Get Ready for Fathers Day

Father's day is all about dad and how much we appreciate him. What I didn't know until recently is that in other countries Father's day is celebrated on different days. We all know (or should know) that in America Father's Day is celebrated on the 3rd week in June. After doing quite a bit of research the origin of this holiday is not clear although some attribute it to Sonora Dodd who was raised by her father after her mother passed away. The important thing is on Father's day dads across the nation get to take it easy.

Father's Day is the time for kids to show Dad their appreciation. Why not teach your young kids to give their dads something handmade and more meaningful for Father's Day. Kids can spend a bit of time making cards or coloring pages for Dad. Get out the crayons and print these pictures for the kids. Your kids will delight when they engage in these activities, and I bet you will, too.

The best way to have children show their dads just how much they care is with homemade cards, handmade gifts, breakfast in bed and displaying their best behaviour for a WHOLE day. In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting male-oriented gifts such as electronics, tools and greeting cards. According to Hallmark, "Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with nearly 100 million Father's Day cards expected to be given this year [2008] in the United States. Most greeting cards for guys are whimsical so fathers laugh when they open them. Traditionally, fathers prefer greeting cards that are not too sentimental. Perhaps the father's day activity that your dad will look forward to the most is a nap on the couch.

Really, when a man becomes a dad there's something in the genetic code that switches on and drives men to sleep on sofas. Beyond that consider a day outdoors with tons of summer fun. End the day by having the kids grill dad (of course with mom's close supervision) a hot dog or hamburger. Dad will love it. If you are going to go big with a gift for your dad, a GPS is a cool gadget most dads will love. If your father is the James Bond type who needs a GPS for the car, the boat/yacht, trails, and hunting, then there's only one GPS for you: Magellan's CrossOver GPS.

If your dad is a biker dude, the best motorcycle GPS may just be Garmin's zumo 550 which provides all the features of a top automotive GPS and customizes Garmin's interface so it's glove-friendly and has left-handed controls makes to easy to operate while driving. One important consideration in selecting a GPS no matter what brand you are looking at is routing quality. Even if two GPS units have identical maps installed, they may choose very different routes. That's because there's a lot of math and algorithms behind how GPS devices figure out the "best" route to your destination. Another consideration is ease of use. Be sure to use the criteria listed above to make sure you buy the right GPS.

While only once a year, we should make sure that our fathers know just how much we love and appreciate them. We can make the day more memorable by planning special activities and getting all children involved in mini Father's Day surprises. Dads are great and we should let them know it.

For the golf loving father, get him a gift to improve his game. Unique golf gift ideas include golf headcovers as well as a golf umbrella or for the home, a personalized golf pub sign.


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