With Father’s Day fast approaching, here are ideas to get your creative juices flowing for the guy in your life.
Offer to entertain his kids while he has “guy time”
I am constantly amazed at how many women don’t like their guy to go out with his friends (or do anything without her). This is a really bad idea. Show your guy you trust him and recognize his need to do things he loves sans you. (Make sure before you offer to take care of his kids that you know them and that he—and their mother– is comfortable with the idea.) There are plenty of cheap things to do with children—go for a hike, bake cookies or make dinner, rent a movie you all like and stay in, go to a local public swimming pool or lake. Have suggestions for the kids but ask them what they’d like to do so they get the final say.
Give him a massage or foot rub
You need not be a great masseuse but it doesn’t matter—it’s the thought and human (non-sexual) touch that matters. You can either make this romantic by lighting candles and putting on soft music or put on a good movie or sporting event while you give him a massage.
Wash his car
Surprise him by secretly washing his car, inside and out. You can take it to a car wash or do it yourself.
Clean his house
Make sure you have access (with permission) to his home before you do this one or you’ll seem really stalker-ish (plus trespassing or breaking & entering is never a good idea). Put fresh sheets on the bed and clean towels in the bathrooms and kitchen. If he has a favorite beer or drink, you can put it in the fridge.
Bake him cookies or make dinner
Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies or a home made meal waiting for them on their doorstep?
Plant a tree or flowers
My sister-in-law did this for my brother when they were dating– she planted a tree while he was at work. To this day, it is “their tree” and as it grows, it symbolizes how their relationship has grown bigger and stronger over time. If this isn’t appropriate, you can give him a plant for his house or office.
Make breakfast in the morning
If you are spending the night, wake up early and make breakfast. This can be as simple as coffee and bagels, or go all out with scrambled eggs, fresh muffins, and freshly squeezed orange juice. If he has a dog, walk and feed Spot before your guy even wakes up.
Get him a subscription to his favorite magazine
This is an inexpensive gift that keeps giving every month. Find something he’s interested in (sports, running, home improvement projects, current events) and buy him an annual subscription. Every time the magazine arrives, he’ll think of you.