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20 Thoughtful Gifts For Dad This Father’s Day

20 Thoughtful Gifts For Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching, leaving sons and daughters scrambling to find the perfect present for the man who has everything. This year, skip the traditional socks and jocks and give him something money can’t buy: a gift from the heart.

Still stuck for ideas? We’ll make sure you’re the favourite child all year long with this list of 20 thoughtful gifts for Dad.

  1. Cooking Class for Two

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    Has Dad sailed through life without setting foot in the kitchen? Transform him into a confident cook (Mom’ll thank you!) this Father’s Day by signing yourselves up for beginner’s cooking classes. You’ll be surprised just how much you can bond over undercooked pastry!

     2. Dad’s Choice of Activities

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      Every father has a hobby that makes us roll our eyes and cringe. Maybe Dad loves camping but can never convince anyone to sleep under the stars? Father’s Day is the perfect time to let him share his favourite hobbies with you. You never know, you might even enjoy it!

      3. Father’s Day Questionnaire

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        Get out your craft supplies and create a fun Father’s Day Questionnaire. This works best with youngsters, as they come up with the sweetest and most unintentionally hilarious answers. Frame the finished product for Dad to display at home or in the office.

         4.Customized Gift Hamper

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        Customised Gift Hamper

          No one knows Dad like you do! Gather up all his favourite things to create a personalised Father’s Day gift basket. Think sweet treats, salty snacks, fave movies and even tickets to the football.

          5. Netflix Subscription

          Netflix Subscription

            Parents aren’t known for being terribly tech-savvy. Bring Dad into the 21st century with a year-long subscription to Netflix. Then, make his Father’s Day even better with a movie marathon.

             6. Dinner with the Boys

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              Once family comes along, boy’s nights can be few and far between. Surprise Dad by getting all his oldest buddies together for a drink and a meal at his favourite restaurant.

                7. Hot Air Balloon Ride

              Hot Air Balloon Ride

                For a unique gift that Dad won’t forget in a hurry, book a hot air balloon trip. Turn the day into a romantic getaway for two by taking Mom and a picnic basket along for the ride.

                 8. King for a Day

                King for a Day

                  Dad’s made a lot of sacrifices since you were born. Make him king again for a day by brewing his coffee, rubbing his feet and letting him choose what’s for dinner.

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                   9. Jar of Love

                  Jar of Love

                    Get crafty and decorate the outside of a clean mason jar with hearts and photos. Then, fill it with sweet little notes listing everything you love about your dad.

                     10. Family Dinner

                    Family Dinner

                      When everyone grows up and moves out, family time becomes more precious. Get everyone Dad loves under one roof this Father’s Day with an amazing family dinner, complete with board games and charades.

                       11.Control of the TV Remote

                      Control of the TV Remote

                        For once, let Dad be the boss and gift him the glorious right to change the channel as he pleases.

                         12. Re-decorate His Man Cave

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                          Browse eBay for some comical decorations to spice up Dad’s private space, like this Man Cave Rules poster.

                           13. Take Over His Chores

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                            Let Dad just relax and watch the game with an ice cold beer while you get started on his chores.

                             14. Father’s Day Coupons

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                              Prepare a cute little booklet of coupons for Dad to cash in throughout the year. Coupons can include back massages, car washes or even a whole night of no fighting amongst the kids.

                               15. Paintball Match

                              Paintball Match

                                Paintball is like ‘hide and seek’ for grownups. Bring back some awesome childhood memories by challenging Dad to an exhilarating match.

                                 16. Make a Mix-tape

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                                  Round up all Dad’s favourite songs and a few special tracks that remind you of him, then compile them on one CD for easy listening.

                                   17. Donate to a Charity

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                                    Give the gift of giving this Father’s Day by purchasing a goat for a struggling African village in Dad’s name.

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                                     18. Memory Box

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                                      Decorate a shoebox with a collage of your most treasured family photos. Then, fill it with heartfelt quotes, silly stories and all your favourite memories of Dad.

                                      19. Mug of Love

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                                        Online shopping malls often sell personalised mugs for Father’s Day. Save your money and make Dad his very own special mug by writing on a cup in permanent marker then baking it in the oven. Too easy!

                                         20. Family Movies

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                                          Have all your old family movies transferred from their ancient cassette tapes and onto a brand new set of DVDs, then bring them out after Dad’s big Father’s Day dinner (see #10) and get nostalgic together.

                                          With 20 thoughtful gifts for Dad to choose from, there’s no reason not to get creative this Father’s Day. Give Dad a present that’ll keep him smiling all year long!

                                          Featured photo credit: Dad’s Choice of Activities via flickr.com

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                                          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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