“Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a Dad” - and once a day every year, there is a special day set aside to honor and thank that special man in our lives. While it is true that every day should be a day where we never take our dear fathers for granted, why not go the extra mile this year to make Father’s Day extra special for your Daddy?
That’s right - instead of taking Daddy out, why not prepare a delicious, home-cooked but restaurant standard meal at home? Rather than an expensive gift, why not handcraft something for him to keep and remember forever? And nothing says love and sincerity like a wonderful, handwritten card instead of one bought from the store. It sounds like a daunting task, but let us break it down for you. Here are four great Father’s Day ideas you might want to consider to make things extra special this year for that hero in your life!
Idea One: A Steak Dinner
Nothing tastes better than homemade food cooked from the heart - and we are sure your Dad will feel all the love and care that has gone into this steak dinner you are about to prepare for him. This fool-proof and fuss-free recipe yields tender, beefy slices of steak with perfect potato corn puree and even some posh veggies! The best part is, this recipe can be easily repeated for a family of four or more, so you can all enjoy it together!
Idea Two: A Craft and Card Just for Dad
What about a one of a kind Father’s Day craft for your children’s father to keep on his desk and smile at every time he’s having a tough day? Handmade crafts are easy to make, let your children feel like they have created something special and unique for their Daddies, and are bound to warm your husband’s heart.
Some craft ideas we suggest are a handmade paper crown just for Daddy to wear at home for his special day, or handmade painted pasta photo frames to hold adorable snaps of you and the kids. From pop-up cards to simple folded cards with little handprints, they are all adorable and make lovely Father’s Day presents.
Another cute idea to make your father or husband smile are hand-printed “vouchers”, which Daddy can use to claim little things like “big hugs”, or “free car wash” or even “no housework day”.
Idea Three: Go on an Adventure
This Father’s Day, why not spice it up and bring Dad somewhere completely out of his comfort zone? We suggest going on a hike through a beautiful nature reserve, or maybe even a camping trip for the more outdoorsy Dad. Keep to the natural theme and switch off all electronic communications devices once your adventure begins! Although the rule of thumb is to pack lightly, it’s always better to bring along more water. And don’t leave behind essentials like sunscreens, insect repellants and walking sticks – having these items on hand will make trip all the more comfortable, and enjoyable.
Even if your dad is not of the athletic sort, a lovely long morning walk where the two of you can catch up with each other is the perfect start to a meaningful Father’s Day - all that fresh air, sunshine and quality time is definitely good for the soul. If the weather permits, you can even pack up a nice basket of sandwiches and cold coffee for a picnic brunch at the fields!
Idea Four: Have a Father’s Day Barbecue
Organizing a Father’s Day Barbecue where all he has to do is to kick back, enjoy the beautiful weather while nursing a beer and catching up with the family, is the perfect way to unwind after a long work week. But if Dad should be a fan of grilling meats, even better – let him take charge of the grill and focus on cooking and having fun with the family!
Popular foods like meat patties, seafood skewers and chicken wings require some prepping beforehand. If you’re short on time, simply order from pre-made barbecue sets online. All you need is coal, fire starters, a barbecue pit or grill, a cooler full of cold drinks, and you’re ready to go. Here’s a recipe for an amazing barbecue marinade which will blow Daddy’s taste buds away and is so easy to make!
Amazing BBQ Rub (Suitable for pork, beef, chicken, and fish)
What you need:
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground gingers
Mix all the ingredients together. Rub generously on meat before barbecuing.
It’s that simple! This smoky, sweet, savoury and slightly spicy rub will whet everyone’s appetite once the grill is up and going. With these four ideas to pick from and work your creative juices with, we’re sure your Dad is going to have one memorable Father’s Day this year!