Is your dad hard to shop for? Learn how to choose gifts for dad that will create memories and make him smile.
The best gifts for Dad are ones that involve spending more time together.
Organize a time to blow off some steam together. You can even include the rest of the family. Consider taking dad for a:
For the more active dad, sign up for a 5K or 10K race together. This is a great gift because you can spend time training together, as well as cheer each other on when race day comes.
Dads love food! Plan his favorite meal and dessert, and serve it with the whole family.
For a thoughtful touch, set out a paper placemat. Before Dad gets there, have everyone sign it and add a special message. He'll be reminded of your thoughts through the whole meal.
Here’s a fun twist on a dinner party for Dad. In a progressive dinner, you eat each course at a different house!
It’s a special treat for Dad because he gets to spend time with everyone. Plus, it splits up the cost of the party. This is perfect for Father's Day because you can include other dads who live close by.Here’s how:
Get together with 3 or 4 friends or relatives who live close by. Plan a meal where each person prepares 1 course. Tip: prepare something that keeps easily.
On the day of the party, everyone meets at the first house, eats, and moves on to the next house – spending about 45 minutes to an hour at each house.
This works best when everyone lives in the same neighborhood, condo complex, or apartment building. That way, you can walk between places and digest! If you must drive between locations, designate drivers at the beginning of the evening.
Especially if you attend the event with him, event tickets are a wonderful gift for Dad. Pick something you both have in common and would enjoy. This could include:
And don’t forget the events happening every day, like:
The best gifts are the ones that make memories. These tips will help you pick a great gift for Dad that connects with his sentimental side.
Here’s a great free gift that will touch Dad’s heart.
Bring out some old, funny photos of Dad, Mom, and the family. Pass them around and ask your dad to share the stories that go along with each photo.
The memories will make him laugh and smile, and may even bring a tear to his eye. You’ll also get to bond with your dad by listening to his stories.To dress up this gift:
Don’t forget to add to his collection of memories. Take plenty of pictures to remember the day. This is a great gift during the holidays, since more family is often together.
Or, consider getting a photo professionally taken.
Is he proud of his college? Did he meet your mother there?
Go ahead – let him reminisce about his college years! College gifts for Dad are a great choice. Give him a college:
Dad will appreciate gifts he can use that won't clutter up the house. It saves him money and time, and he’ll think of you when he uses them.Great practical gifts for Dad include:
Instead of scrambling around for another gadget or necktie, give Dad a gift that helps others.
If you make a donation to a cause he supports, it shows that you care about his values. He’ll also find comfort in your good-hearted gesture (he raised you well!).
Particularly in these hard economic times, gifts that help others make every penny count.
Don't forget - your dad is "one of the guys" too! Check out these great gift ideas for men.
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