Your father, husband, son or anyone else you plan to celebrate this Father’s Day may be similar in taste and personality, or worlds apart. Either way, it's time to start contemplating what to give your 2013 honoree(s).
While a tasty restaurant meal should never be ruled out, the men in your life might prefer spending the day outside with friends and family—with a new outdoor grill or barbecue equipment, of course.
Dad can flip the burgers using his new grill gloves and stainless steel spatula. Just make sure someone else prepares the side dishes—and provides a growler from the local brewery. For the more gastronomically inclined, consider a gift certificate or night out to a nearby restaurant.
Maybe dad needs a bit of adventure?
A safari or guided journey through a remote wilderness region might be slightly cost-prohibitive, but arming dad with new sporting equipment—or associated accessories—might not break the budget.
Sports enthusiasts would likely welcome fishing lures, ski gloves or golf balls and tees. For those preferring to enjoy the great outdoors right in their own backyard, there is always croquet, badminton, bocce, or bean bag games.
You can pick up gifts like these at Play It Again Sports or Walmart.
Men need pampering too.
Men are certainly known to partake in the occasional mani-pedi, but a relaxing shave or massage could also help reduce stress—and provide a temporary furlough from the "honey-do" list.
If the work really needs to get done, hire an assistant to help or, even better, outsource the project completely. If Dad actually revels in the honey-do list and refuses to shirk his domestic responsibility, upgrade his tool set. Don’t know a wrench from a circular saw? Then try a gift certificate to True Value Hardware or Home Depot.
Just relaxing works too.
For quiet time, everyone has their reading medium of choice, whether it's a book, Nook, Kindle, iPod, audiobook, or magazine. Shop at Walmart or Staples for these items.
Finding free time isn’t always easy. Dad may even enjoy a simple day off at home—doing absolutely nothing.