Fathers day tips for your viewing pleasure - make it a great day for you and or someone you care about.
Great ideas from Askmen.com
With the hustle and bustle that most of us experience nowadays, we probably don't realize how long it's been since we took the time to stop and say thanks to the man who has stood by us from toddler to man -- good old dad. Although most of us have shown our appreciation with a gift or two through the years (if you haven't yet found the perfect gift for dad this year, check out our 15 great Father's Day gifts), we shouldn't underestimate the significance of finding the perfect way to spend Father's Day with the man who brought you into this world.
Fishing for ideas
Even if you have found a great gift, a present and a card cannot substitute for quality time with dad. The days of bonding with your father on a boat waiting to catch a fish hook, line and sinker are long over, but there are many other ways to plan the day of honoring dads.
It's true that Father's Day is a Hallmark holiday, but you have to go beyond the literal origin. It's more than the day that is always celebrated on the third Sunday of June; it's also a day to spend with the entire family.
If you're wondering how to spend Father's Day in the best way possible, here are some tips on how you can plan the perfect day for you and your entire family:
Just the two of us
Think about his pastimes: Is your dad a sports nut bordering on obsessive or do his friends refer to him as Mr. Fix-It? Does he love the great outdoors or would he rather spend his day in front of his home theater system? If you were buying your father a gift, you would use the same procedure to determine the perfect gift.
You can spend the day alone with him or include the entire family. If it's just you and him for the day, forget fishing: you can play a game of tennis or golf if that's what he enjoys or you can go to a baseball game with him. What better way to bond with dad than by watching the game together over hot dogs and popcorn, rather than at home where the two of you are constantly interrupted?
If he's more of a wild-at-heart kind of guy, you can take him go-karting or challenge him to a game of paintball. For the more subdued dad, take him to play miniature golf if he's not much of a golf pro able to take on the design tricks of some of the harder courses. Mini golf is great if you want to include your whole family, and there's nothing like a little bit of competition to get everybody involved.
You can also spend Father's Day by going biking or rollerblading together, and bond over the fact that you both look funny in your rollerblading gear.
The handyman can
If your dad would rather stay at home, you can always help and join him in one of the activities he wants to engage in. If, for example, he needs to fix the shed or wash the car, offer to help him. This makes for excellent quality time with your dad and this way, you're helping him out by making yourself more handy.
Who wants to kiss the chef?
At the end of the day, gather your family together for a barbecue, where all family members can get involved. A barbecue set is also an excellent gift idea, and your father can put his new gift to use right away. A Sunday evening barbecue with family and friends is a great way to cap off the day, and also honors the other dads in the family.
It would be best if you plan this grilling feast, but it's not always necessary as there are lots of things you can throw on the grill without much preparation:
- Chicken breast
- Hot dogs
- Smoked turkey
And in addition to serving tortilla chips with salsa, vegetables with dip, and Caesar and pasta salads, there are plenty of last-minute barbecue side dishes for you to consider.
Top Ten gift ideas for fathers day - again from Askmen.com
No.10 - Grilling tools
The grill, like a man's office, is a personal sanctuary where mastery means everything. Your dad may not realize just how many useful tools exist now to help make the grilling experience that much better, so providing him with the original Grillslinger BBQ Tool Belt or Outset Rosewood and Stainless Steel Turner Tongs will both educate and impress him.
Why? Taking the time to upgrade dad’s grill equipment will give him even more joy out of the primal experience of cooking meat over an open flame. It'll also translate to better meals for you when you drop in on his next barbecue.
No.9 - Alcohol
Sometimes nothing can take the edge off of a day of stress and work like a nice stiff drink. Buy your dad top-shelf booze like a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label, or more affordable Bombay Sapphire, and you'll give him a gift he can enjoy and appreciate with you on Father’s Day.
Why? It may be less permanent, but nice liquor is a luxury he's unlikely to give himself. Good quality liquor is also good to have around for when he’s having a few buddies over, and he’ll think of you even when you can’t make it.
No.8 - Fishing gear
The traditionalist in your dad may lead him to believe that fishing is only about a rod, a reel and some line. Once he opens the luxurious handcrafted George Lawrence Creel, or even the more reasonably compact fishing rod tote, you're likely to see his vision of this age-old pastime expand to include his new toys.
Why? Besides looking absolutely amazing, owning a good creel is a must for the skilled fly fisherman hoping to keep his catch fresh for dinner. The fishing rod tote just makes the logistics of both of you going fishing that much easier so you can focus on the company rather than the gear.
No.7 - A set of golf clubs
If your father considers a round of golf as the closest thing he's found to heaven on earth, then enhancing his equipment to improve his game is an obvious Father’s Day gift idea. Wow him with a new set of workhorse Ping G15 irons, or add yards to his drive with the Callaway FT-IZ and he'll think of you every time he hits a great shot.
Why? No matter how good he is at golf, owning the latest equipment is sure to improve his game.
No.6 - Leather wallet
A man rarely thinks about the quality or image his wallet projects. After all, it’s tucked out of sight most of the time. Feeling, smelling and looking at the quality of wallets like the Sedgwick Bridle Leather Billfold will quickly make your dad realize just how shoddy his faithful standby is and show him it's time to retire it.
Why? The older a man gets, the more he appreciates craftsmanship and durability. Providing him with a fine new wallet is something he'll notice with every transaction he makes, which won't involve paying for you for once.
No.5 - Wine
Good wine is a luxury most men only learn to appreciate and have the means to acquire later in life. So remind your father of the perks of being an experienced dad by supplementing his collection. If a wine shop's massive selection intimidates you, start with something full-bodied from California – Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley and Chardonnays from Sonoma are sure bets.
Why? A bottle or two of fine wine is an easy gift that can either be consumed on the spot to enhance a meal, or be stowed away and aged to enjoy at a later date, when he can recall the thoughtfulness of his son on Father’s Day.
No.4 - Driving gloves
Did your dad sell the family car for his own two-door roadster once you left the house for good? If so, then a pair of leather driving gloves will certainly add to his driving experience. BMW M driving gloves are perfect for those attached to German engineering, otherwise a set made of classic deerskin will do just fine.
Why? Your dad's 9-to-5 may not involve doing laps around the track, but with a pair of driving gloves, he'll certainly feel much more in tune with his prized toy while zipping along his commute.
No.3 - Meat
Most men associate the chance to dine on high-quality meat as a luxury only provided by restaurants. There are some excellent mail-order meat establishments such as Omaha Steaks or Prime Chops that can deliver the same level of quality for your dad to use in his own special recipes to make grilling at home that much more of an experience.
Why? Every dad thinks he holds the secret to the best grilling tricks on earth. Working with top quality ingredients will just add to his sense of confidence that his cooking is the best the next time he's called into action for guests or the family -- for men, confidence is everything.
No.2 - Sports tickets
It sounds sappy, but often great experiences and the memories they create are the only gifts that matter. A pair of tickets for you and your dad to go to a game and support his favorite team is a gift that will wow him and give him something to look forward to once Father's Day is over.
Why? Your father may be a sports addict from the couch, but getting him to the game will take things to a different level. It’s also a great way to spend some time together.
No.1 - Landscaping services
The notion that a man enjoys mastering his domain by slaving away in the hot sun to cut grass, trim hedges and plant becomes less true as guys get older. However, frugal dads who never like to ask for help may not be too keen on admitting they'd rather have someone else step in. Give your dad the gift of a prepaid landscaping service and it will save his ego as well as his back.
Why? Signing your dad up for landscaping services will let him finally catch up on those relaxing afternoons he missed out on while carting you to Little League and make his outdoor space a truly enjoyable place to spend time in.
Hopefully the above helps in you making it a great fathers day for your pops and or someone else.
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