Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast coming up and in case you are still grappling with gift ideas, allow me to share some to you based on what may be interesting for you Dad:

For the Reading Dad. Sure, it is easy to think about getting books for your Dad if he is the type who loves to read but perhaps the challenge is what book can you give him. Well, check his library or kindle reader and from there you can discern what kind of books he prefers. My late father was a lawyer and he loved legal, detective and espionage stories. So my obvious choice in the past had been to get books from such genres. I would then check out what’s the latest books available in the bookstores as well as what are the best sellers and choose from them. I make sure, of course, to buy a book he doesn’t have yet. It’s also a good idea to get a an inspiring piece or a good devotional for your Dad. You may want to give him The Purpose Driven Life of Rick Warren or the Experiencing God Day-by Day devotional by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby.

For the Musical Dad. If your father is like my brother who loves music, you may go ahead and get him CD of his favorite music genre or artist. You can also purchase for him a subscription from music streaming services. If your father plays music and you have the budget for it, you might want to buy him his favorite musical instrument. If he plays the guitar, you might want to check out ovation guitar at guitarcenter.com. They have good prices with some guitars even on sale.

For the Handyman Dad. If your father is a natural in fixing things or even building things at home, get him a toolkit. You can go as high end or as large a tool kit as you want or can afford. You can find them in stores and even buy them online. You can also purchase a book or a magazine subscription for your Dad related to technical or construction things he enjoys doing.

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For the Sporty Dad. If your Dad is into sports, for sure he will appreciate a good pair of rubber shoes. You can be as specific as getting him a good pair for running or for playing basketball. You can also buy him something related to the sports he plays: a badminton racket, a set of tennis balls or even a basketball jersey. If you enjoy sports yourself, take him to a game, if possible. Buy tickets to that rugby game he wants to go to.

For the Techie Dad. The good thing nowadays is that you have so many shops to choose from to buy the latest gadgets. Other than from the shops or malls, of course, you can buy them online and at good prices, too. So you can go ahead and buy that smartphone for your Dad or even a tablet if he doesn’t have one yet. If he is the type who still prefers to take photos with a camera rather than from his phone, then maybe you can get him one.

If budget is a concern for you, you can still express your love for your Dad (and your Mom) in simpler ways. Buy him a cake and card. Hold a mini-concert for him at home together with your siblings. Organize a simple picnic for him and family at his favorite park or at the beach if isn’t so far from your place. You may cook dinner for them or buy one for them if you’re not into cooking. Share your plans with your siblings and split costs with them in buying gifts or in giving your Dad a treat. It will also double your Dad’s joy to know that all his children were involved in making the day special for him.  


Doing a Mid-year Review of Your Health Goals

It seemed like it was just January and now, we are already in the middle of the year!

A friend of mine recently spoke at a gathering and she mentioned about the need to do mid-year reviews in terms of achieving our goals in the work setting as well as in our personal life. Her talk also reminded me about taking stock of my own health goals for the year.

The Importance of Goals. Allow me to backtrack a bit. There are really no goals to assess or review in terms of accomplishing them if we haven’t made any clear goals in the first place.

I think it helps a lot if we also take time to write down these goals. These goals need to be also SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound). An example of this in my case would be: Walk for 30 minutes three times a week around our subdivision.

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And Now, the Review. Basically, if we have listed down those health goals we have for the year, then it’s a matter of going back over them. What where those that you were able to accomplish? What was not accomplished? For those you were not able to accomplish, what could be done differently? I have thought about my inconsistency in my walking goal around the village and realized that the times I was not able to do this was during the times when it was raining. I recently got the idea from another friend to do another set of “walking exercises” which could be done right inside the home. So yup, rain will have to be crossed off as a reason why I have failed to do my regular walking.

Accountability. I have also come to see how helpful it can also be to accomplish your goals if you share it with someone. This person can then remind you whether you have stuck to your goals. You actually gave him or her “the right” not only to remind you but also to ask you whether you are indeed working on your health goals.

And so for me, I’m revisiting my health goals this time. I am also revising them so that they can be SMART.

We can do this! Let’s be healthy this year and onward! 🙂