Sunday, May 30, 2021

10 Free Personal Gift Ideas to Honor Dad


These days, the thought counts more and more.

If you're looking for ways to celebrate dad that involve a personal touch, check out these suggestions.

1. Framed Handprint Art

Have the kids, whether little or big, create a collage of their handprints. If the kids are all grown up, do it anyway, it still makes a beautiful, personal gift. In fact, for adult kids create a collage of everyone's feet - how funny would that be, lol - then frame it. 

2. Create a Collage of Personal Love Messages for Dad

Have the kids write out what they love about dad, glue the messages to a board, frame it, or have it laminated. Keep dad's personal messages from family, from every special occasion in a scrapbook or album. It doesn't matter if you haven't started this tradition in the early years; start it today.

3. Spend Time with Dad

Spend the day with dad, watch movies, go for walks, or play games. Show interest in the things he loves. Or just sit and talk to dad. When our parents are gone, we wish for one more day to be with them. Treat this special day as if it were a magic wish you've been granted.

Have you ever heard "One More Day" by Diamond Rio - Listen to the lyrics; they say it best; they're a moving reminder of why we should spend time with those we love while we can. Don't take dad for granted; he won't always be there. If you're reading this via mobile, here's the link to the song.

4. Cook Dad's Favorite Meal

This is a standard in our home for birthdays and other celebrations. The person of the day gets to pick the menu. We spend time together having dinner as a family.

5. Go on a Hike Together

Plan an all-day outing with dad. Take him on a hike. Spend the day outdoors and treat him to conversation and physical activity. 

6. Assemble His Family History in a Book

Research dad's family history and present dad with a book that highlights his ancestors and the entire family all the way up to the current time. Dad will love this gift; it's one he can hand back and pass along to grandchildren.

7. Plan a Family Soccer or Baseball Game

Organize a day at the local baseball or soccer field and spend the entire day playing sports, laughing, and eating. Pack a picnic and make it a full day of outdoor fun.

8. Clean Dads Car and Garage

If dad rarely has time to do those weekend cleaning tasks, do it for him. Have him sit outside with his favorite beverage, in a comfortable chair, with his favorite music blasting, watching you all work as you clean up the garage and wash his car.

9. Create a YouTube Video Music Playlist

Create a YouTube video playlist featuring all of Dad's favorite songs. Make the list public, and write a beautiful personal message in the video description area for all the world to see. You can also create a list of songs that honor dad from a daughter's point of view. You can find a list of ten suggested father/daughter songs here. Here's are songs to honor father/son relationships.

10. Write a Poem or Create a Video Poem

If creating video poems isn't your thing, simply write a poem from everyone or just from you and frame it. 

Here's a video poem I wrote long ago for my husband on the passing of his father: If you're viewing this via mobile, the video is here on YouTube.


Enjoy your day with dad. Time with dad is truly the best gift for you and for him.

For My Dad In Heaven: "Last night I had a crazy dream, a wish was granted just for me, it could be for anything, I didn't ask for money or a mansion in Malibu, I simply wished for one more day with you, but then again, I know what it would do, leave me wishing still, for one more day with you" (Lyrics - One More Day by Diamond Rio). 

Dad, I'll love you 'til the end of time, and time never ends.




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6 comments:

  1. Beautiful List Barbara! I think everyone of them is a great idea for any father in the many stages of fatherhood. Like you the last link is the one that resonates with me too. We do miss our fathers once they are no longer able to be with us! Thanks for these great reminders of gifts that make the memories that we take with us along our path through life.

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  2. When our dads are gone, we always wish for that 'one more day' to say the things we wish we'd said to let him know how special he was; how much he meant to us. Except, with love on both ends - he somehow knows; he always knew. Thank you, Barbara, for this special list of suggestions for dad gifts 'from the heart'. Happy Father's Day to all dads everywhere - both past and present.

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  3. Barbara, I love your deep, instinctive understanding that the most valuable gifts we can give are gifts of ourselves - our time, our effort, our expressions of our love, respect, and caring for the recipient. Like you, I wish with all my heart that I could have one more day - and then many more - with my dad (and, in my case, also with my mom). Your ideas for honoring dad from the heart are truly beautiful.

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  4. Of course these are all really great gift ideas for fathers! I agree with you, we need to treasure every moment we have with our dads and plan events that he will enjoy. It is only a day! Even if you hate sports, if he loves them, watching together would be fun if you focus on his excitement. The gift suggestions are awesome! I think any father would treasure these heartfelt gifts.

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  5. Great list. Personal items with meaning are always great suggestions.

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  6. What a lovely list of heartfelt gift ideas for Dads. Having lost my Dad fairly young I would say without doubt if possible number 3 Spend Time With Dad is so important. I treasure every memory I had with my Dad. I love all the gift ideas you have suggested, they are so personal and thoughtful. Wonderful ideas for Fathers day and can easily be included for Birthdays and Christmas gifts etc or just for no reason at all!!

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