Father's Day is coming up in less than 2 weeks and if you haven't figured out what to get your special dad person, I'm here with some ideas. For me, celebrating Father's Day means spending time with my dad and my husband--two of the best guys I know. I also used to send cards to my grandfathers, and my family has celebrated with beloved friends and neighbors before as well. It's just a nice way to honor the men in your life for, well, being such a great part of your life! Here are some ways to show your appreciation.
1. Coffee mug and a tie. Some things are cliche for a reason.
2. An experience instead of an object. I know I mentioned this when I wrote about gifts for Mother's Day, but I think dads like experiences too. Last year, my husband took our little girl to the park on Father's Day. He put a hat on her for sun protection, packed a diaper bag, and off they went--just the two of them. She was just getting old enough (she was a little over a year old) to enjoy playing at the park, and he was thrilled to do something incredibly dad-like. I have a hard time getting excited about the idea of a Mother's Day where I wind up taking care of kids all by myself, but I'm sure there are moms who'd love that. Which means there are probably dads who like it too. Miniature golf, museums, zoos, hiking--take your dad somewhere nice!
3. Dad music. You know it when you hear it. It's whatever your dad person really likes to listen to and it's probably not your first choice. For my dad it's ZZ Top, Journey, and Riders in the Sky. For my husband, it's Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, and pop punk bands that have probably broken up. It's music they love to listen to, and they really love cranking it up in the car with their offspring. Go ahead and give him Bob Seger's greatest hits, go for a drive, and roll down the windows! Maybe even make the promise to refrain from rolling your eyes and cringing if you're stuck at a stoplight and people are staring.
4. Matching outfits. Why should mothers and daughters have all the fun with their matching Laura Ashley jumpers?! Match your dad! Whether you're an adult who wants to be just like dad, or trying to find matching clothes for the dad and his special little people, the possibilities are so great for this one. Matching camo gear. Matching t-shirts for sports teams. My husband always thinks it's really cool to wear his Batman t-shirt when he dresses our two-year-old in her Batman onesie. Matching plaid shirts, matching hats, matching pajamas. I'm not even joking. This is really fun.
5. Something he likes. I realize that's pretty similar to #2, but this is pretty much the wild card of gift ideas. Does he like motorcycle rallies? Classic car shows? A nap on the couch while golf plays in the background? Whitewater rafting? Eating at that restaurant that everyone else in the family hates? Browsing a comic book store? Do that! It's his day, so you may as well let him know how much he means to you by doing something important to him.
My dad always asks for handmade cards and plenty of time with all his kids--3 daughters, 1 son, 3 sons-in-law, and 1 granddaughter. So we give him cards and get together and shout over one another and he sits there and takes it all in with a grin on his face like he's the luckiest guy ever. I'm pretty sure we're the lucky ones. I hope you're lucky enough to have some special father figures in your life, and I hope you have a great time celebrating with them this Father's Day.