Guest Post by Katy Fleming, MA, LPC, BSN, RN
As we approach Father’s Day, many children and wives will scratch their heads yet again searching for the perfect present.
Skip the annual gift card and tie— consider these 7 gift ideas that your dad really wants this Father’s Day.
7 Things Dads Really Want For Father's Day
Father’s Day is a time to honor all the dads out there. Showing our appreciation for their hard work, love, and continued support.
Buying a present for Dad is often a struggle, though. We may not know exactly what they want or need.
Check out these 7 gift ideas to show Dad how much he’s appreciated this Father’s Day.
First Identify Their Love Language
How does the father figure in your life show and receive love from others? Author, Gary Chapman, discusses the five love languages in his book, 5 Love Languages.
Chapman identified 5 different ways to show and receive love including acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, and physical touch.
Before jumping into a Father’s Day gift idea, take a moment to consider how this person’s love language.
1. Quality time with the kids
For those who show love through quality time, a planned event on Father’s Day weekend goes a long way.
If you’re on a tight budget, consider holding a family event at your house like a family movie night to celebrate the dads.
A night out for a baseball game is an excellent way to enjoy time together as a family!
2. Rest and Relaxation
Honestly, many parents simply want peace, quiet, and a full night’s sleep.
Plan out a weekend where Dad sleeps in on Sunday morning and make him breakfast in bed!
If you want to show appreciation to a new father, babysit the little one for an afternoon so dad can rest.
3. Meat from the Local Butcher
It’s no secret— food is a love language in itself. If your dad loves to grill, buy him some quality steaks and other meats from a local butcher.
You could even start him on a monthly subscription of high-quality meat sent to their door. Companies, such as Butcher Box, allow you to choose what type of meat and when it’s sent.
An easy, yet thoughtful present for the meat-loving dad in your life.
4. Romantic Weekend from Mom
If you’re wanting to surprise the father of your children this Father’s Day, plan a romantic night or weekend getaway.
It’s another way to allow Dad to rest and relax! Parents need a break sometimes, too. So this Father’s Day, give him the gift of travel.
5. Brewery Tour
For all the beer-loving dads out there, a brewery tour is a quick way to the heart.
As breweries continue to grow, craft beer is increasingly popular. Adult children can plan a day to brewery hop with Dad!
This is a fun and easy-to-plan way to connect, spend time together, and enjoy summer beverages.
6. Manual Labor
For most father figures, there’s always a new project. Whether it’s building something, mowing the lawn, or fixing the car, our dads stay busy.
Assess Dad’s current projects and how you can help. This may mean buying some additional supplies or planning a weekend of manual labor with Dad.
Take it back to the basics with a heartfelt card, hand-written letter, or video to express your gratitude. Let Dad know his impact on the family through all his hard work, strength, and dedication.
Pick up a perfectly chosen card with a thoughtful note inside or a compilation video of all the reasons why we love Dad. For those with a love language of words of affirmation, you’ll wow your father with this creative idea!
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Every dad shows and receives love differently. Some prefer tangible gifts whereas others want to spend quality time on a vacation.
Use these suggestions to find the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day.
Wishing all the dads a Happy Father’s Day!
As a licensed counselor and registered nurse, Katy approaches freelance writing with years of experience and a unique perspective. Alongside her partner, Katy loves to travel the world and embrace other cultures from volcanoes in Iceland to villages in India.
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