466884539Father’s Day is just days away and sometimes the best gifts you can give Dad don’t cost a dime.

Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer are two celebration queens in my life. They inspire me to be creative (or better yet, they equip me to be creative!) and have written the book Everyday Confetti, a year-round guide for celebrating holidays and special occasions.

Take time this week to pamper the men in your life and show just how much you appreciate all they do for you, and remember this is a great time to celebrate both fathers and all the paternal role models in your life.  These Father’s Day ideas are excepted from Everyday Confetti:

No chore week.  Declare a no-chore week leading up to or surrounding Father’s Day. Everyone else mows the lawn, takes out the trash, or changes the light bulbs.  Give Dad the time off to do whatever he wants to do.  He might enjoy a free day to go bowling or simply relax in a hammock with a glass of iced tea.

Fill Dad’s love tank.  Tell Dad why you respect and appreciate him.  Write your reasons on index cards, and in everyone’s own handwriting.  Then let Dad keep the cards with him to read when he need some encouragement.

Watch a sporting event Dad likes.  Put down books, phones, or video games and actually watch the game with him.  Just making the effort to learn about what he likes will make him feel loved.

Ask Dad about his work.  Learn as much as you can about what he does so you can have more conversations in the coming weeks.

Video love notes.  Make videos for Dad on your cell phone.  Keep them short, but allow each child to say a message for Dad.  Create your own message, telling your husband what a great father he is.  Send them as text messages the next week, spreading them out to keep the love going.

I love you because….  Give a child some paper and coloring utensils and ask the questions:  Why do you love Daddy?  Allow the child to draw or write their answers down. Tuck them in an envelope for Dad to open as a surprise.

Dad’s choice.  As a family, rent and watch a movie but let Dad do the picking.  And let Dad choose a snack to munch while watching.

Wherever he wants to go.  Take an outing to a place Dad chooses.  Perhaps it is a ball game or museum.  Then stop at a park for a family picnic or swing by an ice cream shop for a big scoop of Dad’s favorite.

Acronym of adoration.  Have the kids write out Dad’s full name across the top of a piece of posterboard.  Then think of a word that describes Dad for each letter of his name and list it down from the letter on the board.  For example: P A U L might be “Patient. Awesome. Unstoppable. Loving.”

9780800722012_mediumIt’s a party!  Invite some other families over for a game of flag football or Frisbee.  Serve subs, chips, and watermelon along with some lemonade.  For dessert, set up your own county fair pie-tasting competition.  Let the dads in attendance serve as judges and award the blue ribbon rosette.

All about Dad.  Make Dad his favorite foods all day.  If he likes pizza for breakfast then let him have pizza for breakfast.  This day is all about Dad, so make sure meals are his favorites.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of Everyday Confetti?  Just leave a comment sharing what you love about your Dad or sharing a creative way to celebrate Father’s Day before Friday, June 13 at noon CST and you’ll be entered to win! 

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