Father’s Day Thank-You Note Examples and Tips

This post provides Father’s Day thank you note examples, tips, reasons to write the note, and ideas of what to thank your Dad for. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in the United States.

If you received a Father’s Day gift, you can see how to write a thank-you note here.

The thank-you note can be included in his father’s day card or be a separate note. This note does not need to replace any gifts, you were planning to get him a gift.

I suggest that the thank you note be in addition to your normal Father’s Day gift routine.

Keep in mind that you can thank your dad any time of the year! The examples and tips below still apply, just remove the words “Father’s Day” as appropriate.

Why write your dad a thank you note?

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 note will be much more meaningful than just saying “thanks” in person.

People like recognition. That includes dads!

I encourage you to write your dad a thank-you note for father’s day. It could be better than any gift and make this father’s day his best father’s day ever!

What to thank your dad for?

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 – When growing up we often do not realize how much our parents do for us. If you are a parent now you likely understand.

Special memories – Did your dad spend time with you doing activities that you both enjoyed? I remember going fishing and making home bread (before there were bread machines!)

He continues to support 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 it only takes a moment to share the fruit of his labor.

He comes to the rescue whenever you are in need. Have you ever run out of gas? Was it dad that came to your rescue?

He came to your softball games when you were in high school. I appreciated this and I am not sure if I ever told my dad thanks back when I was a teenager.

My dad
My dad

Choose a reason that comes from your heart and is true. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Do not thank him for something you wished he would have done but never happened!

Here are 5 tips for Father’s Day thank you notes:

1. If you are new to writing thank you notes review how to write a thank you note or the cheat sheet.

2. Pick a thank you note card design that your Dad will like or is a basic design (just has “thank you” on the front). If your dad hates cats, don’t use a thank you note card with cats on it. Make this card 100% about your Dad! Or you may write your note on the inside of a Father’s Day card.

3. I call my father Dad. My opening will be Dear Dad. In your note refer to your father as you do in everyday life (Dear Papa, Father, Padre, etc.)

4. Name something specific (use ideas above to brainstorm or focus on how why you are thankful for your dad). If your note is super generic, for example: “Dear Dad, Thanks for being my Dad, Happy Father’s Day” then it will not be very meaningful. Write something that cannot be found in a standard Father’s Day card.

5. Use “Happy Father’s Day” as the closing. That may sound predictable but it is the one time a year that this closing works!

Father’s Day Thank-You Note Examples

I want to 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. All of your gardening efforts also help me to save a little on groceries during the summer.

I don’t think I have ever properly thanked you for coming to my softball games when I was in high school. At the time, I didn’t appreciate your support as much as I do now when looking back. Now that I have a job myself, I realize that it’s not always easy or possible to leave work early to watch your kid play a sport. I am thankful that you made the effort even though I wasn’t a very good player. I was happy to see you in the stands still wearing your business suit.

Thanks for another year of supporting my business ideas. I appreciate that you continue to listen to my ideas and encourage 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.

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 that the gas gauge is faulty. I hope you have a great Father’s Day!

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.

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.

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.

I hope these tips, examples, and ideas help you to thank your dad!

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Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

1 thought on “Father’s Day Thank-You Note Examples and Tips”

  1. This a very nice post. A person may think they have nothing special to thank their father for but after reading this many ideas are given. It was nice of you to included a picture of your Dad with Daniel’s big dog.

    My dad is no longer living but Father’s Day still brings him to mind and I can reflect on what a good Dad he was to me.

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