Father’s Day is coming up and I don’t know about you but my dad is one of the toughest guys to buy for. I’ve gotten him things for the wall that never make it on the wall, I’ve bought shirts that I’ve yet to see him brave wearing (he has his own “style” that’s tough to crack), and I’ve of course asked for suggestions to which he says, “I can’t think of anything I need.” Well that’s really helpful Dad, thanks.
My most well-received gifts that I’ve given him have been homemade Buttermilk Pound Cake, a belt with his initials on it, pictures of family in magnetic frames that he can put on the fridge, and socks. Yes, socks are well-received when the other gifts I’ve labored over received little fanfare. Go figure.
I have a suggestion for you if you are also shopping for a Hard-To-Pleaser. It is something God is a big fan of too, actually He thought it was so important that he made it the 5th commandment: HONOR.
“Honor your father and your mother,
that your days may be long
in the land which the Lord your God gives you” ~Exodus 20:12
Notice it doesn’t say honor them if they’re perfect or if they’ve never failed you or as long as you agree with their life choices. God’s Word instructs us to honor them not just for their benefit but for ours as well. If this is a struggle for you or if you just want to do more reading on the subject, I HIGHLY recommend reading, “The Best Gift You Can Ever Give Your Parents” by Dennis Rainey.
But I’m here to give you great Father’s Day gift-giving advice so back to that. You may be wondering how it’s possible to wrap up honor and stick a bow on it. Well, in the book, Rainey suggests you write a tribute to your parents. You can write this in many formats: a letter, a poem, a list of the qualities you appreciate or admire. Really it is up to you how you want to honor your parent. You can get creative and include photos. Another idea would be to record yourself reading the tribute and present the DVD or CD as the gift.
I created a tribute for my grandparents a few years ago. I gave this to my grandmother after my grandfather had already passed away but I wish I had read the book in time to give it to my grandfather while he was still alive! This is also a wonderful way to honor those fathers and grandfathers who aren’t with us anymore.
Hope you have fun with this and if you’re still not sure your dad will “get it”, you can always throw in a boring pair of socks too.