What do you get for the dad that seems to have it all? When ties are no longer an option—and really, let's put that whole gift to rest on dad's special day—think of Dad's favorite hobbies. Encourage those hobbies by giving the gift of a fun experience, and it'll be something he's sure to cherish and remember for years to come.
For the musically-inclined dad, look into signing him up for either group or private lessons. If he's always wanted to learn how to strum a tune on a guitar, there's a class for that—but there are also courses led by music instructors for a whole range of instruments. Make the gift even more special by wrapping up the chosen instrument for him to open on Father's Day.
Does Dad need some help on his golf swing? Or would he love to learn how to throw a fast ball? No matter what the sport, chances are there's a class or instructor out there for good ol' Dad. Some organizations, like Never Too Late, also organize weekend long camps, which can be a great gift of a weekend away while Dad learns a thing or two about shooting free throws or mastering the layup, even if he never played basketball.
If Dad's always out in the garage tinkering, then a car restoration class could be right up his alley. Many community colleges and schools organize these sorts of courses for those looking to make a career out of it, as well DIY auto enthusiasts. Depending on where Dad is registered for a class, he can even get certified. Classes are offered on a board list of interests, and can even focus on a specific aspect of restoration, such as auto upholstery.
Has Dad always dreamed of taking to the skies? Sign him up for flight lessons! These lessons are traditionally one-on-one with a certified flight instructor, but some classes will let Dad bring someone along to enjoy the view while he gets schooled in flying a small aircraft. Many flight schools focus on teaching the student everything about what a pilot does, including learning about pre-flight procedures, all while keeping him safe.
No matter what Dad's skill level in the kitchen is, cooking courses have become hugely popular. There are also plenty of different themes to choose from. Whether he's looking to cook with a professional chef or simply learn his way around the kitchen, many of the courses are hands-on, and he'll, of course, get to enjoy the fruits of his efforts at the end of the class, making it more than worth the money. Courses can be booked on an individual basis, or the whole family can participate in the class together.
With all of these options, you'll be thinking outside the gift box, and chances are, with Dad learning something new, you'll be giving a gift that keeps on giving!
Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she's working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.
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