I love my dad. And I am sure you love yours too. I’d love to present him with a brand new car every Father’s Day. But that isn’t going to happen. So what do you get the guy who has everything, and still stay on budget? Here’s a few ideas…
Make a quick list of everything he is “into”. Is there any small purchase on that list that shows you really know him, and what makes him tick?
How about a really thoughtful card that looks like it was written just for him and his relationship to you. Or get yourself a blank one, and write your own heartfelt note. Practice on scrap paper for spacing and editing. Hand printed or in cursive, take your time. Don’t bother with typing or word processing. Handwritten notes are rare and precious these days. If your handwriting is truly atrocious, consider having a calligrapher do it for you.
How about creating a list of reasons why he’s the greatest Dad in the world. Use reasons from things he has done for you. Be as specific as possible. Write it out on some nice paper and frame it, or create a booklet. Include qualities that you think he passed on to you and lessons that he taught you that made you a better person – this is a biggie.
Every Father wants to think they did a good job raising a good son or daughter.
And they are hardly ever recognized or reminded of it.
Do you have a special cherished picture of you and Dad that he might like blown up and framed? If he knows it is special to you, it will be special to him.
How about creating a gift certificate or book of coupons for something like mowing his lawn, washing his car, helping to clean the garage or cellar? Maybe a coupon book for back rubs and/or foot massages? These all depend on your relationship with your Dad.
If your Dad is older, the most precious gift you can give him is time. Take him for a drive, out to eat, back to a spot from your childhood that meant something to both of you – maybe a fishing hole where he taught you how to bait a hook, or where you first learned to drive a car. Everyone’s history is different.
If your Mom is around, ask her to conspire with you in figuring out what would really tickle his fancy.
Is there a pet peeve he is always talking about, that you can solve?
Maybe a few hours of lessons on the computer?
One of my Dad’s prized Father’s Day possessions is a hat that says “Number One Dad”. I thought it was cheesy as heck, but 10 years later, he still wears it on occasion.
Consider making a small donation to a charity in his name, if he has been involved in one. (You may even be able to write this one off by using a check. Talk to your Tax advisor.)
Can you cook? What Dad doesn’t like some home made cookies, brownies, or other treats?
I think Dads in general are not looking for big expensive purchases – they tend to make them feel “obligated”. It’s the small, sentimental heart tugging gifts that really get to them. They like to know they are appreciated. And they certainly are.
(Note: This is a re-post of an article from last year.)