5 Non-traditional Father’s Day Ideas

Ah, Father’s day. If flowers and popsicle–stick frames define Mother’s day, then Father’s day is the weekend of ties and golf-themed gifts. Why is it that every dad on earth is supposed to fish or play golf? My husband does certainly use power tools and work on the car, but it’s not his preferred form of recreation.

And why, oh why, are there so many Father’s day kids’ crafts that involve footprints? Feel are just awful, OK? They lose their adorableness around the time they start relying on them to get around. So let’s just stop with footprint-related arts and crafts.

Dads are individuals. Not all of them do these niche things that the greeting card industry limits them to. Dads—they’re people, too. So before you drive to the mall to make a guilty purchase on the Saturday before Father’s Day, check out these non-traditional Father’s Day ideas.

  1. Tickets to a game, concert, or show. Give dad something else to look forward to on his greeting-card holiday! Surprise dad with a movie night, tickets to a local game or other event where you can spend time together.
  2. Have an adventure. Check out local climbing gyms, water sports, adventure rides, or other attractions. Do something new together.Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 1.15.28 PM
  3. Cartoon Photo Frame. This would be a really cute family photo project that would make dad laugh.
  4. Floating sunglasses. OK, this is a little cliché, but with summer on the way, I thought it was worth it. Sunglasses die a thousand different ways at our house, and this feature does take at least a few of those ways out of the equation.
  5. Camera dolly slider. This camera dolly just looks fun. Period.You could even make a movie with it to present to dad.The possibilities are endless.

 

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Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


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