Our kids are almost 3, 5, and 7 (they all have summer birthdays). They aren’t really at the age of keeping track of calendar dates yet… so holidays are really up to us.
Father’s and Mother’s Day are no exception.
Maybe when they’re much older they’ll clean the house, cook for us, and serve us iced coffee as we chill in the hammock out back.
One can dream, right?
So far in hubby’s fatherhood career, the kids’ contribution is limited to whatever I plan, prepare, and execute on their behalf, or with their, uh, “help”.
But many of us in the trenches of parenthood with young children don’t exactly have a ton of free time to spend on elaborate and crafty DIY Pinterest ideas. We’re also often exhausted from life with small children. And furthermore, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want a flood of clutter in your house every time a holiday comes and goes.
So, when it comes to making Father’s Day special for my dear hubs, the irreplaceable father of my children, my criteria is simple: it must be meaningful and enjoyable (for him), and it must be simple.
To pull this off without losing your mind, there are a few key elements that you should include. With a little bit of thoughtfulness, you can make sure he feels loved, appreciated, and celebrated on his day!
3 Keys to Making Father’s Day Special When the Kids are Young (+ the one thing that I know he wants for sure):
1. Something meaningful
I love giving gifts that express appreciation and love. Kids aren’t so great at scouring Pinterest and driving to the craft store for a list of elaborate craft supplies. (Although if you enjoy that, then you do your thang, crafty mama.) But kids are amazing at saying I Love You on a regular basis. So let them go to town expressing that!
For this part, I’m going to find one of those cute “Daddy interview” printables (tons on Pinterest) and use the questions to make a video interview of the kids. It’ll be adorable, and a great memory for years to come. Plus, it’s clutter-free!
2. Something practical
Black socks might be a classic Dad-gift joke, but in my growing up years, practical gifts were the most appreciated. I think there’s a definite place for the practical gifts that a person would really love to have, but hasn’t bought for themselves.
Practical gift ideas could be anything from grilling/BBQ accessories, to new clothes (hubs desperately needs some new t-shirts without holes, and he’d be thrilled with this as a gift).
The gift of time is always helpful – a free afternoon to accomplish something he has been trying to get to for a while? (He knows that’s exactly what I’d love, and I know that there are lots of men out there who’d appreciate the same!)
3. Something indulgent
For all of the adorable kid crafts, new BBQ utensils, tools, and homemade cards in the world, it’s still a nice idea to treat him to something indulgent. Especially during these little years, with kids too young to do a lot, this one is the most important to me.
My hubby most often spends his days in sacrificial service to his family. He works his cute butt off every day to help provide for our family, and to help run the home smoothly, and to be a fully active parent to our kids.
It’s exactly in these years that I need to show just how much I appreciate the way he fathers our children so well, in the midst of the regular chaos of our lives.
He deserves a little bit of luxury, for sure.
So here’s what I’m doing this year (I’m super excited!)
He doesn’t know this yet (but he always reads my blog, so I guess he’s finding out now!) but one of my most favourite previous R&H sponsors, Melt (read my review at that link!), contacted me recently to see what I thought of Melt as a Father’s Day gift idea.
Well, I happen to think that it is the perfect Father’s Day gift idea to complement the practical and sentimental aspects of the day.
Speaking from experience, I can guarantee that my man (and probably yours too) will absolutely LOVE receiving Melt massages as a heartfelt thanks for all he does as the Daddy of the family.
What is Melt? And Why Will My Hubby Love It?
Melt is an online couples massage video e-course (totally PG, no nudity, and very tastefully done). The instructor is Denis, a professional massage therapist with 15 years’ experience. His partner in the videos is his wife, Emma.
The videos are beautifully filmed, with short clips that you can implement right away. They teach you how to use your hands properly for a professional and luxurious massage (a few specific directions that make all the difference) without the masseuse getting sore hands and arms in the process.
This is also the perfect date night idea – unique enough to be special, but also incredibly relaxing and enjoyable, and most importantly, the perfect way to reconnect emotionally and deepen intimacy in your relationship.
You can play the videos on any device, laptop, tablet / iPad, Smart TV. Your purchase gives instant access, on demand video.
If you read my review of the videos (linked above), you’ll know that my hubby absolutely LOVES a good backrub or massage. In our twelve years of marriage thus far, I’ve never been a fan of giving massages (until I watched these videos).
Before we had kids, we used to go to a fancy downtown spa (think: poolside lounging, complimentary robes, hot tubbing, and chandeliers in the change rooms, sigh) and have couples massages, paid for from our health benefits. Hubs tells me that those massages are probably the thing he misses the most from our before-kids days.
Using the Melt techniques and tricks was a total game-changer, and hubs was in total bliss the first time we tried them out. The massages were – dare I say it – better than the fancy spa. Perhaps because there was that added emotional intimacy connection? Either way, it’s a totally heavenly experience. I can’t think of a better way to say ‘thanks’ for all that he does as a Daddy to our children.
Father’s Day Sale!
Hurray! The Melt Video Series is on sale until 21st of June, 2015. Get 20% off the bundled courses – only $79 (usually $147 in total). The sale ends Father’s Day 2015.
Click here to access the sale. Hurry – it ends soon!
So, there you have it: my magical formula (ha!) for a great Father’s Day celebration, even when your kids aren’t old enough to do much on their own beyond homemade cards or macaroni necklaces (just what Dad’s always wanted, right?)
1. Something Meaningful
2. Something Practical
3. Something Indulgent
How are you celebrating your man this year on Father’s Day?
This special promo is for our Red & Honey community, with 20% off the retail price for LIFETIME video access to these incredible massage techniques. Visit MELT: Massage for Couples. This post was sponsored by Melt, for which hubby is completely grateful. 🙂
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