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Quick, Easy, and Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Dad

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Sarah is a certified yoga teacher and artist who believes in the importance of holistic wellness.

Whether for a special occasion or no occasion at all, let's show our dads just how important they are to us.

Whether for a special occasion or no occasion at all, let's show our dads just how important they are to us.

It Is Always the Right Time to Show Love

Fathers and father figures certainly have a special place in our lives. Although all relationships are unique, different, and certainly not perfect, it is always a good time to acknowledge the positive influence having a father has on us. So whether it is dad's birthday, father's day, or perhaps just an ordinary day, any time is a good time to give back and show our appreciation. Explore the following ideas for gift-giving inspiration and show your dad how much you care. Choose something that fits well with both of your personalities and really lets dad know you were thinking of him.

A framed photograph is a gift that allows the recipient to treasure a memory for all time.

A framed photograph is a gift that allows the recipient to treasure a memory for all time.

Photographs

Photographs are a very simple, yet extremely thoughtful gift is to give your father. Photographs are very special because they really are a snapshot of a memory. There are many different images that would work perfectly as a gift. These could be images of a moment you were together, your father when he was younger along with a photo of yourself at the same age, a family vacation, and so on. If you don't have any photographs that specifically include your father, you may choose to give him a photograph of yourself. You can write a little note on the back of the photograph and slip it inside a card or put it in a frame. Easy! If you have many photographs, you may even consider putting them into an album.

Arts and crafts are wonderful gifts that tend to be greatly appreciated do their personal nature and the time that goes into making them.

Arts and crafts are wonderful gifts that tend to be greatly appreciated do their personal nature and the time that goes into making them.

Personal Art

Art that you have made is a wonderfully personal gift. If you think you aren't "good" at art, try drawing or painting an abstract piece with just shapes and dad's favorite colors. You could also attempt a portrait or perhaps an image one of his favorite activities, like a golf ball or steering wheel. It doesn't have to be complex or perfect. Having something hand-made in itself is a very thoughtful gift that will truly be appreciated. Even if things end up looking a little lopsided, think of it as having more style. Be creative, and have fun!

Even if you don't have the perfect photo on-hand, you can still frame something meaningful. Think a favorite t-shirt that no longer fits, an album cover, or even a pair of tickets from an event you attended together.

Even if you don't have the perfect photo on-hand, you can still frame something meaningful. Think a favorite t-shirt that no longer fits, an album cover, or even a pair of tickets from an event you attended together.

Framed Treasures

Perhaps you don't have any decent photographs to give dad. That's okay! Another simple idea is to frame anything that is meaningful. This could be a picture cut out from a magazine of a favorite sports team or figure, a newspaper article, certificates, or an image printed from the internet. You can get creative here, basically anything that is flat enough to place in a frame will work! The frame is what makes this gift feel complete.

Food baskets are always a joy to receive—especially when they contain something sweet!

Food baskets are always a joy to receive—especially when they contain something sweet!

Food Basket

You really can't go wrong with giving someone food! Perhaps you want to give dad a plate of your best home-made cookies. If cooking and baking is not your specialty, or you are simply pressed for time, another idea is to gather a few of dad's favorite food items and give them in a basket. Some ideas might be a box of his favorite candy, hot sauce, seasonings, specialty jams, and snacks. Add a ribbon or bow on the top to complete the look.

Sometimes, the best gift is simply help with a project, task, or chore.

Sometimes, the best gift is simply help with a project, task, or chore.

Helping Hands

A great and no-cost idea to show dad you are thinking of him is to help out with a chore that he usually does himself. This could mean mowing the lawn, washing his car, cleaning the litter box, or scrubbing the bathroom clean. You could give this gift as a surprise when he is out of the house, or encourage dad to relax with his favorite beverage while you complete the task.

Many people prefer experiential gifts—concerts, boat rides, hikes, etc.—to physical presents.

Many people prefer experiential gifts—concerts, boat rides, hikes, etc.—to physical presents.

Event Tickets

Giving tickets with the intention of accompanying your father to the event is a great gift because you also get to spend time together in the future. These could be tickets to the zoo, the movie theater, a local comedy show, concert, or sporting event. If you buy them online, or if there are no physical tickets for the event, you can make your own. This can simply be a small piece of paper that says "good for a movie night out!" This particular gift is especially good for occasions when you may not have a lot of time to spend with your father or father figure on a certain day (like father's day or his birthday).

Whether it's his birthday, Father's Day, or simply Tuesday, show your dad how much he means to you with a thoughtful gift or experience.

Whether it's his birthday, Father's Day, or simply Tuesday, show your dad how much he means to you with a thoughtful gift or experience.

A Little Goes a Long Way

As you can see, it doesn't take too much time or energy to be able to give dad something that is both personal and thoughtful. A small gesture can go a long way. With a little creativity, you can use these ideas as starting points and perhaps think of some of your own ways in which you can make your father feel special and appreciated.

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