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What to Do About Father’s Day?


I was reading Josh’s great gift guide for dads last week, but still stymied for what to get for my husband for Father’s Day.

He’s impossible to buy for. He doesn’t want anything. If he does want something, he’s probably already bought it for himself (and that something is most likely a computer game.) He doesn’t read. Maybe he could use a tie? Soap-on-a-Rope? Do they sell 24 packs of Soap-on-a-Rope at Costco? Because that’s where I buy soap. The gift of service isn’t going to happen around here, either. I’m 9 months pregnant; I can barely move; there’ll be no lawn mowing or gutter cleaning on my part. Also, I’ll take that ice cold lemonade, thank you.

In fact, I’m not that great at planning Father’s Day, period. Call it my advanced maternal age, or the inability to plan ahead when walking around in my late pregnancy haze . I should step it up: he deserves just as nice a Father’s Day as I was treated on Mother’s Day.

So I’m looking at you, dear readers, what are you best Father’s Day celebration ideas? Do you grill steaks? Go out to dinner? Take the kids so he has a break? What do you get for the man who wants nothing?

All I know is that gifting him Season 5 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, would be bad, right?

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  1. Erica Fehrman 06/13/2011 at 6:56 pm

    My husband’s b-day also falls right at Father’s Day. For his b-day I bought him golf lessons (literally one day before he broke his hand. FAIL.) and for FD I’m getting him a fire pit for the yard. He always says he doesn’t need anything, but ultimately loves family time. And boys like fire.

  2. Dena Rushing 06/13/2011 at 12:43 pm

    I just found the ultimate Fathers day gift less than $20 for the man of the house. At you can upload your pictures and do a huge poster and even put his name at the top and frame it all. For my husband the car enthusiast I put a picture of him in the car racing and different angles of our car and blew it up to poster size. At the top I had his company name put on it real big. All this for $20. You can also clip coupons from Sunday’s paper from Michaels and Hobby Lobby to get 50% one single item and have it framed! Great deal for the dad’s that have it all!

    • dena rushing 03/21/2012 at 10:00 pm

      Googled my name, saw some of your posts on there. I’m in Ohio, Rushing is my birth name and never married. Family from south.

  3. Zina 06/13/2011 at 11:19 am

    Occasionally my husband’s birthday falls on Father’s Day, which is kind of efficient, but this year it falls the day before Father’s Day, so I guess I have to give up the whole weekend for him. And I spent the whole week of my birthday (last week) sick, and this past weekend HE was sick–so I don’t think he deserves ANYTHING. He should spend his birthday/Father’s Day weekend cleaning out the garage! Am I right?!

    Just kidding (sigh). My husband’s definitely the type that buys himself things he wants, but I’m sure he’ll be happy if I do most of the cooking and childcare this weekend, and bake him some sort of nice dessert. I’d better brace myself. Thank heavens I’m not 9 months pregnant.

    Oh, I just remembered the photo frames from his office that I took to put new photos in have been sitting in my sewing room for a year–so I could do something about that, too.

  4. dbug 06/13/2011 at 10:16 am

    we get together with the family (my side…his is icky) and swim with the kids, barbecue, and give the dads homemade gifts from the children. fun! and easy.