Procrastinators of the World, I salute us! We know that just because we didn’t look for a gift until the day before Father’s Day (or the day of), it’s not because we don’t care. So….here are 5 gifts from the heart meant to show dad (or grandpa) how much you care. All of which you can pull off on June 15th, if need be.
If dad works in an office, give him a gift that’ll brighten his desk day after day — a picture frame/screensaver for his computer or iPad that automatically updates when you send new pictures. An app called Photo Mambo (available for iPhone/iPad, Mac or PC) will let you send Dad a beautiful digital picture frame filled with pictures. Unlike most digital frames…there is no hardware to buy, and no tedious uploading of images with a memory card. This frame runs on Dad’s computer or iPad and automatically updates whenever you send new pictures from your phone or computer. So, grab the Photo Mambo app, pick a set of pictures for Dad, and send him a Photo Mambo Frame, along with a promise to send him new pictures at least once a month for the next year. It’s a gift he’ll love all year long. Free at http://www.photomambo.com
If dad considers himself an outdoorsman, check out the Pocket Rocket camping stove at REI. We were camping a few weekends ago and all the dads were happily comparing who had the lightest weight camping stoves. (Smaller is better). No matter that this was a car-camping trip where some of these dads brought Costco mattresses and frying pans….the allure of a tiny camping stove seemed to take them fondly back to their pre-kid days as serious backpacking campers. So, even if dad’s “real” camping outings currently involve a 4-room Coleman tent and a family-pack of folding chairs, this little stove just might speak to the backpacker locked somewhere in his heart, waiting pop back out again when the kids turn 15! $39.99 at an REI store near you!
Need something last minute to delight the geek in your dad or grand-dad? How about a “Pi r Squared” square apple pie?
Yes, it’s a little corny, but what nerdy dad worth his salt doesn’t love pi? I mean pie. The one in this picture looks a bit rectangular, but it’d be easy enough to do in a square pan. Need a recipe? This one looks pretty good… About $7 worth of ingredients at 350 degrees.
Hail to the Chef Dad
If your dad is the king of the BBQ Grill, brighten up his grilling area by hanging string lights above the grill for him. Surprise him with this cheery, thoughtful way to celebrate your favorite BBQ chef. $14.99 at Target.
Any Dad (or GrandDad)
Grab the kids and take a special picture for Father’s Day. Walgreens (or most drugstores) can do a nice 8×10 print for you same-day. Check out an array of clever photo set-ups here, or on this Pinterest board.
So, fear not my fellow procrastinators. There is plenty of time to pull together a great gift to show dad how much you care.