7 Ways To Make Your Dad Feel Special This Father's Day

7 Ways To Make Your Dad Feel Special This Father's Day

There are a lot of great dad's out there, but none are as special as the one who raised you.
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It's the week before Father's Day and you can almost be sure that most children out there are still frantically trying to find the perfect gift for dad. What could you possibly give the most important man in your life to show him how special he really is?

One of the hardest parts about shopping for dad's is they almost never tell you what they want. They work so hard to give you everything you've dreamed of, but they refuse to tell you what they would want to receive in return. But have no fear, there is a very easy solution to this that will not only make dad feel special, but will also be kind on your wallet. Instead of trying to give your dad just one perfect present, try do something special for him everyday! It doesn't have to be anything major, it just needs to be something small that reminds your dad how important he is to you. Here are 7 easy ways to make Dad feel extraordinary the whole week leading up to his special day.

1. Do something he loves to do together

Suggest having a movie night together, but tell dad that he gets to pick all the movies. Or you could make dinner together and compare and contrast your different cooking styles. You could throw the football around for a bit or just watch some of his favorite show together. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure that your dad knows that it's his turn to share what he loves with you.

2. Ask him to teach you something

We all know that most dad's love to teach their children valuable life skills, like how to change a tire or how to mow the lawn. Sometimes the best way to remind your dad that's he's special is to ask him to teach you something. Ask him how to fire up a grill or how to change the oil in your car. Either way, your dad will definitely feel special. It will remind him that no matter how old you get, you'll always need him around to teach you new things.

3. Tell him about what's going on in your life

Another easy way to make your dad feel special is to let him feel like he's a part of your life. As we get older, it becomes easier and easier to forget to include our parents in our daily lives. Since we don't need their permission anymore, we forget that they still appreciate feeling included. A simple phone call to catch your dad up on your daily life can go a really long way.

4. Offer to take over one of his weekly tasks around the house

Dad's are famous for doing all the manly upkeep that comes along with every house. They're always found doing yard work, like mowing the lawn or pulling weeds. But during this special week, offer to do some of these tedious tasks for him. Give your dad a little time to relax and do something he rarely gets to do, like golfing or fishing. Bonus points if you can get the choirs done early enough to go with him on his relaxing day off!

5. Ask him about his life and memories

As much as your dad loves to hear about your life, he also loves to share with you memories from his. Ask him about where he was when he was your age and how things have changed since then. You can ask him little things like who was his favorite band or where was his favorite hangout. Asking about his life reminds him that you're genuinely interested in learning about the awesome person he was before he became your amazing dad.

6. Give him a present he will actually use

Although these simple gestures of love will go a very long way, a small and practical present could really seal the deal. Most dad's don't want anything flashy. They just want something that they can honestly use on a regular basis. So if he likes fishing, consider getting him a new tackle box or fishing rod. Or if he really loves cars, offer to take his to a nice car wash. Getting him something small that you know he will use is always the best route to go when it comes to gifts for dad.

7. Remind him of how much he means to you

Finally, tell your dad how much he really means to you. Thank him for everything he's taught you over the years and for all the things he still has to show you. Remind him that you wouldn't be where you are today without him. Dad's are generally very simple creatures. They like to feel needed and appreciated. So before the week is up, make sure your dad knows that you would never take him for granted. Give him a few extra hugs and tell him you love him as much as you can. The gift of your love and appreciation is the exact present your dad has always wanted.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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