In all candidness, fathers are great at giving gifts. Sure, that dress might be the ugliest thing that has ever touched your body, and hats aren’t exactly in trend anymore, but we come to cherish them even so. A gift isn’t just the material, but the gift-giver’s feelings concealed in it with a pretty pink bow. It isn’t every day that we appreciate our dads, but on this father’s day (16th June, Sunday) we must put our heart and soul to turn it into one of the best day of their lives, with these awesome and fun it ideas that are sure to plaster a gargantuan smile on their faces:
1. Hand-Stamped Handkerchiefs
“Dad’s Protocol” places them under the compulsion of always having a handkerchief, so that they’re always there to wipe away our tears. Show them how much you appreciate their concern by spicing up the old rags they use by giving them a brand new paint job. Simply cut a design in foam paper and stick it onto a wine cork or an old film canister. Dip your custom stamp into fabric paint and process your masterpiece by ironing it, and there you have it! A revamped version of your dad’s favorite piece of cloth, ready for use.
2. Hand-Baked Goodies
All dads share the love of all things sweet, and made from scratch by their favorite daughter makes the experience much sweeter. Grab your favorite cookbook and put on an apron because the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, even though you already own it.
Here’s a fun and easy way to pull a dad-joke on a dad. Cut out 4 to 5 rectangles out of colorful scrapbooking paper and make witty coupons, allowing him to cash in a day of chores, or an hour of fun with him. String them together with twine and it’s ready to gift!
4. Curating a Personal Care Package
Father’s day calls for desperate measures. Dads never seem to care about their looks, so it’s time to pamper them the way they pamper you every single day. Gather some of his favorite self-care products like after-shave, that perfume that smells like a perfect summer backyard barbeque day, beard oil, dental floss, or pedicure cream. Put them in a nicely wrapped box and decorate it as you please.
5. Mason Memory Jar
Daughters always grow up way too soon for dads. Gift them something that will help his memories of you stay as evergreen as the grass. Tear up a bunch of little strips of paper and fill them up with your happiest and most heart-warming memories of him, wishes and cute quotes. Roll them up into little scrolls and fill them into a mason jar, along with glitter or beads to decorate. Gift it to him with an instruction to only open one scroll per day, so every day can be a little jog down the memory lane.
6. Embroidered Socks
Face it: most dads continue to wear the same hole-in-the-toe socks or years together. What better way to stock up his sock cabinet than to fill it with brand new pairs of customized embroidered socks. Go out to the market and pick out a few pairs of good quality work socks. Grab an embroidery needle and some tread of your choice and embroider his initials into the elastic band of the sock. Now, every day he leaves for work, you are sure to be on his mind.
7. Personalized Notepad
Give dad an uber cool place to jot down his midday musings, work details or important things to do. Take around 50 sheets of computer paper and cut them into your desired shape and size. Punch two holes along the top of the bundle and insert two key rings into each of the holes. Insert a piece of cardboard in the back and a cardstock cover over the front. Decorate the cover as you please.
8. Tie/belt Organizer
If dads love anything more than their daughters, then it must be their tie/belt collection. Gift him an organizer for it and you’re good to go. There are tons of options available on Amazon and if nothing is to your liking, you can always DIY it. There are a lot of tutorials accessible on YouTube or Pinterest.
9. Customized Photo Album
In the digital age, it’s hard to just lay back and flip through photo albums and sigh as nostalgia hits you. Most of your pictures are in a digital form, an inaccessible by your technologically impaired parents. Update your photo album collection by taking hard prints of all your treasured memories, making for a present your dad will cherish for years to come.
10. Daddy’s Day Out
Stop and ask yourself this; when was the last time you devoted an entire day only to your dad? Fathers all around the world crave only one thing to complete them: quality time with those who make him a father. The greatest gift you could give him is your time. Plan a day full of fun and adventure where both of you take a break from the monotonous world and have a little fun, just like you did when you were a child. Take him to the movies and his favorite restaurant for dinner or find out if there’s a carnival in town and take him there. The possibilities are endless. Reconnect with your childhood and renew the love that has disintegrated between you and your dad.
Father’s day should not be restricted to one day alone. Our fathers gave us the gift of life and we often take it for granted. As of tomorrow, let’s make each day a bit more special for our fathers, show them just how much we care, and tell them we love them every day, even though we might not be there often enough. After all, they aren’t getting any younger! Happy father’s day to all the fathers out there, you all are awesome!