In the interest of equal time, following my Mother’s Day gift article, I interviewed dads in a completely unscientific poll via social media. Here’s what they said they really want for Father’s Day.
Dads young and old longed for some R&R, with one of the most common requests being the chance to sleep in. They’d also like some time off from fatherly duties. Whether that means watching uninterrupted football, getting out of the house for a few hours, or being treated to a full-body massage, they felt personal time would be a great gift.
One proposed a compromise: give him Saturday to golf with his buddies, and “Sunday I’m just happy to spend with the family doing whatever.”
More than one dad’s dream day focused on food, but not necessarily the “burnt toast and runny egg” breakfast-in-bed that kids often provide. “In truthful honesty, I would like to have a home-cooked barn-buster-style breakfast that I didn’t have to cook,” one dad explained.
Several other dads also requested food be part of their celebrations. Remember, though, if you plan to take a dad to a restaurant, book your table at least a week in advance.
You might not be able to give Dad the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro (or Millennium Falcon) he wants, but how about a collection of craft beer glasses? Many dads wanted unique, fun gifts: like a bug zapper gun.
One of the best places to search for such gifts is ThinkGeek.com. Or use the Gift Picker at Coolest-Gadgets.com to find the perfect gift to make dads cackle with delight.
Some dads jokingly asked for impossible gifts, like “a properly functioning flux capacitor in a modern sports car, fully capable of time travel,” or, failing that, world domination.
Another suggested a 60-foot sailboat “and time away to take my family sailing around the world.” He concluded, “Maybe we could catch a movie below in the captain’s cabin anchored off the shores of an island in the South Pacific. I’m not picky, any island would be fine.”
Others wanted such intangible gifts as “no whining from the kids,” or their child’s success and appreciation.
At the end of the day, though, many dads looked forward to one-on-one time with their significant others. As one dad said, “This would be the best time for the venting to happen — or the magic.”