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Not Another Tie – Father's Day Ideas for Dad

Not Another Tie – Father's Day Ideas for Dad

Father's Day is celebrated worldwide to honor fathers, grandfathers, step-dads, and all men who play a father figure role. So, let's take this opportunity to go beyond a new shirt for work and a bottle of his favorite aftershave, grill accessories and a clever apron, a "World's Greatest Dad" mug in a slightly different font than you got him last year or homemade gift certificates for household chores, time together, and hugs.

Yes, it's the thought that counts, and while none of these are bad ideas for celebrating Dad this Father's Day, here are a few new ideas to help you celebrate Dad a little differently this year:

1. A fresh take on a classic Father's Day mug.
For the dad that’s always on-the-go, get him a personalized travel mug! Check out Shutterfly – you can customize a mug with the faces of his favorite people: his kids (or grandkids). A few favorite photos will brighten his morning commute even more than his favorite coffee. Or check out Things Remembered to engrave his travel mug with a funny inside joke, his favorite quote or simply his name. While you're at it, why not order a few special coffee flavors (like cinnamon bun or amaretto almond) to make a gift basket he's sure to love!

2. Get crafty.
For some reason, crafty gifts seem to have found their niche in Mother's Day. Most dads are probably more sentimental than they let on. So, grab the little ones and some paint and glue sticks. Why should moms get all the keepsake crafts? There's no shortage of craft ideas on the internet (head over to Pinterest to get started) but here's a favorite: decorate a box with pictures of dad with his kids. All you need are a box, some printed pictures, and a jar of decoupage glue. This way dad has somewhere to keep all those other adorable keepsakes the kids bring over the years. Go beyond the stereotypes and get creative!

3. Experience gifts.
So many dads would tell you they don't need anything. If you're shopping for a dad who would rather not add to the clutter, then an experience gift is perfect. You decide if he would prefer to enjoy something he can share with the whole family, or if having a day to himself doing something he loves is a better fit. Head to a lake and rent a canoe, get tickets for a sporting event or concert, or splurge on an annual membership to his favorite museum. Choose something he enjoys and share it with him. Make some memories this Father's Day.

Whatever you decide to do on Father's Day, take a moment to truly appreciate dad and make him feel like a king!