People are gearing up for Father’s Day with the usual charade of skimming through Target’s shelves for wallets, shaving kits, and travel mugs. This year, go beyond the same expected gifts and celebratory events. Use these four creative suggestions to create an exceptionally special day for your dad on Father’s Day.
- Cast Iron Cookware Gifts
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the comeback of cast iron cookware. Heavy-duty skillets, pots, pans, Dutch ovens—you name it—are captivating the interests of dads everywhere. From the seasoned base to the grip of the handle, cast iron tells dads that, yes, they can take their barbeques inside.
Safety precautions and social restrictions have encouraged people to garden and grow their own food, as well as cook from home more often, and cast iron cookware has made this transition much more manageable. Whether your dad wants to fry fish like a five-star chef, grill beef to charred perfection, or create the perfect ham and cheese omelet, cast iron cookware has your gift covered.
Dads like tools they can use for the long-haul, and cast iron cookware is made to be long-lasting. He’ll appreciate the longevity of your gift, making his day special.
- Handmade and Thoughtful Gestures
Maybe you’ve never seen your dad cry, or perhaps he unabashedly sobs at every This Is Us episode. In either case, you know that his inner cry baby exists and that a perfect Father’s Day would include poking the bear.
Make a day of it and walk down memory lane. Frame the photograph of the two of you on your fishing trip and present it to your dad during a Father’s day dinner. Or, better yet, take him back to the fishing spot and rehash old memories with conversation and laughter. Bring out the grateful, emotional side of your dad and make his day truly special.
- Do That Thing He’s Always Talking About
You might not like this one, but if you want to make your dad’s Father’s Day special, then put on your selfless hat and do those activities he’s been dying to do with you, no matter how insane they make you feel.
If your dad wants to show you the entirety of his postage stamp collection, sit there, smile, and nod. It will make him happy, and you’ll survive. Is he a sucker for watching old family videos? Dust off that VCR.
Consider what would make him happy rather than the things you would like to do with him and give him on Father’s Day. If you want your dad to feel extra special, you’ve got to think about what he wants.
- Go Totally Unconventional
Give your dad the same pampering and care that mom gets on Mother’s Day. Can’t spend a lot? Create a DIY spa day at home. It’s 2021, and we are more woke, so treat dad to everything from a mani-pedi and a massage to Father’s Day flowers.
He’ll feel so relaxed, he’ll be kicking himself for not practicing self-care sooner. You can even give him the gift of a charcoal pillow (yup, it’s got charcoal in it) so he’ll still feel manly while he is lulled to sleep by softness.
The Bottom Line
The only surefire way to make Father’s Day special it should be is to do all of the things you haven’t done before. By now, dads expect to get ties and funny socks and all the other typical “dad” gifts you’ve sent in previous years. This year, think outside of the box with your gift and how you celebrate the day together.