Like the bond between moms and their kids, it is a fact that a father and his kid share an unconditional kind of bond that is hard to rival too.
The way he comes home after a long workday to be enveloped by kiddy hugs and kisses. The way he pushes the swing a little harder each time. Somehow, his assurances of there being no monsters in the closet or under the bed are simply more persuasive.
So, come this Father’s Day, it’s an opportunity to commemorate the contributions of the fathers, father figures, single moms and dads, grandpas, husbands, and partners in our lives.
Like Mother’s Day, however, it can be a challenge this year too, but all we need is to do our best.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to spend the day with the man of your life, do it! He will appreciate it especially after/during this lockdown.
Here are a few ideas you can snag off of us to make Father’s Day extra special.
Spend the Day with Daddy Dearest
It could be anything from a surprise celebration to a full-blown BBQ party! The most important thing for the man/men in your life is that he feels appreciated by the people he loves. If you’ve not told him how much you love and appreciate him in your life, today is the perfect day for it.
1- A surprise party with the whole family
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Let him be the center of attention, complete with Father’s Day-themed cakes, goodies, gifts, and decor.
You’ll need some time to put everything together, so stay ahead of time, call your family and friends, gather his friends’ numbers and get in touch with them, and start writing him a special letter or creating a DIY card with your kids.
Dads are probably not into the whole touching-tribute kind of scene, but let me tell you this, this is the ONE DAY he WILL love it.
And don’t forget to get it all down in video and pictures.
2- Day off for dad
Don’t let him lift a finger on this special day. He’s been working to keep the family safe, secure, and sometimes even going off to work on weekends. We don’t usually get to see enough of him.
So, if his ideal ‘perfect day’ is to do absolutely nothing, then do absolutely nothing.
You might have to force him to sit down and go on a movie marathon with you and make him relax with his favorite songs playing in the living room.
And nobody touches the remote control. It’s dad remote control day.
3- Spa and game day
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You’ll be surprised at how men end up loving a spa day when they experience it for the first time! If he’s not conceding to going to a spa, learn to do it for him at home!
Yes, you’ve read right, give him a soothing, detoxifying spa right there at home and unknot the muscles in his body. And after that, pamper him with a table full of his favorite dishes.
Whether he likes it or not, pull out the board games, the XBOX, or Nintendo Switch and let the battle rage on!
4- Listening to his stories over and over again
Ask him the right questions and you’ll find that dad enjoys telling his childhood stories, successes (and failures) with his loved ones a lot more than you thought. Sit by his side, give him a hug, nod and smile often...basically, have a heart to heart talk with him.
Over a few mugs of ice-cold ones.
During this special time, you can share your feelings and memories with him too - the positive ones, of course. Because nothing makes a father happier than to hear how he has contributed to your success and happiness.
And don’t forget to tell him how proud you are of him and admire the sacrifices he’s made for the family.
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Although it would be good if he were to get a new set of speakers, brand new car, trip to his favorite holiday destination, or something expensive for Father’s Day, let’s face it, that’s not what he’s really looking for.
What he will really remember are the DIY specially hand-made father’s day gifts from his children and grandchildren. You know, stuff memories are made of. Yes, like the heritage-reminder functional gift that is the lacquered card box!
1- Give him a call or organize a group conference call
If he’s working away from home or you can’t be with him in person this Father’s Day, give him a call just to tell him how happy you are to have him in your life. Your voice (and the voices of your own family/friends) is enough to make everything worth it.
Ask him for his advice, even if you’ve already made up your mind. It shows that his opinions, thoughts, and ideas matter. You don’t have to agree with everything he thinks or says. It just shows that he’s a big deal in your life.
Also, don’t forget to ask him how he’s doing and tell him a little about your day. A simple conversation can make a father’s heart sing.
One of the biggest hurdles to starting a scrapbooking project is ‘getting started’, especially if all you’ve done so far is hearing about how ‘easy’ it is and how awesome the end-product can be. The trick is that there are no rules for scrapbooking. The end-product is completely yours to own.
All you need are pictures, paper products and some pocket sleeves, ideas, inspiration, stories, details, maps, and some prompts from websites, and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube.
Remember - the main idea is to share the joy and happiness of being on this journey as a family with your dad. All those special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, trips, reunions, and gatherings? Note them down in the scrapbook.
3- Grandkids DIY Gifts
They may not be the best artists in the world (not yet, anyway) but kids do really make cool gifts for dads and grandfathers.
Unlike your own scrapbooks, the Kid Versions are supposed to be just flat out fun!
Give the kids ideas by asking them these questions:
- My Dad’s name is:
- I have the same ___ as my Dad.
- My Dad’s job is ____.
- It makes me happy when my Dad _____.
- My Dad is strong when he _____.
- My Dad is best when he ______.
- For fun, my Dad likes to _____.
- My dad is like ____.
- I want to do ____ with dad.
Oh, and hold back your laughter and maybe even discomfort because kids can get brutally candid and honest with their answers.
I mean, if the kid thinks his dad is the best Ironman in the world, so be it. Step aside, RDJ.
Best Gift Ideas for Father’s Day
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I know how it feels like when it’s not possible to celebrate Father’s Day with the man of your life and when that happens, get him a gift. Or make or buy him something special instead. Something he’s been dying to have, maybe?
Here are some ideas.
- Delivery of home-cooked dinner
- Outdoor hammock
- Old-fashion glasses/cocktail set
- Fitness smartwatch
- Self-care products/cleansing devices
- Card case/wallet
- Organic bathrobe
- Toolbox set
- Vinyl player
- Beard trimmer
- Environmentally-friendly water tumbler or flask
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Before you go...
Here’s a fun fact about the lengths of which a father would go to for his family.
Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, came out swinging hard when his only daughter, Margaret Truman, received less than stellar reviews from the writers of the Washington Post in 1950. Margaret was a classical soprano, actress, journalist, and television personality.
"Someday I hope to meet you," Harry Truman wrote. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"
Go daddy, go!
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