Our Favorite Father's Day Ideas
From patching up banged knees to repairing damaged bikes, dad has been there for you through thick and thin. While you should be celebrating your father throughout the year, Father's Day is a special time for telling him how much he means to you. The holiday originated in 1910, when Sonora Scott Dodd worked with the local YMCA to establish the holiday in honor of her father, a Civil War veteran who raised his six children as a single father. Dodd continued to push for the celebration, and though it was met with some resistance at first – with many believing it to be an attempt to ride the coattails of the much more successful Mother's Day – the day became an official holiday in 1972.
While there are some traditional ways to celebrate Father's Day, the best way to celebrate is by doing something special for the dad (or dads) in your life. Whether you plan a major outing or simply put together a fun bash for dad in your backyard, think about the things that he loves most and add them together for a fun and meaningful celebration. For example, while a golfing excursion is a perfect gift for a dad who loves to tee off, you can make a putting green a fun part of your backyard bash. (You can even make it a permanent fixture in your outdoor space if you're so inclined).
Of course, fatherly tasks such as grilling go hand in hand with Father's Day, so one of the most popular ways to celebrate is with a delicious backyard barbecue. Classics such as brats, burgers, and steaks can be spiced up with rubs and seasoning for a flavorful twist on an old classic. (Be sure to let Dad man the grill and cook everything up just the way he likes it – it is his day, after all! You can also read Sam the Cooking Guy's blog post to get additional girlling ideas)
After lunch, take some time to show how much you care with a grand opening. No Father's Day is complete without a few carefully selected gifts. Smaller children can craft fun, meaningful gifts on their own for dad. For smaller kids, a flat river rock and some acrylic paint is an easy and safe way to craft colorful paperweights for the office.
Older children and teens can put together gift baskets or gifts with carefully selected items that will allow dad to enjoy some of his favorite hobbies. For example, a grilling kit with a few select seasonings, marinades, rubs, and tools can be perfect for a grill-master dad, while dads who love spending time outside might enjoy some new gardening tools for his collection.
As for more elaborate gifts, Father's Day may be the perfect time to unveil new plans for additions to your outdoor space. An outdoor kitchen, an entertainment center, or a patio addition might be the perfect way to create a space where dad can sit back and relax, with or without the kids. Just remember that no matter how you plan to celebrate, it's important to take this time to let Dad know just how grateful you are for everything he's done.