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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
9. 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
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
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
Browse eBay for some comical decorations to spice up Dad’s private space, like this Man Cave Rules poster.
13. Take Over His Chores
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
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 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
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
Give the gift of giving this Father’s Day by purchasing a goat for a struggling African village in Dad’s name.
18. Memory Box
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
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
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