If you’re musically inclined, then why not use the talents your dad has passed on to you? Play the guitar and sing a song for him, like “Father and Son”, “Through the Years”, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, “I’ll Stand By You” or, surprise him and have everyone sing “Happy Father’s Day To You” – tune of “Happy Birthday” – while bringing out a cake or some chips and beer. ^_^ Even if the song wasn’t really intended for a Dad, you can change part of the lyrics to suit the occasion.
If you’re into the arts and crafts, here are some great artistic last minute father’s day gift suggestions that small kids and moms can do together, as well as artistic ideas for the big kids… ^_^
A. Custom Made Greeting Card with Handwritten Message
Back to basics. This is one of the easiest last minute Father’s Day gifts. Just fold a regular bond paper twice to make your basic greeting card shape. On the front part, draw whatever you want to draw for Dad, let mommy help you, and then for the inside of the card, write your message. Nothing beats a handwritten message in this age of computers, texts, and emails. You can use crayons, water-based paints/poster colors, cutouts, glue, a pair of scissors and anything else you want to use. Be creative! You can use harder, thicker special papers if you want. Throw in a poem you've made to make it more special!
B. Handmade Picture Frame with Family Photo or Scrapbook
Make a decorative picture frame by using craft materials like ready-made letterings you can buy from the arts/crafts (scrapbook) section of the bookstore, some buttons, lace, etc. For the frame, you can use illustration board or any kind of board you want. You can even recycle parts of the big balikbayan boxes. Just use the side that doesn’t have any print or you can cover up the print with your art materials.
Mini-scrapbooks are also available. You can put your baby pictures there or photos with you and your Dad together. You don’t have to put photos on every page. You can have family members sign or write a message in some of the pages. Put photos of your Dad hard at work, photos of your Dad in the garage, family day pictures, etc.
C. Powerpoint Presentation with Background Music and Family Photos
Be very creative here! Mix some nice background music with your favorite photos with Dad and the whole family! Easy last minute father’s day gift! You can have funny captions for every photo, and have a theme and a title to tie up the whole presentation, something like “When I Grow Up…” ^_^ Plus PCD soundtrack? ^_^ Funny! Then have your photos with Dad from babyhood upto your current age… And towards the end of the presentation, switch to a more serious music and add some sincere and serious messages, something like, “And as the years have passed us by, the more I realized how much of a wonderful Dad you are. I hope someday I could be half as wonderful as you are. Happy Father’s Day!”
After you finish the presentation, save it and send it via email, or post it on his Facebook wall, or sneak in and copy it to his laptop or the PC and trick him into opening the file. Use a funny filename too if you want, or use a filename that goes like this, “Open this if you are (name of your dad).pptx”.
D. Customized T-Shirt
This one, you can either do it yourself or have it printed by someone else. T-shirts would cost around 150Php – 200Php depending on the size and brand of plain shirt. If you’re going to design your own Father’s Day T-shirt gift and print it on the shirt yourself, it’s best to use cotton shirts although there are “Transfer papers” that are for semi-elastic shirts too. The transfer papers cost around 100Php or less and they come in pairs or sometimes 5pcs, depending on what type you get. You’ll have a choice of buying light transfer papers which are used for white T-shirts and dark transfer papers for colored shirts. There are instructions on how to print and transfer the designs but it’s basically ironing the design into the shirt.
If all that seem too complicated or inconvenient for you, malls have specialized shops or stalls that print designs you choose from their own album, into the T-shirt of your choice. Easier! You can choose to have letters and spell out a name or a message. Each letter will cost around 5Php each. Designs can cost from 20-100Php depending on the type and size of design. This one’s fast and you’ll get the shirt in seconds after you finalize your design and layout on the shirt.
What Dad doesn’t want to be pampered by his kids or his wife? Offer to be of service the whole day! Everything he wants, you do! Let's say... a massage? Back rub? Watch his favorite movies over and over again? Sing videoke? Play golf? Or you can give him a gift certificate of his favorite store whether it’s a sport shop, a clothes shop or a massage parlor.
3) LUNCH or DINNER OUT
You can treat him to a dinner or lunch out at his favorite restaurant, or you can check out my food blog (http://thewanderingboots.wordpress.com) for restaurant reviews to find which restaurant is right for your celebration. I recommend Lime 88 ^_^.
These are just some of the last minute Father’s day gifts you can give your Dad, but since every Dad is special from all the Dads, I’m sure you know what the best gift is for your Dad. It’s really the thought that counts and the effort or time your put into thinking about the gift or doing it. This is just one day in a year that we honor our fathers, and I hope we honor them well and give them the proper respect and gratitude they deserve.
Happy Father’s Day to my Papa! – from your little (well, not so little anymore) Letlet, now turned Anne in Red.
Here are some of our pictures from last year's Father's Day (2009)! We were lucky enough to spend that day with him while he's in the Philippines! He's such a funny Dad! Super Dad!
Reminiscing our Racks lunch at SM North EDSA with Papa some years back... It's Racks again, MOA branch!
And here are some cute shots we took somewhere from several locations in MOA.
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads, Papa, Itay, Ama out there! - From Anne in Red.