Four Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up on June 17th, and you know the baby isn’t planning anything, so time to get on that, mama! But what do you get the guy who has everything (and by that we mean you and the kids 😉 )? It depends on his style. We’ve identified four types of dads, and brainstormed some ways to celebrate each dad in his own way.


If Your Guy is: Indulgent and Over the Top

Your guy has a “go big or go home” mindset when it comes to holidays, particularly the ones that celebrate him. On Father’s Day, he wants to be adored, admired, and appreciated, especially if this is his first dad’s day. For this guy, you really should have started planning months ago! If you didn’t, here’s what you need to do: Let him sleep in, then deliver gourmet breakfast in bed and  plenty of expensive gifts from “the kids” (read: you). Then head off to a very special activity, like a hot air balloon ride or tickets to the NBA finals. Make sure he has time to fit in that massage you scheduled. Finish off the day with dinner at his favorite restaurant. Take some time to pile on the compliments about his awesome dad skills. After all, that’s what this celebration is all about: a proud, indulgent papa!

If Your Guy is: All About Family

Your guy is a family man through and through. He loves being a dad and enjoys hanging out with his little ones, diaper changes and all. On Father’s Day, he wants to spend time with the people who give reason to the day: his own dad and his kids. Plan a day full of fun, relaxed activities perfect for this bunch. Think: a picnic in the park, a baseball game, a low-key brunch, or a trip to a local auto show. Gifts might include a photo book filled with pictures of him and the baby, a “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug, or a calendar featuring pictures of the kids every month. Shower him with love today, your guy deserves dad accolades!

If Your Guy is: A Loner in Need of Relaxation

Your guy doesn’t want much for Father’s Day. He’s not one to make a big fuss and he’s an involved dad, so he sees the kids a lot. More than anything, he’d welcome some time off his fathering duties to hit the gym, work on his car, or play some video games uninterrupted. In his view, Father’s Day should be his chance to relax and kick back. Of course he’d love a card and a gift from the baby. But after breakfast, he’d like to kiss you and the kids goodbye and head off for some alone time. 



If Your Guy is: Minimalist and Low Key

In your guy’s opinion, Father’s Day (like most holidays) is overdone and overrated. He doesn’t need a big gift or a lot of money spent on him to know that he’s a beloved father. But don’t not acknowledge the day. Even the man who says “no gifts” and insists he doesn’t want to do anything is in need of a little something special. A homemade trinket from the kids, a small gift of something he’s really wanted, his favorite dinner, and some time to grab a nap: all of these gestures will be appreciated, if in an understated way.

Which type best fits your guy? What are you planning for Father’s Day?

I’m a married mom of two living in Seattle, WA. I have a eight-year-old little boy, a second grader! He’s a fairly reserved kid and all about Legos and Minecraft. I also have a little girl who turned four at the end of February. She’s a tiny thing but a big ham; we call her our clown. They’re a lot of work but also a ton of fun. I love to eat, cook, and run (in that order). But at the end of the day, give me a spot on the couch and a little bit of TV or a good book, I’m done!