FATHER’S DAY: HOW TO GIVE THE GIFT THAT GETS IT RIGHT

June 06, 2012

Ah, Father’s Day. The one day, besides his birthday, that dad gets to call his own. It took forty years from the time that Mother’s Day was officially recognized to the time when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, and that was in 1966 according to Wikipedia. Still, it didn’t become a permanent national holiday in the United States until 1972. It’s hard to believe that such an important person in the family went unrecognized for so long. 

I had no idea.

Well, that makes it all the more fun to plan something special to truly honor and celebrate Dear Old Dad. My personal favorite is to gather photos of my husband and son in a folder on my laptop and then, during May, to use one of the many photo book software options to make a photo book. (On a Macintosh, iPhoto makes this easy. Otherwise, Shutterfly, Blurb, Lulu and many others have their options.) Picking up the book and looking through those images is a treat for the whole family. A slowly growing collection of family albums is a wonderful addition to a coffee table or sideboard.

Gifts for the male head of the family can be tricky, it’s true. If you happen to have a creative bent or, even better, one of the kids is enthusiastic about crafts, a hand made present is a perfect option, as I mentioned in my post on Valentine’s Day.

Many dads have a sense of humor, or at least get a kick out of mischievous, playful tricks and jokes. My mother gave my father the same Christmas card for ten years running. He always said thank you and gave her a big kiss. It was never clear whether he really didn’t notice, or if he had caught on and was playing along. We loved watching him open that card every year.

 Acacia 6-Bottle Wine Rack from Kouboo.com. Photo © Kouboo.com LLC

Photograph © Kouboo.com LLC

 

On a more serious note, there are some delightful gifts from Kouboo.com. I loved the acacia wood wine rack for six bottles. It’s a work of art empty or full. In the same vein, a set of coasters with a bottle of his favorite libation might hit that sweet spot in the gift-giving universe. You can’t go wrong with a chic picture frame, with a photo of the family, for dad to display on his desk. 

Finally, if you have a father who is retired, time might be your greatest gift. Spending a Sunday afternoon listening to him tell his stories and reminiscing could be more important to him than any other present you could offer.

However you decide to play it, just making some time to thank dad, and recognize him as an important part of the family, makes for a wonderful Father’s Day.

 

Written by Catherine Holliss

Interior Design Blog Writer, Kouboo.com, LLC

Director of Interior Design, Sander Architects LLC.  

 

Photographs © Catherine Holliss unless otherwise noted. 

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