Ah, Friday at last! Who’s entertaining this weekend for Father’s Day? If you’re looking for a little outdoor decor inspiration, check out our Burger BBQ Party of the Month. If you’re still scrambling for a gift idea, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are five ideas that I hope will make the father figures in your life very happy indeed.
If his lawn mower looks like this, it’s time for an upgrade
I apologize to all the wives and daughters out there who cut their own lawns, but let’s face it, in most cases where there is a male in the house, he ends up cutting the grass. And in many cases, this male is also known as Dad. Yes, if his lawn mower needs replacing, then by all means get him one. The Home Depot has lots of options and a helpful guide to helping him choose between gas, electric, manual or tractor. But the real gift here is cutting the grass for him — pour Dad a cool drink, set him up in a comfortable spot and get to work!
I have fond memories of going for long drives with my family growing up. We’d take to back country roads, seeking out the hilly ones to get that truly great pit of the stomach flip that usually only happens on roller coasters. So my Dad is really into his car. Maybe yours is, too? If so, help him make his vehicle shine with a cordless car polisher. It’s the kind of thing he probably won’t buy for himself, but if he likes keeping his car clean, it’s the way to go.
If your dad loves wine, treat him to his own personal wine cooler and if you’re feeling generous, fill it with wine you know he’ll love. If he’s more of a beer drinker, or not a drinker at all, then a compact mini-fridge will keep him in refreshment without anyone having to lift a finger. If he’s a lover of brown liquor like scotch or whiskey, a beautiful set of crystal highball glasses and a decanter will do the trick.
Task Force 6-Drawer 33.38″ Steel Tool Chest, $189, available at Lowes; Bryan’s garage after
Bryan Baeumler’s wife Sarah surprised him with the ultimate man gift on House of Bryan: she organized the garage and all his tools. Now, it was truly a gift for Bryan, but I bet Sarah took some pleasure from the idea that the garage would be neat, with a place for everything. I know I would! So go ahead and steal Sarah’s idea, we don’t mind. Start with one piece that can hold a lot with drawers, shelves and wheels to move it around (a handy feature).
I know not all dads are into tools, lawn care, cars and drinking, so this one is for the guys out there who don’t fit that mold. Depending on your dad’s style, look for something beautiful, high quality and truly personal. Think a gorgeous art piece (check 20×200 for affordable art, they’re having a 20% off sale and while you may not have it in time for Sunday, Dad will appreciate it all the same), a vintage edition of his favourite book (try eBay), high thread-count sheets, a luxurious cashmere blanket…you get the drift. When all else fails, just show Dad some love. That’s all he really wants!
Happy Father’s Day to all the father figures out there!