Dad is the guy who taught you important life lessons — like how to mow the lawn in perfect geometric shapes, how to hook a wriggling worm and how to ride a bike. If you were fortunate enough to have Dad in your life, don’t forget to honor him on Father’s Day. If your Dad is anything like mine, he’s difficult to buy for and insists he doesn’t want anything. Still, you can hardly let Father’s Day go by without showing some kind of thank you. If your father prefers non-gift ideas, check out the following list for inspiration.
Celebrate Father’s Day with a Roast
If Dad loves a good roast (the Dean Martin kind not the pork roast type) then perhaps you should make him the “man of the hour.” Call together friends and family and ask them to prepare humorous stories from Dad’s past. Share a few cocktails and appetizers and take plenty of photos as you take turns embarrassing your father with highlights from his life.
Tackle a Project Together
Fathers always have a project list and sometimes he needs a little help checking things off that perpetual list. If he’s got a list a mile long, call together your siblings for a day of work with Dad. Help him tidy his garage, build a bookcase or give his car a tune up.
Tidy Up His Computer
Does your father’s computer need help? For Father’s Day, upgrade his computer with new software updates or transfer his photos to a disc. Surprise your Dad with cool new screensavers and desktop wallpaper image. Keep his hobbies in mind when selecting images.
Social Media Connectivity
Set your Dad up on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram. Jot down his passwords and give him a quick tutorial on how to use the site. It’s a good idea to hook him up with a few friends and family members to get him started. Load his cover and profile photo too.
Cook Him a Meal
Even if you aren’t a rock star chef, Dad will appreciate a hot meal. Show up with the ingredients or prepare him some goodies and deliver them personally. Set the table and enjoy the time you have together.
Non-gift ideas don’t have to come off as cheap or uncaring. For some fathers, the gift of time spent together is the best gift of all. Make those memories!
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