It is almost that time of year again: time to find the perfect present to let your father know just how special he really is. The dilemma is finding a gift that lets your dad know he truly is an important part of your life. After searching for a gift that says everything you want it to say and coming up empty handed, many retreat to the old classics. But just how many ties and World’s Greatest Dad coffee mugs does one man need? The best gifts are not generalized, they are special because they symbolize that unique bond, experience or special memory that is shared between a father and his child. Think to yourself what it is about your dad that stands out and makes him an irreplaceable part of your life. Here are some suggestions of personalized gifts that are unique and heartfelt.
You can go online to www.lovebookonline.com and create a custom book with graphics that shares with dad exactly why you love him. You can edit the pictures and text on each page to create a personalized keepsake for dad that will serve as a reminder of all those special times and inside jokes that you share. Let him know how he has inspired you and how much you appreciate the little things he has done that have meant so much throughout the years. You can create your book describing all the reasons you love your dad from the comfort of your own home and have it shipped right to your door. Books start at $34.95.
1st Picture of Dad and Baby
Nothing is as unforgettable as the first time a dad holds his precious new baby in his arms; from this moment on, he is never the same. The things that once seemed so important, pale in comparison to this new joy. Many places that print photos will also apply photos to such things as t-shirts, coffee mugs or cell phone cases. You can order personalized photo items online from stores such as Walgreens and Walmart. You can upload your photo to their website online and pick up your item at their nearest store in minimal time.
Personally Made Gifts
For younger children, there is no better gift then something they have made on their own. Pinterest has lots of great craft ideas for Father’s Day that are relatively simple to make. I have a whole drawer of keepsakes that my children have made for me. Making dad a gift allows children to really feel invested, instead of mom just going out picking something out for them to give to dad. It also helps them to understand that when someone means a lot to you, then you let them know. It teaches them to be caring, selfless individuals.
The best gift is you. For Father’s Day, get your dad something that the two of you can enjoy together. Find a classic video game that your dad enjoyed when he was a kid or his favorite movie and spend the day enjoying it together. Maybe your dad was a great football player in his day, get him a new ball and enjoy a fun game of football while allowing him to reminisce about the glory days. The key is to think of what your dad really cherishes and share that special memory with him. My dad loved movies and some of my best memories are movies that we watched together. Every time I share one of these movies with my children, I feel as if I am sharing a piece of their grandpa with them.
A Night out with Mom
Parents tend to sacrifice a lot of time with their spouse after having children. It is not intentional, it is just that they have new responsibilities and oftentimes become too busy for those romantic evenings of long ago. Take time to research your parents’ first date and recreate that special moment for them. This lets dad know that you recognize everything he has given up and appreciate it.