Remember the good old days when you could plop your hand into some clay to make an “ashtray” and present it to your dad as a Father’s Day gift? Even though he didn’t smoke, he was so proud of that ill-looking lump of clay that it held an honored spot on the mantle for years.
Today, it’s not so easy. Unless you’re a world-class artist, any attempt at crafting home décor is not recommended. Instead, show your dad—or the father of your children—you really put some thought into this Father’s Day gift by choosing something that fits his unique personality.
For the Landscaper or Gardener
Do most of his conversations with the neighbors involve fertilizer, compost or the latest lawn and garden tools? Or is his greatest moment of the year when he harvests the perfect tomato? For those dads who live outside on the weekends, here are some Father’s Day gift ideas that will get two green thumbs up:
For the Sports Fan
He has a passion for sports. And even if his participation takes place in front of the television, he’s intense in his observation skills and his armchair-pounding enthusiasm. Just when you thought he had every sports-themed paraphernalia item known to man, we’ve come up with a few more:
For the Music Lover
Whether he’s a talented musician or has a passion for listening, get him a gift that will keep him humming with that bright beat. Here are some novel and not-so-obvious inventions we just love:
For the Guy Who Needs a Break
Has his daily grind become more like a marathon? With kids, jobs and a to-do list that goes on forever, even Superdad needs a day off. Here are a few ways you can help him wind down, while showing him that you appreciate him day in and day out:
The Perfect Day In: Sometimes the best present you can give him is a day of doing absolutely nothing. So pack up the fridge with his favorite beer, load the pantry with his favorite snack foods and take the kids out for the day.
The Ideal Day Out: Whether it’s dinner at his favorite restaurant, a day of fishing or tickets to see his favorite band, choose one or more of the activities he loves and schedule a day just for him.
For the Grill Master
It’s no coincidence that Father’s Day is smack dab in the middle of grilling season. He’s just itching to get out there and make some char-grilled magic—if he hasn’t already. So give him the accessories that will make him feel like he’s king of the grill. Here are some suggestions:
Manly Cook: Here’s an apron just for Dad. It’s got plenty of pockets to hold all his grilling tools and an attached bottle opener so he can pop a cold one without leaving the grill.