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to want to buy a Father's Day card that just says "Happy Father's Day"?

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jandymaccomesback Wed 13-Jun-12 19:34:26

All the cards I've seen have been totally inappropriate for my DF. He is teatotal, doesn't fish, never tells rude jokes about farting and to be honest is not the world's best father. Surely I am not the only one who just wants to wish their DF a happy day without being silly about it.

WorraLiberty Wed 13-Jun-12 19:36:52

I don't know where you shop but there are loads of neutral ones around here

FeakAndWeeble Wed 13-Jun-12 19:37:10

Yep. Try finding one for a step father. They mostly say crud like 'You're just like a daddy to me!' with a picture of a teddy holding a flower on it. My DSD is a fat, dour Yorkshireman who married my mother when I was 24 and is not, nor has he ever been, like a 'daddy' to me.

WHY can't they just have a cheerful bloody card with Happy Father's Day on it??

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 13-Jun-12 19:38:17

YANBU. I have thought exactly the same thing today because I wanted to buy my ex a card that just says 'Happy Fathers Day'. (nothing wierd, we just like to show our appreciation of each other as co parents) Every vaguely decent card said Dad or Daddy on it, and clearly my ex isn't either of those to me! And like you say, the cards are all either trying to be funny and failing or they are twee, or they are completely inappropriate. It's crap.

It seems completely different for mothers day.

FeakAndWeeble Wed 13-Jun-12 19:40:00

Keep watching the thread Worra, if enough people agree with the OP you could find a nice sideline here!

Juniper904 Wed 13-Jun-12 19:40:20

I'm struggling to find a "you're a c*#@ and have systematically wrecked my confidence" card too. Might moon pig it...

GoldenGreen Wed 13-Jun-12 19:40:30

Yanbu but you can design your own on a website like moonpig - that's what I tend to do.

AWomanCalledHorse Wed 13-Jun-12 19:42:49

Yanbu. I hate cards, cannot wait until DS is old enough to (be forced into) making cards so I don't have to bother trying to find something decent.

I struggled badly on Mothers Day...thank fuck my father has nothing to do with me (only had to buy DH & FIL cards, both are easy because they're soppy old gits).


In all 3 of the shops I went to, they were all "to beer drinking, farting, super dads". My suggestion was a card that says: to a very average father, have a very average day.

Nuttyprofessor Wed 13-Jun-12 19:47:06

Absolutely agree. Trying to find one for my father, if I sent one saying thank you for everything you are the best dad in the world, he would think I was being even more sarcastic than usual.

RoxyRobin Wed 13-Jun-12 19:55:10

Just buy an undedicated, all-purpose card with a suitable picture on it and write the words on it yourself.

For example, I always used to get my FIL Joe Cornish photograph cards for Father's Day.

redyam Wed 13-Jun-12 20:38:38

You could print your own, with any design you want. All you need is a printer, obviously and some glossy photo quality paper.

Then attach some cardboard to strenghen it up, and print a greeting for the inside. Bung it in an envelope ( you will need to buy one!) then voila! A personalised quality fathers day card for 1/10th the price!

MrsTittleMouse Wed 13-Jun-12 20:41:37

I have the opposite problem - they all say Happy Fathers Day, but fathers day isn't really happy in our family since my brother died. I hunt and hunt to find the card that just says Love on Fathers Day, or similar. I don't understand why there aren't cards for us, I bet we're not alone.

jandymaccomesback Thu 14-Jun-12 15:03:01

Love the Tesco card, but would definitely meet with pursed lips from my mother!

MrsTittleMouse I think I am going to look for a blank all purpose card, which is probably all you can do.

FeakandWeeble you buy your mum's husband a father's day card?

My mother remarried when I was 26. He was not and never would have been my stepfather, why would you send him a card?

(Just very curious

nickelbarapasaurus Thu 14-Jun-12 15:09:24

Try finding a Mothering Sunday card in Lent (for mothering Sunday - if I wanted to celebrate international Mother's Day in May, then fine, but I don't, I want to celebrate Mothering Sunday )

Why don't you make you r own?

lazarusb Thu 14-Jun-12 17:09:22

I have the same problem with Mothers Day. My Mum was far from the greatest and I resent sending her cards telling her she is wonderful. I have resorted to getting the dcs to make her a card from all of us.

sereneswan Thu 14-Jun-12 17:11:05

YANBU. My dad is not into golf, boats, cricket, football, angling, gardening, DIY, vintage planes or farting.

I just buy the plain all-year-round no-message art/photography cards for everyone I know regardless of occassion and write the appropriate sentiment myself.

manorborn Thu 14-Jun-12 17:11:52

I am so totally with you. I have tried loads of different shops and finally found a fairly neutral one in M&S. What a relief! Most are absolutely dreadful!!

bigbluebus Thu 14-Jun-12 18:53:29

Have exactly the same problem myself. We are not soppy verse kind of family and likewise my father doesn't drink, play golf, go fishing or fart

in company

. Managed to find a card in WH Smiths eventually after trawling the high street card shops. Agree M&S are usually quite good for cards without loads of soppy sentiments in them - but there isn't one in my local town

Islandlady Thu 14-Jun-12 18:56:33

I have the same problem my Mum died three week ago and there was no way I can give my Dad a jokey FD card even one that said 'happy' FD is not really appropriate as it certainly will not be a happy occasion but I do need to mark the day, My dad has a Boxer dog and so have managed to get a blank card with a Boxer on it for him and have written a nice message for him

maybenow Thu 14-Jun-12 18:57:26

i always buy a nice blank card and just write a message - this year's is a nice photo of a lake and mountains.

my dad is great but i don't really do soppy and he doesn't do football or beer or rude jokes or fishing or cars or yachts...

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