5 Father’s Day Experiences Your Dad Will Love More Than Stuff

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Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. So instead of focusing on things this Father’s Day, why not give your old man some of your time with experiences you can share together. Read on for great book ideas, lessons, and activities you can gift your father.

A List And A Promise

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If he’s a big reader, give your dad a list of books you’ve read and enjoyed in the past year. Write out what messages stayed with you from each. Buy him a couple on the list and promise you’ll talk about them together when he finishes. He’ll appreciate the chance to share a conversation with you.

A Do-It-Together Project

If the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, you’re just as crafty as dad. Roll up your sleeves and spend time in dad’s toolshed with a DIY project. This idea for turning pallet wood into a cooler will come in handy this summer. You can also improve a piece of furniture you already have. A classic rocking chair like this one has good bones and isn’t too complicated of a fixer upper.

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Photo: krrb.com/21534

This bouncing rocking chair just needs a cushion update and a clean-up job. Make a Sunday project of it and dad will have a nice place to sit on the porch.

A Skill-Building Class

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Photo: Blog.masonstreetgrill.com/

Check out local culinary schools for classes on liquor and fine foods. If you’re in New York City, Dad might appreciate a Mezcal tasting session or a hands-on oyster primer at Astor Center. Check your local skillshares and community center for grilling and stove-top smoking classes.

An Outdoor Experience

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Give your dad a chance to get out of the office. If you take him out for a round of golf, include a half-hour lesson with the course pro. Treat him to a private fishing excursion or an afternoon on the shooting range. If it’s an activity he’s never tried, make sure there is some tutorial component involved. If he’s rather fond of air conditioning, try road tripping together through a scenic park or hitting up a few spots along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

A Gift To His Grill

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Photo: Foodinjars.com

Promise your dad a day of cooking out together. Make a homemade spice blend to his personal taste. Choosing your own seasonings means he’ll cut back on sodium and preservatives found in many packaged mixes. Add black and red pepper, garlic and onion salt, and some cayenne to heat it up. Then, put in an airtight jar and wrap on a custom label. Pick a few things to grill and swap stories over the meal.

Tell Us

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What experience “gifts” will you give dad this Father’s Day?

 
  • CJ Lotz

    Agree! I think dads would love a book list and nice paperback.

  • Louay Khraish

    These are great suggestions. I really like the list of books ideas. A book is the best companion.