Save on wrapping paper this Father's Day by giving your dad a unique gift of an experience. Try one of these ideas for showing dad how much you love him by spending time together.
A Day of Golf
If you live near a public golf course, you can buy dad a round of 18-hole golf. Include gift certificates for golf club rental and a golf cart rental if you think he might appreciate not having to walk the whole course. If you can afford it, treat him to a nice meal at the golf club restaurant afterward, to round out the day.
A Trip Down a River
Your dad may enjoy a day of canoeing spent with you, his favorite child. Rent canoes, paddles, and life preservers at a waterway near you. Canoe rental shops sometimes offer guided scenic tours in nature preserves, sunset trips or sunrise tours.
A Sports Arena
If your dad is more the observer type than the action type, he may like to receive live-action tickets to see his favorite sports team. Tickets with good seating for popular teams are often hard to get, so plan to look ahead in the team's schedule. Dad won't mind waiting for the day to arrive. It will give him something to look forward to, even if he has to wait until football season comes around again.
Is your dad a fan of airplanes? Give your dad a gift certificate for a flight. Regional airports usually offer flying lessons and airplane rides to budding pilots and interested members of the public. Your dad could opt to just be a passenger on a glider where he can relax and enjoy the view, ride in the back of a bi-plane, or be an active participant in his first flying lesson in a Cessna.
A Fishing Trip
Dad might like to enjoy a day of fishing with you. Fill a cooler with your favorite beverage, throw some fishing gear into the back of the car, and take off for the day with dad. If appropriate, take care of all the details, so all he has to do is show up and catch some fish. Or, let him take charge and show you where his secret fishing spots are.
One of these ideas is sure to please your dad this Father's Day. Whichever one you choose, it's sure to be an enjoyable day.