Can you give the gift of hope? My pastor would probably say no. He recently gave a sermon in which he argued that hope doesn’t come as a gift, neatly wrapped up. It requires discipline and endurance.
Is it just me, or are fathers more difficult to buy for than mothers? I’m always short of fathers’ day ideas. My husband has a box in the bedroom with yet-to-be-used gifts he’s received. He claims he appreciates all of them, but I’m always searching for more meaningful gifts, particularly those that will bring precious memories alive.
Spending Time with Dad
Making memories trump recalling memories. First and foremost, focus on those gifts and ideas that you can look back on with fondness in years to come. Bonus points if you can do something that will evoke memories of the father in question’s own childhood adventures with his dad. Going fishing or hiking. Building something in the workshop. Perhaps instead of making a craft for dad, the kids can make a craft with dad on Fathers’ Day.
In addition to those mentioned in 4 Ways to Share Memories with Dad, I’ve marked some great memory related Fathers’ Day ideas on my Fathers’ Day Ideas Pinterest Board. One that really struck a chord with me was carrotsareorange.com’s idea of “Our Little Book of Experiences,” a creative take on the ubiquitous coupon book. You can fill this one with memories of great moments spent with dad or promises of future quality time together.
In many offices, desk space is at a premium. I particularly like Shutterfly’s customized smart-phone case, which doesn’t require Dad to give up precious desk-top real estate. Photobooks are also always well-received. Consider filling one with photos of Dad’s success at his hobby, such as finished wood-working projects, his garden in full-bloom, or photos of him coaching little league.
Preserve Your History with Dad
Topping my list of Fathers’ Day Ideas is preserving your history with your father, and Story Corps presents a wonderful opportunity to do just that. Founded to increase understanding through audio interviews, their mobile booth travels around the country recording moving conversations. They’ve also launched a Story Corps smartphone app. The app features the same meaningful question prompts and, like the official booths, uploads interviews to the Library of Congress.
Grandpa Fathers’ Day Ideas
You don’t want to get me started about how hard it is to find a present for my father-in-law. He doesn’t want for much. If he does want something, he goes out and buys it. Now that he and my mother-in-law have down-sized, they don’t want “clutter.” So, gift card it is….
Give your difficult-to-buy-for dad or granddad a piece of their family history. You can use FamilySearch.org or your library’s edition of Ancestry.com to make him a starter pedigree chart. And, rude as it sounds, you can give your dad a DNA test. Not to confirm paternity, mind you, but to give him an insight into his heritage.
Want More Fathers’ Day Ideas?
- Visit my Pinterest Sharing Memories, Fathers Day, and Gifts that Matter boards
- Search Pinterest with “#fathersday. I haven’t even scratched the surface.
What was your favorite Fathers’ Day gift? Have any other memory-related or memorable Fathers’ Day Ideas? Please leave your thoughts.