New twists on classic Father’s Day gifts

By Liann Bobechko »Liann Bobechko

June 16th, 2011

Not another tie! Photo courtesy Patrick Hayes

Photo courtesy Patrick Hayes.


Don’t forget Father’s Day is this weekend!

Whatever the occasion, the challenge in my household is always to come up with an idea for a gift that’s ephemeral. By that I mean it should “be good and be gone.” Gifts like this don’t need to be wrapped, don’t create waste, and often involve spending time together—the best gift of all.

Inspired by this idea, I present New twists on classic Father’s Day’s gifts:

1. The plaid tie becomes… pad thai Take dad out for a date either just you two or the whole gang.

2. Barbecue tools become… steak Fresh from the butcher, with a string around the paper. If he’s the best griller in the house ask him to do the honours (he’ll appreciate both the accolades and the fact that you didn’t ruin the meat). He’s probably already got the barbecue tool he likes best anyway.

3. Baseball hat from his favourite team becomes… real live sports This could be tickets to the game (in truth, a classic gift of its own), or ask him to go play with you: catch, one-on-one basketball, Frisbee golf, or even take him whitewater rafting.

4. Power tools become… tool time Work together on a project that’s been bugging him: Level the deck, refinish the outdoor furniture, or build a set of bunk beds.

5. Fishing tackle becomes… a day in the boat On the big day itself or make a plan to go catch a lunker (or a sunfish— doesn’t really matter). You bring the lunch, he’ll bring the tall tales.

6. A political biography becomes… an interview with your Man of the Year Speaking of tall tales, this is your chance to sit down with dad and a video camera and make him the star of your show. Ask him all the questions you’ve always wanted to, or just ask him to retell some of your favourite escapades from his wild and foolish youth.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!


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Liann Bobechko

Liann Bobechko

Jun. 17, 2011

11:45 am

Perhaps there will be pad thai in your near future!


Jun. 16, 2011

11:08 pm

These are all great ideas. Speaking as a father, I would love to get any one of them ... hint hint.

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