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Men are notoriously hard to shop for, and dads are no exception – after all, what do you buy for the man who seemingly has everything? It’s easy to enter into panic mode when considering what to buy for the dad in your life (whether that’s your father, the uncle or grandfather who raised you, or your own child’s dad) so we’ve rounded up a great list of gifts that any man would love, all of which are centered on the idea of creating memories together.

The common theme throughout this gift guide – promoting togetherness and memory making – is ultimately what’s at the core of any wonderful gift. Honoring our fathers is an important gesture, one that expresses our gratitude and love in a really special way. So take the time this Sunday, June 15th to put some thought into your gift giving, choosing something that will brighten up your dad’s life and create an experience for the two of you to share. Be sure to include a sweet card, too!

Artifact Uprising Photo Book
Based upon my own personal experience, dads love memory books and photo gifts just as much as moms do, especially when they document special events like weddings, the birth of grandchildren, or a family vacation. Artifact Uprising is a fabulous Denver-based company that helps you create gorgeous photo projects, whether you choose to make memory books, print sets, or creative pieces like wooden keepsake boxes and calendars. Appeal to your dad’s sentimental side and curate a gift that shows him that you love making memories together.

Netflix Subscription
Give Dad an excuse to kick back on the sofa and relax with a great new movie or television series. For just $7.99 per month, a Netflix subscription doesn’t break the bank and it equips Dad with the option to watch action flick after action flick or to become enamored with an awesome new television series. If you and Dad are neighbors, ask to join him during a movie marathon and come equipped with his favorite treats (think popcorn, candy, pretzels, nuts). If you live far away, give him some recommendations of fun new shows and make a phone date to compare notes after he watches your favorite episode.

A Class, Kit, Or Trip
Give your dad an experience, whether it’s a cooking class, a model airplane kit, or a camping trip – anything that will be memorable, active, and enjoyable for him. Bonus points if you join Dad for the adventure, making it a perfect time for the two of you to bond! Trying new things together is not only fun, but it also creates a lasting memory to reflect upon for years to come, and that just may be the greatest gift of all. (Then maybe next year you can document your adventure in a photo book – see where we’re going with this?)

A Spa Treatment (Yes, Really)
After conducting some extensive research (read: taking my dad, husband, and brother to get foot massages and pedicures), it appears that, much as they may deny it, men are definitely okay with having a relaxing, spa-like experience. In fact, they may even enjoy it! Our “research” indicates that they especially appreciate having their worn-out feet pampered, whether that’s by a Chinese reflexology massage or a good old-fashioned pedicure. Book yourself a treatment, too, and enjoy the experience together!

What are you getting the father in your life this Father’s Day?

Image via Sarah Maizland

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