Dad has always there for you and Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to return the favor and show your gratitude. Yes, it seems like Dad already has everything he could possibly want. The easy solution is to find memorable, one of a kind gifts and activities and to make the day all about him.

MAKE YOUR DAD THE CENTER OF ATTENTION

Father’s Day is a celebration of your dad, so you should make it about him. Ask his input, and try to gear it toward things you know he enjoys. Many dads don’t want a fuss made over them, but a little thought can go a long way, and make the day particularly touching—especially if you don’t spend as much time together these days as you once did.

GET HIM A GIFT HE’LL REALLY WANT

Finding Dad the perfect Father’s Day gift this June 16th can be tough. Here are some things to consider when searching for the perfect 2019 Father’s Day gifts.

  • What are his interests? Is he a budding chef, a foodie, a sports fan? Observe what piques his interests and make a list.
  • Make sure the gift is really for Dad. Don’t buy something because you’d buy it for yourself. Instead, choose something you know will be one of his favorite things, even if it isn’t one of yours.
  • What’s your budget? Is it something you can afford? Stay within your range while shopping and you won’t end up disappointed or breaking the bank.
  • Make it personal. Give dad a gift that’s tailor-made for him. There are hundreds of personalized gifts to choose from.

PERSONALIZE THE CARD

Make sure to include a touching note with your gift.

Here are some suggestions of things you can write in your card:

“Thank you for being the most inspiring dad a girl could ever ask for.”

“We love and adore you. And, we even think you’re funny sometimes.”

“Thank you for being an excellent example of what hard work, dedication, long hours and goal setting can bring in life.”

“Dearest Dad, we love you and are so blessed to have you in our lives.”

PLAN ACTIVITIES, BUT MAKE SURE THEY ARE APPROPRIATE!

Sometimes we get so caught up in a good idea that we forget it might be beyond our father’s comfort zones in his old age. If your dad suffers from dementia, for example, then it might be a bad idea to go on a day trip that’s far away from familiarity and assistance. If your dad has trouble walking, then you should see whether there’s a wheelchair option for your activity. Most places will accommodate seniors, but it helps to ask beforehand.

MAKE THE FOOD ABOUT HIM TOO

Too often, adult kids celebrating father’s day make a reservation at their own favorite restaurant or cook their own favorite foods instead of their dad’s. Most dads love to eat and have distinct favorite things to eat. Why not bundle some of his favorite foods in with your day and show of affection? Or even make it a multi-meal dad-focused progressive. Kick off the day with a hearty brunch, followed by summer barbecue dishes and his favorite baked dessert. A Sunday roast is also sure to go down a treat. If you can’t cook something he’ll love, pick his favorite restaurant!

PLAN AHEAD

If you want Father’s Day to be special, don’t wait until the last-minute to plan any activities. Make reservations, buy tickets, and check your dad’s calendar in advance to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. It will come in handy, particularly if your dad has medical concerns you need to keep in mind when making plans.

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