Birthday Wishes for Your Dad: What to Write in a Card

Updated on September 13, 2019
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If you're having trouble figuring out what to write in your old man's birthday card, look over these example messages for inspiration.
If you're having trouble figuring out what to write in your old man's birthday card, look over these example messages for inspiration. | Source

What to Write in Dad's Birthday Card

Finding the perfect birthday message for your dad might be a challenge. Great dads do so much for their kids that it's tough to find the right words to express our gratitude. On the other hand, you may struggle to say something positive about a not-so-great father who may not even deserve a birthday card. Either way, you'll find ideas for what to write here.

Some dads may like sincere birthday wishes, while others might appreciate something funny or perhaps an interesting quote about fatherhood. You can combine all three tactics to create something really meaningful, funny, and interesting.

Sincere Birthday Messages for Dad

Even though the commercial card industry likes to make fun of dads by playing off of stereotypes, your pop's birthday is a chance for you to make him feel special and say something that he probably doesn't hear enough from you. You can write a meaningful birthday message to your dad whether the card you bought is funny or not.

  1. Today I’m doing more than saying happy birthday to my dad, I am saying happy birthday to a good friend, teacher, and protector.
  2. You have provided many special memories for me on my birthdays. I hope this birthday is a special one for you.
  3. As you get older today, you can rest assured that your life has been meaningful to someone. . . me! Happy birthday to someone who is very special in my life. . . you!
  4. I’m looking forward to spending some time with you hanging out. Let’s get together soon and celebrate your birthday.
  5. You’re getting older today, but I know you are still a kid at heart. I love you.
  6. I don’t know why I always seem to want to write a Father’s Day message of gratitude to you in your birthday card. I guess it’s because you are such a great dad. Happy birthday and happy Father’s Day while I’m at it!
  7. Your birthday is special to me because you've been more than just a father; you have been a great dad and a best friend.
  8. I hope you have a relaxing and fun birthday. You deserve it!
  9. You are a great man of God. Your heavenly father knew you before you were born. He even knew how great of a dad you'd be for me.
  10. We may not be particularly close, but you'll always be extremely important to me.

Funny Birthday Wishes for Dad

If your dad has a pronounced sense of humor, these funny birthday wishes might work well for him. If you think humor is the way to go, look over these funny birthday greeting for ideas:

  1. Can I have 50 bucks to go buy you something nice?
  2. The grey hair that you are seeing in the mirror is not because you are aging so much, it’s because of you having to put up with me for so long. You look good for MY age.
  3. Since it's your birthday, I'll say something positive. You're my favorite dad.
  4. It's a good thing you keep getting older, because otherwise I would get as old as you. That would just be weird to have a dad my own age. Happy birthday!
  5. Kids these days don't have heroes anymore, but if I did have a hero, it would be you.
  6. While it's true that I'm grateful to have you as my dad. I'm even more glad that you were born, because otherwise I might be wishing you a happy "hatch" day.
  7. God must have been feeling mischievous when he decided to make you.
  8. Just think of all the great potential I had when I was born. I bet grandma and grandpa thought about all the great things you would do in your life when you were born, too. Unfortunately, they found out that life is full of disappointments just like you did.
  9. Did you hear what the dad wanted for his birthday. . . ? That's because all he wants is some peace and quiet.
  10. Instead of giving you money for your birthday, I'll just not ask you for any money today. That's as good as money in your pocket.
  11. I'm glad I wasn't born when you were, because I don't want to have to walk to school barefoot in the snow going uphill both ways.

Quotes About Fathers

Use these quotes word-for-word or as inspiration:

  • "My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." —Jim Valvano
  • “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” —Umberto Eco
  • "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." —Author Unknown
  • "My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You’re tearing up the grass.' 'We’re not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We’re raising boys.'" —Harmon Killebrew
  • "The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity." —Jean Paul Richter
  • "A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be." —Frank A. Clark
  • "There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself." —John Gregory Brown
  • "It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life." —Dawn French

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      Harshika 

      6 weeks ago

      You mean a lot of things that I can't even count how much, but one thing I always remember and is you are my wonderful hero and admiration

      I love you

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      anita 

      2 months ago

      Dad you are my hero u never ever give-up for any time your rocking dad i love you so much dr nana

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      Kensley Swanger 

      5 months ago

      You know i can come whith better ones than these stupid one to go in my dads cards dont use these there stupid

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      ogbeta Emmanuel 

      8 months ago

      I guss you are my angel

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      ya 

      21 months ago

      god this and god that. If that's your thing I guess.

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      Amy 

      22 months ago

      I love u dad u mean a lot to me

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      Arnav Rustagi 

      22 months ago

      Very nice comments on HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA.

      Thanks for your help.

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      amy 

      2 years ago

      life is long so love your dad

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      luke morris 

      5 years ago

      you have it dad

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