His hands are rough, his hugs are big, and his grilling skills are tops — just some of the many reasons we love that guy. Daddy didn’t get his own holiday until years after Mom got hers, but boy does he deserve a day to be adored! For the first time in many eras, menfolk are more involved in housekeeping and child-rearing. So put down the necktie and scan the list below to find the perfect present for your Pop.
Give Him Style
“The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.” — Garrison Keillor
Repeat after me: “Daddy is more than his wallet or car.” Now show him you mean it. A little one-on-one time would be a gift in itself, but why not also get something material that says, “I will deem to be seen with you in public.”
Make Perfect Scents
“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” — Bill Cosby
Parenting is hard work and, to be perfectly frank, sometimes fatherhood stinks. Show Dad you appreciate all he does by helping him stop and smell — er– better.
Look for really good soap that doesn’t smell like a florist shop. Try the Apothecary Soap Set from Iozola.
Get Dad a lush head of hair (or at least a scalp treat for your favorite baldy.) I love Lush everything, including the extensive hair line. Shampoo, dry shampoo, shampoo bars, etc.
Share Your Wisdom
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” — Mark Twain
Kids grow from intolerable teens into actual adults. Their fathers go from Superman to senile to Superman again. Break the cycle by educating the old man while you’re still young enough know everything.
Give your dad a subscription to GQ. Keep him up on current events, the latest technology, what’s trending, and politics, all with a side of eye candy.
I gave you some nice, unique options for Dad’s big day, but I will now offer the obvious gift: your dad wants a tablet. You know it and I know it. And, hey, a tablet does at least offer him the chance to brush up on all those things you know all about.
Now, pick out a gift and wrap it up nice. Oh, and don’t forget to work out a bit — you’ll need your strength if you’re to handle Dad’s bear hug after he sees what you got him.
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