Father’s Day is next week, so I decided to ask some dads for suggestions on ways to honor them. What I found surprised me. Before listing gift ideas, almost every father expressed the desire to feel honored and respected on this day. Many mentioned that words of affirmation and acts of service were important too.Many guys may act like this day isn't that big of a deal, but the opposite is true. Click To Tweet
Many guys may act like this day isn’t that big of a deal, but the opposite is true. It really does matter to the dad in your life that you celebrate them on Father’s Day. So to help you think of just the right way to honor him, here are some ideas from several dads.
1. A family shopping trip for him. Ask dad to make a wish list, and then take him shopping as a family. Let him pick out the tools or the sports items he wants, but go as a family. Follow up with lunch or dessert.
2. Time with the guys. Invite his friends over to cookout and watch the game. Men need and want friendships with other men. Or send him out to play golf or go fishing with friends.
3. An uninterrupted time of rest. Get him a favorite book or a new study bible and journal and plan some time for him to simply read and rest.
4. The gift of listening. It’s generally true that women have more to say than men, but that doesn’t mean the dad in your life doesn’t have lots to share. A year ago, when my Dad turned 90, I carved out some time to interview him. I asked questions, and listened to him for hours. He told stories of his childhood, how he met my mom, and how he faced the death of his younger brother. Create time and space to listen to your dad share his stories, goals, and dreams.
5. Do his chores. Surprise him by doing some of the chores he normally does like mowing the lawn, washing the car, or grilling. Let him have a weekend off.
6. A cookout or meal. Invite family over just to be together. A good burger, homemade ice cream or his favorite dessert can’t be beat. The blessing of time with his children or his grandchildren will be a wonderful gift.
7. A card or handwritten letter. Yes, he really does love the cards. Some of the Dads even mentioned special cards they had received from Father’s Days past, and they still remembered the words. Words of encouragement and affirmation are a priceless gift for him.
8. Handmade gifts from the kids. Dads love these. Handmade cards, or those chosen independently by little hands, mean the world. One dad said his most memorable Father’s Day gift was a card chosen by his young son, saying that he was his kids’ hero.
9. Gifts that say you know him. Selecting the gift that fits your unique Dad is important. All dads are different so the one-tie-fits-all gift doesn’t work. Buy the special coffee for your coffee-loving Dad or golf gear for your golf-loving Dad. Whatever is unique to him let the gift say, “I know you and love you.”
10. A steak dinner. Dads really do love steaks!
Celebrate Fathers this week. If for whatever reason you aren’t able to celebrate with your dad, celebrate someone who has been like a dad to you. The celebration is really about us stopping to say, through words and actions “we respect you dad and are so grateful for all you do to serve our family.”
The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy. Proverbs 20:7