3 Father’s Day Gift Ideas Dads Really Want
Are your kids looking for the perfect thing for Father’s Day?
It might not be a thing at all, but rather something fun to do together.
In this article I’ll share our favorite ideas for simple, fun activities to do with Dad on Father’s Day.
Why an Activity as a Father’s Day Gift?
Stop shopping for the “perfect” Father’s Day gift! We asked around, clarified and researched to discover an amazing fact: Most dads don’t want a tie (or cologne, or any article of clothing) for Father’s Day. That’s no surprise.
But what do they want? Most dads want to do something as a family (and a day off from the “honey-do” list) on their special day. They want quality time with the family, planned and organized by Mom and the kids!
So give Dad what he wants—a fun family activity. You’re sure to find something he’ll love to do in the suggestions below.
Here’s what one of the fathers we surveyed said, which pretty much sums it up:
“I want nothing more than time with my kids to wrestle, snuggle and play. It doesn’t matter to me what it is we’re doing… My greatest gift in this life is time with my family. Maybe a nature hike with my family would be a fun gift, too.”
So don’t spend hours combing the mall for a gift. Give Dad the greatest Father’s Day gift of all—time to hang out and have fun with his kids. Whether you choose a fishing trip, an outing to the movies or a nature hike, like the father above suggested, turn something Dad likes to do into a fun and relaxing day with the family.
Here are some of our favorite family-bonding Father’s Day gift ideas:
#1: Outdoor Adventures
Does your family head out on adventures all the time? Do you go to the park or hit the beach on a regular basis? Add something new and unexpected this time and go on a photo scavenger hunt, make sand castles or check out these four games perfect for shallow water. It’ll make your Father’s Day outing extra special.
If Dad loves camping, check out these 33 Creative Camping DIY Projects and Clever Ideas put together by the DIY team on the DIY and Crafts blog. These will make any camping experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
Or take Dad to explore those local tourist attractions that you never seem to make time to visit!
Wherever you go, be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy with Dad.
This is just the tip of the outdoor iceberg.
Check online to find outdoor adventures in your area. There are probably some cool places you don’t even know about right in your neighborhood.
#2: Fun at Home
Plan a fun adventure for Dad in your own backyard. There’s plenty of fun you can have right at home.
Go big for Big Daddy. Kari Sweeten at the U Create blog compiled 7 Outdoor Life-Sized Games, which include Outdoor Twister by Sassy Style, Backyard Bananagrams from Constantly Lovestruck and Giant Jenga by Instructables.
Create one of these giant games with Dad and play it together.
Large or small, games are fun for the whole family—and once you have them, you can play anytime.
To make it extra-special, put small treats along with each clue for everyone to enjoy. You can even create a personalized gift basket for Dad to find at the end of the hunt.
Create an adventure in your home to maximize your time together. Since there is no travel time, you can get started on your adventure right away.
Plus, it will give Dad a little extra time to chill out with a Father’s Day nap or some time to watch sports—other things he loves to do on “his” day!
#3: Family Projects
Work on a family project with Dad on Father’s Day. Talk about a perfect gift! Choose the project, wrap up the materials, place a bow on top and have a blast building it together. And then you get to play with it!
Here’s another project to do with Dad that’s as much fun to make as it is to play with afterwards: This mini marshmallow shooter from Amy at the Idea Room has visual and written instructions, which is great if you want to pick supplies up from the hardware store beforehand.
Note: You can spray-paint your marshmallow shooters different colors, one color for each person in the family. Build it inside then take it outside for more family fun!
If Dad’s really ambitious, build something big, like a fort! This is an ambitious project, so make sure Dad has the time and wherewithal to build it with the family. Otherwise, it won’t be much of a gift!
There are all kinds of forts—from super-simple to very elaborate in this article on 50 kids’ forts ideas from Kailoa and Sylvia on Built by Kids. If Dad’s been talking about making a fort, Father’s Day is the perfect time to get it started!
Whether you have a hands-on Dad or hands-on kids—or both—a project is the perfect way to spend the day. This was just a sample of things you can do to get your imagination going.
Whatever you decide to do for Father’s Day, get the supplies and do your prep beforehand. If all the work’s done in advance, you’ll be ready on Sunday to make it Dad’s perfect Father’s Day.
Some Final Thoughts…
We found that for the most part, dads want the same things for Father’s Day as moms want for Mother’s Day: They’d like to spend time with their kids (and maybe spend a little bonus me-time afterwards). One difference was that dads would prefer a family BBQ to moms’ favorite, breakfast in bed.
So choose something from this list and plan some fun activities to do with Dad. Then fire up the grill and talk about the Father’s Day adventures you shared.
Have a great Father’s Day!
What do you think? What are you planning to do for Father’s Day? Are you making a gift? Planning an adventure? We’d love to hear your Father’s Day gift ideas or see your pictures to help others get inspired, too!
Images from iStockPhoto.
Kristin Ammerman is a mom, creative writer and the evangelist of fun for My Kids' Adventures. Her three kids love that their mom's job includes trying out new family activities. Other posts by KJ Ammerman »