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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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                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                            Why You Need a Vision

                                            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                            How to Create Your Life Vision

                                            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                            What Do You Want?

                                            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                            Some tips to guide you:

                                            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                            • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                            Some questions to start your exploration:

                                            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                            • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                            • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                            A few prompts to get you started:

                                            • What will you have accomplished already?
                                            • How will you feel about yourself?
                                            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                            • What does your ideal day look like?
                                            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                            • What would you be doing?
                                            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                            • How are you dressed?
                                            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                            Plan Backwards

                                            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                            • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                            Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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