Procrastinators of the World, I salute us! We know that just because we didn’t look for a gift until 8pm the day before Father’s Day, it’s not because we don’t care. So….here are 5 gifts from the heart to show dad, or grandpa, how much you care. All of which you can pull off on June 21st, 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) lets 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 new pictures at least once a month. It’s a gift he’ll love all year long. Free at www.photomambo.com.
If dad loves to camp, check out the Pocket Rocket camping stove at REI. At our last camping trip, all the dads were happily comparing who had the lightest weight camping stoves. (Smaller is better). Never mind that this was a car-camping trip replete with 12″ foam mattresses, wine glasses, and table cloths…the allure of a tiny camping stove seemed to take the dads fondly back to their pre-child, serious backpack camping days. So, even if dad’s “real” camping outings involve a 4-room Coleman tent and a family-pack of folding chairs, this little stove just might speak to the backpacker locked somewhere inside, just waiting to reappear 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.
Deb Whitman is the co-founder of family photo-sharing service, Photo Mambo.