Father’s Day is just a few days away! Are you and your family having a hard time choosing the perfect gift for Dad? Sure, you can always go with the tried and true family picture on a mug, a new set of razors, a ‘#1 Dad’ shirt, or those adorable footprint crafts – we know Dads love them! But why not try something new this year?
If you want to get Dad something different this Father’s Day, how about doing something for him that he would normally have to do himself?
Give Dad a break, let him relax, and take a nap without being woken by requests, needs, and responsibilities!
We all know that Dads love telling stories about their kids. Go for gifts that will give them experiences that can turn into fond memories and great stories!
Check out a few ideas for Father’s Day gifts that Dad will love!
Do you have an outdoorsy type of Dad? Surprise him this year with a camping or fishing trip! For either trip, you can put together a gift box with everything he’ll need.
For a relaxing camping include a tent, sleeping bags, bug spray, and a cooler filled with camping essentials like hot dogs for roasting and marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for gooey s’mores! Don’t forget the roasting sticks!
If Dad doesn’t like sleeping in tents, you can always rent a cabin!
For a leisurely day of fishing include a new rod, tackle, or tackle box, a cooler filled with cold drinks and snacks, sunscreen, a radio, and chairs. You can even throw in matching fishing hats for Dad and the kids!
Let the kids wrap the boxes, decorate the wrapping paper, and make handmade cards!
Often, the result of a project is forgotten, but the memory of building something together lasts forever. With that in mind, this Father’s Day why not get all of the supplies necessary for a DIY project or two?
For Dads with younger kids, try making homemade racecars, bubbles that bounce, or an indoor catapult! For older kids, you can crank up the difficulty a few notches and try a spoon chandelier, cloud night light, or a light bulb vase!
Not only will Dads have fun spending time and making memories with their kids, but everyone will be able to enjoy the finished product for hours, days, and years to come!
Dads love to do home improvement projects themselves, but not all of them finish what they started. If that’s the case, why not hire someone to take care of those projects for Dad? This takes care of the problem and ends anymore nagging from family members about unfinished projects around the house!
Take Care of his Baby
And by baby, we mean his car. Between driving to and from practices and trips to the grocery store, kids spend a lot of time in Dad’s car. So much time that they tend to leave tiny memories of each moment behind in the form of toys, crumbs, and wrappers.
This Father’s Day, let Dad relax while the kids not only wash the outside of his car, (what kid doesn’t love attacking Dad’s car with soap and hose?) but get in there and clean out the inside. Really get in there. Clean out all of the toys and wrappers, vacuum the rugs and seats, wash the mats and windows, and to top it off leave a fresh, scented ornament hanging from the mirror!
Make him a Special Dinner
It’s a well-known fact that guys like food. You’ve heard the old saying, ‘The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.’ Want to make Dad truly happy on Father’s Day? Make him something special for dinner. Get the kids involved. Little ones can mix and pour, while older kids chop, measure, and cook.
Even better, if you’ve got a Dad who loves to cook, find something new to make and let him join in on the fun of preparing a family meal. Everyone in the kitchen together cooking, talking, making memories while they prepare something yummy that they can all enjoy together!
Let’s face it; Dads often get shafted when it comes to family movie night. Cartoons and romantic comedies may often rule the roost most days. For Father’s Day, why not give up the remote and let Dad choose the movie?
In preparation, you can set up a movie box for Dad to open on Father’s Day with his favorite candy, popcorn, snacks, and a blanket for the family to cuddle up under!
Make sure the kids promise not to complain about which movie he chooses! Who knows, everyone might actually enjoy the movie Dad picks!
Make a Dream Come True
Does Dad dream of swimming with life under the sea? Does he ever talk about flying a fighter jet? Has he told you that he wished he could be a racecar driver racing in the Daytona 500?
If any of those sound like the Dad in your life, the gift of experience may be for you. Choose adventures Dad will love, from ziplining through jungles to hand gliding to driving the kind of cars you see in the movies!
Whatever you decide to do for Dad this year, whether it’s time spent outdoors, doing crafts, or eating a special meal together, making it something that comes from the heart is the kind of gift that will outlast any tie, video game, or golf club. Besides, you can always get him those things at Christmas!
In lieu of cards, this year have the kids help fill out a coupon book! Cut and decorate the little slips of paper, write down something you plan to do for/with Dad, and tie together with ribbon or string. Include things like an hour of uninterrupted quiet time, kids will clean their rooms without complaint, and playing catch in the backyard. Dads will love these in place of store bought cards, and he can rip them out and use them whenever he wants!
Make this Father’s Day a day he’ll remember for years to come!