While most men appear tough on the exterior, dads in particular hold a soft spot in their hearts for their children. After all, being a dad is a huge responsibility that is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in June in the United States and many other countries. While babies need help to present a gift to Daddy, early Father's Day presents can be some of the most memorable and meaningful.
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Search online stores, baby boutiques and other retail establishments for adult and baby clothing with clever sayings that play off of each other, like "Me" and "Mini me." Maybe Dad would love receiving matching father-son outfits. Present sports-minded dads with matching clothes or ball caps adorned with their favourite team's logo. Encourage father-baby bonding by recognising Dad's favourite hobby with hats or shirts printed with "Fisherman" and "Fisherman in training." Other store gifts include wall hangings or desk ornaments with space for photos next to poems about fathers or touching words, like "Daddy's little angel" or "Daddy's little man."
Personalise gifts with photos or engravings to turn ordinary objects into cherished keepsakes. Look for stores that print submitted digital photos onto a various items, such as mouse pads for computer-savvy dads, ties for corporate dads, desk calendars for office dads, watches for busy dads, luggage tags for travelling dads, mugs for coffee-loving dads, water bottles for fit dads or golf balls for golfing dads. Choose a gift Dad will come across daily, and use a picture of just Baby or Baby with Dad. Some gifts can be personalised with engravings in Baby's (OK, really Mom's) own heartfelt words.
Some of the most special gifts are handmade. Of course, Baby needs a little help to create a masterpiece. For edible paint, add food colouring to vanilla pudding. Dip in Baby's hands and help him swirl them around on paper. Do this messy project outside, and simply hose Baby off when finished. But first, photograph your adorable disaster for Daddy as well. Other projects found in local arts and crafts stores place Baby's handprints or footprints on coffee mugs, plates, T-shirts, stepping stones and other items. Scrapbooking moms can put together an album from Baby with a cover reading "To Daddy, With Love" and decorated with Baby's handprints and footprints. Make Dad laugh with whimsical sayings by Baby in thought bubbles.
Tug at a new dad's heartstrings. For gardening dads, plant a tree or flower bush that will grow through the years along with Baby. Add an extra touch to framed photos. Visit a studio photographer to secretly capture creative new baby photos, or snap your own of Baby holding a sign reading "I love you, Daddy" or "Happy Father's Day." Make your photo into a card, or find the perfect frame. Consider frames that record "da-da" and other priceless sounds from Baby. These provide inspiration or cheer Dad up when feeling down. Select photos that truly capture the special father-baby bond, such as Dad's first time holding Baby, Baby's first Christmas or Dad and Baby napping together.
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