So, it’s the Tuesday before Father’s Day – and maybe you planned ahead and have that whole gift idea on lock down. OR maybe you haven’t quite nailed down exactly what you want to gift. We know that gift idea posts are a big thing for most blogs, and we personally love looking at them. We’ve actually done quite a few ourselves! However, we thought instead of doing the traditional gift idea post wherein we link to something you can click to and buy – we’d share with you some homemade/DIY and experience gift ideas to share with the fathers in your lives.
We’re sharing two different types of gifts that you can give. First we’re talking about gifts that are an experience, and the second category are Homemade/DIY gifts that you can make for the father figure in your life!
The first time that I’d really heard someone talking about giving an experience as a gift was while reading one of my fave blogs, Whimsical September. I think it’s really a fantastic idea and can’t believe I haven’t been doing this! The truth is that ten years from now – your loved one is more likely to remember and value an experience that you gave them than a pair or earrings or a golf club that you bought them.
- For the Sports Lover: Treat them to a game of golf, surprise them with a trip to the local batting cages. Are they more of the kind of sports lover who likes to watch instead of participate in the game? Well, that’s easy! Buy tickets to a local sports team game. Even if they aren’t particular fans for that specific team – it’s’ about the thought, consideration, and experience that the two of you are going to have while doing it!
- One on one meal: If we’re talking about you’re a grown adult, I’m betting that you don’t have lots of one on one meals with your dad and/or father figure in your life anymore. Especially if you are now a mom or dad yourself. Surprise your father and sneak him away for a few hours to sit down and have a quiet and quality meal together.
- Spend the day doing things for them that they normally do for you: Does the grass really need to be cut that weekend? Does your dad/baby daddy/whatever you call him normally do that? Well, get your booty out there early one morning and cut the grass for him! Does your dad/baby daddy/father figure in your life usually cook all the meals? Tell him to sit his booty in the recliner while you whip up a yummy lunch. Just ease their burden for the day. Lighten their load. I know as moms we are always screaming for this luxury to be gifted to us! It makes sense that the fathers in our lives would want that too.
- Dad Days: Give kids the opportunity for a one-on-one date with Dad, with the activity chosen by the child. Rhonda did this with her kids years ago and the kids and their father both remember it fondly. Once you have several children, nurturing those individual relationships is both more difficult AND more important. Ideas for dates (because you may need to offer suggestions to younger children) may include a round of putt-putt, the latest Star Wars movie, or a trip to the local frozen yogurt spot.
We know, we know…homemade gifts have such a bad wrap. The thing is, they are for sure underrated. And they don’t have to be something elaborate. You know what else? Any of these would make a great companion to that impersonal gift card you grabbed at the checkout line to stick in your father figure’s card. 😉
- Reasons why you’re a great Dad Book: Rhonda did a different version of this for Stuart’s last birthday. He turned 43 and she came up with 43 reasons why she loves him. All the reasons were designed in a simple editing app then printed at WalMart and put into an album.
- ‘All about Dad’ Printable: This is such a cute and easy idea and a fantastic way to get your little kids involved in making their dad’s day special. I found these from the blog Thirty Handmade Days…or you can always make your own. You just take a few minutes to get the kid’s answers and either write them in yourself or let them write it if they are old enough. The printables I linked to also have a place for your child to draw a picture of them with dad which is always cute to see their perspective of how things look. 🙂
- Print out a picture of your kids/their kids/you and your father figure and frame it: That may seem like such a silly thing to point at that you can do, but the truth is these days most people rarely actually print out the pictures they take. We are all walking around with thousands of pictures on our phones and backed up to our home computers, but we rarely print those out and put them on display! So take the time to pick out some nice frames and give the father figure in your life a picture of the ones that made him a father!
- Make a video about Dad: Whether as an adult doing this for your own father or a mother recording interviews of kids, this makes a thoughtful gift that can even be shared with friends and family on Facebook. You can take one of the dad printables Ashley and ask those questions on video and keep it simple, or you can try your hand at video editing for extra pizzazz. As an adult, Rhonda made pictures of herself, her brother, and her child (this was before there were multiples) into a slideshow with background music on a DVD for Mother’s Day. The whole family still loves to watch it.
As always thanks so much for stopping by, and let us know: what do you guys plan on gifting to the men in your life who are fathers??