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The Best Short Messages for Father’s Day

May 23, 2023

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Of course, he’s the world’s best dad, and that’s always a great message to send him anytime. But you may be looking for something more original or personal for Father's Day. Sometimes it can be difficult to put your feelings into words because they run so deep. Or you may want to send a funny message in return for all the dad jokes you’ve had to suffer through.

So if you’re in need of some inspiration, here’s our compilation of the best short messages to send for Father’s Day.

The Best Short Messages to Send for Father's Day

  1. When Is Father’s Day?
  2. What Are the Best Short Messages for Father’s Day?
  3. Classic
  4. Funny
  5. Emotional
  6. Thankful
  7. Tried and Tested
  8. For a Stepdad

When Is Father’s Day?

Father’s Day has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1910 and falls on the third Sunday in June. For 2023, that is June 18. Because it’s celebrated in the heart of summer, you can be almost guaranteed a bright, sunny day to plan your Father’s Day celebration. It could be a picnic, a quiet dinner at home, a night on the town, or a concert — the possibilities are endless.

The difficult part is choosing a gift for Father’s Day because dads are notoriously difficult to shop for — in fact, it’s the classic “What do you get for the man who has everything?” dilemma. But we’ll share a little secret — no matter what you get him, he’ll treasure your gift because it’s from you. One thing you can’t go wrong with is flowers. Yes, dads do love flowers.

The cool vibes of The Ellington are very appealing, especially if your dad is a jazz fan. Double The Luna, with its dreamy yet grounded color scheme of deep blue and cream with dark green foliage, will speak to his sense of balance and beauty. If you pick a classic orchid, like The Murano in a white-and-blue tile pot, you can be sure he will display it proudly on his desk and show it off to all friends and visitors.

What Are the Best Short Messages for Father’s Day?

The best messages to send Dad on Father’s Day are those that come from the heart. Your message could be classic, funny, or deeply emotional and nostalgic. He’ll hear and cherish your words, and they may be the best thing you can give him in return for all the years that he’s loved and looked out for you.


Simple and sincere, these words tell your dad how much he means to you and how grateful you are for everything he’s done for you, for all his advice that finally makes sense years later, and for being the best example of how to be a good human being.

  1. Dads know that every day is Father’s Day, and it’s a job that never ends. Sending you all my love and thanks.
  2. We couldn’t have asked for a better dad. Thanks for everything you’ve done for us.
  3. As time goes by, I learn to appreciate your wisdom and your example. Thank you for being my best friend and guide.
  4. Being my dad takes a lot of love and patience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
  5. The man, the myth, the legend. Happy Father’s Day!


Dads don’t have a monopoly on dad jokes, which is lucky because they are some of the best messages you can send on Father’s Day. It could be a new joke he’s never heard before or one of his own recycled ones, but either way, it will cheer him up on his special day. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. What did the baby otter say to its dad? You are a dad like no otter.
  2. What does a baby computer call its dad? Data.
  3. When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.
  4. Dad, you are simply the best, you can’t be beet, and I do love you from my head tomatoes.


Whether your dad is old-school with a stiff upper lip or the New Age type, it’s fine to get emotional and nostalgic about all he’s done for you and all the good times you’ve had together.

  1. You knew that wrapping kids in cotton wool is impossible, so you gave us the courage to brave the adventures of life.
  2. “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


We must admit that there are times when being a dad can be a thankless job. So why not use Father’s Day to express your gratitude for all the times he’s been there for you and everything he’s done? You’ll feel better for having said (or written or typed) the words.

  1. Thanks for always being my shelter in the storm.
  2. Thank you, Dad, for always being there for me and for believing in me.
  3. You showed and taught me about the beauties of nature, the joys of travel, and all the marvels of this world around us. Thank you for giving me the spirit of adventure and learning, the most precious gift.
  4. In the Dads’ Championship, I’m so lucky I picked a winner.

Tried and Tested

There’s a reason why these golden oldies have been used again and again over the years. They’re sincere and express all the love you have for your dad in a few short words.

  1. World’s best dad!
  2. I’m so proud that you’re my dad.
  3. You always had my back, no matter what stupid stunts I pulled. Thank you for your unfailing love and support.
  4. You’re my hero, Dad! Happy Father’s Day.

For a Stepdad

Stepdads are a special breed, and a few loving words can let yours know how much he means to you.

  1. Happy Father’s Day to the best bonus dad!
  2. I’m so glad I had you in my life to show me how to be a parent and a loving, caring person.

Your Father’s Day message will be as meaningful for your dad as it is for you. It’s one day when you can really put your feelings of love and gratitude for him into words. When you speak directly from your heart, he will recognize it and cherish your words.


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