Do you struggle to come up with a good idea for Father’s Day each year? When my first son was born, I came up with this idea for a father’s day gift. My husband and I loved it so much, I have turned the gift into a yearly tradition. Now, I know what we are getting him every year- BOOKS!
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My husband celebrated his first Father’s Day with a lemon pie and a picture book, Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts and David Legge, that he could read to our son.
In this story, little bear doesn’t want to give his Daddy a kiss before bed. Daddy Bear tries to convince him to give silly animal kisses throughout the book until finally, Little Bear gives in and gives Daddy a bear kiss.
Inside the cover of the book, I wrote a short note to him and dated the entry.
The next year, I decided to create a tradition of giving him a book he can read with our, now, two sons. Since my sons were 19 months and 2 months, I chose the book. However, as they get older, I plan to let them choose a book they would like to read with Daddy.
That year, I chose the book, My Dad! by Steve Smallman , which is a beautifully illustrated story showcasing the many qualities that dads have.
I wrote a note on construction paper and stamped both of my kids handprints on the note. Then, I adhered the note into the inside cover of the book. I couldn’t stamp directly into the book because the pages were slick and I knew the prints would smudge.
As my sons grow, I plan to let them draw pictures and/or write notes to attach to the inside cover of each book we give my husband.
My long term goal is to one day divide all the Father Day’s books up between my two sons when they become daddies. I think it will be a perfect gift for their first Father’s Day!
Of course, my husband will expect the lemon dessert tradition to continue too!
Update (May 2015): Here are more books we have given for Father’s Day since I wrote the original post.
Me and My Dad by Alison Ritchie is a sweet story of Daddy Bear and child spending the day together.
I let each of my kids “draw” with permanent marker on the inside cover as a keepsake.
The Best Dad in the World by Melanie Joyce has been a popular book in our house since we got it. A young gorillas shares all the reasons his dad is the best. My son loves the part when his dad burns the toast in the story.
And this year my boys have picked out the book for their Dad. We will be giving Let’s Build by Sue Fliess. It’s a sweet story about a dad and his son who build a fort together. It is something my boys love to do with their dad.
I’m going to have my oldest son build a creation out of Lego and my youngest build something with Magna Tiles since those are their favorite toys this year. I’ll snap a picture of each of them with their designs and adhere to the inside cover of the book. I think it will be a great pick for this year!