Father’s Day is the perfect day to show your dad a little appreciation.
You can include a short thank you message or compliment in his Father’s Day card. Or if you have a lot to thank your dad for, you could write him a full-length letter.
Remember that you can thank your dad any time of the year! Father’s Day is celebrated annually in the United States on the third Sunday in June.
Because he is your dad, unless he was a terrible father, there is likely some reason you could show him gratitude and appreciation with a thank you note. A handwritten may feel more meaningful than just saying “thanks” in person.
People like recognition. That includes dads!
What to Thank Your Dad For on Father’s Day
Since writing thank-you notes to dads is not part of most Father’s Day traditions, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Because he raised you and set a good example. Growing up, we often do not realize how much our parents do for us. Did your father set a great example for being a good father?
- Special memories. Did your dad spend time with you doing activities that you both enjoyed? I remember going fishing and making home bread.
- His continued support of you as an adult. Trying something new? Made some mistakes? Dad doesn’t make you feel bad about it.
- He gives you stuff from his garden. My dad shares his bounty with my husband and me every year. Gardening is hard work, and sharing the fruit of his labor only takes a moment.
- He comes to the rescue. Whenever you are in need, is it Dad that helps you out?
The goal is to thank your dad for something specific. However, you could also write a short message like “Thanks for everything” or “You’re the best dad!” if nothing specific or recent comes to mind.
Also, an adult could help a child write their dad a short note.
Father’s Day Thank-You Messages Examples
With any of these appreciation messages, you can add “Happy Father’s Day” to the end or beginning of the note.
The first set of short messages could be written in a Father’s Day greeting card. You can use the blank side of a greeting card for a longer message or opt for a blank notecard.
Also, I refer to my dad as “dad,” so my default is to write dad in the examples. You could swap out dad for Father, Daddy, Papa, or however you refer to your father.
Short Father’s Day Messages
- Happy Father’s Day! You’re the best dad ever.
- Thanks for being an awesome dad.
- You’re amazing! Thanks for all that you do.
- Dad, thank you for everything.
- Dad, I appreciate you. Happy Father’s Day!
- Thank you for being my dad and my friend.
- You are my hero and my inspiration.
- Thank you for always being there for me. You’re the best.
- I appreciate all you do for me and the family.
- Thank you for your ongoing presence in my life. I love you, Dad!
Longer Father’s Day Messages
#1 Thank you for sharing vegetables with me every year from your garden. They taste great and are so full of flavor as they are fresh. Your gardening efforts also help me save a little on groceries during the summer.
#2 I don’t think I have ever properly thanked you for coming to my softball games in high school. At the time, I didn’t appreciate your support as much as I do now. Now that I have a job, I realize it’s not always easy or possible to leave work early to watch your kid play a sport. I am thankful you made the effort even though I wasn’t a good player. I was happy to see you still wearing your business suit in the stands.
#3 Thanks for another year of supporting my business ideas. I appreciate your listening to my ideas and encouraging me to try new things. I would have given up by now without your ongoing support. It means a lot to me. Thank you for being a great dad and friend.
#4 You are a wonderful father. Thank you for bringing me gas several times in the last few months. I have started watching the miles since we determined the gas gauge is faulty. I hope you have a great Father’s Day!
#5 Thank you for being a man of integrity. Now that I am on my own, I appreciate your example of hard work and honesty while I was growing up. I am a better person because of what you taught my siblings and me.
#6 Now that I have my own kids, I’m continuing the tradition of attending [Sport’s Team Name] games at least once a month during the summer. Going to games with you was one of my favorite memories when I was growing up. Thank you for starting that tradition. I hope my kids will appreciate it as much as I do now.
#7 This year, for Father’s Day, I want to let you know how thankful I am for you. And now, as an adult, I appreciate our friendship. I enjoy hearing about your week or the current book that you are reading.
#8 You are the reason I am who I am today. Thank you for your guidance, wisdom, and for consistently setting a tremendous fatherly example.
#9 Thank you for being an amazing dad and grandfather. We are so grateful that you are part of our lives. The kids love going fishing with you on Saturdays.
#10 Thank you for being a fun, caring, and generous dad. Your “dad jokes” always make me smile.
Father’s Day Thank-You Messages From Others (Not Your Child)
Here are some messages that could be written to a father from his wife, mother, partner, mother of his children, or anyone other than his child who wants to recognize a father on Father’s Day. You may need to adjust the wording slightly depending on your relationship. For example. our children vs. your children.
#1 Thank you for taking such good care of our family. Happy Father’s Day!
#2 You’re a great father. I appreciate you for how much love and care you show our children, not only on Father’s Day but every day.
#3 Thank you for being a loving husband and father. You’re a great example to our children.
#4 You’re the glue that holds our family together. Thank you for your hard work that supports our family. We love you!
#5 Thank you for co-parenting our children. While separating wasn’t our plan, I’m so thankful for your involvement with the kids. I hope you have a great Father’s Day!