Growing up, I rarely even thought about Dad’s Father’s Day gift. It was a foregone conclusion—green grapes, peanuts and ice cream. It’s what he always got—his three favorite snacks. Thankfully, Mom usually found something else he could actually use to celebrate the day.
Now that I’m a dad, I can think of all sorts of things I could use as Father’s Day gifts, but I hesitate to mention them at home. I don’t want my family to make a fuss. But since you asked:
My collection of tools is sadly lacking. You could walk into a hardware store blindfolded and find something I need. I’m serious. Meet me at the store. I’ll bring a blindfold. I’ll be thrilled with whatever you pull out of there.
If I can’t have tools, give me organization—it’s somewhere on my wish list (if it could find it). And my wife would love it if I were a little more together (O.K. a lot more together).
I can think of several simple things that would add order to my everyday life. For example: I’d love to find a diaper bag that looks like a dad could carry it—something with manly colors and manly patterns. Something that could double as a messenger bag for work if necessary—something that didn’t shout, “Hey look at me. I’m about to wipe unmentionables off my baby’s derriere. Oh, and don’t these paisleys go well with my jeans?”
It would also be great if I had some way to keep all my gadgets charged when I was on the go—a simple, basic, common-sense solution I could rest on the bathroom counter in the hotel room and charge my phone, tablet, and camera all with one plug. Something portable would be nice.
Then there’s my music and movie collection. It’s strewn throughout the house—piles of CDs on my computer desk, a few DVDs on the coffee table. I could use a sturdy container that was just the right size for CDs and DVDs—not just a cardboard box or a boring plastic bin. Something I could label would be great, so I’d always know what was in there.
Remember our last family vacation? We “camped” in the little hotel at the base of the mountain and took day hikes all over that hillside. It was awesome—a perfect trip for the little ones. It would be nice to do it again. This time, though, I’d like to take a backpack so I can carry all of our stuff for the day each time we head out. It would be extra great if the backpack could fold up into its own tiny pocket so I could just toss it into the suitcase when we didn’t need it.
Any one of these things would be a great way to help me organize, and they’re all right here on The Organized Parent. Sure none of them will help much in my garage, but what father wants to organize his garage on Father’s Day? If you aren’t able to pick up any of these items, I’m a guy who really appreciates a new pair of socks. I wear a lot of white tube socks with reinforced heels and toes. Size 8 to 10. But they take up a lot of space in my drawer. Wouldn’t it be cool if I had a sock organizer that I could hang in my closet that held 20 pair of socks or more? Imagine what I could do with that extra drawer space.
But please, don’t make a big deal out of Father’s Day. As cool as these things are, I’m a happy dad without them. Just some family time around the kitchen table with a dish of ice cream would be absolutely perfect. Peanuts anyone?