Have you ever gone to Google and searched for gift ideas for Father’s Day? Maybe that’s how you found this post in the first place! If so, you’re not alone and you’re in the right place. Finding the perfect gift for dad is tough. I mean, what exactly do you get a guy who swears he “really doesn’t want anything at all!”?
I have some ideas.
Here they are – 5 meaningful gifts that your dad REALLY wants.
5 Gift Ideas For Your Father
1. Show him respect.
As a man and a father, I know how important respect is. So does God, who created us this way.
In fact, did you know that in the Bible, God does not direct wives to love their husbands? It’s true. The reason for this is because women (most of the time) do this naturally. It’s part of the way they are wired. Love comes naturally. Respect does not.
Men need and cherish respect. It’s an unwritten code between men to show respect. You see how true this is whenever a man feels dis-respected. Angry words or fists almost always show up.What I’m saying here is that respect is important to a man. Whether that man is your father or spouse or boss, etc. It doesn’t matter. So on this father’s day, let your dad know how much you respect him and in what ways. It will really make his day and speak to his heart.
What I’m saying here is that respect is important to a man. Whether that man is your father or spouse or boss, etc. It doesn’t matter. So on this father’s day, let your dad know how much you respect him. Give him the gift of examples of ways or things that he’s done that make you respect him. It will really make his day and speak to his heart.
2. Give him grace.
Part of honoring your father on this father’s day may be extending him grace. Just as we discussed with mothers, it is equally as important to give grace to your dad.
No one is perfect. We all, as the Bible says, fall short of the goal. But your dad probably did the best he knew how to do. Like you and me, your dad has a story of how he became who he was. There are heartaches, failures, frustrations, and stories that you may never know.
Since this is true, be graceful as you approach this day. Extend him grace – the gift given that is not earned, merited or deserved – but generously given. We all need it. Grace is one of life’s greatest gifts.
So give it to him this Father’s Day.
3. Say Thanks.
One of the easiest and most overlooked ways of honoring your father and showing him grace is by using the two magic words your mom taught you years ago: Thank You!
I know how much I love it when these words are spoken to me. In fact, there’s very little more that I’d like to get from my kids than a simple and heartfelt “thank you”.
So think about some ways that you can do this on this Father’s Day. Make him something. Take care of a project that he’s been dreading or putting off and let him know that it’s your way of saying thanks. Write him a long, hand-written letter. Record a video.
Whatever it is that you choose, it really won’t matter to your dad. But it will matter to his heart and this gift will absolutely make his day!
4. Spend time with him.
If you are fortunate enough to still have your dad with you, then make time to be with him if at all possible. Dads love being with and around their kids. There’s nothing more satisfying or enjoyable in all of life to him than to have his family all together.
Don’t feel the pressure to have to DO anything. Just BE there. That’s all he really wants or needs. The gift of your presence may end up being his favorite gift of all.
5. Ask him for his advice.
I know this may seem like it doesn’t fit as a “gift” to your dad, but I believe that it is. Here are 2 reasons why.
- Men are wired to fix things.
- We love to give our opinions.
When you ask your dad for advice you are allowing him to do both of those things at one time. Trust me when I say, he will LOVE this! This biggest reason why is because it shows that you (his child) truly do care, respect, and value who he is and what thinks and believes. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give him!
Dads: what are some of your favorite gifts that you’ve ever received?
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