by Lempi Koivisto
Father's Day started more than a hundred years ago in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. His birthday was in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration on the 19th of June, 1911.
What do dads really want for Father's Day? According to TV, it would seem that all dads really want are watches, tools, beer and the occasional golf outing.
If you're scratching your head wondering what to get the special dad in your life, we've come up with a handy top ten list of ideas, tips and suggestions that will steer you in the right direction!
What Dad Really Wants...
1. Gift for Expectant Dads
For the dad-to-be, offer a fun, but insightful glimpse into pregnancy through books or multi-media. Depending on the dad, pick the method that suits him best. You don't want him feeling lost or overwhelmed. Popular items with our members include DVDs that focus just on dad and what he's going through.
2. Tickets to a Favorite Sporting Event
Scour the upcoming events for his favorite team. Even if it is months away, you could combine the tickets with a t-shirt or bumper sticker for a surprise he'll love!
3. A "Hobby" Gift Package
Is dad into golf? Get him a new putter or driver, and a round of golf at a course he's always wanted to play. Is dad your resident handyman? You could get him a new tool and project plan. Whatever hobby he enjoys, encourage dad to make a day of it and kick back.
4. Communicate and Connect with Dad
For the dad who travels all the time, consider adding a video chat program or a webcam to stay connected with loved ones at home! Include two copies of a favorite child's book that he could "read" to the kids while away and they could turn the pages at home. Set up a realistic designated time that everyone can look forward to. This is the gift that keeps on giving.
5. Bring the Family to Work
This doesn't mean a field trip to the office, although that could be fun too! If dad has an office outside the home, purchase a digital photo frame that can sit on his desk. Preload the frame with your family's favorite pictures. It's up to you what you put on there -- but we'd caution from putting anything embarrassing in the mix.
6. Made "Just for Dad"
From a "hug in a shirt" to a super cookie, your kids can make nifty Father's Day gifts. According to Einstein, "imagination is greater than knowledge." So let's get it working overtime and start creating!
7. Gizmos and Gadgets
Is the dad in your life a techno-geek? With so many options, it might be hard to decide! Think about getting him a mp3 player that's perfect while he runs/works out. If dad's a big reader, why not get an e-reader which offer all sorts of fun. Dad need a new phone? The latest "smartphones" do everything. Our advice? Do your research and read reviews before purchasing anything, but you know your dad best!
8. "King for the Day"
What better gift than dad being able to rule his own day! Treat dad to breakfast in bed, his choice of activities, dinner, and dessert! If your children are old enough, have the kids serve as "waiters," decorate his "throne" (chair) and join the fun! Try to find out ahead of time what dad likes best. If dad isn't big on surprises, you may want to try one of the other suggestions.
9. Romantic Get-Away
For the dad longing for "alone" time with his partner, a present from mom might include a private getaway for two. Book someplace special for the two of you if the budget allows. If times are tight, see if grandma, a sister, or a close friend would consider babysitting overnight. If you get the logistics all set, "surprise" him when he gets home! Need more relationship-building ideas? Try these tips and gifts for a special Father's Day.
10. The Gift of Relaxation
Let the kids offer dad a kiss goodnight and a "thank you" for being dad. Then allow him to get some quiet time to relax! Whether it's in his new hammock or favorite easy chair, the next few hours are his to spend on a favorite activity or nothing at all. Sometimes a little quiet time does the body good.
How has your family succeeded in making that wonderful guy feel special? We'd love to hear what you've come up with! Add it to the comments!