Father’s Day is just around the corner and it can be easy to feel a little bit stuck for ideas.
If you need some inspiration, here are a few examples of things that you can do to make the day extra special:
Remember what the day is about
Many of us get caught up in buying gifts and cards, but the most important thing about Father’s Day is to make dads feel special. It’s a day to thank them for everything they do as a father. There are some simple and inexpensive ways to celebrate dads that have much more impact than big, expensive gifts.
Make your own card
Homemade cards provide an extra personal touch and they can be fun to make, too. Craft stores sell sets of blank cards and envelopes, so can you make a relatively professional looking one if you want to. Alternatively, you can just use any materials that you already have around the house. If your children are still little, maybe make cards using their handprints or footprints, as they’re so lovely to keep. They could even turn the prints into a picture of something else - use two hands to make a butterfly, or one hand as a flowering plant.
Make a gift
Something that could only have come from your own children makes a gift all the more special. It doesn’t have to be complex either - you could simply make a Father’s Day picture.
Here are a few more ideas:
- create a special Father’s Day crown for Dad
- buy a white plate or mug and decorate it using paint or sharpie pens
- if dad has a sweet tooth, decorate a jar and fill it with his favourite sweets
Order a personalised gift
You can buy some lovely personalised gifts online, and it’s nice to get something that dad will have with him when the children aren’t around. Here are some examples for you:
- Key rings with names and messages
- Customised cufflinks for special occasions / important meetings
- If dad is an office worker, you could frame a family picture for him to put on his desk
- ‘Best Dad in the World’ mugs are a classic present on Father’s Day, but you could take your kids to a pottery cafe and let them decorate their own mug for dad
Breakfast in bed is a truly luxurious gift, and if you have young children, it’s bound to be a very rare treat indeed. If the kids will allow it, give dad a lie in, and then get everyone involved in making him a delicious breakfast.
Cake often goes down well, so you and your children could bake and decorate an extra special cake for dad. If baking’s not your thing, cook dad’s favourite lunch, or have a big family roast dinner. If it’s going to be a hot day, get the barbecue going and spend the afternoon in the garden.
Spend time together
Simply having a relaxing day together can be the best present in the world. Set aside the day for your children to have fun with their dad. Make sure they don’t get stir crazy by planning in a few games, or you could all go out for a walk together. If the weather is nice, take a picnic to the park, and while away the afternoon outside.
Take a trip
If you want to get out for the day, plan a trip according to the weather. Bowling is great fun on a rainy day, or you could all go swimming together. If the weather is good, there are loads of options that open up for you. Picnics, woodland exploring, steam train rides, the beach and many more. Take the stress out of it by getting everything ready the day before and plan where you’re going to eat. If you’re taking a picnic make it extra special by putting in dad’s favourite foods. If you want to eat out, book a table in advance as places tend to be busy on Father’s Day.
Don’t forget grandad
Make sure you also think about grandad on Father’s Day. If you live nearby, you could invite him over for cake, or lunch, or if he lives further away make sure you post something to him in advance.
Jo Murricane is a freelance writer and blogger, based in Leeds. Read all about her food and lifestyle investigations on her blog, jo-blogs.co.uk.