If you’re reading this, it means it’s time to wish your dad a happy birthday! He may not remember your friends’ names (like, ever), but he’s the one who taught you everything from the art of corny jokes to when to change your oil (btw, when was the last time you checked that?) — and he deserves some celebration.
If you find it nearly impossible to find the perfect gift for dad, trust me, you’re not alone. Besides making the absolute best gift (ahem, your presence), nothing says “ILY” quite like a special birthday wish — whether you write it in his birthday card or post it to your Instagram. But no matter how much you love the guy who taught you how to ride a bike and yells at you at the kitchen table while doing your math homework (IYKYK), finding the right words can be kind of hard.
Luckily, all you need to do is grab the photo and/or card, and the special birthday message has you covered. Whether you want to add daddy jokes or write something honest and sweet, the birthday captions and wishes below ensure you’ll be the kid’s favourite. Oh, and if you still need a last-minute gift for dad for you, we’ve got you covered there, too.
Funny birthday wishes that rival his father’s jokes
- happy Birthday Dad. Have another year of reminding me of an oil change!
- Today, the MVP of my dad’s bad jokes and not knowing any of my friends’ names was born.
- HBD for the person who brought the coolest person (me) into the world.
- Don’t worry about getting old. Soon you won’t be able to remember your age anyway!
- I brought you the best birthday present ever: me!
- In honor of your birthday, you can tell a dad a joke today. One!
- Happy birthday to the man who endured all my teenage anxieties.
- Don’t hurt yourself by blowing out all those candles, old man!
- Um, we might need a fire department for all those candles on your cake.
- Happy birthday to the man who used to say “yes” when my mom said “no”.
- I’m pretty sure I’m your favorite child, but since it’s your special day, I’m not going to put you on the spot and make you say it out loud!
- Don’t worry about getting old dad – it just means you’re getting wiser, or does something people say to improve sound older?
- Greetings to you on your special day! After all, you helped bring the most amazing person ever into the world.
- Don’t celebrate too hard, old man!
- Let them eat cake. And by them, I mean you!
- It’s kind of your job to put up with me all year, so now my job is to celebrate you on your birthday.
- happy Birthday Dad. When I grow up, I want to be just like you…but hopefully I’ll have more hair!
- Happy birthday to the best dad! It’s party time… well, at least until your 10 p.m. bedtime.
- When it comes to bad dad jokes, you really are the best. happy birthday!
- Dad, I can never repay you for everything… literally. So instead, I’m posting this pic on IG for your birthday.
- To the man who always taught me right from wrong, how to ride a bike, how to make beer, happy birthday!
- HBD to my main guy, who totally knows I still don’t understand 401(k) plans and first downs but still wants to hang out with me.
Warm wishes make him feel it
- Happy birthday to being an example of what a good father should be.
- May your birthday be filled with joy and laughter and your voices opening up a cool voice.
- I’m grateful for another year around the sun with you, Dad.
- Your birthday will always be one of my favorite days (right behind yours, but you know what I mean).
- Happy Birthday That’s why I am the person I am today.
- I am very lucky because my dad is also my best friend. happy birthday!
- I am sending you a birthday wish wrapped with all my love.
- Nobody catches me like you. happy Birthday Dad!
- Happy birthday to the kind, intelligent, and caring person that I know.
- Happy birthday to the man who touches lives and makes things brighter wherever he goes.
- You live a life worth celebrating every single day. Happy birthday, Pops!
- Birthdays are always great, but yours is the most wonderful, Dad!
- To my true ride or die – I hope your birthday is as special as you make me.
- Even though the years go by, I know there is one thing I can always count on and that is you, Dad.
- Life is so much better with you, so thank you for sticking around. happy birthday!
- When you were younger, I thought you were a superhero. Now that I’m older, I know you are!
- Roses are red, violets are blue, and I am proud to have a father like you! happy Birthday Dad.
- You deserve the best birthday and the best year ever, Dad!
- Happy birthday to a man with a heart of gold.
Short and sweet birthday labels
- Happy birthday to my favorite person (don’t tell mom).
- In honor of my dad’s birthday today, here’s a throwback photo to prove he’s always been cooler than me.
- Happy birthday Lionel to my Sofia.
- HBD To Abi King Jokes.
- 🎉🎁🎂 @ dad
- Today is my father’s birthday!! He may never remember any of your names (like ever), but you better wish him HBD anyway!
- Happy birthday to the real Phil Dunphy. We don’t deserve you, Dad.
- Shout out to the first man I’ve ever loved. happy Birthday Dad.
- I may be a little biased, but I think I have the best dad on the planet.
- V is grateful to be this man’s child. HBD, Dad!
- I love ya 3000, dad!
- Happy birthday to the man who taught me everything I know.
- Happy birthday to someone who is truly unique.
- Greetings to my favorite partner in crime.
- Go Shawty, it’s your birthday!
- Dad, life is better with you in it. Thank you for everything.
- Happy birthday to my hero.
Birthday wishes from his favorite daughter
- Happy birthday, and thanks for never telling my mom to sneak out!
- Cheers to the man who’s always there when I need a shoulder to cry on (and sorry about the mascara stains).
- I am the happiest girl on earth to have a father like you.
- HBD for the coolest dad a girl could wish for.
- Thanks for being Papa to Eleven… You know, without all the weird government experiments or whateva.
- Few daughters are blessed with a wonderful father like mine.
- I will forever be your little girl.
- Cheers to the most supportive dad a girl could wish for.
- I am a lucky girl to have a father like you. Happy birthday, Pops!
- Happy birthday to the man who was unfortunately right in all of my exes.
Birthday wishes from your favorite son
- A lucky son like me has only the best birthday wishes for an amazing dad like you.
- Happy birthday to the man who taught me everything I know.
- Happy birthday to the greatest role model a man could ask for.
- You are the man I aspire to be. Happy birthday, Pops!
- Happy birthday from the luckiest son in the world.
- Like a father, like a son is all I ever wanted to be. happy Birthday Dad!
- HBD for the guy I’m going to steal all my dad jokes from.
- Happy birthday, Dad, and thanks for not telling Mom when the car was stolen.
- My compliments to the greatest father who made me the man I am today.
- Happy birthday to the man I look up to the most, no matter how hard I get.
Chase Sanders, Associate Editor worldwidecovering anything from entertainment to lifestyle. Prior to joining the team, Shays worked as an editor at the citizens (also part of the Hearst fam) where she met celebrities like Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes, and even Martha Stewart. As one of the Big Apple’s newest residents, there’s a good chance you can watch her checking out an Instagram-worthy coffee shop or spending way to loads of $$$ at vintage stores.