Father's Day falls a month after Mother's Day and it can often feel like a "second-class" holiday. There are fewer flowers and less advertising for jewelry and special brunches. You may hear ads for steaks or tool sets, but those are hardly sentimental items. Men can also be harder to buy for than women. My own dad, for example, doesn't really want any more objects, but he loves a good card and some one-on-one time with me. That's why I always take my time to pick out the right greeting, such as one of the sentimental Father's Day cards in this list.
This year, I might choose the first one because its message is dead-on: I'm in my mid-30s and still need my dad almost every day. Inside, I'd list all the times he's come through for me in the past year (I'd run out of room if I tried to cover my entire life). From listening to my career or interpersonal laments and providing sound counsel, to mowing my lawn in a pinch and helping with his grandchildren, my dad is often the first call I make when I need help. If this describes your father as well, you're sure to find the perfect card from this list that will make both of you feel mushy inside. There are also options for grandfathers, stepfathers, dads of little kids, and male role models who are "like a dad" to you. So order your favorites, get out your best pen, and get busy honoring the great dads in your life.
If you identify as a total "Daddy's girl," this card will tell your dad you'll always be one. Parents (and sometimes fathers especially) love knowing they are needed for advice and other help even after their children leave home.
Stepparents often get a bad rap in pop culture, but in real life they can be just as (or more) loving and supportive as a biological parent. If your stepfather means the world to you, tell him how great he is with this sweet and clever card.
3. For The Man In Your Life Who's Been There For You Like A Dad
As with stepfathers, you may have other male role models in your life who have loved and supported you like a dad, perhaps even in the absence of your real father's presence. Show them how much you appreciate it with this sweet card.
This elegant card uses four amazing qualities (loving, funny, kind, selfless) to describe your dad. The printing design leaves a heart around the word DAD. What grown man wouldn't tear up at this sentimental card, especially once you elaborate on his awesome traits in your interior message?
This wooden father's day card can be preserved as an ornamental object for Dad's desk. Choose the number of deer and add your children's names. This would be especially fitting for a dad who's into hunting and/or the outdoors.
The traditionally gendered messages on this card won't be for everyone, but some fathers would be touched to receive a card that incorporates the roles they play in both of their children's lives. If you have one child, you can also order a card with only one of the greetings.
Is your dad an English teacher, grammar nerd, or avid reader? If so, he'll love this dictionary-style card that can be personalized with his name after "see also". Also choose between son and daughter.
You don't necessarily have to live on another continent to send your dad this Father's Day card, but its message will be especially meaningful to a parent who may be physically far away but is always close to your heart.