This year marks the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day. Despite the momentous anniversary, many Father’s Day gifts remain just as old as the holiday. When fathers know a polka-dot tie or new set of embroidered socks are what he’s getting before he even opens it, it’s time to mix things up.
Fathers are just as diverse, talented and -- even if they never reveal it -- emotional, as their mommy counterparts.
That’s why the creator of Father’s Day, Sonora Dodd, decided that a day for fathers was just as important as Mother’s Day after listening to a Sunday sermon honoring Mother’s Day. Dodd convinced the mayor of her hometown Spokane and Washington State’s governor to recognize the first Father’s Day in June, 1910.
In honor of dad and Dodd, let’s not make this gift feel like a consolation prize so dad doesn’t feel left out after Mother’s day, but rather a gift recognizing the extraordinary man that had an equal part in bringing you into this world.
Here are some unique ideas that are sure to surprise and delight:
Have an adventure together!
Setup camp, go fishing, travel or treat him to a movie that he wants to see. Those new memories will last far longer than his shock from his 100th pair of new undershirts.
Support his hobby
Even if you can’t imagine that he’d need a new coin in his collection, hunt down a piece that he thought was impossible to get. If he likes to fix cars, cook or even garden, go wild in the auto supply store, get some fancy muffin mix, or stop by a plant nursery.
Then that’s a no brainer, buy tickets to a game for his favorite team, especially if he’s never seen them in person.
If dad’s truly into fashion
Why not get him a pair of monogrammed cufflinks? If you want to go a mile further, get his measurements and find a killer sale on an amazing suit that’ll make him feel like a million bucks. If you want to go a little smaller scale, a nice wallet or briefcase works.
If he thinks he’s a handyman
He’ll love a cordless drill. Whether he destroys more than he fixes is another article all together. Jumper cables, a mini tool kit and a solid roadmap will make him feel like king of the road.
For the tech man
A Forever Flashlight works without batteries( around $40) Pick up a pair of binoculars that takes pictures (around $100), a two-way radio and wristwatch combo (around $50), or a wristwatch-camera combo. Check out HammacherSchlemmer.com, TheSharperImage.com or tour RestorationHardware.com for similar gift ideas.
Tasty Treats for pops
Get his sweet tooth tingling with his favorite candy. Get huge bags of it, mix it with other things he might like and pack it nicely in a see-through container. Another route could be his favorite smoked meats, even Slim Jims wrapped up in a fancy bow or a huge can of assorted nuts will be something he can snack on and think of you.
For the Golf lover
Buy a set of monogrammed golf towels and a pack of golf balls. If you’re able to, spring for a guest pass for a day on the green and go with him.
Even if you decide not to go with any of these ideas, they should certainly get your creative juices flowing. Let this be an inspiration as you shop for that special man in your life, and you’ll make this Father’s Day his best one ever.
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