Father’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re looking for the perfect, last-minute gift for the father figures in your life, I’ve rounded up my best ideas below.
Give the gift of memory
Give him the gift of stories you share, written in your own words. Whether you choose to complete this book in an afternoon or over the course of many days, by the time you’ve finished, this will be a keepsake, a commemoration of his love, hard work, and everything he means to you.
Give the gift of photographs
Surprise dad with a beautiful photo collage that captures all of your favorite memories together and serves as a daily reminder of your love.
Give the gift of relaxation
There are always chores to be done, and never enough time. Take over some of dad’s usual tasks such as walking the dog or washing dishes so he can relax and enjoy his day. If you have children, this is a perfect activity for them!
In the bustle of every day life, there isn’t always time to fix up pockets, replace missing buttons, hem pants or darn socks. If your sewing skills leave much to be desired, drop them off at your local tailor. It’s a small but thoughtful gesture that will go a long way.
Give the gift of time
Take dad out on his favorite hiking trail, to his favorite fishing spot, out to brunch, or make a picnic outside and play boardgames together. Whatever you decide, quality time is one of the best ways to show dad your love and appreciation.
Give the gift of an at-home movie night
Pop some popcorn, mix a few drinks, and gather together for a comfortable night in with dad’s favorite movie, or try watching something new together. For a more thoughtful touch, get a basket and fill it with all of his favorite snacks and drinks to go along with the movie.
Give the gift of gardening
If your dad loves to spend time in the garden, there are a few ways you can show him your appreciation: take over his lawn and garden tasks for the day so he can relax, plant new flowers, or gift him this portable garden bench with storage to keep him comfortable while he tends to his plants.
Give the gift of hobbies
Busy father’s don’t always have the time to engage in their favorite hobbies. On Father’s Day, make his hobby a priority by doing it together, such as fishing or video games. He’ll appreciate the opportunity to have time for what he loves, and will enjoy sharing or teaching his hobby to you.
Give the gift of celebration
Host a party in his honor. Celebrate with a casual, backyard barbecue or a formal dinner party.
Give the gift of baked goods
If you love to bake, celebrate dad with a fresh batch of from-scratch cookies or cake. A sweet way to show your appreciation!
Give the gift of water
Cool down at the pool, spend the day at the beach, or fish on the lake: spend time with dad the way he’d like to!
Give the gift of homemade
A handmade card, a portrait painting, a homemade meal: gifts from the heart mean the most, and he’s sure to appreciate them.
Give the gift of friendship
Celebrate all of the father figures in your life by inviting friends, family, and neighbors together for a casual backyard party or group activity. He’ll enjoy the chance to catch up with those that are important to him. If you live in a tight-knit community, consider hosting a neighborhood barbecue for an easy, family-friendly way to celebrate all of the father’s!
Give the gift of philanthropy
Having a wonderful father in your life is a blessing. If giving back to others is important to dad, spend the day volunteering at a place of his choosing to give back and celebrate his love for others.
Give the gift of a car wash
Your father takes pride in his possessions, and does not always have the time to care for his car the way he wants to. Surprise dad by washing his car at home – a great way to get the children involved as well.
Give the gift of encouraging his dreams
When life gets in the way, busy parents often have to put other plans on hold. Show him that his dreams are important to you. Ask him about his goals and “someday” plans – such as going on a cruise or trying a new hobby – and discuss what you can do to help him achieve those dreams.
Give the gift of music
A fun and easy way to make him feel appreciated: a playlist of all the songs that remind you of him. Ask the kids for help, and compile a playlist or make a CD that he can take with him anywhere, and be reminded of how much he means to you.