Father’s Day is coming up, and if your dad doesn’t like golf or if he already is fully stocked on his electronics, finding a gift for him may be a pickle. Or maybe you just want to go above and beyond this year to really make him feel special. Here are some tips on how to show your appreciation to the most important man in your life.
He taught you how to ride a bike…teach him how to fly a plane!
I got this present for my dad last father’s day. When he was younger, he wanted to fly jets, and he was on the path to doing so until I was born. At that point, he decided he needed to spend more time with his family and less time flying. Although I’ve always appreciated that we were all able to spend so much time together, I’ve always wished that he were able to fulfill his dreams. Long story short, I bought him a one-day flight lesson and he loved it. We flew over Dallas and over our home in Allen, and it actually inspired him to continue to pursue flying lessons. Is your dad afraid of heights? There are plenty of other neat gifts like this that you can get him, like driving a NASCAR, indoor skydiving, whitewater rafting, etc.
Get him concert tickets to see his favorite band!…or a cover band of his favorite band.
Chances are, bands that your dad likes are no longer around (or living). However, there are still great bands that pay tribute to music legends, and really capture the essence of their sound. For instance, my dad and I once went to see a Queen tribute band and the lead singer not only sang like Freddie Mercury, but he physically looked like Freddie Mercury, dressed like him, and pranced around the stage like him. It was amazing, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. On the other hand, there are still great bands around that play reunion tours today. For my parents’ birthday I got them tickets to see Van Halen in July, and they couldn’t be more excited to go. I’m pretty sure going to concerts of their old favorite bands makes them feel like rocking a blazer and Ray Bans, Miami Vice style.
Spend time with him.
Yeah yeah, it’s really “uncool” to hang out with your parents. But actually, it’s not. Learning about the person who raised you and watches over you is pretty cool. Father’s Day isn’t just another day to buy a card or a present. The best way to show your dad you love him and appreciate everything he’s done is by hanging out with him. From spending time with my dad, I’ve been opened up to a lot of great music. He’s also the only one in my family that likes to talk with me about news, history, and philosophy. That might sound boring, but not to me. And not to my dad.
Whatever you decide to do for Father’s Day, the most important thing is letting your dad know he’s appreciated and loved. Everyone needs to hear it every now and then, even dads. Happy present hunting and have a happy Father’s Day from Smith Monitoring!