Let’s be honest, Dad has plenty of ties. He is all set with this wallets and watches, so let’s be creative this year for Father’s Day. The whole point is to make Dad feel loved and appreciated. So here are five creative ideas for Dad this year:
1. Buy him a massage. Even big and strong Dad needs some relaxing sometimes. With places like Massage Envy and the readily available massage therapist at your local mall, it is possible to buy an affordable massage. The hard part is convincing Dad to participate. I suggest making a scavenger hunt out of it. This can be fun for the whole family! Plant clues around the house, then convince him to join you, and the kids, to go for a little car ride. Arrive at your location and surprise him with his afternoon of relaxation.
2. Present him with his favorite steak. Place a nice bow on some amazing steaks and hand them to Dad. I’m sure this will elicit some…interesting, and perhaps disappointed… reactions. When he says his, mildly frustrated, “thank you”, take him outside where you have a new BBQ, charcoal and all the summer fixings. Father’s Dad is about showing him that he is loved, so spend the day enjoying the sun. Wal Mart currently has charcoal BBQs right now for under $30. With the cost of the steak, sides and charcoal, you can get a wonderful gift for a great Dad for under $50.
3. For the outdoor dad, send him outside!! Prearrange with his friends to clear the day, perhaps arrange with his other Dad friends and make it a little easier for everyone. Wake up early in the morning, whisper in his ear to get up (this is also a nice opportunity for morning intimate Mommy and Daddy time), present him with a new fishing pole, tackle box, and (ew) worms. Tell him you have arranged for him to meet his friends and spend the early day fishing. For a little extra kick you can always fill an ice chest with beer and snacks. All of this is on super sale right now at any supermarket or local Target .
4. Clear the house and leave the beer. Now, if your husband is anything like mine, he would love a day to relax and watch the game…probably naked. Let him sleep in. Order a pizza, put on the game(s), stock the fridge with beer and snacks and clear the house. A little alone and relaxing time is always nice, especially for a busy and over worked Dad.
5. Buy him a hat of his favorite team, and surprise him with tickets to a local game. Places like Lids and Sports Authority always have deals and wonderful sales this time of the year. Give him the hat and move on with breakfast. Later, surprise him with tickets to a local sports team. This one is more for those who have the opportunity of location near a beloved spots arena. The key is to buy the tickets in advance (you can do so through Stub Hub ), like maybe now. He will love his new gift and will look at the hat and remember the day you all went to a super fun baseball game.
The thing to remember is that you know this man, probably more than anyone else in the world. The gift is nice, but the ability to associate it with a wonderful memory is a bonus. Everyone needs some fun and relaxing and giving that as a gift may be more important than the hat, fishing pole or six pack. Dad works hard, let him know that you appreciate him and all he does.