Gifts for Different Types of Dads

Photo by Shelley Hanson Along with a gift there are a variety of fun cards that can make Dad smile on his big day. Father’s Day is June 17.

MARTINS FERRY — With all the fanfare that goes into celebrating moms on Mother’s Day, it sometimes seems as though dads get the short end of the stick when their day rolls around in June.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Father’s Day is June 17.

The easy (or maybe the smartest, depending on the dad) way to determine what gift to give is to simply ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day. But with a little thought and research, it’s not as hard one thinks to say “thanks” to Dad on his big day.

If Dad is sports oriented and has a favorite team, giving him some nice gear such as T-shirts, a hat or even a jacket with his team’s logo or colors can be a hit. For those with a little more cash to spare, one could even surprise Dad with tickets to a game to see his favorite team. For many Ohio Valley dads, this means tickets to see the Pittsburgh Pirates or Pittsburgh Steelers.

If Dad is an outdoorsman and enjoys fishing, hiking or camping, one might want to consider a gift card to an outdoors store such as Cabela’s at The Highlands. If you enjoy those same activities and have the time and money to spare, consider setting up a trip to his favorite fishing hole or finding a new place that he will enjoy exploring.

For dads who are artsy and enjoy creating works of art or even crafting furniture, consider purchasing them a gift card to their favorite supply store, such as Pat Catan’s or Lowe’s in St. Clairsville, or finding out what supplies they need or want most for their works.

For the more elderly dad or even a grandpa, one may want to consider additional gifts that are sentimental in value, such as photos of their children or grandchildren with them.

For dads with young children, in addition to (or even minus) the flashier store-bought gifts, one may want to consider sentimental gifts as well. Help the children make their own cards just for Dad, complete with hand prints, drawings and notes of love to him. The children could also make a home video expressing their love for Dad as well.

For dads with a sweet tooth or meat tooth, one may want to keep it simple and take Dad out to his favorite ice cream shop, such as Dairy Queen, or a steakhouse. Nothing says “I love you, Dad” like a full belly and not having to pay the check when it arrives at the table.

Father’s Day is June 17 this year.