Father’s Day can often be an odd day; it’s not quite a birthday but not everyone else is involved like at Christmas, yet it is still something worth celebrating. Over the past few years I have collected a number of weird and wonderful Father’s Day gifts, from one individual sock (we still don’t know what happened with the other one) to some very nice new golfing shoes. Yet, as much as I really appreciate these presents, I often feel a sense of guilt that there is this pressure on my children to spend what money they have on buying me gifts.
I quickly came to realise in my early years of fatherhood that in actual fact, the only gift I wanted for Father’s Day was to spend it with my family, the reason I was a father! Working during the week was always fairly tough because it quickly becomes clear how fast children develop while you’re not there so I would always enjoy the weekends where I could spend time with them.
Father’s day for me is simply another excuse to do something with my kids, and I am pretty sure there are a lot of Dads that feel the same. So here are some great ideas for things that can bring the family together this Father’s Day:
As Father’s Day falls in June it is often the prime time for a BBQ (British weather permitting). This can be a very low key affair, or it is often nice to get family, friends and other dads round for an afternoon. It’s a great way for everyone to have a nice time; as well as trying out the new barbeque if you haven’t already. I have tried out a few Hairy Bikers recipes but their Southern Style Chicken Wings were by far the best, a great way to impress the kids I found!
If the weather fails us this year, you can always take the barbeque inside or, like we did last year, just go out for dinner. As my children are getting older and less interested in us parents, I have found going out for a meal is a really good chance to speak to them. Without the distractions of the TV, pets, phones and toys at home I can catch up with them and my wife. As I am a big fan of different beers, we went to a local craft beer pub which was fantastic. It made a real difference that my family had put thought into where we went, even if it was last minute. If you go for this option, however, it may be worth booking in advance as other families might have the same idea!
Depending on your budget there are some great days out and experience opportunities around. Groupon and Wowcher always have the latest offers; you can even search for specific locations if you want to do something close to home. There seems to be an opportunity for every interest and hobby, from football stadium tours to supercar racing to zombie experiences; so you are guaranteed to find something you could all enjoy together.
These are just a few ideas, every Dad and family is different so there are a whole host of opportunities to mention! If, however, a day out together isn’t possible or you still want to buy a great present, there are numerous fathers day gifts that could go with the aforementioned activities, or simply just as a gesture of affection to suit any personality.
For more gift-buying inspiration, there is also an excellent Father’s Day gift guide from The Dad Network here.