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Father's DayDads can be some of the hardest people to surprise and purchase for. But it’s that time of year again to start tackling this job and planning ways to celebrate those dads in our lives. Father’s Day is just around the corner and here are a few ways you can make your dad feel pretty special.

1. DAD libs

This is a fun one! There are plenty of printables online but you can easily make up your own. Write out a story, leave certain words blank, and then have your kids fill in the blanks to make for some really hilarious entertainment that you can read over and over. If it’s a really good one, add a favorite photo of him and the kids and have it all framed it for his desk! 

2. Pizzeria Fun

Who doesn’t love pizza? Grab all the ingredients needed to make pizza and have a pizzeria of your own! You’ll need dough, sauce, toppings, and maybe even give him a pizza oven for a real surprise!   The kids can make menus and signs for the “restaurant.” Throw on some aprons and play Italian music for full effect. This one is great because the entire family can be a part of it and it makes for a great night in the kitchen. Just make sure dad doesn’t have to clean up!

3. Go on a Family Adventure

Dad is sure to enjoy any time adventuring with the family. If your family is more active and up for a long day, pick a state park to explore on a hike and try a trail you’ve never done before. If you are ready for a family bike ride, haul the bikes to a fun paved trail where you can stop for ice cream in the middle. Taking a boat out on the lake for the day would also be a fun way to celebrate dad and you can even pack everything you’d need for fishing if you think he’d be up for it.

4. Plan a Backyard BBQ

If you are up for the grilling task, grab some ribs and chicken wings and head out back to fire up the grill and swap places with the dad in your life on this special day. Or, if you are more like me, order in your favorite BBQ and heat it up when everyone’s ready to eat! Either way, it’s the thought that counts. Even better, make it into a picnic and grab some buns, some beer, or some bottled cokes and head to your favorite park. Let the kids pack the basket and plan the sides and games. They can even wrap the silverware in napkins for an added touch.

5. Alone Time

Because it’s Father’s Day, let him choose how he’d like to spend some time alone. He might want to watch a game, play some golf, take a nap or work in the garden, but whatever he chooses, he’s sure to appreciate a few hours by himself. He’s sure to still want to hang out with the family at the end of the day, but letting him enjoy some kid-free time is something he’s sure to love! 

6. Reward Him

We all know dad is the best, so why not surprise him with his very own trophy and shower him with love (and some gifts). There’s a lot of DIY trophy inspiration online and you can totally make this one-of-a-kind gift for dad. Add dinosaurs, mini grills or hockey pucks and go for it!  Spray it all silver or gold and add No. 1 DAD somewhere, and you’ve got a great gift for this Father’s Day that he can keep forever and show off. You can even fill the trophy with gift cards and tickets he can turn in for the kids to do chores, watch a game with him, or for quiet time.

However you spoil your dad this Father’s Day, he will cherish you taking the time to shower him with love and gifts on this special day.

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