Father’s Day is just around the corner and that means you get to bless the special men in your life. I’m not sure why but it seems like Father’s get the short end of the stick when it comes to being celebrated as a parent. Maybe it’s the fact that moms are the ones who actually carried the child for 9 months and then spent countless hours in labor.
No matter the reason I still think it’s unfair. Father’s play a vital role in ours and our kids’ lives and deserve to be celebrated just as much as we do. This year show him he and the role he plays as father and husband are just as valuable and deserving of praise as your role as a mother.
The list I have come up with are gifts geared more towards fathers who have been around the block a couple times or at least have gone through, or are in, the stage of toddlerhood. We feel you, we’ve all been there. Toddlerhood was the season of life for us that we both realized how valuable taking breaks away from our kids were and how much we BOTH needed it.
The reason I did this was so that you had some ideas that were more than a picture made from rocks that reads “You Rock Dad!” or something similar. Don’t get me wrong those gifts are fun and super cute, especially when made by the kiddos, but your hubby deserves a little more when the gift is coming from you.
One of the best parts about this list is that there’s something for everyone and every size budget. We get when seasons are tight on money. In our family we have 11, soon to be 12, gifts we have to get others just between May and June. This includes birthdays, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. So, being tight on money and having to get creative with gifts is not a foreign concept to us.
Hire a Lawn Care Service
If your hubby is anything like mine, then after a long 50+ hour work week mowing the lawn isn’t something he gets giddy about doing. As a surprise for Father’s Day hire a lawn care service and have them mow it so your husband doesn’t have to.
TIP:Ask around before hiring someone. Most people in your community will gladly share who they use, who’s good, and who has the best prices.
Organize a Surprise Men’s Trip
Your husband may have some built up vacation time that he keeps neglecting to use so why not give him the perfect excuse to use it. A surprise trip can be done multiple different ways. If your husband’s an outdoorsy man than get some of his closest friends together and have them help you plan a surprise camping, hiking, fishing, or water rafting trip. If he likes golf then plan a trip where he gets to play at some of his favorite golf courses. You know your hubby so just pick what fits his personality best.
If a trip isn’t in the realm of possibility this year how about booking him a night at a hotel and maybe throw in some extra perks like a massage or foot massage at the hotel’s spa. Yeah, yeah we know men think spas are for women, but they aren’t. Tell him, “Don’t knock it till you try it.”
I love massages, especially when you find the perfect massage therapist who uses just the right amount of pressure, so you walk away felling relaxed and rejuvenated and not like you just spent an hour getting petted by declawed baby cats.
TIP: If you don’t already have a massage therapist you or your husband like, then I recommend asking friends and family who they prefer. If you have a male friend or family member who has a recommendation, then go with that one. Men tend to know what other men want, just like us women.
An Empty Honey-Do List
Now this one may be like poking a bees nest so proceed with caution. If you have a laundry list of honey-do items and your husband hasn’t been able to get to them because of a busy work schedule or life in general, then look into either doing them yourself if you can or hire others to do it for you.
You know your husband and how he may or may not receive this gift so, like I said, procced with caution. The last thing you want on Father’s Day is to make your man feel like you revoke his man card. If this won’t make him feel 10 pounds lighter than skip it and choose something else from the list.
A Man Crate
If you have never seen the Man Crate gifts you should really go look at their website. Over the years they have added more and more crates and bundles, and honestly some of them are beyond cool. I may secretly want a few myself. Just saying.
Their website is www.ManCrates.com. Peruse their website and choose one you know your hubby will love.
A Coupon Book
If money is tighter this Father’s Day, then this is the perfect gift for your man. Get creative and come up with some fun, relaxing, and personal coupons just for your husband. Here are some ideas.
- 1 Foot Massage
- 1 Back Rub
- No Trash Duty for the Week
- Favorite Dinner
- Movie of Your Choice
- Date of Your Choice
- King for a Day
- Sleep in Late
- Breakfast in Bed
A Keepsake from the Kids
If a keepsake is something that you know your man would love, then go for it. Now a keepsake is a very broad term and can be taken a million different ways. You can have a necklace, watch, ring, bracelet, knife, or keychain made with his kid’s names or favorite inspirational quote engraved on it. You can make clay with your kids hands or feet imprinted in them. The ideas are truly endless when it comes to making a keepsake gift.
TIP: For more ideas I recommend searching Pinterest. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Most likely you will have so many ideas that you’ll have a hard time choosing just one.
Racetrack T-Shirt & Matchbox Cars
I love this gift ideas and it’s perfect for dads with toddlers who are always wanting to touch you every second of every day. Get a white t-shirt and with a black sharpie draw a race track or road on the back of the shirt. Get some matchbox cars to go with it. The idea is to have your husband wear the shirt and lay on the floor while the kids use the cars to play on his back.
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The kids get to have fun and have their daddy’s attention while your hubby gets a nice little massage and some time to just relax. It’s truly a win-win kind of gift.
TIP:When drawing your racetrack make it have some curves, turns, or twist to make it more fun for the kids. This way it keeps their attention longer and gives your hubby more time to relax. If you want to buy one just click on the picture below and it will take you to Etsy.
Something for His Garage
The garage is my husband’s man cave and he really enjoys spending time in there. If your husband is the same way, then I’m sure he has mentioned a time or two about what tools he’s missing and would love to have.
Well what better time than now to buy it for him. Yeah, I know he has a ton of tools already but I promise you each of them have a purpose and he needs ALL of them. It’s just like us women and our shoes. Each pair has an outfit they go perfectly with, so we need them all. Tools are the shoes of men.
TIP: Keep the receipt. You may think you’re getting the exact thing he wants but trust me when I say don’t bet on it. The world of tools is vast, and 1 tool can be bought with just 1 or 2 features while another tool that does the same thing has 13 million features. Yes, I’m exaggerating a little, but you get the point. Keep the receipt and if he wants to exchange it for a different tool don’t let it hurt your feelings. He loves that you got him a tool no matter if he needs to do an exchange or not.
Supplies for His Hobby
Like I said before, my husband loves his garage and would spend every evening in there if he could. He has a lot of hobbies including wood carving, carpentry, and knife making. So, as you can imagine all these hobbies require different tools and supplies. If your husbands like mine and has a hobby or two then make him a gift basket full of supplies geared towards his specific hobby.
Mamas, I know we carried our kids for 9 months and went through the whole labor and delivery experience, some more than once, but don’t use that as an excuse to not bless your hubby this Father’s Day. Especially if your man went all out on Mother’s Day for you. Our men work hard providing for our families, loving on our kiddos, and unifying our families. So, this means they more than deserve for this day to be all about them. Let’s make our husbands feel just as special and important this Father’s Day as we felt on Mother’s Day.