Father’s Day: A Gift He Won’t Return

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.

Leigh Ann Napier

I’m iBloom’s Content Creator who loves making our clients’ products & services irresistible to the people who need them. My job is to play with words and help clients tell their story in a way that impacts people, cures an ache, and explains clearly what they do. My favorite part of what I do is helping connect products with people! This allows our clients to make the income they need getting them that much closer to making their personal & professional dreams a reality.
About Leigh Ann Napier

I’m iBloom’s Content Creator who loves making our clients’ products & services irresistible to the people who need them. My job is to play with words and help clients tell their story in a way that impacts people, cures an ache, and explains clearly what they do. My favorite part of what I do is helping connect products with people! This allows our clients to make the income they need getting them that much closer to making their personal & professional dreams a reality.

Comments

  1. GREAT suggestion LAN! Awesome! I’ll have to check out that book too!

  2. Leigh Ann,
    Thank you for helping me think outside the box for gift ideas! My Dad, nor Grandfathers are living, but I can still honor them through sharing their amazing qualities with others- especially my Daughters! It is so important to pass on our legacies!
    I’ve also found that it helps me think about the legacy I am leaving behind when I list the qualities I admire in others!

    • So glad this was helpful Lori! It is so important to pass down the lessons from family who aren’t here anymore. You are so great at preserving memories. What a gift to your children and future generations.

  3. Great ideas!!

  4. Kelly Hamilton says:

    This is an awesome idea . . . and there are a lot of resources to help you do something Dad (or whoever you want to HONOR) can enjoy for many years to come.

    My dad turned 75 last year and I wanted to do something special for him because he and my mom live in Florida while I live in Kentucky and my brother and his family are in Ohio . .. .I collected letters and photos from friends and loved ones and created a coffee table book!! Before you think I’m a genius, I literally Googled “what to give your dad for his 75th birthday” . .. !! I made my book at: http://www.bellflowerbooks.com.

    My husband and his brother did the same sort of thing for their parents’ 50th anniversary this year using both http://www.picnik.com and http://www.snapfish.com.

    • Kelly, I LOVE that! What a wonderful gift. I will definitely want to do that in the future. Thanks for sharing and I’m sure your families absolutely loved your thoughtful gifts.

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