Tuesday, June 7, 2016

What Dad Really Wants

After many years of being a daughter and many years of being a wife, I finally figured out the perfect Father's Day gift,

Looking back, I feel bad for my Dad. He's been gone now for 40 years but the poor man got a tie and a bottle of Old Spice Aftershave just about every year for Father's Day. He was a mechanic most of his life and wore a green shirt and green pants to work six days a week. But every year my Dad got a tie and aftershave from his girls and a new shirt from my Mom. I guess it was Mom's way of making sure he looked presentable for Sunday morning Mass.

Although Father's Day was started by Sonora Smart Dodd to honor her father, Civil War Veteran and widower William Jackson Smart, who raised six children as a dingle parent, Father's Day has grown to include all men who love and support their families.

When it came to buying a Father's Day gift for my husband, I thought I'd be smart and just ask him what he would like. That didn't quite work out the way I thought it would. There was no way our budget would cover a new truck or a two week deep sea fishing trip to some place warm. Yup, he got shirts and ties until the year I discovered what all men like.

Food. Add a good adventure flick to to mix and you have the perfect guy gift.

Going to brunch is Vic's favorite Father's Day gifts and this year we might add one of these other great guy gifts to the mix.

1. Book a tee time at the local golf course. You could make it a family affair or not. For those with young children, miniature golf is lots of fun too.

2. Take him out to a ball game. Can't swing Red Sox tickets? There are some really good minor league teams like the Blue Sox in Holyoke, Mass or the Fisher Cats in Manchester, NH. You can take the whole family to one of their games and not bust the budget.

3. Go bowling or fishing. Both are fun activities that children can enjoy. Pizza goes great with bowling and a picnic goes perfectly with fishing.

4. Take a bike ride or a hike. Hiking with the dogs is one of our favorite family activities and living in Northern NH means we'll never run out of fantastic trails.

5. Go to the Movies. Taking in a matinee and stopping for ice cream on the way home brings us back to the gifts that men love…. Food and a movie. You can't go wrong.

However you choose to celebrate Father's Day this year, we wish you the best.


P.S. If you can't be with your Dad this Father's Day, a gift basket from Laurel Mountain Basket Co is the next best thing.  laurelmtbasket.com