Do you struggle to think of a good gift for your dad or other dads in your life on Father’s Day? If you answered “yes”, you are not alone. The challenge in finding the perfect gift probably stems from the fact that so many of us feel that no gift can every really convey the depth of the love and gratitude we feel for our dads. When we think back on our lives, it’s not the expensive gifts that we remember, but precious time spent with loved ones. So, here’s a tip for Father’s Day this year – stop trying so hard and instead, consider these ideas for meaningful gifts for Dad.
Tickets to a Sporting Event or Concert
Think about buying your dad tickets to a sporting event or concert with a favorite musician. This does not have to be done on a large scale. In fact, small is probably better. Think minor league baseball game instead of the World Series. The goal is to spend quality time with your dad while also enjoying something he loves.
Plan a Nature Hike
The sights and sounds of nature tend to bring out the best in all of us. While taking in a healthy dose of fresh air, seize the opportunity to reminisce with your dad and share a few laughs. It’s also a good way to catch up on current happenings in your busy lives.
Take a Road Trip
Everybody has someplace they’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t managed to find the time. Make the time this year and plan a road trip to that place on your dad’s bucket list. If you can’t come up with a suitable destination, just meander and go where the road takes you. Enjoy the time with your dad along with whatever sights and sounds come your way. The trip might only take a weekend, but the memories will last forever.
Pay it Forward
What better way to honor Dad for all he has done and continues to do than by paying it forward and helping someone else? Let’s face it – many dads pretty much have everything they need. If they don’t have it and decide they want it, they go and buy it owing to their status as grown men. So instead of stressing over some gift your dad doesn’t even want, remind him just how much you appreciate his love, hard work and sacrifice by making a donation in his name to one of his favorite organizations or charities. It’s a gift that it is guaranteed to make him proud.
So before investing in another loud tie for Dad or the latest gadget that will gather dust in the back of a closet, think about gifting Dad with the one thing he probably wants the most – a little time with you!
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About Allison James
Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.