Father's Day is traditionally a day of breakfast in bed and carefully selected (but hardly ever worn) ties. Whether it's his first or his fifth, what can you do to make this Father's Day special this year?
1) Base the whole day around him
Perhaps you'll let him sleep in this morning or you won't badger him over something you'd normally badger him over. Whatever it is, let it be his day. Start by making him breakfast in bed with a newspaper and his favourite pot of coffee or tea – Classic!
2) Make a day out of it
Father's Day is by nature a family event. Use this opportunity to get everyone in the family together for a fun day. Think about including all the dads in your family, not just your own father. Invite step-dads, husbands, grandads, uncles, and brothers in your family to - The more the merrier! Think of a place to gather, places include the beach, a local park, a favourite spot of dad's!
3) Build the celebration around an activity you all can enjoy!
This could be a BBQ at the beach, picnic at the park, taking dad to his favourite sports event, going fishing, go plane and train spotting or playing golf together.
4) Creative Thinking
When it comes to making gifts for Father's Day, perhaps steer clear of the traditional store-bought gifts of tie and socks. He's probably still got last year's socks stuffed at the back of the drawer! Expensive or typical gifts are not exactly necessary, but the time and effort you put in to create a personalized tribute will be deeply appreciated. Instead, let your own creative abilities shine and make him something special! You could bake his favourite cake, cook his favourite dinner, write a poem, create a collage of fond memories, make a gift basket filled with homemade candies, cookies, crossword and home DIY projects!
5) Celebrate your shared experiences
Look at old photos of you and your dad doing fun things together. Take a walk down memory lane by creating either a photo album or a photo slideshow. You may be surprised at how many things you both have forgotten about and how much they mean to you!
6) Acknowledge the importance of fatherhood
Being a dad is a tough job. Dads are responsible for at least one half of the financial and emotional well-being of the family. A thoughtful card, a letter, or short speech that expresses your love will benefit both you and your dad. Giving dad a heartfelt speech, toast, or card of genuine, loving words at the dinner table, or at some other point when all the family are around (siblings especially), will make this a poignant occasion. Here are some ways to prepare; make him a handmade card, write a note/letter or have all of your siblings explain why dad matters to them.
7) Make the day joyful.
The most important aspect of the day is that you are present and attentive. It does not take material presents to make a dad happy—it takes showing your love, and reassuring your dad that you're proud of him and all he's done for you. For many fathers, the most rewarding part of being a father is feeling that your children love you, and the knowledge that each child is on a path to a successful future, no matter what age, and is coping well with the problems that life inevitably throws at us all!
8) End his "fun-filled day" by telling your father you love him.
Don't forget his hug and kiss! Maybe you could snuggle up as a family and watch a funny film.