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As we approach Father’s Day, I’m yet again struggling to think of gift ideas for the dads in my life who seem to have everything! I’d love some unique ideas for the kids to give to my husband (and granddads). Experiences and non-tangible gift ideas are welcomed!
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Fathers might have everything but small gestures showing love and gratitude toward them means a lot, both for them and for the kids.
Selecting a father’s day gift is always tricky. My kids usually plan to take their father out to a mall and he can buy anything he likes. We do have a budget limit of course
My father is in his 70s and I usually consult my mom when buying anything for him. She has been a good advisor for me and my dad mostly likes the gifts we get for him.
On father’s day, we don’t forget the fathers who are not physically with us anymore (like my grandfather and father in law), we pray for them and make some donation on their name.
I find with Father's Day that Dad loves a quality present as well as a sentimental present. So, my daughter will draw up an arty card and then we put together some 'coupons' that we handwrite and give to him. These usually include; 1 x breakfast in bed, 1 x free night out, 1 x massage, 1 x blank for Dad to complete. We tell him that these coupons expire after 12 months. So we post them on the fridge and remind Dad throughout the year if he would like a coupon today and he really appreciates the thought into these gifts. On top of these, I would buy a ticket to a concert that he really likes or a special Lego set for him to complete with our daughter as he loves Lego! Lots of creative ways to keep it special.
Father's Day gifts always seem to be more difficult than Mother's Day gifts for some reason. Several years back, a friend of mine had two of her kid's kindergarten artwork professionally framed for her husband to hang in his home office. He loved them so much that he took them with him to his corporate office and they are the most commented on artworks in the building. They are even more meaningful now that the kids are older and no longer have any creative art projects at school.
If you have the time for a dad appreciation weekend, then why not a weekend as a family doing whatever it is the dads in your life love the most, whether that is fishing, camping, or watching the weekend's sport of the big screen? Take plenty of photos and turn those into a lovely collage to hang on the wall.
Dads love anything from the heart of their kids and grandkids.
However, each year we all struggle with new and innovative ideas to please our men.
My husband still enjoys t-shirts with sayings about being a dad and pap pap. If you haven't gone the mug with photos route, everyone needs one (or 2) of those!
My father always enjoyed money gifts (or gift cards) to buy things he normally would not. He was a car collector, and his "toys" for these cars could be costly. So he kept a separate fund for new accessories and parts that we regularly contributed as gifts. He was pretty capable right up to the end, so he did not need help around the years or house, but I always think "time" and "help" gifts are appreciated.
I am also thinking of what I can give my husband for father's day. He is not really into gifts, but hey, this will be his day. He deserves a gift because of how amazing he is as a dad.
Just like you, I find it very difficult to think of the best gift to give him because he practically has everything. I guess he will appreciate a short weekend getaway with the kids or maybe grab something to eat while driving around. It has always been like this and I think he is happy whenever we do something fun as a family.
You can think about his interests too. Instead of giving him material things, why don't you spend some time doing what he loves best like golf, if he is into sports, watching a movie, nature tripping, and the likes. You can also ask the kids to make some father's day cards too.