It happens. You had the best of intentions, and you even made some sort of plan … and yet it still slipped your mind that tomorrow is Father’s Day.
If you have completely forgotten to get a gift for your dad, you still have one day to run out and buy something. And in case you’re really desperate and have no idea what to look for, here are 6 last-minute “gifts” you can consider getting Dad on Father’s Day.
1. Surprise him with a weekend getaway or a “staycation”. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this, unless you want to or can afford to, of course. For example, you can book a night or two for him (with Mum in tow, of course) at a lovely bed-and-breakfast just out of town, or at a golf resort if he’s into the sport.
Check out more suggestions on our Travel page.
2. A gadget like a smartphone or tablet. If they’re out of your budget or Dad already has them, then try paying for his phone bills instead. You know he spends all his data usage making sure you’re safe and sound via your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts anyway.
You can also opt to get him one of those wearable devices that track your daily activities like exercise. Your Dad might just be interested to know how many steps it takes for him to get from the computer to the coffee machine in his office.
But in case you can’t find these wearable devices at the stores, and Dad is a bit of a fitness buff, then head out to the park for a jog or stroll, or go for a swim at the pool. The time spent together would surely be appreciated.
3. Take him to the movies! Jurassic World is the current hit showing at the cinemas nationwide now; Dad will probably enjoy it. Otherwise, there’s also Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a father who tries to save his zombie virus-infected daughter Maggie, played by Abigail Breslin.
If you can, spring for cinema halls with deluxe seating or those with 4D effects.
Find out what our reviewers have to say about some of the other movies on show in our Review page.
4. If Dad is someone who loves to read, then get him a book – it really is as simple as that. To make things more special, however, create a quiet space at home just for him to sit down, relax and read said book. Make sure there are some drinks and snacks near him.
Read what our reviewers have to say about some of the new Books available in stores now.
5. Create a Spotify or iTunes account for Dad and make a nice playlist for him filled with music he likes (for fun, slip in a few tracks that you like, just to see his reaction). He can listen to the songs in his car when he’s stuck in traffic while on the way to pick you up from school.
Check out our Music page for suggestions.
6. Cook him a great big feast for brunch! It’s easy, it’s thoughtful – especially if you make his favourite dishes – and it won’t cost you too much (unless Dad is a fan of lobster and caviar … although you can probably use prawns/crab and fish roe as alternatives).
If you’re fasting, then prepare food to break fast with the whole family, or buy some goodies from a neighbourhood Pasar Ramadan, if there are any. If money is not an issue, you can even treat the whole family to one of those fancy Ramadan buffets.
You can search for ideas on what to cook in our Recipe page.