Funny Dad Shirt Sayings

Gifts for mom are usually sentimental and loving, but dads often bring out the urge to poke some gentle fun at them. Chances are you have a wealth of material to work with, whether you're joshing him about his hobbies or ribbing him about his fatherly role. With many online sites that can custom-print special slogans on T-shirts, it's easier than ever to creatively express your feelings about good old dad.

Seriously Funny

Humor can give a light air to serious issues, helping you communicate feelings that are difficult to express openly. That may be the idea behind CafePress' stepdad T-shirt: "I'm the Best Stepdad 'cause I still wanted all these crazy kids after I met them!" Give it to your stepdad as a way of thanking him, in a casual, lighthearted way, for taking on the task of raising you. Think carefully before using sarcastic or mean-spirited humor on your dad's T-shirt. The point is to laugh with him, not at him---and to give him something he'll want to wear in public. Slogans like "The grill's ready --- Call 9-1-1!" are best for the dad who really does know his way around a grill. And "I fish, therefore I lie" is a universally accepted joke that shouldn't hurt anyone's feelings.

For the New Dad

Funny sayings don't have to make fun of their target. For the man who just became a dad, go with something that humorously identifies with his new role and its challenges: "New dad --- will work for nap" or "New dad --- I brake for naps" plays on the new dad's lack of sleep. "My wife had a baby and all I got was this huge hospital bill" inspires sympathy for the high cost of parenting. Offer a cute nod to the modern-day father's involvement in the chores of baby care: "D.A.D. (Diaper Adjustment Detail)."

For the Veteran Dad

You can show both love and respect for your dad with humorous sayings about special moments and thoughts from your growing-up years. "Because I said so!" affectionately recalls those days when that was his standard answer to the question, "Why can't I?" Give the strict dad a shirt declaring, "Her heart belongs to Daddy and so does your butt!" Give the thrifty dad a shirt announcing, "Turn off that light!" Try CafePress' funny reference to dad and all the things he pays for: "Dad --- The Man The Myth The Wallet."

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About this Author

Kate McClare has been a writer and editor since 1979. She has worked at daily newspapers including "Foster's Daily Democrat" (New Hampshire) and the "Boca Raton News" (Florida), and has been published in "Scouting," "Tennis" and "The Miami Herald." McClare holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire.

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