21 Unique Father's Day Ideas
Meaghan Weeden | June 14, 2022 | 5 min read
How to Sustainably Celebrate Father's Day 2022
It's almost Fathers Day and if you're like a lot of people, you're probably scouring the internet for last minute Father's Day gifts that will let him know how much you appreciate him. If that sounds familiar, then you're in luck: from Father's Day gifts to fun things to do with dad, we've got you covered with 21 unique and sustainable ideas to help you say Happy Father's Day.
Whether he's the resident grill master or prefers to supervise with a cold one in hand, has a corny joke queued up for every occasion or never misses a teachable moment, rides a Harley or a Husqvarna, is a thrill seeker or prefers to keep things low key, all of the different ways to celebrate Father's Day are as unique as the special person you call "dad".
21 Things to Do For Father's Day
1. GET YOUR HANDS IN THE DIRT
Whether your dad has a green thumb or a black one, getting your hands in the dirt together can be a great bonding experience. And since Father's Day falls in early summer in North America, this is a great time to help him with gardening tasks like weeding, burying growing potatoes, fertilizing plants that need a boost, mulching or working in fresh compost, or even planting mature seedlings (hint: some gardening stores will sell them at steep discounts around this time!).
2. COMEDY SHOW
If your dad has a corny joke prepared for every situation, tickets to a comedy show are sure to make him smile. Better yet, take him to a Father's Day themed comedy show and you'll be treated to an evening of dad jokes that will have you both doubled over in laughter. As an added bonus, he might even pick up some new material, so you don't have to listen to the same jokes. every. single. time. 😉
3. BBQ WITH LOCAL INGREDIENTS
If your dad loves to man the grill — or just loves to eat freshly grilled food (I mean, who doesn't?), then a Father's Day cookout is the way to go. If you can, source ingredients from local farms for a meal that is better for the environment and taste bud-friendly too. Whether he's a vegetarian, a full-on carnivore or somewhere in between, there are plenty of ways to green up your grill up. And if he's never tried a grass-fed burger on a home-baked (or locally baked) bun, well, he's in for a treat!
4. LIVE MUSIC
Whether you take in a local band or get tickets to see one of his favorite musicians, attending a concert together (or giving him one to look forward to) is a great way to celebrate Father's Day. Find an outdoor venue that allows you to bring your own refreshments, and prepare a some delicious apps and beverages for a picnic that will bring the experience to the next level.
5. GIFT AN EXPERIENCE YOU CAN SHARE
Sometimes, the best gift is simply quality time spent together learning something new and making memories. So look into any local offerings that align with his hobbies, or sign the two of you up for something that's outside his comfort zone. This could mean anything from fly fishing lessons to writing workshops, cooking classes, timber framing or woodworking workshops, and more.
6. Plant a tree for HIM!
Planting trees is a great way to celebrate everything your dad does for you and your family. That’s because just like our dads are always doing whatever they can to help us out, trees silently create the conditions for life. They clean the air, stabilize the soil, improve water quality, provide habitat and food for biodiversity, absorb and sequester carbon, moderate local temperatures and more.
7. Go for a nice, long bike ride
Bike rides are a lot of fun, and as a low-impact activity, they're something that the entire family can enjoy. And with the right bike, even those with limited mobility may be able to partake. Scope out local trails ahead of time, and plan to stop for food once you reach your destination. If you don't have enough bikes for everyone, look into rental offerings from a local bike and board shop.
8. Try Your Hand At Axe Throwing
Is your dad a man's man who never turns down a challenge? While we never want to encourage people to use axes to chop down trees, taking your dad to an axe-throwing range is a fun, out of the box activity that will let him flex a new (or old) skill. And you never know, he might end up kicking axe at it (sorry, we couldn't resist including at least one corny joke!).
9. Help HIM WITH YarD WORK
Does your dad take pride in having a perfectly trimmed lawn, without a single blade of grass out of place? Or does he prefer to let nature take its course? Regardless of where he falls on the spectrum, there's probably something that he could use help with around the yard, be it tidying up tools, adding a fresh layer of mulch, raking up and removing leaves, or trimming overgrown brush.
10. HELP HIM WITH A PROJECT AROUND THE HOUSE
Even the handiest of dads usually have at least project that they’ve “been meaning to get to." This Father’s Day, give him a hand — or let him take a load off — while you take care of whatever tasks are lingering on his to-do list. Maybe there's a door that sticks, a leaky faucet, paint that's peeling, or a window that is leaking. Whatever it is, he'll surely appreciate the help!
11. SIGN UP FOR A LOCAL FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND ROAD RACE
If he's the competitive type and is in good shape, consider signing up for a local father's day road race, triathlon, mud race, or other sporting event. Running a race together is a great experience, regardless of how you place. And afterwards, you can raise a toast to your athletic prowess and a nearby restaurant or bar.
12. PLAN A DAY TRIP
Have a dad who's got it all? Sometimes the best gift is an experience he can look back on fondly. Pack up the car for a day trip or a weekend trip to your nearest beach or mountaintop, and set up camp under the stars. You're never too old to go camping with your dad, and you're guaranteed to have the best campfire stories (or songs) ever!
13. GO FISHING
If a quiet afternoon spent together on the water is your dad's idea of a perfect day, then make it happen! Pick up any fishing gear he might need, pack a picnic, (and a book if you need to) and make a day of it. And if you're lucky, you might just catch dinner! If not, then you still got to spend time with dad in the great outdoors, which we consider a win in itself!
14. DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY TREE
It's natural to want to know how far and deep your roots extend, and nowadays, genealogy platforms like ancestry.com make it really easy to conduct gene testing right at home. Researching your ancestral migrations and mapping out your family tree together can be a fun and exciting thing to do together. And who knows? You might be surprised by what you find.
15. HOST A LAWN GAME TOURNAMENT
Bring the Olympic spirit right to your backyard by organizing an afternoon event complete with dad's favorite lawn games like cornhole, horseshoes, croquet, badminton and more. If he has a competitive side, keep score at each game and tally up the points at the end to name a winner. The prize? Bragging rights and a 6-pack of his favorite beer!
16. GET HIM SOME LOCALLY BREWED BEER
Speaking of beer, that's always a solid gift idea. Nowadays, it feels like you can't walk 5 feet without bumping into a local craft brewery. And that's great! If dad's already a connoisseur, you'll know exactly what to get for him. But if he's old school and still drinking the mass produced classics, spend some time looking for a locally (or regionally) crafted beer that's similar to his standard brew.
17. GO BIRD WATCHING
If he's a nature lover, grab him a pair of quality binoculars, research the best birdwatching spots in your area, and spend an afternoon observing the sights and sounds of nature. Get him a notebook and a bird guide so that he can start his birding life list. If he has mobility issues or you just want him to be able to enjoy nature closer to home, consider setting up a window bird feeder so he can watch from his favorite chair.
18. GO BARGAIN HUNTING
Does your dad love to antique, thrift, or shop a good sale? Humor him by spending the day at his favorite thrift shops, perusing antique stores, exploring tag sales in the area, or competing to find the best deal. You never know what you'll find out there, and we bet you'll end up with a cool find that will bring back fond memories of your day together, every time you look at it.
19. TAKE A HIKE
Spending time in nature is a great way to bond while enjoying the gorgeous summer weather. Forest bathing is another fun idea that can even help lower stress levels. Bring along a guidebook so you can identify plants and animals together and pack plenty of hydration and trail mix, too.
20. Make a Scrapbook
Ask Dad to show you his old photos from back in the day. Flipping through them together is sure to inspire memories and hilarious childhood stories. And by creating a scrapbook or album together, he'll have his favorite photos at his fingertips.
So there you have it! We hope this list has inspired you give your dad the best eco-friendly Father's Day celebration ever! Just want to plant a tree? Plant a tree for your dad today!