Win a Year's Worth of Cards for your Favorite Dad

Jun.9, 2013
categories: events

**UPDATE: We have a winner-- a big congrats to Lauren (Laurenhickers)! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. That was fun! We LOVED hearing all your great Dad-isms. Happy Father's Day to all you great Dad's out there from your friends at Egg Press.

In honor of all the Dad's out there we're hosting a fun Father's Day Giveaway! We know that a lot of well-meaning Dads are caught unprepared for card-giving occasions so we're giving away a YEAR'S WORTH OF CARDS to one lucky Dad.


How to enter:

1. In the comments below tell us your favorite Dad-ism. You know, the funny, dorky, weird, or wise thing that your Dad (or any special Dad in your life: Grandpa, Husband, Brother, Friend, Uncle) always says.

2. For an extra chance to win, share your Dad-ism on our Facebook page.

**The giveaway ends June 14th. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on both our blog here and on Facebook on Father's Day, June 15th.

The YEAR'S WORTH OF CARDS includes a hand-picked selection of 20 of our Dad-approved favorites including:

5 Birthday Cards
6 Thank You Cards
2 Sympathy Cards
2 Congrats Cards
2 Love Cards
3 Encouragement Cards


To get the ball rolling we thought we'd share some of our own favorite Dad-isms...

My Grandpa Joplin had a lot of great ones but is probably best remembered for his advice to "keep your chin up and your nostrils in the wind".

When I complained about a bad day growing up, my dad would always tell me that "if I ate some cat poop out of the litter box first thing in the morning, my day could only get better"! Haha.

“Never eat anything bigger than your head” and “Never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear”.

Every time our family would go out to dinner, without fail, my dad would try the same 3 joke during the course of the evening, and we always responded with the same groans of embarrassment.

The first joke (holding menu upside down): "Hey, they printed the whole menu upside down!"
The second joke (to the waitress after he finished his drink): "Nurse, I think someone put a sponge in my glass."
The third joke (after the meal was finished): "I feel more like I do now then when we first got here."


My dad said "Crap!" a lot. When he was more upset, it was "Crap! Crap! Crap!", which we refer to as the "triple-crap". Even though he is a Lutheran pastor, there are times when he takes it up a notch (triple-shit).

fri, 2013-06-14 18:14 | chris curry

our dad loves music, but was always a little self-conscious about dancing. in particular he loves jazz, and so as if to disguise his dancing shyness, he would always do this incredibly silly and exaggeratedly off-beat dance, pretending he has no rhythm! silly papa!

fri, 2013-06-14 08:58 | kapocias

He would always ask "guess what? that's what!" and he thought it was the funniest thing in the world....

thu, 2013-06-13 16:35 | ms rebecca z

You could tell my dad's mood by how he says "alright"
-dad, I need you to fix the toilet.
-(big sigh) alright.

-dad, I got you this digital camera for father's day, so you can get rid of that 3 megapixel one.

It's something I've started saying.

thu, 2013-06-13 10:00 | paperpastries

Dad had a quiet sense of very British humour. He never , ever, swore- but if he stubbed his toe, stepped in poop, or smashed a plate he'd simply shout 'Rhubarb Rhubarb !!' My darling dad passed away just three weeks ago, and when he found out his cancer treatment was failing, can you guess what he said? !!! Xx

thu, 2013-06-13 00:29 | liesel

My stepfather is a doctor and anytime I ask him for medical advice, he looks very thoughtful and then says "it must be old age."

tue, 2013-06-11 18:43 | superdumb

A classic - "Life isn't fair". Harsh but true.

tue, 2013-06-11 16:06 | cbatkins

When he's confounded by something, he'll say "It beats me!" -- my & my brother's cue to start pummeling him with loving punches.

tue, 2013-06-11 14:40 | paperandtype

My dad always pretends to be from another planet every time we go out to eat. poor waitresses.

tue, 2013-06-11 14:34 | rebecca.arian

Whenever I'm dealing with frustrating people and having a hard time conceding to them, my dad reminds me, "Don't play in the mud with a pig. You'll both get dirty and the pig will like it."

tue, 2013-06-11 10:39 | plandsem

My dad is very hands on and a fix it yourself type. He has always tried to teach my brother and I to do the same and to buy good quality tools to fix things. He always says "Buying tools is like putting money in the bank. They never go bad and you always have them when you need 'em."

tue, 2013-06-11 09:50 | jenn

The most important thing in life is who you love and who loves you.

tue, 2013-06-11 09:38 | kerrys_baskets

Whenever I would go out for the evening activity, when I was young, my father would say "always have a dime in your pocket, so a dog won't pee on your leg." His way of saying, always carry money for a phone call for help!! God Bless Him.

tue, 2013-06-11 09:14 | bee eastman

My Dad always says that the secret password is, "the bread bakes while we sleep" (try saying it quickly, it is a real tongue twister). I don't really know why we need a secret password, but that is just the kind of funny thing that my Dad says, as he is, full of mystery and adventure. Really he is just silly.

tue, 2013-06-11 00:48 | dembo

While I don't know if my dad has any catch phrases, really, he does tend to describe everything as "ornery" or "damn near." As in, "Putting lights on that ornery Christmas tree damn near killed me!" I remember him calling ME ornery as a little kid when I'd get into trouble. :)

mon, 2013-06-10 22:55 | snowbunny_64

Whenever things don't go my dad's way he says, "It's okay...been gettin' screwed my whole life..." It's hilarious. I've taken to saying it and it actually does make the situation seem not so bad. :)

mon, 2013-06-10 22:35 | mirmandy

Not really an "-ism," but my dad recently gave me some wonderful advice, as I was struggling to find a job so I could move to a new city: "If you don't schedule when it's going to happen, it's never going to happen." It really encouraged me to be intentional about the direction of my life. And as someone who left his home to see the world at the age of 17 and never looked back, I know he wants me to experience life and have my own adventure!

mon, 2013-06-10 22:35 | mallen11

Whenever I had an accomplishment or did something well, my dad would pay me a huge compliment and then say, "no brag, just fact."

mon, 2013-06-10 22:29 | kari.p.k

Whenever my mom would make something really good to eat for dinner or dessert, my dad will say "don't eat it all." Never in our history have we eaten everything before offering him some, so we suspect this stems from an event in his childhood.

mon, 2013-06-10 21:53 | shepak

"a farting mule never tires"- said by my Dad while backpacking the Colorado Trail and the Grand Canyon
"the tougher it gets the better I like it" - said my Dad often

mon, 2013-06-10 21:43 | annie.korenjak

My Dad often said, "The tougher it gets the better I like it"! And he is also known to say "a farting mule never tires" while backpacking the Colorado trail.

mon, 2013-06-10 21:39 | annie.korenjak

Whenever I said, "I'm hungry," my dad responded with, "Nice to meet you, Hungry!"

And my father-in-law, "Early to bed, early to rise, the girls go home with the other guys."

mon, 2013-06-10 20:54 | eijafayaya

When camping or road tripping, our estimated time for departure is always "dark o'thirty."

mon, 2013-06-10 20:38 | scheickc

Would you rotten kids keep it to a dull roar?

mon, 2013-06-10 20:28 | mandysueb

My dad used to say "go pound sand in a rathole"...that was his suggestion for when we told him we were bored, or--I think--if he wanted us to scram! Ha, funny to me. Also if we were having a conversation about something and we responded "so?" he would say, "sew buttons on a rubber duck". I think he inherited both of these from his dad.

mon, 2013-06-10 19:38 | annie_neil

To almost anything that I complain about having to do (wash dishes, clean, etc.) the reply is almost always, "It builds character!".

mon, 2013-06-10 16:43 | maraisb

"Be good. Be kind. Be great"- My Dad

mon, 2013-06-10 16:31 | laurenhickers

"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Valuable life advice.

mon, 2013-06-10 14:45 | jprinzing

You have not because you ask not!

mon, 2013-06-10 13:28 | laurablair

Oh man. Mine is the KING of Dadisms!! Only later in life did I realize that many of his one-liners are from either Caddyshack, Animal House, or The Jerk. My favorite of his originals, though, is that no matter what, when we call him at work and say, "Hey, are you busy?" his response is, "Not too busy to talk to you!" He has a busy and fast-paced job that he LOVES and even times when I know his time is in high demand he stops everything and listens to what I need or want to tell him. He taught us from early on that you should work at a job you LOVE ("Even if you're a janitor your whole life, you'll be the BEST janitor an I'll be so proud of you!") but that family comes first. He ends every phone call with, "I love you and I'm proud of you." even after I interrupted an important meeting to tell him I wrecked my car.

mon, 2013-06-10 10:36 | angelaswope

Don't take any wooden nickels

mon, 2013-06-10 09:58 | mattcho