11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

t the time of this posting, I am lucky enough to be spending time with my dad, who retired in Central Arizona. I mention my mom frequently on this blog, but my dad…oh, my DADDY! (My parents and relatives are from the South so it’s not strange to us kids that we still call him daddy.) His parenting and love have been more powerful than I can say.

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

He has modeled a life of compassion, kindness, authenticity, faithfulness, gratitude and mercy. When you get those things right in life, surely you are royally set up for success and happiness. And if you’re my dad, you become sort of a LOVE MAGNET. He radiates goodness, and it’s a shame there is just one day set aside to honor its beauty.

I’m sharing 11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes to honor the fathers.

I hope the layering here of smiles, tenderness, and nostalgia will move your heart to a higher plane of being. Yet I’m sensitive to the fact not everyone was blessed by healthy parenting. If things were traumatic for the child you, please know my thoughts are also with you. There is something in this post for you too. I can feel it. After all, you were created so perfectly for love, and it’s sprinkled liberally here today.

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes

1. Look at Old Pictures Together

My mom helped me choose images online for this post, and we are both madly in love with this one!

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

It captured our imaginations. Did the father open up a children’s book and find something within it his own soul needed to heal? Did he become distracted by a piece of mail? Who snapped the photo anyway? Mom? And how adorable is this headscarf-wrapped determined little lady?

Find a moment to look at old photos with dad if possible, and listen to the flow of memories and stories emerging from a vault of history.

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“Look at these beautiful blessings. Even when they scream their heads off, I want to give them the biggest kiss.”โ€“ New dad Carlos Morales, on raising quadruplets on his own after his wife’s tragic death, to PEOPLE

2. Fun Breakfast Ideas

This is sort of kid stuff, but the ideas can be applied to celebrating grandpa too. I’m definitely a breakfast girl so this is where my mind goes. Consider making a simple special breakfast like this classic: eggs in a basket. Have a heart-shaped cutter? Even better to spread the love. Wink at your dad. Is he your hero? Don’t wait. Tell him.

This heart-shaped egg would make a fun surprise breakfast for dad on Father's Day and only takes a few minutes to prepare. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

I could not resist including a bunch of lame dad jokes in this mix! They are spot on!

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Stars are nice for superstars too, daddy-o.

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!. The Star of Breakfast: Using cookie cutter, cut star shape out of center of bread. Toast the cut out star. Place bread slice into a well buttered skillet on medium heat. Once one side is golden, flip over toast and crack egg into center of star. Cover and cook until egg white is firm. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with toasted star.

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

Maybe the dads in your life would like your help in becoming a breakfast hero…how about this sweet little gift they can use all year to elicit smiles from family members?

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!. Forget Toads in the Hole, the brave, the strong, the warriors who truly want to conquer their day kick it off with a little Eye of the Beast. Ahhh, breakfast has never been geekier and breaking the yolk never more satisfying than with the Egg Monster Toast Cutter

Egg Monster Toast Cutter

This next bad joke is a favorite.

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Ha! If the father in your life is a creative type, then by all means, spring for a kitty and frog egg shaper.

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Kitty Egg Shape Mold

3. Brunch Fun + Bacon

I realize I am recycling idea no. 2 with a side of bacon. Humor my stretching the limits of eggs and bacon in this post. The point is, no need to slave all day at the stove when these quick ideas with kids are tried and true. Why should kids get all the easy fun? Also. Why do we reserve all heart-shaped recipes for February when June is so very heart-worthy!?!

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!. I suppose you could make these heart-shaped eggs and toast any day of the week, but why not let them be special for Father's Day?

Full disclosure: I haven’t tried to make bacon hearts. I’ll try it and get back to you.

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes! Father's Day breakfast recipes: Bacon hearts. So cute and easy! | The Paper Mama

More heart-shaped brunchy inspiration here with this super easy treat.

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!. French Toast Churro Bites in heart shapes is cute idea if you need quick and EASY BREAKFAST Recipe

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

French Toast Churro Heart Bites Recipe

4. Health Nut Helper

Maybe smoothie making is more your dad’s jam.

This next gift idea is for the whiskey or Game of Thrones daddies.

5. Share a Giggle Since Fatherhood Has Its Moments

This MUST be watched to the end since the dad behind the camera begins to unravel…

6. Notice All the Good

It’s easy to become jaded and cynical if we are in the habit of looking for dysfunction and problems because we will always find them. It takes some intention and vulnerability to shift into a higher gear and tune our ear to a humming frequency of lovely. Reflect on the parents you see who are doing their best. Cheer them on. Whisper a prayer.

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes! Father putting daughter's hair in ponytail.

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

Brene Brown quote: We can't ask people to give us something that we do not believe we are worthy of receiving. #brenebrown #quote

Great poster for every parent and teacher to hang! 64 positive things you can say to kids.

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Military officer with child. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

Is there anything more challenging then parenting? I haven’t found it. I think what Brene Brown says about practicing wholeheartedness is especially relevant to good parenting and good relationshipping:

But there’s another way to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen. TO LOVE WITH OUR WHOLE HEARTS, even though there’s no guarantee…TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE AND JOY in those moments of terror. When we’re wondering, “Can I love you this much?” TO BELIEVE WE’RE ENOUGH.

Brene Brown quote: But there's another way to let ourself be seen. To love with our whole hearts. #brenebrown #quote #vulnerability #wholeheartedness

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7. For Dads Who Can Fix Anything

This gift is pure genius. I hope you’ll pin it so others discover it. ๐Ÿ™‚

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!Perfect Father's Day gift. If Dad can't fix it we're all screwed inscribed hammer. #fathersday #hammer #tools

HAMMER – If Dad Can’t Fix It, We’re All Screwed

8. Easy Fun Snack to Make For Dad

ice cream sandwiches are perfect for warm summer days

Someone special made these for a party I attended last night, and they were a huge hit. Storebought are fine, but they can’t be baked with love, ya know? Bake your favorite cookies…in fact, underbake them a little so they have some give when you add ice cream. You can click this image to go to the recipe for these exact rainbow cookies.

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9. For Music Lovin’ Papas

Paul McCartney with baby tucked in his shirt. #allyouneedislove #simplebabywearing #dadshirt

The cute one with a cute one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sweet father with braids holding infant on shoulder. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

10. Because Dad Loves Gadgets

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11. See Beauty Around the Globe

I have wishes for you. To prosper, to grow, to triumph over hardship.

I wish you eyes to see the lovely where others see a lost cause.

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes! Father and child.

11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

I wish you moments of simple parenting and grandparenting pleasures and the wisdom to know the small things are penetrating their souls.

Father and children doing dishes. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

Corinthians 13. Scripture about love. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

I wish you kisses on your cheeks–make it a double like the French–and long embraces that say more than words ever will.

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11 Father’s Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

Bible verse Proverbs 4:23. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

I wish you a heart breaking with forgiveness and humility as you consider where love has brought you.

11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes! Father holds smiling daughter in his lap with mosquito net in the background

Also, I wish you courage, true courage, to say YES to the wild ride which has come disguised as your life.

Bible verse Psalm 143:8. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

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I wish you mustard seeds of faith and softened ground in your soul.

Micah 8:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Pope Francis holding laughing child wearing glasses. 11 Father's Day Ideas, Gifts, and Quotes!

And I wish you sacred reminders that you belong, that you are stronger than you think, that you were made to bloom.

You were.

Brene Brown quote: Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders we are all in this together.

I wish you peace, right where you are.

~michele

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8 Comments

  1. Karen H.
    June 4, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Absolutely loved this post Michele. I got such a belly laugh from the video with two brothers in trouble! So sweet.

    • michele
      Author
      June 4, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Their subdued, “busted” expressions were priceless!! And the dad cracking up! Thanks for laughing with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wanda
    June 4, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Lovely post and the video of the two boys priceless.
    Thanks, once again.

    • michele
      Author
      June 4, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks for reading, friend. It’s lovely to have you here.

  3. Connie
    June 5, 2018 / 8:45 am

    This will be my second Father’s Day without my beloved dad who died just a year and a half ago at age 92.

    I think he and I had a special language together my other siblings just didn’t have with him. I “talked his talk” about things he truly loved: his cattle, the land of our ranch, God’s creation in general.

    My dad wasn’t a church-going man, which bothered my mom, but I knew he had his quiet moments alone out in the pasture where he worshipped in his own way, out in the wide open spaces he was so happy to be the steward for. One time as he and I were walking alone in the yard (not too many years ago), something came up about church-going. I said to my dad, in a way he knew I was saying something more than just the words: “Dad, I read This Book about a guy who also spent a fair amount of time alone, away from people, contemplating and meditating, sometimes for a really long time.” Dad smiled a little smile and said: “I know Who you mean.”

    When my dad was in the hospital (he died of heart failure after a great long run at this thing called Life), I knew I didn’t have much time left with him. The last thing I got to do for him really meant a lot to him. He and my mom had to sell all the cattle because they knew she couldn’t take care of the ranch alone. My last gift to him was for me and my husband to attend the sale where the very last of all the cattle were sold, which meant the world to him because he couldn’t be there himself. We wrote down all the statistics about the cattle as they were sold. The next day he called me, asking for some of those stats. I was happy to be able to give him that information. He thanked me, we said good bye on the phone. That happy short converation about his beloved cattle were our last words together. He died four days later.

    Oh gosh, I’ve probably written too much! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I guess one thing to think about as we near Father’s Day is to cherish the good moments, whether many or few, with those we love. And if you have a parent, or parents, who are sometimes a little less easy to love, remember #6 on this list shared. It is THE most important thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Michelle, thank you again for such wonderful post!

    • michele
      Author
      June 5, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      I love that you have written so much lovely here and would have been happy to keep reading your story. So don’t ever hesitate – I’ll meditate on all of it. Your father sounds wonderful, and surely his time spent in nature, tending the earth was all of it sacred. I myself learned that passively perching myself in a pew was not necessary to be in the abiding Presence. What a long life, and what a treasure that you could honor him as you did. To be seen, truly seen by his daughter…what a gift. I only hope my children will be able to see me with the same eyes you saw your father. Thank you for moving my heart and helping me glimpse heaven. xox

      • Connie
        June 7, 2018 / 12:07 pm

        Your kind reply made me smile. Thank you.

        It is especially hard to be coming up on Father’s Day. Though my dad died in January 2017, it was too cold to scatter his ashes in winter, in his favorite spot out in one of the pastures on the ranch. My mother decided to have that ceremony on the next Father’s Day because more relatives could come in the summer. Truthfully, I wished she would have picked another summer day but………

        Yes, God’s abiding Presence is not only felt inside the walls of buildings we call churches. He often lets us hear or feel Him “in the still, quiet moments” of our daily lives.

        • michele
          Author
          June 7, 2018 / 1:20 pm

          Praying for you just now, friend. And sending peace. xox

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