While Mother’s Day is all about treating mum to a relaxing time, Father’s Day can be a trickier task when it comes to making dad feel special.
But this year you can make Sunday, June 19 one to remember for your dad by following our tips on celebrating the occasion.
Arrange a surprise
Chocolates, slippers or a bottle of his preferred beer are all failsafe presents for Father’s Day, but how about organising an experience for your dad rather than a gift?
Think about his hobbies – is he a keen golfer? Does he enjoy football? Perhaps he’s an art buff? However he likes to spend his free time, look out for activities which complement his interests.
There could be a competition on locally, a crucial match or an exhibition he would love.
If he’s already involved in what’s going on, you could upgrade his plans. Treat him to new equipment, VIP seats or a private tour – something that he would never buy for himself, in other words – and you’re sure to have a very happy father.
Bring the family together
The bond that sons and daughters have with their dads can be something really special, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get the wider family involved in Father’s Day.
Inviting aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents and grandkids can be a lovely way to spend the day – and, of course, they’ll be celebrating dad’s day too.
Book somewhere special for Sunday lunch or pour dad a pint while you get on with whipping up a Sunday roast. Set the table and enjoy a family meal around an extending dining table. He’ll really enjoy having his loved ones round him and appreciate the effort you’ve gone to in bringing everyone together.
Make a day of it by playing games, watching a film or getting out into the garden and you’re sure to have a fantastic time.
Keep it simple
Sometimes dads enjoy a quiet life so you don’t have to do something extravagant to make him feel appreciated.
Instead, give him something you know he’ll enjoy every day, be it a new mug for his morning cup of tea, a smart pair of wellies for his daily walks with the dog or a new wall clock for his home office.
Chances are your dad rarely puts himself first so he’s probably making do with stuff he’s had for years and he’ll really be smitten to have something that bit better.
You’ll also get that warm glow of satisfaction seeing him use your present time after time proving that sometimes in life, the simple pleasures really are the best.
Whether your dad is a green-fingered gardener, or simply the resident lawn-mower, make the most of the summer months and celebrate the special day outdoors.
Treat him to an alfresco feast served on a stylish rattan dining set, pour him a refreshing home-made lemonade and let him relax in comfort and style.
You could even go the extra mile and spruce up the garden on dad’s behalf. Give the fence a fresh lick of paint, plant some flowers, or simply cut the grass and ensure it is looking BBQ ready.
He’ll appreciate the time and effort spent and get the chance to enjoy his garden haven with his family. You can’t ask for a better gift than that.
Make it personal
You probably know your dad better than he knows even himself so for this year’s Father’s Day, use that knowledge to your advantage.
Why not put together an album of both you and your dad growing up so you can reminisce together about childhood memories and look for family resemblances through the decades?
If he’s a budding chef, wine connoisseur or a book worm, get him something that you know will mean something to him. It could be a baking machine, a bottle from a vintage year or a first edition of his favourite novel.
Trust your instincts, after all the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as the saying goes so as a caring son or daughter, you’re not going to go far wrong if you put yourself in dad’s shoes and think about what he really wants.