The world has made another trip around the sun, and we’ve made it to the sunny, beautiful month of June. And with June comes the day that so many dads wait for all year long: Father’s Day! It’s the one official holiday where we celebrate the men that have helped shaped the people that we are today.
Depending on how close you are with your dad, it can be a challenge to find the perfect Father’s Day present. Seniors are even more difficult to buy for because you want your gift to come from the heart but might not know his likes or dislikes.
Every moment you spend with your dad is precious, and you’ll want to give him something meaningful that will truly brighten up his day. You might not have the option to see him as often anymore — so Father’s Day is a special day to him, and for you.
Check out these Father’s Day gift ideas that are heartfelt, sincere, and sure to impress the sweet old guy in your life.
Personal Support Worker (PSW)
Many seniors are choosing to age at home with the aid of a home healthcare provider. Older adults prefer to live in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, rather than move into an assisted living facility. Although you love your dad, you can’t always be there for him. Why not discuss home healthcare options with him and consider hiring a compassionate and professional PSW to help out from time to time?
Check out Integracare.on.ca — they offer services for seniors and provide clients with specialized PSWs to give help and support around the house. Does your dad experience pain due to arthritis or other mobility issues? A PSW could be just what he needs to make life a little easier. The right PSW will assist him with everything from bathing, cooking, and cleaning up around the house, to taking him to and from medical appointments.
The idea of suggesting a PSW as a Father’s Day present for some people might sound a little unconventional. However, it’s a gift that will often last for several years. PSWs and their clients develop strong relationships, and it’s very common to establish genuine, long-lasting friendships.
A Walk in the Park
Now that the summer is finally here and the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time to get your dad outside in nature. This Father’s Day, pack a small picnic and take a walk in your favorite park. If your dad is in a wheelchair, ensure that you have access to an accessible mode of transportation — such as an organization like Wheel-Trans — so you can make it to your destination with ease.
As people get older and life gets busier, spending individual, quality time with dads tends to decrease. If you don’t think you see your father enough, try to make the walk in the park an exclusive event where you and your dad are the only guests. He’ll appreciate that you took the time and effort to spend some one-on-one time with him.
Bring a few of his favorite snacks, make a portable jug of iced tea or lemonade, and maybe include a blanket or two. Dads love to talk about the glory days of the past, so ask him about old friends and encourage him to tell stories about his life as a younger man. It will be a day that both he and you will remember fondly.
A Comfortable Pair of Slippers
If your dad isn’t exactly the sentimental type, a practical gift that he can get a lot of use out of might be a better choice. And, what dad doesn’t like a cozy pair of slippers?
Even in the summer, people like to keep their feet protected and warm — particularly if there’s central AC in the house. Is your dad more of a moccasin type of guy? Or maybe he’d feel more comfortable in big, fuzzy slippers. Whichever style you choose, always ensure that the soles of the slippers are suitable for seniors. The last thing you’d want is for him to fall because of slippery slippers accidentally.
A Personalized Mug or Glass
You’ve probably seen those “#1 Dad” coffee mugs at some point in your life, and maybe even thought that they were kitschy or hokey. However, the kitsch-factor is what makes them so great!
Fathers love to feel adored by their kids and grandchildren. A customized mug or a beer glass from this website, with a cute (but genuine) statement about how wonderful your dad is would mean so much and would certainly bring joy to his day.
Does your dad have a dog or a cat? Instead of a term of endearment, you could take a photo of his beloved pet and professionally print it on a mug. He’ll be so proud of it he might keep it on display to show off to all of his friends!
Cook Him a Favourite Meal
Sometimes the best gifts are hand-made — and there’s nothing better than a home-cooked meal.
If you don’t know what his favorite foods are, ask relatives or friends to give yourself a little reminder. Always consult with him, a family member, or his PSW to see if he has digestive issues or dentures. Certain foods might aggravate his stomach or be painful to chew.
Have a Games Night
If your dad is a board game enthusiast or a card shark, celebrate Father’s Day with a games night! If he doesn’t already have a few games to choose from, bring over your own or order a couple online.
Clear off the coffee table, grab some tasty snacks, and settle in for an evening of Monopoly, Crazy 8s, or whichever games you and your dad enjoy.
As people age, the value of family and staying connected becomes increasingly important. Spending quality with your dad on Father’s Day is an opportunity for you to get to know each other a little better. Make this one a special one with a unique gift from the heart.