1. To watch the U.S. Open in peace
Dustin Johnson watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the rain delayed second round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP)
If your dad is a golf-lover, prying him away from the TV after 3 p.m. will be a challenge. The U.S. Open final round starts at 3 p.m. on Father's Day, June 18. Make sure he gets comfortable with some snacks and drinks because he is going to be there for a while.
2. A day-off
Take one of your dad's normal chores off of his hands for the day. Clean the gutters, mow the lawn, help your little sibling with his schoolwork. Whatever it is, you know he will appreciate it. Let your dad sleep in, put up his feet and completely relax, even if it is just for a day.
3. A steak and a cold beer
What dad doesn't love to grill? Buy – or have your mom buy – a specialty beer and a quality cut of meat. Give your dad the opportunity to teach you the art of grilling —because everyone knows that his way is the best way. Don't forget to tell him it's the best steak you've ever had, along with a satisfied "Mmm" after the first bite.
4. To spend time with his kids
Especially for dads with older children, any time is quality time. Read a book while he reads the Sunday paper or watch a movie with him after dinner instead of rushing off to see your friends. You don't have to plan elaborate "bonding" activities or have a groundbreaking heart-to-heart to make his day.
If you're looking for something a little more special than hanging around the house, take him to do something he likes to do. Whether it be a hike, a round of golf, or a trip to his favorite ice cream place, there's no better gift than a happy memory.
5. A 'Thank you'
OK, maybe I misspoke. There is one gift that is better than a happy memory: a thank-you. Don't get so caught up in the gift-giving that you forget about the purpose of Father's day: to appreciate all of the things your father does for you. Write him a note –you know he misses those cute, handmade cards – or take a moment at dinner to thank him for all that he is and all that he does for you. Recognition and gratitude are truly the only gifts that matters to him.
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