What dads want (and don’t want) for Father’s Day

I polled a few of my dad friends to find out what they wanted (or didn’t want) for Father’s Day. Here’s what they said. I added links to helpful resources should you be in need of ideas. Also, check out the nolaParent Father’s Day Pinterest Page for a little pinspiration!

SKIPPER THE PR CZAR (AND HUSBAND TO NOLAPARENT)

WANT: morning with kids and family then early dinner and a movie with wife

DON’T WANT: any pouting

RICK THE INTELLECTUAL

WANT: Time with my kids. A subscription to a cool literary magazine. 2 hour solitary reading time.

DON’T WANT: A surprise party. A tie.

JERRY THE JOKESTER

WANT: A winning Power Ball ticket

DON’T WANT: Flowers

ROBERT THE ENTREPRENEUR

A great pair of shoes that will last forever that I can just get resoled when I need to. Would be great to teach kids to purchase nice things that will last as long as you can take care of them.

DOUG THE FAMILY GUY

My wife gave me a great early Father’s Day gift: DADFEST! Whatever I wanted to do and wherever I wanted to go. It included a trip down memory lane of where I went to school, where I hung out, where we fell in love, etc. The kids were included and they loved / hated it. It was great!

CRES THE JET-SETTER

WANT: a peaceful day

DO NOT WANT: electronics

WHAT I’M GETTING: luggage

MICHAEL CEO BY DAY, DJ EL CAMINO BY NIGHT

WANT: a personal (not expensive) gift from wife, card from kids

DON’T WANT: gift certificate to anything

BRAD THE MAN’S MAN

WANT: The greatest Father’s Day gift of all time is the Bug-A-Salt Fly Killer. Also, I want to go fishing and then cook the potential catch while watching tennis. I also want to be with the kids because I travel a lot.

DON’T WANT: I do not want a tie and I do not want to go out to dinner.

GARY THE I-HATED-YOUR-MOTHER’S-DAY-POST-SCREW-YOU NOLAPARENT

  1. I do not care if you get the gift yourself.
  2. I do not mind if you ask me the day before what I want.
  3. If you want to help my child organize something, that is fine.
  4. Grocery store flowers are just as nice and thoughtful as any others.
  5. Hand made gift certificates for massages or other services are ok, from anyone!
  6. Gift certificates for spa or other services are nice, with no context implied.
  7. I am not a big candy person but sweets as gifts are also fine, again, no context here.
  8. Taking me out to lunch or dinner is nice but not necessary.
  9. Cooking is nice, and I am even happy to clean up after.
  10. I trust your taste in whatever gift category.
  11. I do not need anything and pretty much do not want anything either other than: Let’s just be happy!
  12. I do want a hand made card (or cool photo card from online photo site) from my kid.
  13. I do want lots of loving and snuggling from my kid.
  14. I do not care if I get a gift from my wife or child and anything that they do give is fine with me.
  15. A gift that is exchangeable is a good idea.
  16. I do not consider a gift card less thoughtful than something picked out.
  17. I have more than enough stuff so I think a thoughtful and instructive gift is a donation to a charity.

What kind of dad do your kids have? Got anything good planned?

Written by Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Founder of parenting blog, entrepreneur, underestimated disorganized overachiever.

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Comments

  1. Um. Humph.

  2. WANT: Blueberry pancakes. That’s all. Just blueberry pancakes. With real fresh genuine actual blueberries, of course. That’s what I asked for.

    WHAT I’M GETTING: Wife and child have gone to the country for the weekend and left me all alone with a Hungry Jack Easy Pack Blueberry Wheat pancake mix, which according to the package is “naturally and artificially flavored with artificial blueberry bits.”

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