Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in both the United States and Canada and also in the United Kingdom.
While Father’s Day might trace its origins to the United States, the holiday is celebrated across the globe, including in Argentina, Greece, India, Singapore and New Zealand.
What to give the dad who seemingly has it all leaves many people scratching their heads in the weeks preceding the holiday. People who find themselves in such situations can think outside the box and look for ways to honor their fathers this year.
The following are some unique ways to honor Dad this Father’s Day:
Dad may be pleasantly surprised by a stroll down Memory Lane. Plan a day trip or weekend excursion to Dad’s hometown, visiting all his old haunts, including the house he grew up in, and allow him to serve as tour guide. This can be a great way for Dad to share stories, and for his family to learn a little more about the old man.
In the months preceding Father’s Day, do some covert digging through family photo albums to create a “This Is Your Life” highlight reel for Dad. Go back as far as possible, even looking through Dad’s baby photos if you can find them. This might require a collaborative effort, requiring the whole family to work together, but that can make for an enjoyable way for families to spend time together and see how Dad became the man he is today. Present the finished product at a family dinner on Father’s Day.
Make a list
Another unique way to honor Dad is to compile a list of the many ways you are and will always be grateful for having him as a father. Adults honoring their fathers can cite specific examples they recall from childhood and young adulthood when Dad went above and beyond or served as a sounding board or shoulder to cry on.
Gifts that cater to today’s well-rounded dads are sure to be appreciated.
• Cool duds: Modern dads are fashion-forward and might enjoy a piece of clothing or a gift card to their favorite retailer. If you know a store where Dad loves to shop, stop in for some inspiration.
• Pampering products: Mom is not the only one who likes to indulge in some pampering from time to time. Put together a carefully curated basket of men’s grooming products, or purchase a set from a bath and body store like Lush.
• Fitness finds: If you haven’t already given the special man in your life a fitness tracker watch, now is the time to do so. Such a watch will tap into his love of gadgets and provide some utility as he tries to be as healthy as possible.
• Cookbooks: The stereotype that dads are hopeless in the kitchen has long been refuted. Many men are top-notch home chefs and will appreciate some new recipes to try. Combine the cookbook with a new culinary tool, like a cast-iron skillet or a mandoline slicer, so he can try out his skills right away.
• Support the team: If Dad is a sports fan, find a baseball cap or a jersey of his favorite team or player. Many sports stores only carry inventory for local teams. If Dad supports a team in a different state or country, do your shopping online at a site like Fanatics.com.
• Craft beers: The craft beer movement has expanded exponentially in recent years. Visit with a local brewer and purchase bottles or growlers of a favorite brew. If you know the flavor profile that Dad favors, find a beer that suits that preference while also giving some new varieties so he can put together his own flight.
Cooking for dad
If Dad isn't watching his waistline too closely, he may enjoy some scrumptious vittles, courtesy of TasteofHome.com.
Smokey Bacon Wraps
Submitted by Cara Flora, Kokomo, Indiana
• 1 pound sliced bacon
• 1 package (16 ounces) miniature smoked sausage links
• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
Cut each bacon strip in half widthwise. Wrap one piece of bacon around each sausage.
Place in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees until bacon is crisp and sausage is heated through, 30-40 minutes.
The Perfect Hamburger
Submitted by Shirley Kidd, New London, Minnesota
• 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
• 4 hamburger buns, split
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 2 tablespoons chili sauce
• 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
• 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, combine egg and seasonings. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick patties.
Grill, covered, on a greased grill rack over medium heat or broil 4 inches from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees and juices run clear. Serve on buns, with condiments if desired.