Father's Day Guide to Greatness

Sports were canceled in 2020, and that's just the tip of the iceberg for dads. If mama needed a gesture on Mother's Day, it's his turn now. For any dads reading this: I see you on Instagram, home-schooling and making those funny-shaped pancakes. We got your back this year. 

How do we make Father's Day special?  For starters, it looks like a lot of us have picked up some new hobbies during quarantine. My husband took up fishing. He likens it to gambling, which he is also a fan of. But since casinos are closed, fishing it is. Bring the family, pack an unforgettable picnic and gift him a great knife.

picnic

Some dads have taken up gardening, and every singe one of them are growing jalapenos. It's a thing. If their bounty is big enough, a thoughtful gift would be some vinegar, jars and spices so they can bottle their very own hot sauce

I know a lot of people are baking bread, because no one can find yeast or bread flour at the store. Social media is rife with crusty loaves. If the dad in your life is baking, treat him good with these gifts and hopefully you'll make off with a baguette. 

I know some of you are rolling your eyes at the thought of hobbies. I get it. Home-schooling while working from home should be an Olympic sport, like day drinking. Not all of us are built for it. If unwinding is what Dad needs, let's give him a break. Buy handsome tumblers for his single malt Scotch. Indulge in some quality BBQ goods, so grilling feels almost like self-care. He gets out of the house, and you get stellar ribeye. Does that sound selfish? Ribeye, though. 

Happy Father's Day!

 

Four Ways to Give Father's Day More Heart

I don't want to use the word tragic to describe Father's Day from my childhood, because it involved a Bloomin' Onion. Nothing can be too terrible when it involves a Bloomin' Onion. But I will say our Father's Day lacked imagination. Every year we'd pile into a station wagon and drive to Outback Steakhouse, waiting outside for at least an hour. We'd sit in the heat, swatting at mosquitos, enduring the screams of hungry kids and grow irritated with one another. I'd stare at the plastic disc in my hand, willing it to blink red. When it did, we got looks. 

Now that we're older, Father's Day has become a more thoughtful occasion. Here are some ways to give it some heart. And the best part? All the gifts in the below photos are available at Ladles and Linens!

The Great Outdoors

In case you were thinking of going to a chain restaurant, know that thousands of others are too. Why not pack a picnic in the great outdoors? The old neighborhood playground is not going to cut it. Cruise into a national park and give him a little escape from the everyday. Pick a spot with a great view of water or a mountain vista - something wild. Bring an oversize blanket, or multiple ones, so everyone has room to stretch out. Pack some of his favorite foods, whether it's Mom's famous meatloaf or a bonfire with s'mores. Bring a bottle of chilled wine, use stemless wine glasses to avoid spills on bumpy terrain, and be sure to toast him! 

Basket Case

Why do women and children get all the gift baskets? Every Easter, kids are handed rainbow hued cavity-makers half their size. I can't tell you how many times I've enjoyed a themed basket - it's usually about pampering. But equality means guys get baskets too, and if you go to your local Ladles and Linens store, the associates will help you put together a customized gift basket for Dad.  The place is positively stocked with staples and inventive homemade goods, made by Virginians! From a Wusthof Portable Grilling Set to the Smoking Gun Woodchip Set these sophisticated products will make Dad feel taken care of. You and the siblings can go in on it together, making it hassle-free for everyone!

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Posterity

Take Dad's endless home movies on VHS and have them transferred to a DVD collection or a digital library, labeled and organized by year. Then invite the family over, shut off the lights and take a trip down memory lane. There will be squeals, there will be tears. There should also be good food, so fill up the family with homemade pizza - an easy food to eat while basking in nostalgia.

Leave Him Alone

Sound harsh? Then you must not be celebrating a father to young kids. This is for all the newer dads who have recently put their hobbies on hold for diaper duty. Time is precious - give him some. Whether he wants to tinker on a project in the garage or enjoy peace and quiet while fishing on a lake, let him go. But not empty-handed. Surprise him with a cooler filled with quality craft beer, and if he's in the garage, order him some great take-out. Then say goodbye and face the chaos alone.

You got this.

Happy Father's Day!