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How to Celebrate Father's Day

First of all, step away from the tie display. Now take yourself off automatic pilot and honor your father in a meaningful way.


  • Step 1: Have dinner with dad Organize dinner at a nice restaurant and lean on your siblings, if you have any, to be there. Dinner out with the family is a man's number one wish for Father’s Day.
  • Step 2: Present a gift Present Dad with a thoughtful gift from the family--something he really wants or would never buy for himself.
  • Step 3: Provide your undivided attention Provide your undivided attention. Yes, that means turning off your cell phone, not putting it on vibrate. Turning if off. Honestly, you won’t die.
  • Step 4: Make an effort Make an effort to please your dad, whether that means letting him use the Wii, being nice to your sister, or keeping your complaints to yourself for an entire day.
  • Step 5: Offer a toast Offer a heartfelt toast to your dad, one that you’ve prepared in advance.
  • TIP: Take a tip from Thanksgiving and ask everyone at the table to state why they are grateful for Dad. Yeah, it’s cheesy. But he’ll love it.
  • Step 6: Tell him you love him End the evening by telling your dad how much you love him and giving him a big hug--even if you’re now a grown man yourself.
  • FACT: According to one survey, southerners spend the most on their dads for Father’s Day, and Midwesterners spend the least.

You Will Need

  • Restaurant reservation
  • Gift
  • Self-sacrifice
  • Prepared toast

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