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by Gill DL (subscribe)
Photographer, Traveller and Fun seeker. Gill DL loves exploring & experiencing life through the lens. See more of her work at www.aphotobygd.com & www.facebook.com/A.Photo.by.GD
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Spoiling Dad the personal way
Fathers day is almost upon us, have you got something special planned for your Pops ? Even if you think it's a Hallmark holiday you are bound to want to get or do something special for your Dad. As times are tough and purse strings grow tighter, bellow is a list of things that are ABSOLUTELY FREE and are sure to make him feel appreciated and loved. As it can be hard to beat unwrapping an actual gift, I would combine a few of these ideas to ensure he does feel the love.

From the Wife:

• Breakfast: in Bed (and other special treats if he's a lucky man)

• Pamper – man style: Run him a bath and bring him a beer whilst he soaks in the bubbles. Wash his hair for him and then set out his favourite clothes (even if you hate that faded AC/DC shirt).

• King of your world: Place a solo photo of him next to your side of the bed (instant ego boost), and then a photo of him & the kids on his side table. These photos can come from somewhere else in the house, he won't even notice.

• Personal slave : Don't ask him to do a single thing all day, just ask him what he wants to do or what you can get for him (I recommend starting on the vinos early if you wish to accomplish this one)

• Food: Make sure all meals are of food he loves, I would check this with him a few days before hand as you may just find he's been telling you he loves your lasagna just to be polite.

• Social: Depending on how many fathers are in your family, why not get them all together for a barbeque, whether at home or at the local park just keep the beers a-flowing and the responsibilities to a minimum. Then during lunch you can all share memorable stories of your dads, grandfathers and husbands.

• Perfect ending: To end the night off with a "bang", just make sure you don't fall asleep before him.


From the Kids:

• Let him sleep: in and don't make any noise (that includes any digitally made noise) until you know he has risen.

• DIY: Make him card, post a photo of you & your Dad on Facebook and tag him, or make sure you call him if he isn't at home. Some DIY Ideas here and here

• Surprise gift: Wash his car without him knowing and leave a little post-it note on his wheel thanking him for all he does eg: " it's the least I could do for all the many things you do for me ! "

• Coupon cutter: Make up some gift vouchers/coupons which he can redeem at any time – things you can include are : lawn mowing, picking up pet litter, taking the bins out, washing dishes or walking the dog. Free Printable here

• Ultimate Spoil: Offer to his personal waiter for the day, that could mean fetching him drinks, making teas and coffees, bringing him his slippers … dependent on your Dad, this could be a very busy day so make sure you do it all with a smile!

• Movie Time: For the more digitally inclined kids, why not make your Dad a cool video, perhaps a slideshow of photos with his favourite song, or film your siblings doing a personal message, dance or poem. Try Stupeflix, its easy and free - you can combine photos, video and music.

In conclusion, if none of the above appeals to you then all I can recommend is to just make sure you spend the day with you Dad and make him feel loved in your own way!

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When: Fathers Day, 1 September 2013
Cost: FREE
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