Sentimental Words for Dad's Birthday

, Staff Writer
Updated June 12, 2013
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    sentimental words for dad's birthday card
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Let your father know just how much he means to you with a special message on his birthday. Choose appropriate birthday words for dad from this extensive list, or use these ideas as a source of creative inspiration to help you pen your own words for dad’s birthday.

Inspirational Birthday Wishes for a Father

It can be challenging to come up with a sentimental message to wish your father a happy birthday while also letting him know how much he means to you. Perhaps one of the statements below will capture the essence of the birthday wishes you'd like to share with your father this year. Feel free to use them as is or customize statements to reflect your special relationship with your dad.

  • Wishing a joyous birthday to the man who taught me how to love.
  • I wish you a birthday that is as perfect and full of joy as you made my childhood.
  • Happy birthday to you, Dad. You’ll always be my superhero.
  • My wish for you on this birthday is that you know how very much I love and respect you. Happy birthday to the best father in the world.
  • Your wisdom is immeasurable. My love for you is immense. Happy birthday to an incredible father.
  • Every child should be so lucky as to have a wise and wonderful father like you.
  • As you celebrate your birthday, my wish for you is that you know how much you are loved and appreciated.
  • Not just on your birthday, but every day, I love you and look up to you.
  • Happy birthday to the best father in the world.
  • What did I do to deserve the best father in the world? You are my inspiration and I love you.
  • As you celebrate another year, I don’t want to let another day go by without letting you know what an incredible inspiration you have been throughout my life. Thank you so much for all that you have done for this family.
  • You’ll always be my rock star, Daddy!
  • Who taught me what it means to be a good person? You did, Dad. On your special day, I want you to know that I wouldn’t be who I am today without your influence. Thank you and I love you, always and forever.
  • Do you know that you’re my hero? My wish for your birthday is that you know that. You’re everything that’s good in me and everything I strive to become.
  • The world is better because you’re in it. Have a fabulous birthday today, with many more to come.
  • For your birthday, I wish to give you my gratitude. You have it every day, but I realize I don’t tell you often enough. Enjoy your birthday, from your incredibly grateful child.
  • You taught me what love is before I could even say the word. Have a joyous birthday.
  • Today is about you, which is a bit hard for you to do. You’re so generous and giving but today is the day for you to enjoy living. Your selfless soul has made my life a pleasure; please know that I love you beyond any measure!
  • What could be better than being the child of a great man? I am so lucky that you are my father.
  • If there was a Super Bowl for fathers, you’d win every year! Happy birthday Dad!
  • Dad, my love for you is unconditional. I wish you joy, love and many happy birthday returns.
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    i love you birthday words for dad
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Funny Birthday Rhymes to Wish Dad a Day the Opposite of Bad

Pairing sentimental emotions with a bit of rhyme may be a great way to tug at your father’s heartstrings on his birthday while also putting a huge grin on his face. If you’re a bit of a poet and your dad doesn’t know it, sharing a cute rhyme is sure to help him have a great time on his birthday!

  • From my first steps through many missteps along the way, I just want to say how much I love you on this, your special day!
  • Lucky me, I always knew that you, my dad, were the best father anyone had ever had!
  • On your special day, I just wanted to say, if I may, that I truly love you in every possible way.
  • How did I get so lucky as to be your son? If they made a model of the perfect dad, you’d surely be the one.
  • Happy birthday to the best dad on earth. Enjoy this message with a bit of mirth, but know in your heart that throughout all of my life, having you as my dad has been the very best part.
  • Take it easy on this annual event, from my heart this is really meant. You work so hard throughout the year to take care of me and everyone else you hold dear. Today is your day I am here to say, celebrate and enjoy in every way.
  • I’ll always be your little girl, walking by your side throughout the world. As the years go by we both grow older too, but nothing will ever change how very much I love you.
  • As a dad, you’re first class. You put up with me through years of my sass. Now that time has passed and I’m grown, I want you to know that my love for you is carved in stone.
  • Who was the luckiest kid in the neighborhood? I always was, for my dad is so good. I can’t imagine my life without you. I wish you joy and happiness in everything you do.
  • To me, Dad, you were always like Superman. Every day of my life, I’ll be your biggest fan.
  • There aren’t enough candles in the world or room on any cake to show the magnitude of the impact in my life you continue to make.
  • Another year has passed, so there’s another birthday complete with cake and a big family repast. Here’s looking ahead toward even more awesome birthdays, always perfect occasions to shower the world’s best dad with praise.
  • From you I first learned what it means to be strong; this lesson has followed me throughout my life all along. As you celebrate another birthday, I don’t want to wait another moment to say that to me you're perfect in every way. In my eyes you can do no wrong.
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    lucky me words for dad’s birthday
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Sentimental Words for a Father

It’s hard to find a quote, saying or rhyming poem that expresses exactly what you want to say. If some of these messages seem close to what you want to express, but aren’t exactly on target for your relationship with your father, you might discover that tweaking a word or two makes them fit perfectly. A quote to express love to a father could be a better option, or you can review a list of adjectives to describe tone, feeling and emotions for ideas. No matter what words or phrases you select, the sentimental birthday message you choose to share with your father is sure to bring joy to his heart.