your life enjoys nothing more than a quiet day? Just hang out and read or maybe pick an audiobook that you can listen to together. And for all the exhausted new daddies, give them a day off of baby duty and let them hang out with their buddies (social distance style).

Regardless of how near or far you live to this amazing man, a thoughtful, personalized Father’s Day card is the perfect way of expressing your love and gratitude to him. If you need some inspiration to put your feelings into words, you can find the perfect Father’s Day message, quote or joke to write in a card or letter here. Read the full post or jump to the section that describes the father figure in your life best:

Happy Father’s Day To Funny Dads

Your dad is the funniest man you know? Then embrace his humor with a funny card on Father’s Day. Starting his day off with a good laugh will make both of you happy. Pick one of these ridiculous messages or write down a funny memory you have with your dad. No time to reminisce about funny adventures like Father’s Day!

  1. “Happy Father’s Day! Okay, good talk. Catch you later.”
  2. “I smile because you are my dad. I laugh because I can’t do anything about it.”
  3. “You’re welcome for making you a dad so you can celebrate today. Happy Father’s Day.”
  4. “Please accept this lame Father’s Day card as a token of my poverty.”
  5. “I hope this Father’s Day is as fun as you were before you had children.”
  6. “Thanks for not giving me up for adoption. Happy Father’s Day!”
  7. “I may be grown up but know this: I will always be your financial burden.”

father and daughter joking at breakfast table

  1. “A 2-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” — Jerry Seinfeld
  2. “If you were expecting a gift, listen up. I’m your gift. Happy Father’s Day!”
  3. “Happy Father’s Day from your favorite pain in the neck.”
  4. “Dad, I just wanted you to know: You’re one of my favorite parents.”
  5. “Sorry about your other kids. Well, at least you have me. Happy Father’s Day, daddy!”

Heartfelt Father’s Day Messages

Whether the father figure in your life is hard as a rock and has never shed a tear or he’s a total softie, these heartfelt words will surely give him all the feels (even if he won’t admit it). Thank your father for being in your life with one of these sweet messages.

young girl kissing bulldog while dad bottlefeeds baby

  1. “I know you’ve loved me as long as I’ve lived but I’ve loved you my whole life.” — Unknown
  2. “Daddy, you’re my hero. Thank you for everything you do.”
  3. “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.” — Unknown
  4. “Thank you for acting like a kid when I need fun in my life, being a friend when I need a shoulder to lean on and showing up as a parent when I need guidance. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
  5. “No matter the distance, I will always be a part of you as you are a part of me.”
  6. “You are my compass, my anchor and the only hero I need in my life. Thank you for guiding me through this crazy thing called life.”
  7. “The proudest moments in my life are when people tell me that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Thank you for being such an awesome dad.”

Father’s Day Wishes For Your Husband

He may not be perfect but he’s perfect for you. Thank the father of your children for his love and devotion to your family with a message that’ll show him how much you appreciate him. Whether he’s a new dad, you already have a big family together or he treats his step kids as if they were his own, he will be so happy to read your reassuring words.

  1. “Thank you for loving our children and being an absolute dream dad.”
  2. “I love how much you love our family.”
  3. “Thank you for being living proof that a man with a diaper bag can look hot.”
  4. “Thank you for going on this crazy ride with me. Happy Father’s Day!”
  5. “You are the best role model any child could ask for. Thank you for raising strong, independent, smart and kind kids with me!”

couple in bed drinking coffee

  1. “This Father’s Day I want to thank you for being such a loving husband and amazing father to our children.”
  2. “I feel so blessed to have you be the father of our children.”
  3. “Our kids don’t need superheroes, they have you.”
  4. “The way you treat our children is a testament to the amazing man you are.”
  5. “Without you, we wouldn’t be a family. Thank you for being such an awesome dad.”

Happy Father’s Day Quotes

Fathers are pretty awesome people. That’s probably why there are so many kind, funny, appreciative things that people have said about theirs. Pick one of these Father’s Day quotes for the man you want to express your gratitude to.

  1. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” — Billy Graham
  2. “The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.” — Justin Ricklefs
  3. “My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” — Liza Minelli
  4. “To her, the name of father was another name for love.” — Fanny Fern
  5. “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence Budington Kelland

two fathers pushing strollers with infants

  1. “It’s an ongoing joy being a dad.” — Liam Neeson
  2. “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” – Reed Markham
  3. “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn.” — Matthew McConaughey
  4. “It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.” — Barack Obama
  5. “When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” — William Shakespeare

Happy Father’s Day Messages For Sons

The love that fathers and sons share may not always be the most vocal but on Father’s Day he deserves a few words of appreciation for being the man who raised you. If you’re struggling to find the right words, maybe these messages will inspire you.

father and son after basketball game

  1. “What you teach your children, you also teach their children.” — Unknown
  2. “Though we rarely say it out loud, I hope you know how much you mean to me.”
  3. “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” — Frank A. Clark
  4. “I am so proud to be your son. You will never cease to amaze and inspire me.”
  5. “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” — Unknown
  6. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” — Jim Valvano
  7. “So much of who I am is because of you. Thank you for all you’ve done for me, dad.”

Father’s Day Messages For Daughters

Daughters are their father’s biggest treasures. Dads will do whatever it takes to protect their precious daughters from harm and letting them go will be one of the hardest things they’ll ever have to do. Show your dad that you’ll always be his little girl with a Father’s Day card and a sweet message devoted to him.

father and daughter baking in the kitchen

  1. “A girl’s first true love is her father.” — Marisol Santiago
  2. “Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” — Marinela Reka
  3. “No one in the world can love a girl more than her father.” — Michael Ratnadeepak
  4. “A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.” — Gregory E. Lang
  5. “To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” — Euripides
  6. “Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.” — Gloria Naylor
  7. “When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” — Linda Poindexter

Happy Father’s Day Wishes For Grandfathers

Jane Smiley once said: “Your sons weren’t made to like you. That’s what grandchildren are for.” Show your father or grandfather how happy you are that he is such an essential part of your family with a loving message on Father’s Day.

father and grandfather holding young boy, laughing

  1. “The only thing that’s better than having you as a dad is that my kids have you as their grandfather.”
  2. “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” — Tim Russert
  3. “We hope you know that you hold a special place in our hearts. Thanks for being such an amazing grandfather!”
  4. “Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.” — Dan Zevin
  5. “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth
  6. “It’s a grand pleasure to have you in our lives. We love you!”

Father’s Day Messages For Father Figures

For anyone who didn’t grow up with a father in their life, finding a father figure in another man can be the greatest gift of all. Whether this man is your step dad, your father-in-law, your uncle or a friend of the family, blood may be thicker than water but the relationship you share with this man is proof that fathers don’t have to share your DNA.

  1. “A man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes
  2. “You’re more than my step dad. You’re the dad that stepped up for me.”
  3. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without your guidance and wisdom. Thank you.”
  4. “Thank you for choosing to guide me through life. You’re the best father figure anyone could ask for.”
  5. “I don’t know what I’d do without you, I am so grateful to have you in my life.”

father and child playing with dog on bed

  1. “It’s not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” — Johann Friedrich von Schiller
  2. “You’re the most caring and loving person I know and I am so happy to call you family.”
  3. “You may not be my biological father but you sure have a father’s heart and a special place in mine.”
  4. “Nothing brings more joy to me than knowing I have found such a loving father figure in my life.”

Punny Father’s Day Messages

If the man you’re celebrating today is the king of dad jokes, Father’s Day is the perfect time to get back at him with one of these punny messages you can write in a Father’s Day card. Will he roll his eyes or laugh out loud? There’s only one way to find out…

  1. “Daddy, you’re one in a melon!”
  2. “What do you call someone with no body and no nose? Nobody knows… Take that, dad!”
  3. “To the best father. You’re all that and dim sum.”
  4. “Hey dad, guess what has two butts and kills people? An assassin!”
  5. “You’re the best farter.”
  6. “Today I just had toilet you how much I appreciate and love you. Happy Father’s Day!”
  7. “I hope you’ll never eat lobster without sharing it with me. Because that would be pretty shellfish!”

father with young infant pointing at something

  1. “You’re number won, dad.”
  2. “Thanks to you, I know that you make holy water by boiling the hell out of it. Happy Father’s Day!”
  3. “Thanks for always having such a fun thyme with me!”
  4. “Hey dad, I’ve been wondering: If you witness a robbery at an Apple store, does that make you an iWitness? Happy Father’s Day!”
  5. “Happy Father’s Day! Yoda best!”
  6. “May your Father’s Day be better than your jokes.”

We hope you found the perfect Father’s Day quote, message or joke to send to the father figure in your life. You can add a personal touch to your Father’s Day card by addressing it to his nickname, writing down a favorite memory or telling him what you’d love to do when you see each other again.

Don’t forget to close your card with a personalized signature and a wish to send your dad off to a great Father’s Day. You can close your card with:

  • Lots of love,
  • Your loving wife/ daughter/ son,
  • Gratefully,
  • Hugs and kisses,
  • Love you forever,

He will appreciate your kind words and that you took the time out of your day to write him a personal note. If you want to spoil this man you owe so much even more, consider sending him a gift basket full of things to make his Father’s Day the best one yet!