Father’s Day is Sunday and, if the greeting card aisle at Harbin’s Pharmacy is any indication, some of you have delayed purchasing a card for dear old dad! Don’t fret, I’m here to offer four gift ideas that won’t cost you a cent – and I’m a dad so I’m allowed to offer ideas for free gifts. That right was bestowed to me when the delivery room nurse handed me my dad license.
1. Let the man sleep late Sunday morning.
You know why dad’s are so grouchy? Lack of sleep. It’s also genetic, but lack of sleep exacerbates the problem. Some of it is self-imposed (I realize as I write this at 4:46AM), but some of it is just the grind of working, coaching sports, fixing bikes, mowing the lawn, burying fish (our guppy passed this week and Layne insisted on a burial), and all the other things that dad takes care of every day. It’s especially true in the summer when bed times are pushed back a little bit because no one has to get up and get ready for school. Starting time at work doesn’t change, though, so neither has the time that Dad’s alarm clock goes off in the morning.
Well, I get up early every morning to wash dishes and wash clothes and straighten the house before the cleaning lady comes for her once a month visit, and then I stay up late folding towels and making a grocery list and watching my shows that I had to record because they were watching some silly ballgame.
Let the man sleep. It’s one day. Let the man sleep. We still have church on Father’s Day, so it’s not like we’ll be in bed much beyond 8:00AM any way.
2. Don’t make fun of his wardrobe for the day.
Give him the gift of wardrobe peace. This may seem trivial, but I’m telling you, when you disapprove of dad’s wardrobe it throws the rest of his day off. If you’re spending the day with him, it will throw your day off, too. Dad will either go the rest of the day wondering if he really looks as bad as you say he does, or he’ll change clothes and carry around no small amount of frustration about it for the rest of the day. So, if he wants to wear flip-flops and shorts to church, let him wear flip-flops and shorts to church. I do not believe that God cares. I really don’t. How many times in the Bible did Jesus say, “Man, I’d love to heal you, but you’re wearing Chocos.” You know who cares what he’s wearing? Martha.
3. Don’t tell him anything needs to be fixed or cleaned.
Leaky faucet, dishwasher, garbage disposal, dirty garage floor, a patio cluttered with kids’ toys – it will all hold. Now, if the air conditioning goes out, dad’s going to have to earn comp time because that has to be addressed. Otherwise, whatever it is will probably wait until Monday. Furthermore, Dad probably knows about the leaky faucet and the cluttered garage, but just let him have the day off from that type of stuff because what he really wants is to just…
4. Spend time with his family doing something he enjoys.
Looking for ideas for this post, I asked a friend what free thing he would like for Father’s Day.
Just spend time with him doing something that Dad wants to do. Watch the US Open with him. Hang out with him while he grills steaks for dinner. Go ride in the golf cart with him if he wants to play golf. If only for the day, be interested in what interests him.
So, there you go. Four free gift ideas for Father’s Day. Don’t overthink it. Don’t try to out-do last year. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs says that women need love, men need respect. Any gift that gives him that will be well received.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. Have a great weekend!
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