Dear ol’ dad sure has done a lot for you through the years—playing catch; fixing the flat on your 10-speed; helping you choose a college; moving you countless times. Instead of getting this strong and dependable superman yet another striped necktie or Yankees cap for Father’s Day, give him something invaluable this year—time with you.
PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACKS
Take Dad out to the ball game, a minor league one. To save money look for games that offer an incentive, such as bringing canned foods for free admission. Carry mitts like you did back in the day, and enjoy some all-American together-time.
ROD AND REEL
Go fish. While Dad gathers his gear, pack a lunch and some snacks. He’ll probably want to load the car, so let him—this is, after all, his day. You don’t have to go far, just someplace quiet where you can share some boat-and-bonding time.
WOODS AND WATER
So your dad likes to hunt? Even if it’s not your favorite way to spend Saturday morning, put on some camo and a happy face for Pops, and hit the woods together. Dad-time often doesn’t require a lot of words. Just taking an interest in his interests shows him your heart is aimed in the right direction.
DRIVERS AND IRONS
Be Dad’s caddy for the day. Whether you go out for 9 or a full 18 holes, it’s all about serving him. So put aside some pride, find a funny hat to wear, and make that amazing man feel like the pro he is in your heart. Who knows, he may even let you drive the cart!
MEAT AND POTATOES
Get Mom in on the celebration, and surprise Dad with a backyard picnic. Have fries and other sides ready to go. Offer to cook, but if he wants to (or you’re notoriously known for “blackening” the food), let him do what he does best: cook up some amazing burgers for the whole family to enjoy.
NO DAD TO CELEBRATE?
If you’re like many other young adults with no father to honor this year, pick a man who’s made a real impact on your life, and send him a card or make a phone call to let him know how special he is.
Adapted from Collegiate magazine.