35 Meaningful Father's Day Messages and Wishes

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Every June, dads get a dedicated date on the calendar in their honor. But they’re there for us every day, all year long — and all throughout our lives — and that is the love and devotion we’re really celebrating on Father’s Day. Whether the special dad in your life is a biological father, a grandad or any other type of father figure, you want to show just how much he means to you by nailing that perfect Father’s Day message. Poignant, sentimental, sage or just plain funny, here are the best Father’s Day wishes he’ll absolutely love to read on a card, email or social media tribute.

Sentimental and Sweet Wishes

  • We may not be together in person, but I feel your presence in my life every day. Thank you for your love and advice across the miles!

  • Reliable, devoted, smart, patient, kind … there will never be another dad like you. Happy Father’s Day to the GOAT!

  • You’ve given me the best gifts money can’t buy: your never-ending love, attention, and kindness. Happy Father’s Day to my priceless dad!

  • You’re not only my dad, but my best friend, too. I love you so much! Happy Father’s Day.

  • My sincerest wish is to be as great of a parent as you have always been to me. Thank you for leading by example. Happy Father’s Day!

  • You make this family fun. We love you, Dad!

  • The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to have a dad like you.

  • Dad, you’ve made all my favorite memories.

  • Dad, you’ve been constant support, love and protection in my life. Plus, you’re my friend. Thank you.”

Funny and Punny Messages

  • You’re nacho average dad — can we taco ‘bout how grateful I am you’re mine? Happy Father’s Day!

  • I donut know what I’d do without you … I love you a holelot! Happy Father’s Day to the best dad in the batch.

  • Today is your day — so enjoy it. (Tomorrow it’s all about us again.) Happy Father’s Day!

  • When you go out golfing, don’t forget to bring an extra pair of socks… in case you get a hole in one. (Get it?) Happy Father’s Day to the best dad-joke-teller I know.

  • Happy Farter’s Day to the best dad I know. It’s time to celebrate… so let ‘er rip!

  • Sure, I may still live at home. But look on the bright side: You haven’t had to pay for my wedding yet! (Thanks for your love and patience.) Happy Father’s Day!

  • Happy Father’s Day to the grillmaster of the family! You’re the rare dad who does it all (from the kid who turned out well done)!

  • Happy Father’s Day from your favorite kid! (Shh, don’t tell the others.)

  • You did a grape job raisin’ me, pop. Happy Father’s Day from the fruit of your loins!

  • Happy Father’s Day… from the reason for all your grey hair. (I hope it's been worth it!)

  • Happy Father's Day from your favorite pain in the butt.

  • Gouda. Mozzarella. Brie. Sorry this card is so cheesy, but I really love you, Dad!

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Photo credit: wundervisuals - Getty Images

Quotes for Father's Day Cards

  • “She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” —Harper Lee

  • "When you're young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he's just a regular guy who wears a cape.” —Dave Attell

  • "Lately all my friends are worried they're turning into their fathers. I'm worried I'm not.” — Dan Zevin

  • "I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” —Hedy Lamarr

  • "A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” —Steve Martin

  • "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” —Mark Twain

  • “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” —Tim Russert

  • “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” —Unknown

  • "It's only when you grow up and step back from him — or leave him for your own home — it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.” —Margaret Truman

Messages for Father Figures

  • 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.

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