In honor of this Father’s Day I have decided to share a few tidbits on how I celebrate my husband for all that he does as a great dad. Before you even begin to lay out your plans, you must come to grips with a few things.
1. Stay away from the conventional.
If the father you are celebrating is as awesome as you think as is, or at least as awesome as he thinks he is, he deserves more than the average.
No more ugly ties, no more ridiculous socks, no more lame shaving paraphernalia. Get your guy something he actually deserves, unless of course he has been a bit mediocre this year, then the tie with the Santa Claus with sunglasses is completely apropos. Otherwise, get him a gift or an experience as uniquely different as he is.
2. Get to know his likes and dislikes.
If you know that he completely abhors going to play miniature golf, save that for a day out with the kids.
For his day, actually do something he thoroughly enjoys, even if it means that you will not participate. He may be a huge sports fan, how awesome would it be to arrange a tour of the stadium in your city and have him meet a player or two from the team (benchwarmers or not)? Sometimes baseball teams allow fans to come see them practice get autographs, etc. That is one gift that won’t be forgotten.
Or maybe he is a cigar connoisseur. Take it up a notch from the regular box of cigars. Make an appointment with the owner of your nearby cigar shop. Usually these places have special smoking rooms filled with all different kinds of cigars to try or at least learn about. The owner would be more than happy to share his knowledge of cigars with your special guy. Just imagine the look on his face and the new conversation he will have about all he learned from his new friend, the cigar shop owner.
3. Introduce him to new things.
In keeping with the first two tips, think of something he has never done or has mentioned he’d like to do, but just hasn’t gotten around to it.
Make him an appointment for a massage, manicure, and/or pedicure. Not only will you avoid a Father’s Day crowd as these types of activities are usually saved for us moms, but you will expose him to an hour or two of relaxation and pampering that he may not have ever experienced before. If money is tight, you are free to pamper him yourself (only if he is your husband or significant other; it may seem a little weird pampering your dad)!
4. Feed him exactly what he likes.
Whether you make him a meal or take him out, don’t skimp on the kind of meal he truly enjoys.
If his favorite meal is southern style barbecue, don’t take him to McDonald’s for a McRib sandwich. Unless that’s his fave, please leave that kind of fare off of the meal plan. Instead take him somewhere like Aunt [insert southern woman’s name here] BBQ Joint or Big Daddy [insert southern man’s nickname here] BBQ Hut. Please note, a good barbecue place never spells out the word “barbecue” and it must have “joint,” “hut,” “shack,” or “place” at the end of its title.
5. Set the example.
Applying all of the aforementioned will, no doubt, up the ante for Mother’s Day.
He will see the hard work and the attention to detail you put into making his day special, he won’t have a choice but to reciprocate. Don’t get me wrong, I love lavishing my husband with all of his favorite things for the entire Father’s Day weekend, but I must give in order to get. I can’t expect the very things I refuse to do.
It brings me great joy to plan a series of events and activities that I know will bring a smile to his face (plus, event planning is my forte!)
Happy Father’s Day to the greatest dad I know, my husband, Johnny!