With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the life lessons dad taught you over the years! From how to heat up the grill properly to using all those strange tools you’ve probably already forgotten the names to, fathers are responsible for giving us knowledge (and memories) that last a lifetime. We’re expanding on those lessons (so you can brush up without a lecture from pops). Oh, and did we mention we’re giving away a vintage carafe for you to gift to dad this year? Read on for all of this awesomeness!
How to Shake Up an A+ Cocktail
When it comes to entertaining guests, pouring a drink for your significant other after they’ve had a stressful day or simply whipping yourself up a special treat- you’re going to want to know the ins and outs of home bartending. Who’s going to teach you the basics (and the insider tips) about ice temperature and the proper time spent-a-shaking if it wasn’t for good ol’ dad?
Check out: awesome barware that you and dad can enjoy together!
How to Hang Heavy Items (Safely) On Your Walls
As a person with little upper body strength and a general lack of spacial reasoning, hanging up items on the walls has never been my forte. Whether it’s trying to figure out how to hang big pieces in your temporary rental without making a big mess or how to safely secure that heavy vintage mirror you found at the flea market, look to dad to teach you how to get your gallery Instagram-ready in no time.
How to Use Tools and Not Let Them Use You
I can’t even tell you how many times in my 27 years of life my father has had to remind which the “Phillips” screwdriver was. His patience is honorable as he tried to shape me into a self-sufficient lil’ builder. From learning which tool to use for what job to knowing how to proper care for them is essential knowledge everybody should know!
Check out: toolboxes for you to keep those tools you just learned to use?
How to Roast the Best Coffee Beans
Many of my memories consist of my dad sitting at the kitchen table, reading the newspaper and lazily slurping down his second cup of coffee on weekend mornings. While I tend to not have high standards for the coffee I’m drinking, as I grow and start to enjoy the flavor of it more (and not just down it for the caffeine boost), I’m looking for some honest advice of how to brew the perfect cup. Having your dad teach you something cool like roasting your own coffee beans at home is something that you can pass down from generation to generation!
Check out: cups and mugs for you to drink that strong brew your dad taught you how to whip up. And enter our contest below to win this one-of-a-kind coffee carafe for your one-of-a-kind dad.
How to Learn, Love and Live Classic Rock
Every single summer my dad and I go on a concert date of his choosing. Kiss, Depeche Mode, Meatloaf and Black Sabbath is on the agenda for this summer. If it weren’t for road trips with my dad accompanied by the Counting Crows and Queen, I wouldn’t be the lover of the types of music that I love today. Next time your dad makes you listen to his playlist, let him! These songs will end up being apart of you forever.
How to Play the Best Games
For Father’s Day, Christmas and his birthday, my sister and I always gift my dad some type of toy. He can get the most extravagant present from someone, but his favorite will always end up being the cheap and silly toy that we’ve given him. Dads are the ones that teach you how to play checkers and help you advance to chess. How would I have learned how to be such a good bluffer behind my hand of cards while I play poker if it wasn’t for him?
Check out: all of his favorite classic games to bring back into the game night rotation!
How to Use Your Knives in the Kitchen
I think it’s safe to say that no dad ever wants to see their kid in pain- from heartbreak or from losing a fingertip in a cooking mishap! Learn to chop and dice with the help of the original master chef, you’ll be forever grateful when you’re trying to impress that future special someone!
Check out: kitchen gadgets that’ll help making future cooking ventures even easier.
How to Uncork a Wine Bottle
When you’re craving a glass of wine the last thing you want to see are little pieces of cork floating in your glass. Have dad teach you his go-to method so you’ll never have to be left watching YouTube instruction videos while whimpering by yourself.
Check out: places to nicely store your wine bottles.
How to Barbecue Anything and Everything
Nothing compares to that wonderful smell of the barbecue heating up! I’ll happily devour anything that comes off the grill, here’s looking at you pineapple! However I don’t know about grilling in the slightest. I generally steer clear of the cooking process at a barbecue despite my father’s protests. It’s never to late to make sure your dad teaches you how to cook up a mean steak.
Check out: backyard essentials to go great with your barbecues.
How to Handle Bicycle Maintenance on Your Own
From your first tricycle to your first bike and leading up to your first car, your dad is always going to want to be there to help you out with your set of wheels (he’s not nagging, he’s just loving you!) Let him teach you the ways of the road and how to do the basics of keeping your bicycle in top top shape so you don’t end up stranded on the side of a road with a wonky tire.
Check out: bicycles to ride this summer.
Win a Father’s Day Gift
For one entry in our giveaway, tell us what makes your papa so special in the comments below. And be sure to mark it done in the Rafflecopter above so it counts!