20 Heart Touching And Thoughtful Letters For Dads

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A father is the one we always look up to for advice and encouragement, whether he is strict or lenient. We don’t always communicate our feelings to him, but writing a letter to dad to say “thank you” or “I love you” could be a sweet way to touch this heart. He’s also the one who says ‘yes’ to our insane ideas even when no one else will. A father’s role in the lives of his child is critical. His hand on our shoulder is all it takes to make us feel protected and motivated to keep moving forward. Continue reading this post to see some sample letters from which you can take inspiration to write down your feelings for your dad and bring him joy.

20 Sample Letters To Father

Here are a few sample letters from a son and a daughter to their doting father.

1. A ‘thank you’ letter from a daughter

I would like to thank you for everything you have done for me.'

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Dear Dad,

I have known you as a nurturing, loving, caring, and warm-hearted person. You are thoughtful and soft on the one hand and mysterious and a tough nut to crack on the other hand. I know you as a writer, critic, intellectual, and philosopher. I also know you as a person who can solve all my problems and forgive my mistakes.

I would like to thank you for everything you have done for me. And let me tell you, I have loved you and will love you till my last breath.

Lots of love,
Your daughter

2. Sweet letter from son

To my superhero Dad,

I want you to know that I feel so blessed to have you as my father. I have no words to describe the warmth and affection I get from you. You have always lifted me high and wrapped me in your tight hug. You have inspired me with a sense of security in my life.

Whenever you dropped me at school, I waited till the last bell, just to get back to you. Your lame jokes have always made me laugh so hard. What I am today is all because of your motivation all through my school and college days. I am glad I walked on the path you have shown me.

Thanks for being my best friend and the best dad!

Your son,

3. A beautiful letter to a second dad

Dear Father,

Although you are not my biological dad,
You have always been my strong pillar
With the things you do and
The love you shower.

You have always helped me
Whenever I needed you the most.
You have given me everything,
Even when you did not have it.

You are no less than any other dad
And I’m happy to have you in my life.

All I want to do is thank you
For being as great as my biological dad would have been.

Love you, Daddy!

4. Gratitude letter from a daughter

My dear Father,

You held me first in your arms,
From that moment till today,
I feel protected.
You are my hero.

I adore your smile,
And the way you look at me, with affection.
I have never told you this before,
But I miss you so much when you are away.

Thank you, Daddy,
For listening to me always
For putting your trust on me
For making me a graceful woman from a naughty girl.

Thank you, Daddy,
For being there for me
For wiping my tears
For laughing at my silly jokes.

Thank you, Daddy
For giving me such a beautiful family
For building a strong foundation for my life.

Your sweet little daughter,

5. I love you letter from son/daughter

There are so many reasons why I love you, Dad.'

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Dear dad,

I know I never write to you and always write to mom. Don’t be surprised. I just want to express my joy and thank God for dropping me into your home.

My heart fills with happiness whenever you kiss me and hold my hands.

There are so many reasons why I love you, Dad. You stay out at work all day just to give me everything I ask for, you put in so much effort just to keep me happy, and most importantly, I know you will never stop loving me.

I will be praising you all my life because you taught me how to learn, speak, talk, and walk.

I love you forever, Dad.

6. Letter from son and daughter

Hey dad,

You mean the world to us
Only a father like you
Could give love so unselfishly

Words are not enough to tell you
How special you are to us
We appreciate whatever you do for us
We feel blessed and lucky
To have a father like you.

We love you.
(names of son and daughter)

7. Father’s day letter from a proud son

Dear Daddy,

Happy Father’s Day.

I cannot say this in person, and so I am writing this letter. I am so honored and blessed to be born as your son. You are the strong pillar of our family in the toughest times. Despite the financial crunch, you filled my childhood with happiness and showered me with the joy of little things in life.

Thank you for giving me such beautiful memories and learnings, which I will pass on to my children. You have guided me all through my life and helped me achieve what I wanted in my life. You have given me the freedom to explore things and taught me to be brave.

I am lucky to have you.
Love you

8. A letter from a loving child

My handsome Daddy,

You taught me discipline with your tough attitude. I know you were strict just to make me a better person. It is your upbringing that helped me become who I am today. You made me figure out how life is by letting me experience the good times and the bad times.

I want to tell everyone that you are an amazing father who made me a strong person. You have set a strong foundation to help me face the highs and lows of life. Thank you, dearest Daddy.

Love you a lot!

9. A gratitude letter from a little daughter

You have given me all the love and care.'

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You have worked tirelessly to raise me
And you have given me all the love and care
I cannot express how thankful I am
To have you in my life
You have encouraged me
To achieve anything under the sun
You were not as vocal and soft as Mom
But your quiet and strong presence
Has influenced me to a great extent.

I love you.
Your little girl

10. A heartfelt thank you letter from a son

For teaching me there’s beauty in every place
For taking me to faraway destinations and letting me explore
For making me understand how gardening is done
For helping me look at things from different perspectives
For teaching me how to love and respect people
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you, Daddy,

Your son

11. An earnest letter from a son

Hey Dad,

I know it might look weird to you that I am writing a letter instead of using WhatsApp or email. Well, I have never expressed my emotions to you, so I would like to let you know how happy I am to be your son.

Firstly, I thank you for giving me such a wonderful life. You nurtured me at every step of the way, giving me an excellent education, excellent advice, and a happy place to grow up into a man that I am today. I always wanted to thank you.

You always made me comfortable when I had to share confidential information, and you played video games with me when my friends did not accompany me. All these memories are etched in my heart, and I will never forget them. You molded me into a good person, and I want to do the same for my future children.

I see you not just as a good father, but also as an affectionate husband to mom and a responsible brother to aunt. I don’t know if I can repay you enough, but I want you to know that I am always here for you.

Thank you for everything.


12. A sincere letter to a single dad

Hey Papa,

You were always there in my plenty of ‘firsts.’ You took me to my first swimming class, planned my first vacation, signed my first mark sheet, helped me celebrate my first Halloween, and there are so many more.

I couldn’t love you more. You have given me the love of a mother and a father. There’s nobody who could take your place in my life.

I miss you so much.

13. A letter from a daughter getting married

I am still your little girl.'

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Dearest Daddy,

From reading to traveling and drawing to playing, you have helped me all my life. Thank you for all the lovely father–daughter moments that we shared. I would cherish them all my life. Every second you spent with me gave me immense pleasure and a learning experience.

After my wedding tomorrow, I am just going to leave this house and not you. I am still your little girl, and you will always be the greatest dad. I love you and will always be there for you, like you have always been there for me.

Your naughty daughter,

14. An affectionate letter from a loving daughter

My Loving Dad,

I am fortunate to have such an awesome father.
I love you for the encouragement, comfort, and guidance.
You are not just my dad, but my best friend, coach, and hero.
You have showered me with endless love and gave me strong support.
Everything means a lot to me.

You are a man of values and a strong and caring father.
Thanks for giving me such beautiful memories.
I cannot love anyone more than you.

Love you loads,

15. Father’s day letter

My Handsome Pa,

As a father, you have done everything for me. You have overlooked all my mistakes and saw the best in me that others couldn’t. We have shared a special bond all these years, and I am glad that nobody else could have given me the guidance, inspiration, and support you have given me.

You are a thoughtful and warm father, who even gets tough when you have to teach me discipline. I cannot express more in words what I feel about you. For me, you are the precious gem of my life. Happy Father’s Day, Papa! I love you so much.

Miss you,

16. A sorry letter from a faraway son

Dear Dad,

I have realized very late how important you were to building my life. I did not thank you enough back then. You are my first superhero, first role model, and first everything.

At times, I fought with you and was rude to you. I am extremely sorry for hurting you with my harsh words. Still, you never gave up on me and helped me in every possible way to send me to a foreign land to pursue my education.

Now, when I am living alone, I know what I am missing the most. It is you, Dad. I miss you every moment of my life and regret not being with you. Thank you for giving me the strength and wisdom to overcome hurdles and for being so patient with me.

I am coming very soon to hold your hands again and to give you a warm hug.

Your loving son,

17. A letter remembering an incident

Hey Dad,

Do you remember the day we almost had a crash? I cannot forget that incident.

It was a chilly winter night, and we were heading home after you picked me from a party. The roads were blocked, you were going slow, and we were enjoying our favorite rock music. Suddenly, the car started gliding into the trees and the woods.

Within a fraction of seconds, you steered the car, and we escaped the ditch. Your presence of mind impresses me till date. You protected me without worrying about your hand that was twisted badly. That’s when I realized how special you are to me. And now I know how a father should be.

Love you loads,

18. A sweet and warm letter

Hey Pa,

Please don’t be embarrassed at me as I’m writing this letter to share my feelings. I know we have a strong bond, and I can tell you anything. But I think these are a few feelings that I cannot express in person.

Even without telling you, you always know when something is wrong.
Even with my smallest achievements, you are proud of me.
Even when you have no money, you do your best to get me gifts.
Even when you are busy, you call me to ask how I am.

How can you be soft and strong at the same time? Nobody can be a better father than you. I love you so much, Pa, and I miss you. Please visit me whenever you can.


19. An admiration letter from a daughter

Hey Daddy,

I am so grateful to have a blessed figure as my father. I admire you, Daddy, for everything. You have been an influential figure in my life. You have helped me set goals, and you guide me to achieve them. I appreciate your determination.

I look up to you, and I want to be like you. You have always taken the path less traveled, and I am totally inspired by that. I hope I also become a person like you—a humble person who can cook, fix anything, and be patient. Your intelligence and knowledge are what I am most proud of.

Your humor makes me laugh, and your protection makes me feel safe. Your love brings our family together. Not just me, but mom too loves you for being the father you are. Thank you for the shelter, food, education, and love you have given me.

You have always motivated me to do things that I thought I never could. Your family values will be transferred even to my children, and I promise you that. My children are also blessed to have a grandfather like you.

We all love you so much,
(name and grandchildren’s names).

20. A letter from a traveler son

 'Now I know how a father should be.'

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Dear Dad,

We went on adventures right from when I was little. Some were boring (just kidding!). They were the best adventures of my life. You used to take me in the car, without any plans, and we had so many special episodes. Back then, I did not know our unplanned destinations and trips would inspire me so much to explore different parts of the world.

It is you who guided me to do what I love the most. And now, all those traveling lessons have made me a professional traveler. I have seen so many beautiful countries and want to visit more. The next time I come home, I want you to come along with me. Yes, no plans, just hitting the road, like the old times.

See you soon,
Love you

Writing a letter to dad is the best way to express your love and care for him. You may tell him how he influenced you in life and how happy you are to have him in your life. You may personalize the letter by adding a few special memories you had with him. Adding a few lines about his hardship and sacrifices for his family’s well-being could make him happier. You may also tell him how proud you are of being his child. These letters are ideal for sharing on your dad’s birthday, Fathers Day, or any other occasion.

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