If you haven't yet tied the knot but share a child with your boyfriend, Father's Day is an opportunity to show him how much you appreciate his dedication as a father. Give your boyfriend something homemade, create a custom gift basket, reward him with a day off or focus on a gift that tends to his hobbies or guilty pleasures.
If your child is the right age to collaborate on a homemade gift, put some thought into what your boyfriend might enjoy from his son or daughter. A clay hand print can serve as a paperweight at work or, with a magnet affixed to the back, as a homemade magnet for your man's basement beer fridge. Buy a ceramic photo frame, have your child decorate it with paint or marker and add a family snapshot for a treasured keepsake. Pair your gift with a handwritten card thanking your boyfriend for his skills as a father.
Custom Gift Basket
Buy an empty basket and put together a pile of your boyfriend's favorite things to create a gift basket he'll remember for years. Add a selection of craft beers, a stylish razor set, a car or sports magazine, a sleeve of golf balls, a packet of spice rub for barbecuing or a pair of high-quality headphones. Give the gift basket a snack angle with items such as gourmet beef jerky, beer nuts, pretzels, energy bars and some homemade cookies.
Rest and Relaxation
If your boyfriend constantly juggles work and time with the family, give him a well-deserved day off on Father's Day. Prepare breakfast in bed with or without the help of your child, and then present your man with passes to a nearby golf course, tickets to a baseball game or a box set of his favorite TV show on Blu-ray. When he finishes his day of relaxation, present him with a steak and baked potato from the grill and a cold beer.
Your man might keep his guilty pleasures secret from his buddies, but Father's Day is a time to show him just how well you know what he's into. Buy a couple comics that he's missing from his collection or browse a vintage music store to find some sought-after vinyl from the 1980s. If your boyfriend is a fan of old-school video games, shop online to find an old gaming system and a selection of games that will help him recall his youth.
- christingasner/iStock/Getty Images