Father’s Day Gifts That Can’t Be Bought

My dad holds a special place in my heart that can never be replaced. When I was little, my dad used to let me sit on his lap and steer his pickup truck while he pressed the gas. And he would always read me bedtime stories with funny voices. He always attended my cheerleading competitions and theater performances. And with all the stupid mistakes I made when I was younger, all the worry I used to put him through — no matter what, he’s still always been there for me. He’s really given the whole parenting thing 110 percent! And as much as I love my dad, the man is the hardest person to shop for!

When your dad has done so much for you, finding something that can adequately express your gratitude is never easy. 

Getting creative when it comes to Father’s Day gifting is easier said than done . . . But sometimes, it’s not the gift that’s important. This Father’s Day, take time to celebrate your good ol’ dad. Not just with gifts, but with love and appreciation.


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Show Him Some Love

A recent article on Market Watch said that “dads appear to want time with their kids instead of a pair of socks or the usual tie.”  Fathers like to be appreciated for all their hard work. Tell him how much you care for and appreciate all that his done for you. No gift seems as heartfelt and precious as a special handmade card for your dad. I don’t mean the cards you would make back in elementary school with two stick figures standing next to each other. Write down all the reasons why you love your father and what hims the best dad quoting special childhood memories — dad won’t admit he’s a total sap, but he definitely is. Not a writer? Consider making him a short family video of home movies. If he lives in a different city, booking plane tickets or driving down to surprise him will surely make your dad smile. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on extravagant gifts; your gratitude and love are the greatest gifts you can give him.

Bond With Him At Home

Nothing beats time spent together. If you’re lucky enough to be in the same vicinity as your dad, spend the day bonding with him. Sometimes simple things like watching his favorite movies is enough to show your dad some love. Going out to brunch is great for Mother’s Day, but use Father’s day to host a BBQ, cookout or inclusive celebration. Whip up some burgers or order-in your dad’s favorite food and get the popcorn ready for a movie-night. You still have time to go to best buy and buy two or three of his favorite movies, or a few movies that he hasn’t seen yet but really wants to. The movie itself isn’t the gift; Father’s Day is a time to set everything else aside and devote the day to your dear dad.

Plan A Memory

Instead of planning everything out for him, let him make decisions about what to do and how to spend the day.  If your dad is a sports fan, accompany him to see his favorite team play. If your dad loves golfing, take some time to pursue his interest together, even if you’re not that great at golfing. Go on a hike, camping trip, concert, or buy him dinner at his favorite restaurant. My dad absolutely loves going to local breweries, so last year we took him to a couple in the area. Think of things that your dad really enjoys doing and plan Father’s Day around that! He may not act like it, but he won’t forget your effort.

Whatever you gift your dad on Father’s Day (whether it’s a quick surprise trip or concert tickets for his favorite band), be sure to show him how much you care. Sometimes, all dad wants is to spend time with the family he’s provided for.

+What are you getting/doing for Father’s Day this year? Any unique Father’s Day gift? Tell me in the comments below!