How many ugly ties have the 70 million-odd American dads received since 1972, when Richard Nixon signed the resolution that made Father's Day a national holiday? This year, how about trying something different? Fortunately, it's easy to break the ho-hum gift-giving habit and instead give Dad something useful and fun that will also improve his health and fitness.
In recent years, Father's Day has become an annual focus for men's health improvement. In fact, June is designated Men's Health Month, which raises the awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
What Kinds of Health Gifts Make Sense for Dad?
Every father is a little different, so if you'd like to find a gift that your dad is most likely to like and use, consider his interests, specific health needs, and goals, as well as his age and general health condition. Then choose a gift that fits your budget.
For example, let's say Dad enjoys spending time with his children or grandchildren. How about a game they all can enjoy together, like horseshoes, badminton, volleyball, bocce or Frisbee? Or perhaps a family bowling party, family golf outing, or driveway basketball hoop?
If Dad enjoys fitness activities, gifts like a gym membership, personal trainer sessions (even at home), pocket mileage counter, new sneakers, an exercise ball, or a guide to hiking trails in his area might make his day.
Is Dad at Risk of a Fall or In-Home Health Crisis?
Older fathers naturally treasure their independence and ability to remain in the home, even as they grow a bit frail. Perhaps a Philips Lifeline medical alert system is the ideal gift to help keep Dad safer and more secure. The ability to summon help when in need can be critical when problems occur, particularly for those living alone.
A Surefire Father’s Day Gift Hit
And then there's a gift that your father may like best of all: special time with you. Most people regret that they don't spend as much time with their Dad as the wish they did, so here's your chance to spend quality time and enjoy each other's company. Take him out to lunch or dinner, take a walk or hike together, play golf or tennis, or go to a movie. Do whatever you'll both enjoy, and do it often, not just on Father's Day. The healthy benefit is just being together and spending time that you'll both enjoy.