Today I have a very special guest post by a fellow blogger and FATHER (that’s right, the first man to bravely play in the Game of Diapers). Blake from Dad on Duty is here to share his views on Father’s Day gifts so I hope you enjoy.
Father’s Day is around the corner, and though being a father is its own reward, as a stay-at-home dad I’m always excited to see what my family’s come up with to thank me for my hard work—Mom isn’t the only one working her tail off! Father’s Day has its own set of cliches, just like Mother’s Day does: ties, singing animatronic animals, grilling tools. But the other dads in the neighborhood and I are tired of the same old cliches—so here are some ideas for great gifts that Dad might prefer to that tacky fish tie.
When we got married, I received gave me a beautiful set of workshop tools as one of our wedding gifts. Being a pretty handy man myself, I enjoy a shiny hammer or set of phillips heads as much as the next guys who has to fix the furnace every year and turn a few screws in between. But with two kids I have to get ready for school each day, and trying to eat healthy all the time, what I really need is kitchen tools. The set of tools my wife gave me is great and will easily last the rest of our lives; but that spatula is only going to last a few years, max, especially with two boys as crazy about grilled cheese as I am. Something I know I’d love is a nice set of knives, pots, pans, or maybe a lazy Susan to make my job in the mornings easier. Some may mock, but hey—it’s a gift we’ll all benefit from. (And if I have a nice steak knife, I could be persuaded to make steak a little more often. . . .)
Keeping the house in order is a workout in itself: running up and down stairs, washing the floors, even hanging the laundry can get my heart rate up. But I know that, since I’ve stopped going to work to care for our family and home, I’ve definitely put on a few pounds. Instead of a tacky tie, I would love if my family got me a set of running shoes, some gym clothes, or even a membership at the gym down the road. Once my wife gets off to work and the boys are off to school, I’m sure I could fit in some weight training at the gym in my new treads before getting on with the deeds of the day. A tie and polo shirt are great—but don’t I have enough of those already? And if my family did give me some tools to help me get in shape that would be a clear signal they’ve got my back.
Every father thinks he’s the world’s best dad, and they should! I know my family appreciates me, even though they might not always say it. And I know that I certainly don’t need one of those silly “#1 Dad” mugs or singing animals for my family to let me know. Honestly, what I much prefer is the artwork my kids do. I’m not saying my son is going to be the next van Gogh, but their projects mean a lot to me. I love when they draw things for me, and I’m always glad to hang their handiwork up on the fridge. Or, if the kids are too busy with their homework—good boys, they are—something I really would like is a digital photo frame. As a family we’ve taken some amazing vacations so far, to Cape Cod and even out west to San Francisco, and I’d love to have a digital collection to greet me each day as I’m working in the den.
Father’s Day is a yearly tradition, but it certainly doesn’t have to fall back into cliche. It’s easy to personalize to every father, whether it’s with a boxed DVD set of the Star Wars films (nudge nudge, honey), a photo frame, or just support in being the best dad he can be. Here’s to us, the few, the proud, the dads!
Blake Daniels is a stay at home dad living in upstate New York with his wife and 2 sons. When he’s not blogging you can find him working around the house, cooking clean meals and putzing around the yard. Feel free to contact Blake with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://dadonduty101.blogspot.com/