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15 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Now, I have to admit, this has taken some time and effort.  My husband, father of my two children, is not particularly easy to buy gifts for; he likes very specific types of games, very specific types of books, and very specific electronic items.  He doesn’t wear ties, doesn’t wear long sleeved shirts or sweaters, and doesn’t play golf.  This holiday almost always stumps me.  So, this year I thought I might brainstorm in advance and share what I come up with, in the hopes that it helps someone else out there with a similar problem.

  1. Sports gift basket: tickets to a game (obviously, has to be one that is currently playing…lol – like baseball), plus a shirt for his team, a hat, or something else team-oriented.  Sunscreen could be good, if the game will be outside during the day.
  2. Handmade “certificates”: good for “one day out without complaint,” “one day without taking out the trash,” “one day child-free,” “one day out with the guys – with no complaints,” and anything else you might think he’d enjoy.
  3. For the reader: handmade bookmarks, preferably by your child(ren).
  4. Also for the reader: a container with his favorite beverage, a snack, and a book (or gift certificate to a book store.)
  5. Dinner: with your little (or not so little) helpers, make his favorite dinner and have all of the family eat together.
  6. Little every-day gifts:  Really listen when he talks.  Take pictures of him with the kids – frame his favorites.  Push him and the kids out the door with balls, rackets, etc. so they can play together.
  7. Touching: Write him a letter about how much you appreciate what he does as a father.  Have your kids write one too.
  8. Nuts: If he likes nuts, buy a big container of them and attach a handmade decoration that says “We’re Nuts About Daddy.”
  9. For a wife to give: go with him to do something that you don’t normally: monster truck rally, sports event, paintball, fishing, or learn to do something that he enjoys (like his hobby).
  10. Cute:  A bottle of soda with a tie and a note: For the Best Pop Ever
  11. For the reader (2): have the kids make book marks, then laminate them (or use the laminating sheets you can get at an office supply store).
  12. Quotable: Find a touching quote about fatherhood, print in a nice font on nice paper and frame.
  13. Picture:  Frame his favorite picture of the family in a beautiful frame – or have it professionally framed.
  14. Brag book: make sure his wallet pictures or his brag book is updated – or replace it with something nice.
  15. Shocking thought:  ask him what he would like MOST for father’s day…

To be honest, I had hoped to have more ideas…but I didn’t allow myself enough time this year.  And I didn’t take into account that I would get sick just before needing to plan two birthday parties and Father’s Day.  Sigh.  At any rate, this list is a start.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.  I’m looking for more ideas too!

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100 More Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Make lap afghans for a nursing home.
  2. Hug your loved ones.
  3. Offer someone your seat on the bus.
  4. Leave money in the vending machine.
  5. Say thank you.
  6. Give someone a compliment.
  7. Buy dessert for someone eating alone.
  8. Give an inspiring book to a struggling friend.
  9. Send someone a nice note.
  10. Say I love you.
  11. Let someone get in line in front of you.
  12. Don’t gossip.
  13. Hold the elevator.
  14. Donate your professional skills.
  15. Donate blood.
  16. Speak gently.
  17. Bake cookies for city workers.
  18. Take a special treat to co-workers.
  19. Tell your children why you love them.
  20. Volunteer at school.
  21. Adopt a shelter pet.
  22. Foster a pet.
  23. Plant flowers for someone.
  24. Forgive someone.
  25. Give your children stickers.
  26. Do a craft with a child.
  27. Write a letter to former teachers.
  28. Plant a tree.
  29. Buy a cold drink for someone at the park.
  30. Return a cart for someone at the grocery store.
  31. Crochet a blanket for the homeless.
  32. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
  33. Donate clothes.
  34. Donate toys.
  35. Donate books.
  36. Give care packs to the homeless (deodorant, tooth-brush, brush, snacks, etc.)
  37. Help someone for free.
  38. Use less plastic.
  39. Be a designated driver.
  40. Be kind to someone you dislike; you never know what problem they face.
  41. Donate $1 the next time you have an opportunity.
  42. Donate a haircut.
  43. Give out free popsicles.
  44. Be a role model.
  45. Give school bus driver a thank you.
  46. Praise a parent for how well-behaved or how well their child does something.
  47. Put gas in someone’s car.
  48. Pat someone on the back.
  49. Help someone move.
  50. Cheer someone on.
  51. Share a snack.
  52. Give a child a special treat.
  53. Be positive.
  54. Ask if you can help.
  55. Be polite online.
  56. Send a random person a gift on Amazon.
  57. Give a child a card with money.
  58. Arrange a neighborhood clean-up day.
  59. Pay for he person behind you at a toll booth.
  60. Leave your finished book or magazine on the plane.
  61. Leave a balloon on a friend’s porch.
  62. Let someone go in front of you at the store.
  63. Leave a pretty journal in a dorm or library.
  64. Sing Christmas carols at a nursing home.
  65. Don’t nag.
  66. Shovel a neighbor’s walk.
  67. Praise a child doing the right thing – and his/her parents.
  68. Don’t complain.
  69. Bake a cake for the birthday person.
  70. Say hello!
  71. Buy what the neighbor’s child is selling.
  72. Be understanding.
  73. Listen to someone’s life story.
  74. Give a glowing recommendation.
  75. Ask family members to do something nice for one other person in honor of your birthday.
  76. Hand out gift cards to people going into a coffee shop.
  77. Deliver old blankets/towels to animal shelters.
  78. Leave a wake-up surprise next to family member’s beds.
  79. Work at a food bank.
  80. Warm a blanket in the dryer for your child.
  81. Set up your child’s favorite game and play it with them.
  82. Hide a dollar in your child’s pocket.
  83. Leave diapers and wipes on a changing table.
  84. Let your child stay up a little.
  85. Send your spouse out when they need a break.
  86. Call your parents just to say you love them.
  87. Leave doggie treats at a dog park.
  88. Make someone laugh.
  89. Be nice to customer service.
  90. Leave reusable bags in a shopping cart.
  91. Teach someone how to do something.
  92. Put your change in Ronald McDonald box at a McDonald’s restaurant.
  93. Buy a few iTunes gift cards and give them to teens listening to iPods.
  94. Write a letter of appreciation to your parents.
  95. Take goodies to school office staff.
  96. Write a letter of appreciation to corporate when you receive really good service at a restaurant.
  97. Give directions.
  98. Stop and help someone who looks lost.
  99. Get water for a delivery driver on a hot day.
  100. Just hold someone’s hand when they are upset.

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