OK ladies, aren’t you glad Mother’s Day comes first so that you know how high the bar was set?! Because now it’s our turn! I know every mom gets a little kick out of sarcastic dad memes; sleeping longer, getting lost, not being able to find obvious items in the house, dressing their kids awkwardly… you know what I’m talking about. But with all joking aside, hopefully all of you ladies have a supportive, hands-on, and romantic husband. I sure do and his role as a Father is just as important as my role and luckily he takes the job seriously. My husband works for our family every single day and when he comes home he is 100% Dad. My kids and I are so lucky and I think all Dads deserve to be celebrated!
To take a little stress out of shopping, I brainstormed a few ideas with the help of my husband and a few loyal dad-friends so that you can have some out-of-the-box ideas for your partner!
Dad’s Night Out:
The overall consensus for Mother’s Day was that we wanted some time away. I think for some hands-on Dads, this might be the ticket as well. Try getting together with some of your husband’s friend’s wives and plan a night out for the Dads. This could be an entire weekend away on a golf trip, fishing trip, or river rafting trip or just one night away at a concert, a sporting event, an auto event, or a day on a nice golf course. I think it would be extra cute if you planned something with his brother, brother-in-law, Dad, or Father-in-Law.
For The Jock:
I was going to dedicate this portion to Golf and then realized that maybe not everyone’s husband loves golf as much as mine does! Whatever it is your husband takes interest in, try finding something that would strengthen his game (without feeling belittled, obviously). If he loves golf, set him up with a golf lesson or getting fit for new golf clubs (Club Champion). Has your man always had an interest in surfing? Buy him a surf lesson. Rent out a batting cage for a date night. Any soccer studs in your area? Plan a scrimmage he can take part in. Just try and focus on what your man loves as a hobby
For the Adventurer:
A typical date night out usually involves dinner, maybe a movie, maybe a walk around town followed by ice-cream? I know my husband would be over the moon if I planned an activity for our date night, something we don’t usually do. A few ideas here would be top golf, miniature golf, go-carting, speed-racing, a sporting event such as hockey, baseball or basketball, find the upcoming concerts in your area and buy tickets, or take him to a comedy show.
For the Romantic:
If your man is Mr. Lovey-Dovey, plan a night away for just the two of you. If you live by the beach, mountains, a big city, or a lake, chances are there are some cute bed and breakfasts or awesome hotels that could be the perfect one-night getaway. Hire a chef to make you two a romantic dinner or hire a chef to give you two a cooking lesson. Go beer tasting, liquor tasting, or wine tasting… whatever’s his jam, plan it. You could also schedule a spa day for your man. This might sound “girly” but I know a ton of guys who love a good massage… anything to get in the mood, ya know?
General Gift Ideas:
1. Summer Package: buy him some new board shorts, sunglasses, a new hat, flip flops, etc. You know he’ll get use out of them this summer. Even cuter if they match your baby boy (O’Neil has some great father/son options).
3. Liquor Basket: Find some top-shelf liquor and put together a cocktail package. Bourbon and whiskey are all the rage right now, some examples to try would be Angels Envy Rye, Yamazaki, Whistle Pig, Nikka Whiskey, or Hudson Bourbon. It could also be fun to get new cocktail gear like whiskey spinning glasses. Not a liquor guy? Try a beer-making kit.
4. Electronics: A portable speaker (the JBL Speaker and mini JBL speaker sound amazing and don’t break the bank). If you don’t have an Alexa, that’s a great option. A new pair of headphones, a FitBit, or the Apple watch.
5. Sporting Equipment: Does your man need new winter gear? A lot of places will have winter gear on sale so now is the time to stock up on pants, hats, gloves, helmet, even skis and snowboards are a bargain this time of year. Not a winter buff? What about new hiking gear, a mountain bike, golf clubs, a surfboard, a hockey stick or skates? Again, think of your man’s hobbies and go out of the box.
6. Barbecue Buff: Need to upgrade your barbecue? This is the perfect Father’s Day Gift and so stereotypical! The Big Green Egg, The Qwik meat trimmer, All-Clad barbecue tools, fire pit cook-out set, or the salt plate cutting set are all unique and fun.
7. And let’s be honest here, I’m not sure there isn’t one guy who wouldn’t love a good old-fashioned coupon book! I’m talking whenever they want, wherever they want! Nice work, ladies!