The Best Father’s Day Gift You Can Give Your Dad
What’s the best gift you can get your dad this Father’s Day? I’ll give you two guesses.
No, it’s not an all expenses paid trip to St. Andrews — although I’m sure Dad would appreciate that.
One more try…
it’s his health!
If you’re reading this blog then I’m guessing you value your health and fitness and hopefully that of your family as well.
Before I give you a few last-minute, health-oriented gift ideas for Dad (in case you’re like me and have procrastinated until now), I’m going to share a story about how I helped my own father improve his health.
My dad is a sugar fiend and likely to blame for my serious fro-yo addiction. On the regular, he either skips breakfast or eats a donut. And if I’m not around to lay the smack down, Big Macs are often on the lunch menu.
So for Christmas this year, as part of a ongoing campaign to improve his diet, I got him a Nutri Bullet and protein powder.
He always says he doesn’t care what I get him. So now, instead of giving him another pack of golf balls, I’ve used these opportunities to incept my plan for his health makeover. Sounds sinister, but it’s well-intentioned.
At first he shoved that thing in the back of the pantry and balked at the idea of eating the disgusting, chalky substance I so lovingly gave him.
I persisted, and over the course of my holiday visit, proceeded to show him how delicious protein shakes filled with nutritious fruits and veggies can be, by making him all of my specialities.
When I left to return to L.A., he was still extremely skeptical. I worried that I’d wasted my money and felt defeated at another failed attempt.
But as the weeks went by, he started using it. I’d call home and he’d be in the kitchen whipping up a new concoction. My mom told me he’d actually get excited to try new fruit combos and was often bringing them to her to taste test.
Sure, if you live near the Safeway he frequents in Tucson, then you’re still bound to run into him one Sunday morning picking up his glazed maple donuts. But most days, he eats his healthy smoothies instead.
The moral of the story: it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. You just have to be patient and persistent.
If you’re looking to help your Dad improve his health or you’ve already got a fit father, here are a few gifts he might appreciate.
The Nutri Bullet.
An upgrade from their best-selling miracle smoothie maker, the Magic Bullet, this thing has a permanent spot in my kitchen (even though I have a Vitamix too) and now my dad’s as well.
I’m totally not into headphones that wrap around your ear like this, but my dad solely sports wrap-around buds. Hey, I’m just happy he’s hitting the gym. If your dad is like mine, this is the coolest pair you can possibly give him.
Help Dad make healthy food choices by having them shipped straight to his door. Sizzlefish provides you with perfectly portioned servings of heart-healthy fish with tons of Omega-3 fatty acids.
This activity tracker will help encourage Dad to stay active throughout the day and is cool enough that he won’t feel too metro sporting it around town.
Looking for a more wallet-friendly option? Simply download this app for Dad on his iPhone and then take him on a father daughter (or son) hike. It keeps track of your steps and shows you on a map how far you went.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a happy, healthy Father’s Day!