The old joke is that Dad gets socks or a tie for Father’s Day. And Dad always acts like it’s the best gift ever, right? Well, according to an article on app.com, these are the five things Dads really want this year:
1. To watch the U.S. Open in peace
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.
This year’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills will be the first par-72 U.S. Open since 1992 at Pebble Beach. If the United States Golf Association decides to bump the 7,693-yard course to over 7,700 yards in any of the four rounds, it will also be the longest golf major played in history.
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.
If your dad isn’t in the mood to do his own grilling, make his favorite meal or make a reservation at his favorite restaurant. On Father’s Day, every dad should eat his version of a meal fit for a king.
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.