2017-06-16 / Editorials

This Father’s Day, think outside the box


Another holiday, another retail bonanza.

For Father’s Day, it’s plaid ties, electric shavers, wallets, and even hatchets and drones. Also, those beer micro-brew kits seem to be the trendy new dad gift.

But truth be told, most dads have little interest in another gadget that’s going to clutter the house or the garage. No bahhumbug here, just a recognition that what the old man wants isn’t necessarily stuff at all.

So what does Dad want this Father’s Day?

Well, the Acorn has compiled its own Top 10 Father’s Day gift list. The good news is that most of these suggestions are free. The bad news is they require more time and care than a quick stop at the mall to grab the first “under-$25” item off the Father’s Day display.

10. A nice meal. It doesn’t have to be lobster thermidor (or any other dish named after a 19th century French play), but giving Dad a chance to sit down and relax with food he enjoys is a great gift.

9. A little of your time. If Dad lives out of state, it doesn’t mean hopping on a plane. Just pick up the phone and give him a ring. And for those of you lucky enough to have your dad nearby, go pay him a visit.

8. Lend him a hand. Father’s Day always falls on a weekend. Weekends are a perfect time to get a project done around the house. Pitch in. He’ll really appreciate it.

7. Tell him what’s going on. For adults, this means talking about what’s going on in your life. For kids, this means putting down the iPhone and talking with him.

6. Sunshine. Luckily, Father’s Day falls in June when the weather is just right for outdoor activities. Take Dad for a walk, a round of golf, a beach trip, a fishing outing or whatever else he’s into. Just get outside.

5. A choice. Give Dad the opportunity to pick something he wants to do. A concert, a hike, a baseball game, a trip to the movies. The bonus is that he’ll be so happy to do it, he’ll likely pick up the tab.

4. Peace and quiet. This isn’t meant to be trite. Dad likely wouldn’t mind some time Sunday to catch up on his reading, watch a favorite movie or take a nap.

3. A handmade gift. There is nothing better than the gifts kids make at school. Handprints, footprints, painted mugs, popsicle-stick creations—whatever the medium—are treasured items.

2. Happy and healthy kids. OK, this is a big one. If you’re a kid and you’re happy and healthy, that’s an awesome Father’s Day present. If you’re a grown-up and you’re happy and healthy, that’s even better. Just share with him that you’re happy and healthy. He’ll love it.

1. And lastly: Appreciation. A simple hug, kiss or thank-you will do. Trust us, it’s way better than those glow-in-the-dark cuff links you might be thinking about buying. And no wrapping needed.

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