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My husband nudged me on the shoulder today and reminded me, "It's Father's Day this Sunday."  Really?  How did that sneak up on me so quickly?  Well, probably because my life is moving too fast and this is my first Father's Day without having my dad with me.  So blocking is in order, right?  No one wants to even think of that first Father's Day without his or her dad, but here it is and I have to face the truth.  This is what I came up with.  My dad was not one who was big on gifts.  Well, that's not true.  He was big on gifts, but not big on extravagant gifts.  He was a sucker for the little things.  So, this year, I thought I would share some simple ways to love the dads in your life, whether they are your dads or your husbands or brothers, whatever, just the men in your life that you love who happen to be dads.

•Write him a letter telling him everything you love about him.
•Make him a memory book of your happiest "dad" childhood memories. Or better yet, collaborate. Have other people join in and write or illustrate their thoughts and memories on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet. Put it in one book and you have a wonderful and simple gift.
•Bring him a stack of his favorite magazines.
•Make his favorite snack or desert. My dad loved black licorice. So, every Father's Day I would bring him a big bag of it.
•Do what he loves. If he loves gardening or cleaning cars or history, do something with him that reflects that love.
•Listen to him. Listen to what the dad's in your life have to say. Just listen to their stories or advice. It is a tremendous gift to give someone we love our full attention.
•Have your kids make a play about "dad" or "grandpa." The kids will love the activity and the fathers will feel appreciated and loved.
•Treat him like a king. Give him the "royal treatment" and give him his way all day!
•Every hour on Father's Day, give him a compliment.
•Make a "10 Things I love about You" poster.
•Give a coupon book of treats to be used every month. For instance, give your dad a lunch out, just you and him, once a month...all year long.
•Just as good, call your dad once a month just to remind him of one thing you love about him.

All of these gifts are cheap or free.  They come from our hearts and chances are the dads in our lives will fall for them, hook, line and sinker.  Try one or two and see what happens when you practice simplicity on Father's Day.

Do you have a simple Father's Day gift idea that you would like to share?  Share it here!

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