With Father’s day coming up, you may be wondering what to get your dad to show him that you really love him, and that you are not just getting him something because “you have to”–it’s Father’s Day after all.
I often wonder how any gift can possibly convey the love I feel for my father. As clichéd as it might sound, something from the heart really does make a lasting impression, and will express your sincerity better than any store bought gift you can buy.
I know this because the things that my dad has saved are those that I made as a child, or things that I wrote about him. As hard as it is to believe, even though I am now 51 years old, my dad still has some of these gems, especially the art work and handmade cards.
Here are a few ways to show your dad the love.
Make him his favorite meal. Instead of just doing it once, make it a regular habit, each month make him something he likes, and sit down and share the meal with him. Or, if you aren’t the cooking type, take him to his favorite place.
Give him the gift of your time and full attention. If you live near him, make a commitment to spend some time with him, talk with him and listen. Don’t text and don’t take calls; instead, simply pay attention to what he’s saying. Take the opportunity to learn about the family history, his personal history, and all of the things he’s learned in life. These are valuable lessons that can make your own life better, and that he has probably been wanting to share with you for a long time. Even if you live far apart, you can call him or Skype with him, and do the same thing.
Schedule regular dates with him and go enjoy some of his favorite things. Does he like basketball (or football, baseball, etc.) but you don’t? Think of all the things he did (and does) for you that he might not have really been that crazy about — but because he’s a dad, he did them anyway. Don’t just get him the tickets, but go with him, let him teach you about the game, and show you what it is he loves about it. Does he fish? Is he a golfer? Whatever his hobby is there’s some way you can share it with him. Maybe he doesn’t want you golfing with him, but you can sit down and watch golf on TV with him, or take him to his favorite sporting goods store for golf items.
Give him a framed photo of the two of you. Choose one of his favorites and write him a note telling him how much he means to you, and how much the memory captured in that photo means to you. Or choose one of your favorites and write about why it is your favorite.
Plant him a garden and maintain it for him year round. Or deliver him his own mini “CSA” box each week using produce from your own garden. Not a gardener? Shop at the farmers’ market and deliver it to him. And, don’t think that your mother is the only one who would like flowers; fresh flowers brighten anybody’s day, so plant him a small cutting garden as well.
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