You May Be, But the Stores Are Another Matter
It May Be Time to Celebrate Father’s Day Differently
Look Now! Here Are 11 Unique Tips for Gifting at Father’s Day
If you’re just running out now for the men in your life, you may find many of the store shelves slightly low on inventory. Such was the case for me this week as I ventured out and was quite dismayed at the lack of selection, call it a buying frenzy or supply chain disconnect. It was glaring. So, now what do I do. Well, here are several tips for bringing joy to your father without the necessity of a traditional gift.
Our fathers, husbands, grandfathers, step-fathers and uncles are often overlooked and underappreciated.
They are often the unsung hero of our families. They frequently take a backseat to the celebrations for the ladies. Especially if they are surrounded by girls and women, especially strong women with big personalities. Growing up in my household there were four women and no guys except my father who pretty much let us run the show.
Every year we had a special celebration for my father, but we were always in motion preparing, chatting about our lives and coming and going.
Now, as Boomers, we’ve had time to reflect differently on life. In my case, I lost my father to COVID in early 2021. Having lived his last years in a skilled nursing facility, I regret not being able to be present during those times he needed me the most during the lock down, especially since he was suffering from dementia and early Alzheimers and often felt abandoned and confused.
How many times have you thought about having just one more conversation with your dad. If your father is still living, it makes it all the more meaningful for you just to sit and talk with them, hold their hand, and let them know they are loved. And it doesn’t make any difference what age you are.
This is your time to change things and ask about their favorite memories, stories of their past, the hopes and dreams they had and just spend quality time with them. PERHAPS THAT IS THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL.
We all love celebrations and Father’s Day is meant to be with your father and do what he wants on his special day. If that’s what you choose, then please think outside the box for the men in your life who are fathers.
Here are 11 helpful tips on several “outside the box” ideas.
- Who doesn’t like coffee. How about a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts and their favorite breakfast goodie. You may have to make several trips to gather everything. But they are worth it. Add a Starbuck’s card and be sure to ask for the colorful card envelope, then tuck it inside a bag of breakfast treats.
- Their favorite BBQ sauces and grilling spices. And how about prepping the meal of choice and taking over the barbeque chores and be sure to still ask for tips from your father on just how he likes his barbeque.
- Tools of the trade. Is his barbeque grille set worn? How about a new set of grilling tools.
- Favorite drinks—alcohol or other. His favorite drinks delivered by you. It doesn’t have to be alcohol, my father’s was Dad’s Root Beer and ice cream for a good ol’ root beer float.
- Chocolate, cookies or both. Who doesn’t like chocolate and cookies. How about a bag of his favorites.
- Maybe you and your family pick up the whole meal from his prized restaurant and give him the time to sit back and be spoiled.
- Something for his hobby: golfing, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, gardening, tinkering with his cars or whatever his pleasure is. It will mean the world to him.
- His favorite restaurant. Gift certificates are popular. Fast food or an expensive restaurant. It’s from the heart.
- Pick up a clothing item. It could be a shirt, a tee-shirt, exercise shorts, dress shorts, flip flops, tennis shoes. Most men could always use a new something or other, as some just don’t like shopping for themselves.
- Cards or notes. Don’t forget the cards, Dad’s love cards as much as gals do.
- Perhaps one of the most appropriate ideas is a pair of sunglasses. Who gets sunglasses for Father’s Day? Your Dad!!!
It can be a little or a lot just be to be there with them for the day is what counts.
What does Father’s Day mean, it is a holiday honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society.
Father’s Day celebrates and honors the men who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood. On this day, we also thank fathers and father figures for the sacrifices they have made or make in our lives, for embracing the responsibility of nurturing and raising children, and for devotion to their family.
A special thank you to our fathers. My BoomerGuy’s father, Tom, passed away at too early an age of 71. My father Robert aka Bobbie passed on 01-06-2021, he was 92.
If your fathers have passed take time to honor them. If your fathers are still here, take time to hug them and let them know how much you care.
Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there.