Father's Day Wishes - Meaningful Gifts From Dad

Father’s Day is on Sunday June 21. Are you frantically searching for the perfect gift to give to your Dad this year to commemorate and celebrate what he means to you?

Besides a funny card and a homemade gift from the kids, or yet another tie or sleeve of fancy new golf balls, what do you consider to be a meaningful gift? Flowers, brunch, and jewelry are probably off the list for Dad. 

For Boomers, the gift of time spent with Dad is at the top of the list of meaningful gifts. 

Simply spending and enjoying the day together is a bonus for those Boomers who are fortunate enough to still have a father who is living.  There are many who do not have that option any more as they are now the patriarchs of their own families after their father’s passing. 

Whether your father is in his “twilight” years or you happen to be a father yourself, this day is special and worthy of a meaningful gift. It’s a great day to ask your Dad to give you a meaningful gift...from him. That gift is the gift of information when it is needed most. 

Father’s Day offers a wonderful opportunity for Dad to share his personal stories with multiple generations around the picnic or dining room table. Preparing a family meal together is a perfect time to spark a conversation and ask Dad to tell you some of his personal history, about information that is important to him, and about his wishes - things that you might not have asked before or a topic that may have been discussed in years past but needs to be clarified or repeated. 

Dads have historical perspectives that are both valuable and interesting to all family members.  Father’s Day is a great time to listen and learn. It is an opportunity to go back in time and share fond memories as well as a chance to talk about his future wishes and intentions. 

Perhaps you might think that Father’s Day is not the best time to broach the topic of planning for the inevitable…but why not?   

Why not have the greatest conversation you always wished for on Dad’s special day?  After all, the most loving gift a person can ever give and receive is the gift of information when it matters most. And what father doesn’t want to help his children during a time that he knows will be emotionally challenging? 

You can celebrate Dad by celebrating his wishes. 

To initiate a meaningful conversation, here are some questions you might want to ask your Dad: 

  • What family traditions and history do you wish to pass on?
  • What do you want us to know about that is most important to you?
  • What do you wish to have happen to your personal property?
  • Do you wish to have a funeral or a memorial service?
  • Do you wish to be buried or cremated?
  • What are your wishes for your end-of-life care? 

Once you get started, you will find yourselves engaged in a conversation that contains a wealth of important and meaningful information and wishes that your Dad is quite happy to share with you. 

Knowing your Dad’s wishes is the greatest gift he can give you and the most loving and meaningful gift you will ever receive…and will, no doubt, make that Father’s Day hug extra special.