I am super behind on this but whatever. Better late than never, right? I started thinking about putting together this Father’s Day Gift Guide but found myself struggling because this year is a tough one. As a marketing student, I was always aware of advertising during holidays like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. to those who may have a sensitivity to it. Not everyone celebrates Christmas and not everyone has a dad or mom. This Father’s Day is Chris’s first without his dad. We made it through Christmas and his dad’s birthday, but there is something about a holiday just for dads being shoved down the throats of those who don’t have dads… or have dads but have a strained relationship or no relationship. I don’t think the wounds are fully healed and this Sunday will be like a reminder of what is gone. My dad is here and I am so grateful but it’s hard for me to hold that in my heart while also dealing with the loss my husband and his family has experienced. If you have lost your dad or don’t have a father figure in your life, I’m so sorry. If your dad is here, tell him how much you love and appreciate him. Not just this weekend but every chance you get.
Whew… OK. Now that we have let that out. I think dad’s get pigeonholed as grillers, or golfers, or handy men but not all are like that. I know my dad isn’t (dad, if you are reading this, you have many talents and hobbies :-)). I tend to prefer gifts that allow for a family experience, or a special treat. I am so grateful that last year on Father’s Day Chris took his dad out for the day to go to an air show. They made memories that day that are worth more than any gadget money could buy. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying your dad a new set of grilling tools or golf clubs, but sometimes I struggle with thinking of what to buy my dad, and I think he is happiest with spending time together as a family.
My Father’s Day Gift Guide is going to be a little different this year. If you are looking for something more traditional, there are plenty out there (see here, here, and here). If you are looking for something last minute that is a little outside of the box (literally), see below:
Columbus Food Tour – These are great! A couple years ago we did a breakfast tour with Breakfast with Nick and it was so much fun. You get to enjoy time together and eat great food… what more could you want?
City Walking Tour – I have come to realize that I need to act like a tourist more in my own city. There are some cool guided tours in Columbus and I think it would be great to take your dad or your whole family to explore your area.
Photo Book – Now, truthfully, not all dads will value this the same but in the digital age, it’s nice to have pictures that you can hold in your hand. I am still a huge fan of the photo book and love the idea of combining new and old pictures in one place. You can order these from just about anywhere buuuuuut this may not really be “last minute” material as printing can take a while. However, you could get prints made at Walgreens or CVS in an hour and slap together your own book before Sunday. Even better, notes in your handwriting.
Home Videos – Run to Best Buy (yes, I mean get in your car and walk into a real store) and pick up a Vidbox on your way to your parents to sneak out some home videos. Chris and I have digitized many home videos and it has been so much fun watching the videos with our families. You can mix in new video here too (or a picture slide show).
Family outing to a sports event/concert/etc – When in doubt, tickets to an event that dad loves is a safe bet. I am grateful that I have been able to go to concerts (Bruce Springsteen, OAR) and many, many sporting events with my pops (CBJ, Clippers, Indians).