So you’re sick of the guessing games, and you decide to just ask your man what he wants for Father’s Day. But much to your dismay, he says something along the lines of, ‘just get me socks.’
That translates roughly to: I don’t want a gift. But rather than get yet another tie I’ll never wear, get me something I can at least use.
Fine. Get his beloved socks in the middle of June, so he can wear them with slides and continue to irritate your soul.
Then, give him an experience he’ll actually remember.
Here are 5 things to do on Father’s Day that won’t bore a millennial dad:
Take woke daddy to a Juneteenth parade.
If the dad you’re shopping for happens to have a framed picture of activist Fred Hampton in his room and won’t dare step foot in a Walmart, he might appreciate a good Juneteenth parade and festival.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery not with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed some slaves in 1863, but with the date many slaves learned they were free, June 19, 1865. Note the more than two-year lapse. Shady right?
Hit up a food festival with your papa foodie.
I don’t know a man alive who doesn’t love a tasty meal. He may exist. I just haven’t met him. Luckily, there are tons of food festivals planned for Father’s Day. If you live in Atlanta, you’ll want to get tickets to the Family Food Fest at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. If Chicago’s home, you have plenty of options from the Real Men Cook charity festival to the Taste of Randolph and Ribfest Chicago.
Let the thrill-seeking dad sit in the driver’s seat.
The literal one, of course. NASCAR lets you take a real race car around the track by yourself or with a professional instructor in the driver’s seat. Check the NASCAR site to book the experience at a speedway. Locations include cities near Las Vegas, Daytona, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach and Chicago.
Give your sports dad tickets to see his favorite team.
The Atlanta Braves happen to be playing the Philadelphia Phillies on Father’s Day at SunTrust Park. But if you guy isn’t a Braves or Phillies fan, I’m sure he won’t mind going another day to catch his team. The point is you’ve taken the time to commit his favorite to memory and give him a uniquely thoughtful gift.
Give the workaholic dad some peace and quiet.
In the sensitive and loving words of my husband: “All mothers should take the kids, leave some food and go away.”
That’s his idea of the perfect Father’s Day, and I’m not mad at him. I may steal that idea for my Mother’s Day ask next year! Nah, I’d rather have a day at the spa.