Kudos. Half of America, at least, just ignores this day, and look at you! Searching for good ideas to make your dad happy! But what if you can’t quite afford a Rolex…or even a waterproof watch? Try doing these nice things instead, and unless he’s as materialistic as Madonna was in the 80s, he’ll be just as happy.
1. Take your dad fishing. Or to a baseball game. Or whatever he’d love best.
Do it old school. Lots of dads take their kids on outings, or teach them a sport, or do some kind of fun activity in order to bond. Why not take a leaf from his book? Think back on what your dad chose to do with you when you were little; chances are it was something he liked—and still likes—to do.
2. …Can’t think of a good outing? Try a steak dinner.
Not ALL dads love to fish or watch a game (mine is just one of them). But very few would turn down a good steak dinner, or a pile of ribs, and even if you have an extremely unique over-40 vegetarian male for a father, there are plenty of tofu marinades out there to make him happy.
3. If you don’t want to do something WITH him, try doing something FOR him.
We suggested that for Mother’s Day, you fix stuff around your mom’s house. You could do the same for your dad—making his life easier sounds like the best possible gift, doesn’t it? Just make sure that you frame it in a look-how-well-you-brought-me-up-to-be-helpful-and-considerate kind of way, and not in an emasculating one. No one likes to be emasculated on Father’s Day.
4. Photos never hurt
A picture of you doing something badass (like rappelling down a waterfall, for instance, or killing a deer, or building your own barn…you get the gist) can remind your dad every day of how proud he is to be your father. Or again, pictures of grandkids can go a long way. This is an especially nice gift if your father still works, and has an office shelf for showing off his amazing progeny. Be classy and actually frame it first, eh?
5. Can’t make it home? Teach your dad how to Skype. Then Skype with him.
True, not all dads are phone people. But even my completely phone-phobic father loves it when I call him. You could just have a nice chat on a landline, or if you’ve got kids, for example—whose faces would cheer up their Gramps—videochatting might be a special treat.
Whatever you do, make sure your dad knows he’s loved!
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