Written by Kathryn Eyring
We can all be suckers for great marketing, especially items with attractive packaging or special pricing but we don’t have to let the powers of marketing get to the wallet for Father’s Day.
Talk to your father openly and you’ll probably find that what he really wants doesn’t come with a price tag.
Dad’s favorite gifts may be simple and FREE.
Here are seven ideas for good old Dad:
- If Dad doesn’t get out much, invite him to your home for a nice meal.
- If physical limitations prevent Dad from getting out much, spend time with him at his home. If possible, gather the youngsters for the visit, too! Teach the children to be respectful at a young age.
- If you’re not able to have an in-person visit, hand-written cards or letters are wonderful. Write a story about something you remember from his younger years (or your younger years with him) and send it to him. Follow up with a phone call.
- Make a list of things you love about Dad and send it to him if you can’t be with him in person this year.
- Is Dad struggling to keep up his house, yard, or garden? Tell him you’ll be his worker for a day. Ask him to make a list and do some work for him.
- All parents want to feel respected. One way to help Dad feel respected is to ask his opinion on something. “What do you think I should do about _________________?” Watch how he enjoys that!
- Another way to help Dad feel important and respected is to ask about his past. “Dad, will you tell me about when you were in the service?”
How can you honor Dad if he has already passed?
Look at the suggestions in the article Honor Your Mother, Even if She is Gone. The same suggestions apply for Dad’s that are gone.
Share your ideas for FREE gifts for Dad in the comments box below…
What can you do to make this year more special?
What can you do to make Father feel loved and respected?