If you’re still in search of a meaningful Father’s Day gift, breathe deep and repeat after me: “It’s all going to be OK.” Put down the car keys. I’m here to help.
Having been ‘eleventh-hour’ gift shopping so many times before, if you walk out that door you likely won’t return until you’ve been to the underworld and back and overspent on a gift that feels more like a vehicle for wrapping paper than the perfect gift.
We might be surprised at how many of our dads would be genuinely happy to share some shade, an ice cream cone, and a few funny stories about their own father with their family and friends for Father’s Day.
To answer the elusive question What Do Fathers Want, here’s a list of 9 things that don’t require any last-minute gift shopping.
Let Dad sleep in, and take a nap. Drop those car keys.
I know that letting Dad sleep in means you’re on double-duty. Sheesh, there are mornings when I feel like I need the patience of Ghandi to survive the morning without the support of my husband.
Which just means this would make a really great gift.
…IN THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE. Dads often spend the bulk of their day at work away from home, and in those few precious hours before and after work their children, sweethearts, and others are looking for them.
For Father’s Day, Dad dreams of no expectations — of dropping off the map for the day, when it comes to anything not directly related to a celebration.
We all know what it’s like to return from a vacation only to have our work delayed, or worse — to feel behind.
Wouldn’t we all love to gain a day while taking a much-needed break?
Consider Dad’s weekend routine and To Do list, and do one or more of those things for him. ie. Clean his car, or mow the lawn.
Dad might opt to lie around in his underpants. For hours. He might want to show up to dinner in his pajamas. He might never make it as far as the shower, but it’s his day.
I know relationships can be complicated, but I believe most dads adore their kids. If you live long-distance, call him. If you’re not speaking, write. If your dad has passed away, find a way to feel close to him.
Relationships can be complicated, and all of the above can certainly apply to sweethearts as well. It’s not always possible to spend the day together.
Fierce Marriage says all you need is 15 seconds for a kiss. Try listing 3 things that brought you joy together before the kids came along.
If you’re a single mom, list 3 things about your children their father has given them that you’re grateful for.
Is there anyone who doesn’t love pairing good food with a special occasion?
We don’t always realize how wonderful it can be to enjoy a little fresh air and sunlight. To escape the city if we can.
Invite Dad to go for a walk, or to sit with you and watch the sun set. Nature has a way of renewing our perspective.
WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO OUR LIST?
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, filled with opportunities to celebrate all of the incredible men in your life.
I’ll leave you with the best video I’ve seen all month, Calls for Dad | #RealDadMoments from Dove Men+Care: