By: Rachel Brown
Father’s Day is right around the corner, so we’ve rounded up a list of last-minute treats that dads and father figures everywhere will enjoy. Take a peek at this list and let us know if you have any fun ideas to add!
Tasty treats make some of the very best gifts, and nowadays there’s such an amazing online presence marketed towards consumers looking for unique, delicious snacks and desserts. Make Dad’s day by sending him some of these bacon-themed goodies, these pickles, or these cookies. Or enroll him in a food-of- the-month club, treating him (pun intended, of course) to something he would never sign up for himself (we think this meat of the month club and this cheese of the month club look fabulous).
Though spa days may often be associated with women, men love to relax and unwind, too (including my husband, father, and brother, who would certainly not turn down a massage at a lovely spa). There are a myriad of ways to treat your dad to a relaxing experience, ranging from foot massages at a local reflexology clinic to a Netflix membership, implying plenty of lazy, enjoyable hours to be had in front of the TV (preferably with one of the delicious aforementioned snacks in hand). Consider your dad’s favorite ways to unwind and plan your gift accordingly; he’ll relish in the opportunity to relax, thanks to his daughter’s thoughtful present.
One of our very favorite things to give a loved one is an experience. A few Christmases ago, my husband and his sisters paid for their dad to participate in a stunt-driving course at a local racetrack. My father-in- law’s eyes lit up when he received the gift and he signed up for the very next class. My husband decided to join him, so the experience was made all the more fun because they were able to do it together. Whether your dad loves sporting events and camping trips or cooking classes and international travel, treating him to an experience will long outweigh the benefits of a run-of-the-mill gift, as he’ll be able to treasure the memory of the outing for years to come.
Appeal to Dad’s sense of humor with something goofy—a silly coffee table book or a gag gift, for example. To go along with the lighthearted gift, write a sweet note inside a card (a silly one, of course) that reminds your father of how much you appreciate his sense of humor, citing an anecdote or a silly time incident that will resurrect one of the many fond memories you share.
Photo Cred: Annie Spratt
Rachel is the Director of Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband, their adorably large English mastiff, and a baby girl on the way.