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May 27, 2016
The orange juice is poured, the coffee is brewed, and the French Toast, dripping with gooey syrup, is waiting to be devoured. Little fingers have worked hard at hand crafted cards featuring stick figures set amongst shaky first letters. It’s 7:30 AM on Father’s Day (or probably 6:30 AM if we’re being realistic here. We are parents of toddlers, right?).
Then they carry the gift bag into the bedroom full of excitement at ‘helping’ Daddy unwrap his present. They all tear the tissue paper out and ooh and ahh over the pretty fantastic gift that you’ve managed to find once again.
That’s a good feeling, isn’t it? Yes, yes it is!
I’m a bit obsessed with the hunt. I work hard to find gifts that are going to be meaningful and appreciated, and thankfully I’ve had a few big hits recently. If your husband is at all similar to mine, hopefully he’ll like a few of these gift ideas.
I’ve compiled some of my favourite gifts I’ve bought for my husband, all of which would make great Father’s Day Gifts.
I know underwear is often joked about as a gag gift, but in our house it’s actually very well received. Saxx are always appreciated, but recently I’ve found something even better! A subscription to Me Undies. When you buy one pair of boxers, you can then sign up for a subscription to have a new pair of underwear sent right to your mailbox every month. The best part? Each month you’re sent a limited edition print, which range from tie die to cartoons. My husband says they are super comfortable, and to be honest, I’m a little jealous of his new pair each month and am tempted to sign up for a women’s subscription myself. Click here to automatically receive 20% off your first pair of Me Undies.
If you’re husband is anything like mine, he’s fine with buying sweats at Old Navy or Wal-mart. But the problem is that within months they become flood pants and aren’t nearly as soft as they once were. (On a total side note, I was having a discussion about this with a friend and she says her husband swears some stores put time released shrink agents in their clothes. I think he might be on to something!) A good pair of lounge pants from Lulu Lemon can last years and can actually transition from lounge wear to going-to-Home-Depot wear without you cringing. This is what I’m wrapping up agian this year (shhh…don’t tell him!).
Last year for Father’s Day I bought my husband a pedicure at a local salon. Yes, at first he sort of gave me the side eye. But, then I explained to him that Vadera Salon in Sherwood Park offers a man cave day each Father’s Day weekend. The spa is only open to men, sports are on the TV and the beer is cold. Sort of makes a pedicure way more appealing, right? My husband said it was fantastic and was really nice to get his feet looking a little less gnarly for summer. He’s really not metrosexual, so if he liked it, I’m pretty confident it could be sold on almost any man.
An Old Movie Poster
Have a movie buff in your life? Check online for vintage movie posters that he can hang in his office or in your home. I bought a James Bond movie poster from the 60s and had it framed one year and it was a huge hit. It now hangs prominently in our mud room and is the first thing we see as we come home (along with a photo of me and the girls – fitting, right?!).
My in-laws actually bought us Pit Paws for Christmas this year, but we both love them so much that I think they’d make a great Father’s Day gift. I use them almost every day with the oven and they are SO much easier to grab pans with than traditional oven mitts. My husband loves using them on the BBQ to pick up all of the crazy tin foil packages I make full of steaming hot potatoes and veggies.
A Photo Book
Now is the time to get all of your photos off your phone and into a book for Dad. Photo books don’t have to be complicated. Make it easy on yourself by using a white background with one image per page. If you want to get fancy, you can even scan in some of your kids’ artwork and handprints to use throughout the book. I use Blurb to print my iphone images and personal snapshots. Their software is super easy to use and the production times are fast. (Tip: upgrade to the thick matte paper to give your book a more substantial feel.)
I bought a craft beer advent calendar for our anniversary this year (handy that it’s at the beginning of December!) and I’m pretty sure I won major wifey points for it. He was so stinkin’ excited to have a mystery beer every day. I haven’t seen a summer advent calendar, but it should really be a thing. It would be an idea though to go to the liquor store and buy a bunch of different summer-y bottles of craft beer and make your own advent-ish calendar. Wrap each one separately and put them in a fun picnic basket or metal tub and you’re good to go. And since we’re on the topic, my favourite summer beer is Alley Kat Main Squeeze. Grapefruit and beer…who knew it was a match made in summer heaven? Also, have you tried hard root beer? If not, grab some vanilla ice cream and sit down for the best adult desert!
Anything you’d add to the list? What’s been your biggest Father’s Day hit? Let me know in the comments below.
Here’s to the Dads! Happy Father’s Day!
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