Here are things you can do for Dad without breaking the bank, and they will have far more meaning to him than a material gift. If you don’t have a Dad or he’s passed away, pick a man who is special to you and treat him to any of these ideas.
- Let Dad own the TV remote control to his heart’s content. No one complains or argues.
- Give Dad 3 sincere compliments throughout the day.
- Give Dad a big Papa Bear hug. Also have a family group hug with Dad sandwiched in the middle.
- Tell Dad 3 things you deeply appreciate that he always does for you, and what they mean to you.
- Make a scavenger hunt in your house with clues leading from destination to destination. The finish line is a big “We Love You” poster with family photos and signatures.
- What’s been on his mind lately? What’s stressing him out? Think of ways you can help relieve the situation or provide emotional support.
- Make a list of his special qualities and post it on the refrigerator. (If you’re not with Dad, email it.)
- What chores does Dad always do? Pick 2 and do them. Meet his standards!
- Take a trip down memory lane by recalling to Dad some of your favorite moments with him, or when his advice changed your life for the better.
- Determine 2 topics of importance to you and have a true conversation with Dad about them. Ask him for his words of wisdom. Listen attentively. Be respectful.
- Invite Dad to go for a walk, jog, or bike ride with you.
- If you live miles apart and can only call him, commit to a light-hearted conversation. Share some laughs. Don’t complain or ask for anything (especially money).
- At breakfast, lunch or dinner, give Dad a king’s crown (you can make it out of construction paper) and make a special toast to him. Each person say why he is special to you.
- Crowd together for a family photo. Everybody make a crazy face. Turn it into Dad’s screensaver.
Bonus: Display greater patience and tolerance for the things Dad does that annoy you – not only today, but all the time.
Photo: My (late) Dad, Irwin Leider
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