Every dad deserves a special day all of their own and Fathers Day offers the perfect opportunity! A good dad can be an easy person to take for granted; they can help you out a lot financially, give you really meaningful advice and help to pick you up when you’re feeling down.
Most dads have a really easy going nature and an effortless sense of humour. They’re practical, kind and supportive and Father’s Day is the perfect time of the year to show them how much you care about them.
Put yourself in your father’s shoes for a few moments. Imagine yourself as a child. He picked you up and hugged you, maybe he gave you piggy backs, perhaps he helped to you learn to ride your bike, to play football, to learn to swim or to ascend the tree at the bottom of the garden. He was and is a tower of strength and integrity and he works hard and knows what helps him to relax.
Key in to his way of thinking and you’ll soon be inspired and come up with plenty of very personal ways to spend Fathers Day with your daddy. Does he love gardening? Is he mad about footie? Does he cook a mean curry?
Pick out a few things which you know your dad adores, think back to times that have made him laugh or seemed to really move him. For Fathers Day you can draw from a whole lifetime of experience and it will help you to plan a party, pick a pub (or restaurant) and most importantly choose his Father’s Day gifts.
Picking Perfect Presents
Choose gifts which say something to your dad on Father’s Day, not just useful things or boring old standards. Men do certainly prefer useful things such as tools or new golf clubs but you can add heartfelt messages to them too.
For example, you could write something special in a Father’s Day card to go with a pair of new secateurs or get him a personalised football shirt or special print. The more original your gift the more impressed he’ll be, so try to stay away from generic Father’s Day stuff like cigars and chocolates. You can get him something far more thoughtful than that!
If he loves beer, for example, you could get him a really nicely engraved tankard with a message from you. Or if he is mad about science fiction films you could get him a sci-fi wall calendar. Think about him as a person, how he spends his free time and what makes him smile.
Create Lasting Bonds
Father’s Day is but once a year, however, throughout the rest of the year you should still make time and room in your life for your dad so here are some ideas of things you could do together regularly or do for him to help him out. These are activities you could do any day of the year not just Father’s Day and if you make them a regular date you’ll get to see your daddy and benefit from his wisdom more often.
You could offer to:
Mow his lawn on a sunny day and share a cider or beer with him when the job is done
Play his favourite game, be it golf, football, chess, bowling or anything else
Take him for a pub lunch or dinner once a week (or fortnightly) to catch up
Buy tickets to a concert for a band that you both love now or you loved growing up
Help out around his house with the DIY or do a spot of painting and decorating
Offer to read the same book as him so you can have a mini book club together
Go and see his favourite genre of film with him at the cinema or a play at the theatre
Join a cool club with him such as a real ale, sailing or vintage car club
These are just some ideas of ways to spend quality time with your dad all year round. If you did just one of these or something similar each week then you’d probably be just as close as you were growing up! Some of these also make good ideas for Fathers Day but can be part of your lifestyle easily. Furthermore, if there’s something he has been ‘meaning to get around to’ like paint a shed or fill some cracks you could help him to do it as part of his Father’s Day present.