By Julia Arenas
Sometimes, another best way to reach dad’s heart is through a heartfelt, well-executed gesture or surprise. A lot of people say men are simple and straightforward. In many instances they are right. However, there was one thing Gary Valenciano recently said to us that wasn’t quite the usual, “It would be nice also if people gave Father’s Day just as much attention as Mother’s Day.”
It might take a bit more creativity and effort than picking up a usual father favorite from the mall or a fancy boutique, but the following ideas are sure to make him feel appreciated.
1. A “Piggy Box” of Sweet Thoughts
Get a head start on saving and dropping single secret notes into a box for Dad daily and on any day not even just Father’s Day, surprise him a week later with it.
2. Balloon Messages
Whether tied to a string (you can cut them shorter and let notes hang from the ceiling), dropped inside with a photo before inflation, or written on the balloon itself, balloon messages are always a sweet fix. Fill a well-lit room with balloons and messages from your family and his friends. Request people to keep the messages short and sweet—about four to five sentences max, so he can go through them easily.
3. Your Presence Matters, Carve Out Time
This is a pretty straightforward and obvious idea but it’s probably the most priceless gift a Dad can receive—your time. It’s nice if you hop from venue to venue without telling him what’s next so there’s an element of adventure or surprise—make the reservations.
We suggest starting with his favorite breakfast place, moving on to a place where he can have something personalized or custom-made, and ending with a surprise Netflix night.
It would be sweet to come home to a cozy prepared scene while he thinks Father’s Day is done and suddenly a warm bowl of popcorn is waiting.
4. Make Dad Breakfast in Bed
Breakfast is probably the easiest meal of the day to prepare for Dad. There are so many quick-cook breakfast options (don’t avoid instant options, no need to pretend you’re a gourmet chef) from pancakes to scrambled eggs on toast.
If you plate nicely, get out the tray and cutlery and fuss just a bit (make sure nothing is burnt), he’s sure to appreciate the whole act of getting up early and wanting to give him a fresh start. If you have siblings, delegation is key; have someone cook, someone plate, and someone decorate then serve—everyone cleans up the kitchen.
5. Story Yourselves And Loved Ones, Compile Saved Videos, Sneak It Into His Phone.
If your Dad’s not one for grand or huge gestures this simple digital one will move him for sure. Have the family pre-record and save Instagram story messages (add GIFS and stickers to make pop and give a happy vibe) then compile them in a video edit to heartwarming music or his favorite song in the background.
Simply send it to his phone or, if you’d like to go the extra mile; borrow a projector beforehand, invite him down to breakfast and project it on the wall when he comes to the table.
Happy Father's Day to all Dads out there!
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