Us dads are always hard to buy for. We’ve gotten more ties, socks, wallets and other “manly” gifts than we can shake a stick at. But, what we really want is something altogether different. So, here are my top tips on how to create the perfect day for the perfect dad. Spoiler: It doesn’t involve socks or aftershave.
Let me sleep in.
For the love of G-d, even if I appear not to be fast asleep at 8:00 a.m. when our daughter wakes up, please just let me lie in peace for a few more minutes.
Give me a relaxed brunch.
Yes, I want breakfast food —pancakes, eggs, meat, the whole shebang. But, I don’t want to pay $50 per person to be herded in and out of a packed restaurant with a limited Father’s Day brunch menu. Let’s just enjoy a nice meal at home (as long as I don’t have to clean up).
Aim for sentimental gifts.
Don’t buy me some trendy gadget that you saw advertised as a “the perfect dad gift.” I have everything I want already and will only think about how much money was spent on that gift that could have been better spent on our family. Instead, I would like something personal, like a photo of us all together, that I can put on my desk or keep with me in the car. I’ll love it as long as it reminds me I’ve turned into a total sap since having a daughter—which is a priceless feeling.
Let me chill.
Give me some time to lay on the couch with the dog and “watch” baseball. Yes, we all know that means we’ll be taking a post-brunch nap together. All dads want some time to relax couch-potato style.
Plan a family hang.
Make sure we have some time together. Whether it’s a short walk, some time in the park, or just hanging in the backyard, I want to be with my family. Because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be a dad at all. The truth is, you—my family—are the most precious gift of all. Awwww.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. See you on the couch.