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What Dad Really Wants For Father’s Day

Liquid Church
Jun 11, 2021

Where do you even start when figuring out what to get Dad for Father’s Day? You could always ask him what he wants like you did with Mom on Mother’s Day, but chances are he’ll give you a vague answer that shows his apparent indifference toward presents. So, now what? If you find yourself in this situation, the solution might be easier than you think.

A survey of 2,000 dads revealed that 76 percent prefer a meaningful experience over a physical present for Father’s Day, according to a 2019 article by the New York Post. But what’s the #1 gift that dads most want? It’s not an Apple Watch or a pair of socks...it’s a phone call with their kids.

Instead of going the easy way and buying an expensive (or cheap) gift, make it personal. Think about what your particular dad would like to do on Father’s Day. It could be a short phone call if you don’t live nearby; but if you’re with him for the day, try to do something that he enjoys. Ask yourself: What are his interests and hobbies? How does he spend his free time? What does he like to watch?

It’s simple, but putting advanced thought and planning into the holiday goes a long way. So, make this Father’s Day the most memorable one yet. Below, we’ve listed 5 ideas to help think through the best activities to share with dad.


What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with family and delicious food? Let dad serve his signature burgers and baby back ribs for the night, and you bring the dessert. Or, take Father’s Day as an opportunity to learn a few tips from the grill master himself. After all - parents sure do love a teaching moment! 


Showing your appreciation for dad before he gets up is a great way to start off his day. Get the coffee brewing and whip up some of his favorite breakfast recipes...maybe some pancakes, eggs, and yogurt with fresh fruit on top. And don’t forget the maple syrup!


Another way to show dad some appreciation is by doing something he enjoys. Getting out in nature and planning a fishing trip may be at the top of his list! Even if you have no personal interest in an activity like this, making a sacrifice to take interest in something he enjoys can go so far. It can really show you appreciate him and provide ample opportunity for some good, quality family bonding. Stock up on supplies ahead of time, make your way to a nearby lake, pond, or river and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with dad. Bonding over something he loves can really make for a gift he won’t soon forget.


For a creative take on a Father’s Day activity, try watching dad’s favorite movie in the comfort of your own backyard! Simply grab that projector and shine it against a blank wall, white sheet or giant screen to give him an at-home cinema experience. Pop the popcorn, grab your favorite sweet treats and don’t forget dad’s favorite snacks! Gather the kids and get ready for a memorable night.


This is the most simple idea of the bunch, but just giving dad a few hours of uninterrupted alone time may be the one thing he really wants for Father’s Day. After a challenging year where many families have been together nonstop, a little peace and quiet for dad may be all he needs. Dads do a lot to help their families thrive, and they need some rest too. So, let him take an afternoon nap, read a good book, go for a run or just watch the game.

Of course Father’s Day is not limited to these five ideas, but we hope this list helps you get the creative juices flowing. How can you gift your dad with an experience that feels personal to him?  Remember, consider dad’s interests and keep it simple. To all the dads out there, we hope you have a blessed and refreshing Father’s Day.


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