Not sure what to give your dad for Father's Day? Classic choices like a tie or cologne are nice, but don't forget to give him the most meaningful gift of all quality time.
With a little planning, you'll make the time spent together memorable and exciting.
"No matter what your father's hobbies and interests are, there are affordable, fun ways for you to indulge them," says gift-giving expert Heidi Stubler at Groupon. With over 200 million subscribers worldwide, Stubler sees a wide variety of shopping trends.
Stubler is offering some insider tips to help stumped gift-givers plan dad's day and beyond with ease:
Learn Together: Has your dad always wanted to learn to take great photos or sail? Maybe all that's stopping him is motivation. Sign him up for a class and take it with him. You'll both learn a thing or two and have fun bonding in the process.
For Sports Fans: Plan a deep sea or fly fishing trip with your dad. If you're novices, you can book a chartered trip, which will equip you with a guide and all the gear you need.
If your dad is a lover of sports, score tickets to a Bulldog or Grizzlie game, or a pro baseball or football game. Often, daily deal websites like Groupon offer discounts on tickets, which means more hotdog purchasing power for you. Take a look at stubhub.com, a site where fans buy and sell tickets to sporting events and concerts.
Poker Night: Beef up your dad's rec room with activities you can enjoy together, such as a poker set. Help him start a weekly tradition with his friends.
Bon Appetit: An evening out at his favorite restaurant is thoughtful yet surprisingly easy. If he is more hands on in the kitchen, help him get his grilling setup ready for summer.
Indulge him: Treat dad to a massage or an interior/exterior detail for his car or truck..
S.O.S.: In addition to offering excellent deals, daily deal sites can provide great ideas and insight into what's cool and convenient. Get inspiration by using free tools like Groupon's online gift finder. The gift finder at Groupon.com/gifts asks you three simple questions about your dad and offers plenty of ideas based on your responses.
Get creative with your children this year
There is something about the way dads think that allow them to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary. If you're the kind of handy dad that can be counted on to fix and build things around the house, consider translating those skills to getting creative with your children.
"There are so many benefits to making things with your kids They learn practical skills, they get one-on-one time with daddy, they get to exercise their imagination, and they have lots of fun," says Scott Bedford, author of the new book, "Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints For Making Cool Stuff," and a Webby Award-winner for his website, What I Made.
For example, if you both like sci-fi movies, creative dads can make a Martian Door Decal A custom created sticker for the bedroom door. Or try making an alien abduction mobile, which is a flying saucer made from household products. You can find these ideas and more in Bedford's new book, "Made By Dad."
Homework help: Most dads can help their children answer a math problem or name the capital of France. But to really teach them, try using projects such as a spaghetti and marshmallow Eiffel Tower.
For the 'older' father
As dad gets older, think about tailoring his Father's Day gift to something that can be appropriated for a man of his age.
Here are a few ideas:
Large-print reading material: If your father's vision isn't as good as it used to be, buy him large-print reading material. Many different magazines publish in large-print editions, so purchase a subscription to his favorite magazine in this format. If he likes to read novels, find one in a large-print format in a subject that interests him.
Lawn and gardening services: If dad still lives on his own and has a yard to maintain, arrange to have his yard receive professional landscaping services in honor of Father's Day. Another alternative, if you live close by, is to do his landscaping yourself instead of hiring a professional.
Hobbies: Many dads have shared their hobbies with their kids, often teaching them the craft. If dad likes fishing, don't just surprise him with a new rod but tell him that you have made plans to spend time fishing with him. If it's cars he loves, visit an antique car show.
Food: Men of all ages love a good meal. Make dad a homemade meal filled with his favorite items. Or if dad doesn't live close, fill a basket with his favorite jams, cookies, and condiments to make his next meal a bit more special.