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Where to find decent Father’s Day cards

Frustrated with the greeting card selection—nothing but cheesy poems and bad jokes—at the local pharmacies and novelty stores, we scoured the city for better Father’s Day cards. Here’s the best of what we found.
 
Catfish Greetings (219A Mulberry St.; 212-625-1800) stocks cards with a modern, clean look and fun, whimsical designs that riff on everything from BBQing to golf (from $6.00). Kate’s Paperie has a much smaller but equally well-edited selection of cool silkscreened and letterpress cards for dads. We also discovered a decent assortment of blank cards at Papyrus; and despite Hallmark‘s standing as the ultimate greeting card cliché, its stores do offer the widest selection. (Check out their Fresh Ink collection—for simple sentiments without the cheese factor; from $3.50.) At Scribble Press (1624 First Ave; 212-288-2928), kids can make their own fancy jumbo cards with stencils, pens and collage materials like tissue, glitter and paper scraps ($15, including hours of entertainment). But hands down, the best Father’s Day cards we’ve seen are the vintage-inspired designs from Hello!Lucky, available at Kate’s Paperie, Greenwich Letterpress, Three Tarts, Pink Olive, Exit 9, Card-o-Mart, Chelsea Market Baskets, and Village Invites ($4.50 each).