Surprise Dad this Father’s Day by Tweaking Traditions

(May 2012) – Fairly or unfairly Father’s Day has become the holiday of the expected. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing mind you as the traditional gifts we give and celebrations we shower upon Dad are all based on giving him the love and appreciation he deserves. This year, however, twist those heartfelt traditions just a bit to give Dad something unexpected that lets him know just how important he is, and how much you value your relationship.   

Here are some fun ideas from our Father’s Day experts to give you a head start:

  • Instead of a dinner out plan a cook out featuring all of dad’s favorites. The key here is to get the details right. From picking out his favorite cut of steak to preparing the one dessert he will indulge in, make sure that every single aspect of the special meal is all about dad.
  • In lieu of taking him to a big league baseball stadium make a day out of your little leaguers latest game. Go all out to create a major league environment complete with snacks, drinks, and a packed crowd (of family members) to give him a relaxing afternoon with everyone.
  • Rather than picking out a tie or shirt plan a shopping trip with dear old dad. Now, before anyone panics, yes, we understand that this suggestion can be fraught with concerns, chief among them that most dads aren’t typically fond of shopping trips. Instead of basing the day around scanning racks for the latest addition to his ensemble, pick out his gift together and then go to lunch and then a movie….all dad’s choice of course.
  • In addition to giving him a thoughtful paper greeting card, complete with your heartfelt message, go all out by showering dad with warm wishes during the week leading up to Father’s Day to extend the celebration. Create a personalized paper card with a photo of the two of you together and have it mailed to arrive that Monday, break up his mid-week monotony while giving him something non-work related in his email with a fun eCard, and surprise him with random mobile greetings sent right to his cell phone all week long reminding him of just how great he is.  
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