In my family we don’t do gifts for Father’s and Mother’s Day…instead, we spend the day as a family eating. That’s the truth of it. There’s nothing we need to buy one another that we can’t get ourselves…and now that my siblings and I are all grown up and starting lives of our own, the family time we have always treasured has been limited…so giving Dad and Mom our time on their respective calendar days has turned out to be the best gift ever.
If you ask me, showing Dad some love doesn’t have to drain your wallet…and chances are, what he really wants is a little downtime with his loved ones…even if he’s too manly to say it 🙂
If your dad is into the great outdoors, plan a camping get-a-way adventure in your own backyard. Set up a tent, make a bonfire, and have a weenie roast. If you’re rained out, move the outdoors inside and camp out in the basement! My brother and I used to do this all the time. Plus, no bugs! If you guys wanna get up and get moving, research various National Parks around you or scout out some forest preserves. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon hiking. If you’re a fishing family, do some research and find some lakes around you that will allow you to take fish home. See what fish live in those lakes and buy lures to attract those fish. Tape them to a map of the area so dad knows what bait to use at every lake.
Does your dad love to get away? Have your family pool all the money you would have spent on gifts together and buy dad a gas card. Pile everyone up in the car and take a road trip. There’s so much to see here in the U.S. and there’s at least one awesome attraction in every state.
He’s the king of the grill. The meat man. The host with the most. Instead of buying him more grilling supplies (which he probably doesn’t need), buy him a few cooking classes at a local cooking or community college. If he’s not the school type, devote one day a week to helping him in the kitchen. Make Friday night family night and get everyone involved in making dinner. Feeling like experimenting? Lay out a map of the world on the kitchen table. Each week take turns rolling a die on the map. Plan your meals on which country the die lands. Expand the taste buds!!
DADS WITH A GOAL:
Is your dad trying to shed a few pounds? As we all know, the older we get, the harder it is to loose weight…so help encourage your papa by promising him a new outfit when he reaches his goal weight. Offer to run with him three times a week and make healthy meals together to keep you both on track.
STAY AT HOME DADS:
Let’s face it…the job market sucks. Hundreds of people are out of work, including many dads who have a family to support. If your dad is out of work, chances are he needs some words of encouragement more than anything. Gather the family together and make a video where you each tell dad how much you love him and thank him for all he’s done.
Dick Van Dyke, one of the most well-loved dads of all time, has just come out with his autobiography, My Lucky Life. Not only grandpas, but I’m sure several dads would love this. If you get the book on tape/CD, you can hear Dick Van Dyke read his own memoir. Sign me up!
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