Each year when Father’s Day rolls around, Dads across the country brace themselves for a bout of ugly ties, misshapen paperweights and impractical shaving kits. This year, give him something sweet, simple and meaningful with a day of quality time spent together. Here are some great ways to bond with your father, to thank him for all he’s given, and to create a memorable Father’s Day.
1. Explore the Outdoors.
Whether your dad is a natural scout leader or just a casual hiker, spending the day outside together will be a refreshing and pleasant gift. Find a nearby park for a hike, pack your bags to spend the night out camping, set up a canoe trip, or just grab the fishing lines and head to the neighborhood creak to catch dinner.
2. Hit the Links
The smell of a freshly manicured green, the play of light bird song in the background, and the crisp “whoosh” of the ball flying off the tee all make for a great day with your dad. Whether you just make it to the driving range for a few buckets of balls, take him through the course, or visit the local mini-golf course for kicks, golfing is a great way to relax and enjoy the day together.
3. Take Him to the Ball Game
If your dad’s favorite things include hot dogs, fly balls and batting averages, then the perfect gift may just be a getaway to the ballpark. Go for a major or minor league game or just to see a matchup of some local teams. The blue sky and ball diamond will make a great backdrop for Father’s Day. If you can’t find a game, no problem. Just dust off your old gloves and play some catch together!
4. Take a Field Trip
Father’s Day is a great excuse to indulge dad’s intellect and take him out for a trip to the aquarium, science center, art museum or to a historical monument. Have fun doing some research on the best exhibits in your area and spend the day learning with your dad!
5. Make a Book
Even if your dad isn’t the biggest bookworm, he will love a homemade book of memories from you. Include your favorite moments together, all of the big life lessons he taught you, and don’t forget the slapstick guffaws and funny stories that always bring a smile to your face. This sentimental gift is one he’ll always keep close.
6. Go Bowling
If rainclouds make an appearance this Father’s Day, have no fear! Taking your dad to the bowling lane is a rare treat, and the day will be one you’ll both remember for years to come.
7. Bike Around the Neighborhood
If your dad’s Busy, he probably hasn’t recently taken the time for a leisurely bike ride around town. Make a few stops along the way and have fun reminiscing on the moments you’ve shared in various locations.
8. Help at Home
Owning and maintaining the home you grew up in can be a lot of work, so a perfect present for your dad might just be a helping hand. Whether shingling the roof, fixing a leaky faucet, or weeding the garden, do some investigating into what needs a little attention around the house, and surprise your dad with this practical and meaningful gift.
9. Make Brunch
This is the perfect gift to pair with any other on the list, because nothing’s better than starting a busy day with a hearty, tasty breakfast. Treat your dad to some fresh-squeezed orange juice, crispy bacon and eggs done his favorite way.
10. Invite Him to a Four-Course Meal with Wine Pairing
If your dad really deserves a treat, leave the work to the pros and take him out for a great meal. The Isle of Capri Casino® Boonville is offering a delightful summer dinner for you and your dad on Saturday, June 18. Expertly hosted and prepared by the Isle of Capri’s new Restaurant Manager and Executive Chef, this meal is a great chance to sit back, relax and enjoy some of the finer things in life with your dad. After the meal, a night of fun and games awaits. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are non-refundable and cost $35 each. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
As the years roll by and life gets busy, it’s easy to wait until the last minute to find that ugly tie or another haphazard gift for your dad, but all it takes is a little time and care to give him the present he deserves. With these great gift ideas, you can skip the stress and the shopping trips and create priceless memories with your dad this Father’s Day.