A Cheer for DAD!

A Cheer for Dad Video Ecard from stayinspired365.com

It’s Father’s Day — a day to cheer all the great dads you know who make a real difference in their kids’ lives. Send them a shout-out with this fun new video ecard that you can easily personalize. Just complete the lyrics by filling in the blanks with their name, a personal characteristic, their favorite activity and favorite food. You will definitely make them smile.  Hooray for dads everywhere!

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Fab Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Father's Day Gift Ideas from stayinspired365.com

Sunday, June 16 is just around the corner, so plan now for great ways to make your dad a star on his special day! Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to make him smile…

•Gear Up and Get Outdoors! Make the most of warmer temperatures and surprise dad with a hike or a few fun hours of fishing with the family! Bring a picnic basket filled with dad’s favorite snacks!

•Sports, of Course! Sweet summer days can’t be beat when they feature a trip to the ballpark and an afternoon of popcorn, peanuts and the all-American hotdog! Present dad with baseball tickets wrapped up with a home-team cap and some slick sunglasses to get him into the spirit of the season. Or if it’s golf he loves, treat him to a round with a friend at his favorite course.

•Photo Op! Show dad how much you care with a fun family snapshot! Personalize the frame with words describing all his great qualities. Or, make a card from a retro photo!

•A Day Off! Show your love with some sweat equity! Surprise dad by cutting the lawn or moving some mulch. Or, wash his car and clean and organize the garage.

•Techno Smart. From remote holders to the latest TV, there are enough great gadgets and gizmos to make dad’s head spin! Simplify his workweek with a cutting-edge alarm clock or an organizational “APP” for his mobile phone.

•Get Grilling. Steaks for dinner, bacon for breakfast. Make a meal to remember! Serve it up on festive napkins and plates—or design some placemats with drawings and fun facts about dad!

•Musical Memories. Create some CDs of dad’s favorite songs for road trips or just relaxing around the house. Tie them up with ribbons and deliver with a special note.

Plug in with Power Tools! Always a winner, add a spark to his workbench with a gift card to the local hardware or appliance store.

No matter how you wish your dad a happy Father’s Day, take time to say how much you care! American Greetings salutes dads everywhere!

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What to Write in a Father’s Day Card

What to write in a Father's Day card

Whether you’ll be celebrating one wonderful dad or several special guys on Father’s Day, finding a great card or ecard is usually pretty easy to do. Figuring out what to say in a Father’s Day card, however, can sometimes leave you staring at a blank page. Here are some idea-starters:

Tickle His Funny Bone

— If sentimental isn’t your style—or his—then even Father’s Day isn’t the time to get sappy. Keep your note simple with some of these humorous spins:

  • Thanks for all your great advice, Dad!  Can you please repeat it now that I’m paying attention?
  • Fatherhood isn’t for the faint of heart…or the scared of bugs. Thanks for being my big brave Dad!
  • You’ll always be someone I look up to Dad—even when I’m taller than you.


Speak from the Heart  —

If you do want to say something sincere, Father’s Day is the perfect time to show the appreciation that Dad so deserves to hear:

  • Even when I’m not saying it, I’m always thinking it…I’m glad you’re my dad.
  • Thanks, Dad, for helping me believe in heroes.
  • I can only hope to be the kind of parent you’ve always been:  The Best.


Compliment Your Spouse —


Father’s Day isn’t just about parenthood, it’s also about partnership, marriage…and maybe a little bit of romance, too.

  • There’s no one I’d rather share the crazy, wild, wonderful ride of parenthood with than you.
  • I’m so thankful for the husband you are—and proud of the dad you’ve become.
  • Thank you for giving me the family I always dreamed of.


Share a Famous Quote —


Combining a famous quote with a personal note is a wonderful way to show a little extra effort while giving you a starting point for your own idea. Here are some examples:

  • “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”  ~Jim Valvano  That’s exactly how I feel about you, Dad.  Thanks!
  •  Someone once said, “Children close their ears to advice but open their eyes to example.”  Thanks for setting a great example, Dad!
  •  “Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” ~Author Unknown  Thanks for always being there.


Make it Personal —


 Whether you come up with something sweet, witty or wise, only you know what makes the dad in your life so special to you—and that’s what he really wants to hear. If you want to make your own personalized Father’s Day card at home, check out our selection of printable Father’s Day cards!

Did this article help inspire you with what to write in a Father’s Day card? Feel free to comment with your ideas or tweet us @amgreetings!


Printable Father’s Day Card!

Want to wow Dad this weekend with a Father’s Day card customized just for him? No problem. Printable Father’s Day cards make it easy to create one-of-a-kind greetings that you can put your own spin on through your own special words. You can even add a great photo of you and your dad for an extra personal touch. With a few simple steps you’ll be ready in no time, with Father’s Day card in hand!

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A Father’s Success

A father's Success

It’s almost Father ’s Day, and we want to send our best wishes to all dads on their special day!  Even though the first Father’s Day was celebrated   in 1910, it didn’t become a national holiday until 1972. Seems unbelievable that it took so long, doesn’t it? After all, dads do so much for their families, it’s only fitting they should have a day just for them. We’d also like to offer some inspirational thoughts about dads, and after reading the poem “Success” by Robert William Service, we  just had to share. Enjoy!

You ask me what I call Success –
It is, I wonder, Happiness?

It is not wealth, it is not fame,
Nor rank, nor power nor honoured name.
It is not triumph in the Arts –
Best-selling books or leading parts.
It is not plaudits of the crowd,
The flame of flags, processions proud.
The panegyrics of the Press
are but the mirage of Success.
You may have all of them, my friend,
Yet be a failure in the end.

I’ve known proud Presidents of banks
Who’ve fought their way up from the ranks,
And party leaders of renown
Who played as boys in Shantytown.
Strong, self-made men, yet seek to trace
Benignity in any face;
Grim purpose, mastery maybe,
Yet never sweet serenity;
Never contentment, thoughts that bless –
That mellow joy I deem Success.

The haply seek some humble hearth,
Quite poor in goods yet rich in mirth,
And see a man of common clay
Watching his little ones at play;
A laughing fellow full of cheer,
Health, strength and faith that mocks at fear;
Who for his happiness relies
On joys he lights in other eyes;
He loves his home and envies none. . . .
Who happier beneath the sun?

Aye, though he walk in lowly ways,
Shining Success has crowned his days.


Dear ol’ Dad!

Father's Day

Teacher. Leader. Supporter. A dad is so many terrific things—no wonder there’s a day set aside to honor him!

This year, Father’s Day falls on June 17th—it’s always the third Sunday in June—and even though that’s still a few weeks away, it’s never too earlyto  think about Dad.  (After all, we bet he thinks about you all the time!)  The first thing to do, of course, is send him a Father’s Day card, and with so many to choose from, it’s easy to find one that’s right for your relationship and expresses exactly how you feel. For some, a personalized paper card is a great choice, especially if you’ll be spending the day together and you can give it to him in person. You can even print your own Father’s Day card from home. And don’t forget, whether your dad is tech-savvy or old-fahioned, a  Father’s Day ecard is fun for everyone to send and receive.

Need some help on what to write inside the card? Here are a few picks we like:

  • Thank You for being the World’s Best Dad!
  • I hope happiness and love fill your Fathers Day.
  • Thank you  for being my pillar of strength and fountain of wisdom.
  • I am blessed to have someone like you as my father, and I would like to thank you for everything.  Happy Fathers Day!
  • For who you are and everything you mean to me. Happy Father’s Day!
  • Dad, you are awesome. Thanks for being such a great part of my life!

Just as a dad means so many things to his family, there are also lots of ways to celebrate with him on Father’s Day, so start planning now. Why not consider what he likes to do and then share in the fun with him? Does he have a favorite hobby such as fishing or camping? June is a great month for both of those!  Ditto for outdoor sports like golf or tennis. A relaxing family get-together is a wonderful way to spend the day, too.  Maybe Dad will finally share his secret barbecue recipe with you, or simply enjoy hanging out and passing along some words of wisdom. Who knows—you might find out you have even more in common than you realized.  And, remember: even though Father’s Day is officially just one day, you can enjoy these activities together any time. After all, he’s your dad every day!