June 04, 2023 3 min read

Father’s Day -The big daddy of the summer calendar - is just around the corner. With it come the usual questions about how to make the day feel special, and a last minute scramble for presents a little more imaginative than novelty books and chutney.

It can be all too easy to find yourself drowning in a sea of dad cliches, stuck with a cheesy golf joke card for a man who’s never set foot on a fairway. If you’d rather forget the stereotypes, Nicely Done has you covered: We have cards as unique as each and every Dad. 

What’s more, alongside Fathers, there are all sorts of people we might want to send a card to on the 18th June, taking a moment to recognise the role they play in our lives.  When sourcing cards from independent designers, I’m not just looking for quality design. I’m also keeping an eye out for cards that are more inclusive and less prescriptive; those that celebrate all the different types of love and support - because everyone’s family looks a little different.  

If you’re in need of some inspiration, here’s a round up of some of our favourite cards for everyone you might want to send something to this Father’s Day, as well as some suggestions for what to write:

Funny Dads


Life Saver father's Day Card

He may have spent your entire adolescence embarrassing you with terrible jokes, but the time’s right to let your Dad know you finally appreciate his, shall we say, quirky sense of humour with this fun little number. The ideal way to raise a chuckle, followed by a glass to a top Pa.

Writing inspiration

“Happy Father’s Day. give yourself a pat on the back - look how brilliant and humble I turned out”

Serious Dads


Just To say Father's Day Card

If your Dad’s more of the ‘still waters run deep variety’, forget the gags and focus on something classic and cool. We think he’d appreciate this blue watercolour design (although we would say that, we designed it!). It’s blank on the inside for whatever message you want to share. 

Writing inspiration

"I'm so proud to be your son/daughter. You’ve always been a truly fantastic dad, and I appreciate you for your endless love, care, and hard work. Happy Father's Day!"

The Father figure 


100% Awesome Fathers Day Card

Whether it’s a step dad, a brother, a mentor or a godfather, many of us will have a ‘not technically a dad’ to celebrate Father’s Day with. For all these important people in your life, how about this timely reminder of just how awesome you think they are?

Writing inspiration

"I couldn’t have asked for a better role model. Your guidance and support have helped make me who I am today. Thank you for being an amazing, inspiring figure in my life. Happy Father's Day!"

Brand new Dad


A Big Round of Applause Father's Day Card

For all the new Dads battling a mammoth sleep debt and the terrifying prospect of keeping a very small person alive, this one’s for them. It’s a great card to let these Dads know they’re doing a brilliant job (and that it gets easier!)

Writing inspiration

"Happy first Father's Day! I hope the future ones involve fewer nappies and a bit more sleep. Here’s to all the adventures to come.”

The Grandad 

Mushroom Father's Day Card

Grandparents need love too! If you’ve got a Grandad who’s an unsung hero, why not thank him too this Father’s Day? This card from Scribble & Daub features a beautiful hand finished mushroom illustration, so we think it's particularly good for those brilliant Granddads who enjoy pottering about in the garden. 

Writing inspiration

"Happy Father’s Day to a truly top Grandad. Thank you for always being there for me - I feel very lucky to be loved by you.”

The Dads that aren't with us any more


Love Father's Day Card

Occasions such as Father’s Day can feel really complicated for anyone who’s dad has passed away, and are often a painful reminder of those not with us anymore. 

But even though talking to someone about their grief can feel a little daunting sometimes, making space for others to talk about death can mean a huge amount. If anyone close to you is dealing with the loss of their Dad, a card to let them know that you’re thinking of them can help them deal with a difficult day.

Writing inspiration:

“I know today might feel hard, so I’m keeping you and your Dad in my thoughts this Father’s Day. I’m here any time you want to share your memories of him, no matter how happy or sad.”