Father’s Day ideas that go Beyond Gifts
Father’s Day ideas that go Beyond Gifts
It’s no secret that Dad is a hard person to shop for. Do you find yourself heading back to the mall to pick out a new tie or a “World’s Best Dad” T-shirt every June? Do you have to drag the kids to the store to pick out a cheesy gift?
Thoughtful gifts are always appreciated, but fancy presents aren’t necessary to make the holiday memorable. Father’s Day is a perfect time to create wonderful memories and start new traditions that involve everyone in the family.
If you’re scrambling to find some new ideas for the perfect Father on a perfect Father’s Daythis year, consider these ideas that go beyond gifts and get ready for a Father’s Day he won’t soon forget!
Breakfast in Bed
Breakfast doesn’t have to be fancy to make an impression. Even a bowl of cereal and a glass of juice carried up on a tray will get his Father’s Day off to a memorable start. Make it extra special by getting the whole family involved, your kids add their favorite breakfast foods to Dad’s breakfast-in-bed tray. It sounds simple but seeing the kids make an effort to cook is a real pleasure for mum or dad. They might need some help with preparing a roast, or they can make another favorite dish of Dad’s if that’s easier.
Take Dad on a Date
Whether it’s a date with his sweetheart or alone with the kids, treat Dad to some one-on-one time. Take him to his favorite restaurant or “kidnap” him for a surprise dinner out and then pick up the bill at the end of the date!
Daddy championships – A day of challenges and games with your daddy, with a little medal or trophy to win at the end of it. Pick board-games, computer games and maybe a few silly races in which the little ones can pit their talents against Dad. But don’t forget, Father’s Day should be a bit relaxing so don’t make him break a sweat!
Make and Celebrate Memories
- Start a Father’s Day journal: Have every family member write a dated message in a blank book. Add to it each Father’s Day, year after year. Family journals like this are wonderful for recording funny or endearing memories that have happened in the past year.
- Document your day: Take pictures together throughout the day together and post them on photo sharing or social networking site to keep a digital scrapbook of sorts. Memories are always more vivid and lasting when you’ve got pictures to reminisce over.
- Remember the legacy: Relive memories together and let Dad talk about his own father and grandfather. You might learn a little more about Dad in the process.
Create From the Heart
- Make him something unique:Create a craft to set on his office desk. Crafts can be as simple as a hand-drawn picture, as creative as a picture frame the kids have decorated with seashells or macaroni, or as quick as a personalized mug. Whatever you create, he’ll love seeing that reminder of his precious family while he works each day.
- Create your own T-shirt:Keep your inside jokes and fun family memories alive on a personalized shirt! Solid color t-shirts can be purchased inexpensively at any craft or hobby store. Decorate his T-shirt with puffy paints, permanent markers or iron-ons, (and then dare him to wear it the next time he goes to the hardware store!).
- Edible gifts:Never underestimate the power of some good, home-cooked food. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach test that theory out with some freshly baked cookies or homemade apple pie.
Pass it on – Father’s Day idea for grown-ups
Share memories and create a great keepsake– film yourself and any brothers and sisters recounting childhood memories. Even 5 minutes is great! Most computers have good, basic film editing programmes but if that sounds too daunting, simply record to your phone and transfer it to iTunes or record direct to your computer if it has a webcam, then burn this file onto a recordable DVD (these are really cheap). Put a photo of you and Dad on the sleeve.
Father’s Day gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money — or even any money at all. It all boils down to time together — time to create memories that last through the years. The time and attention you show the dads in your life on Father’s Day will be remembered and valued so much more than any gift wrapped in fancy paper and tied with a bow.