5 best Father’s Day gifts
It’s dad’s special day, so what’s the best way to appreciate him?
By Scott Dunlop
The ages of your kids may affect how dad will be appreciated on Father’s Day, as mom may be responsible for making it happen. Some families choose not to celebrate it at all, while others are happy to share modest homemade gifts and hugs. If you’re lucky enough to receive a Father’s Day gift, no matter how small, appreciate it! Here are some ideas for awesome gifts that most dads would be thrilled to receive:
A gadget-dad is someone who has been through every level of Angry Birds. He’ll spend hours browsing online for the latest technology- If you don’t know your widget from your USB port, you may consider getting him a voucher to an online store, or, if you’re technically inclined, you may enjoy choosing a special app for his iPad or something more extravagant, such as a Kindle or the latest X-Box game for him to play (with the kids, of course).
For many dads, playing with toys is one way for them to connect with their kids. Walking into the hobby shop or toy shop is as exciting for them as grown-ups as it was for them as kids, and they are happiest when selecting toys with remote controls, Lego sets or Things That Explode. On Father’s Day, why not send him to the toy shop (with the children, of course!).
This is a tricky one. Being active takes him away from the family for those long runs or rounds of golf. Consider ways of getting him something which will allow him to be active, only with the children. You could invest in mini sporting equipment so that he can teach your kids how to enjoy the outdoors, or a special watch so that he knows when it’s time to come home and read bedtime stories (or change the baby’s nappy!).
Wait. Wasn’t this on the “5 worst Father’s Day gifts” list? Yes, but only in part. Although these are practical gifts, they’re also, essentially, big toys. A dad who owns a chainsaw will have loads of dad-cred with the neighbourhood fathers, and it’ll help him make friends when they pop around to borrow it. A power drill is great for getting all of his frustrations released- a little like giving mom a spa day for Mother’s Day. So get out the extension cords and let him loose on a home improvement project.
Anything at all!
I won’t lie to you. There’s almost nothing that will disappoint a happy dad. If your budget is small, or you prefer creative gifts, dad will be happy with hugs, homemade cards, a family meal, a bar of chocolate or even, dare I suggest it, a pair of socks. That’s because dads aren’t sitting around waiting for medals or trophies- everything we do for our families is out of love, and no reward is necessary. It’s great to feel appreciated, so if you make sure that appreciation is communicated, one way or the other, most dads will be thrilled to know that they’re valued.
Our readers are all wondering, though, what are some more suggestions for awesome gifts for dads? Have you got some ideas to inspire us? Tell us about them in the comment section below.