If World Series dugout club seats aren’t in the budget for this Father’s Day, there are many other ideas to honor your grandfather when you celebrate Father’s Day, an international holiday celebrated in the U.S. on Sunday, June 17.
Although the U. S. celebrated the first Father’s Day in 1910, it didn’t become an official holiday until 1972, according to The History Channel. That’s 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official. To make up for lost time, consider a heartfelt gift to thank the special grandfather in your life.
Senior experts suggest replacing the traditional shirt or gadget gift with an “experience” together with loved ones. After amassing material things throughout a lifetime, many seniors would prefer to focus on enjoyable times shared with family members. Ideas include taking your grandfather out to his favorite restaurant, or ordering the meal to be delivered and shared together at his home.
Invite your grandfather to a trip down memory lane by compiling a photo album of happy occasions. Ask other relatives to submit photos, and write captions to help identify faces.
The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) suggests a “flashback to the past” for gift ideas with nostalgic appeal, including a favorite time-honored cologne or candy.
AARP also suggests sharing your talent with your loved one for a personal, one-of-a-kind gift, such as offering to organize a closet, address any needed household repairs, or cook a batch of meals to store in the freezer.
Practical gifts of everyday items may be welcome, including toiletries, stamps, and grocery gift cards, including transportation to the store. Gifts promoting a favorite hobby may be appreciated, such as fishing gear or bowling supplies.
Many online suppliers offer personalized items that don’t require much advance notice, such as engraved tools, monogrammed duffel bags, and matching T-shirts.