Updated: Jul 5, 2020
Dad. His title may be short, but his influence is long and powerful. The most extraordinary thing about fathers is their hospitality.
Think of the classic scene in a delivery room: a soft, ruddy, squirming, and squawking baby is offered to a bleary-eyed, scrubbed, and dazed father’s arms. The baby has emerged from another body, another house, if you will, and at this moment goes from being hidden and mysterious to overwhelmingly present and needy.
While mother and baby have been one, connected through a profound lifeline, the father has been an observer to the miracle of this new life. Although he feels the genetic connection, he cannot share the physicality of the mother’s connection through pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Until this moment, the father has been all but an outsider to the baby’s tiny life.
And yet the father reaches for the baby without hesitation. He offers the safe, warm, loving embrace of his arms, which is the external parallel to the internal comfort of the mother’s womb. In doing so he opens the door to his heart, his home, and his life. He draws the baby into himself as if the baby were from his own body. That embrace later will translate to attending tea parties in too-small chairs, patient games of catch, fierce displays of protection, hollers of encouragement, bedtime stories with voices, and ice cream cones just because. What is all of this - the embrace, the reaching, offering, opening - if not profound hospitality, the generous welcoming of the mysterious outsider?
On Father’s Day we reflect on the fathers who perhaps welcomed us as babies but also to those who have been like fathers to us, offering us this kind of hospitality in our lives. Step-dads, teachers, rabbis, coaches, neighbors can all contribute to our experience of being fathered - that is, being offered hospitality.
Consider your Father’s Day gift as a way to thank a father from your life who has shown you this kind of hospitality. And let it be an inspiration to be a father, or like a father, to those in your own life.
Personalized/Engraved Wooden Watch
Send dad a note of your choice on the engraved wood watches from Urban Designer. These are the perfect personalized gifts to deliver your heartfelt messages of gratitude. In addition, your own handwriting note and photos can be engraved on those classic wooden watches. Urban Designer produces its wooden watches with only RECLAIMED WOOD, great eco-friendly gift idea for fathers. >> See collections
Olympus Digital Camera
Taking photos is fun thing to do, it is great idea for the dad who like photography. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera Kit with 14-42mm EZ lens is the most popular camera with affordable price, very easy to use. With 14-42mm EZ lens would covering from landscape to portrait.
Very thoughtful gift for father daily using, Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 6900 delivers a comfortable shaving experience. And currently on sale now!
Neck Shoulder Massager
A thoughtful and practical gift for dad, concerned about the cervical health of dad, relax with this Shiatsu massager for 15 minutes each day. 8 Bi-directional rotation knots with optional heating therapy mode and 3 adjustable intensity, this equipment customizes relaxation for your whole body: neck, cervical, shoulder, back, waist and legs, helps to relief muscles pain!
For the handy dad, get him a tool box from Carhartt, a trusted and durable brand. Carhartt Legacy Tool Bag 16-Inch w/ Molded Base. While you're at it, have his name or initials embroidered on it.
I’m sure there are more gift ideas you could add to this list that are meaningful to your father. I encourage you to share and comment below, along with your additions to the Dads that surround you in hopes that we can all understand and appreciate the importance of the role that being a Father really is. Please go ahead and treat your awesome dad to any or all of the gifts above. Whatever you choose, we’re sure he’ll love it.