I am a Dad. That sort of qualifies me to write this post. Sort of.
I polled my fellow Dad bloggers to see what their idea of a perfect Father’s Day entails. In the end, even I was surprised to find that what Dads want, isn’t that far off from what Moms wanted on their big day.
And no, I’m not talking about Mani/Pedi’s! Although they never hurt.
No, I’m talking about the true “gifts” that we want. The little things that our wives can do for us that will that day live on for weeks and weeks and maybe even year’s after.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t get some funny answers to my questions. We are Dads after all and if there’s one thing we all know, it’s how to be funny! You do find us funny, right wives???
Here’s a brief recap of some of the answers I received to my question:
* Bruce Sallan from the blog A Dad’s Point of View and creator of #DadChat on Twitter wants “a Porsche Boxster.” (Not bloody likely but I admire his ambition)
* Brad Marmo from Read Brad The Dad told me his perfect day would be “to golf with my buddies, take a nap on the couch after golf and then BBQ in the backyard and chill with the family.”
* Trent Hamilton from Green Eggs & Hamilton’s (I know, awesome, right?) has a practical request, “I would be happy if I got a leaf blower or an edger.”
* Phil from Dad vs Spawn says “A nice card from my kids, homemade, store-bought, whatever… a handful of “I love you’s,” hugs, a little praise, none of which is necessary as long as I can spend a nice relaxing day with the family, hopefully outdoors with a lot of laughs and silly jokes.”
* Tommy Riles from Life of Dad (and warm up comic for the Ellen show) notes “I don’t really like gifts for myself, more so a great day. I would love to be surprised and find out we’re going to a national park for picnic and hanging out for the day.
My kiddos are too young to make a card, but if they scribble on a piece of paper, I would frame it.”
*Last but not least Jimmy from Founding A Father says “I’m happy with a coupon for a free hug or 1 hour to myself.”
So you see, it’s not all about big flashy gifts or crazy Vegas getaways with our buddies! We Dads want to spend the day with our families in the comfort of our homes or a nearby park.
I am not the best at reacting to presents, as my wife always says, I look indifferent no matter what it is, lol. The truth is, I love every single piece of handmade gifts she’s ever given me from the kids and it’s all I really want.
I received a lot more answers to my question and the main things we all agreed on were as follows:
1. Handmade presents are the best thing you can do for us. Framed collage prints, handmade plates, cards & paintings, they all work! My favorite are those Starbucks travel mugs that let you insert a cool photo into them!
2. A relaxing family fun day. Going to the park or out for lunch. Even just playing out in the sprinkler, anything that is relaxing works for us.
3. Gift cards for tools. C’mon, we’re still men and you’re bound to buy us something even if we say not to.
4. A hour or two alone to nap or read or whatever Dad thing we want to do. Not a whole day, just some time to literally do nothing, without feeling bad about it.
That’s it! That’s the whole list. I didn’t get a chance to ask every Dad in the world but I got enough to know that you can’t go wrong with any of the above suggestions!
Dads, Have A Great Father’s Day; and Moms, Most of us would also like Steak for dinner, LOL!!