Apparently, dads get the short end of the parental appreciation stick. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $106.49 on their dads this year. Mother’s Day spending averaged $140.73 (but this gap has narrowed in recent years).
So in the interest of fairness this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, I browsed around for some ideas for a dad who likes family history. (I’m dying to include what my little Leo is giving his daddy, but I’m afraid of spoiling his surprise, so I’ll show and tell after Sunday.)
- A framed picture of dad with his kids or grandkids, or dad as a youngster with his dad, is a classic. Or I’ve heard about moms taking pictures of the wee ones wearing dad’s or grandpa’s shoes, tie and hat, and adding a frame.
- If you’ve been doing genealogy research, put together some of the items you’ve found into an album (here are some ideas), or burn a CD.
- Finally have those old home movies transferred from reels or VHS tapes onto DVDs (get tips here), or scan his old vacation photos or slides and put them on CDs.
- If your dad is an old school, stoic kind of dad, and you want to get to know him better, get Questions to Bring You Closer to Dad: 100+ Conversation Starts for Fathers and Children of Any Age by Stuart Gustafson and Robyn Freedman Spizman for yourself. Then, treat Dad to a day of bonding.
- Lots of dads are military history buffs, so something from our Civil War Anniversary category would be just the thing.
- Our Military Research Guide CD (that’s my grandpa’s WWII portrait on the case) or our on-demand webinar Online Military Records: Document Your Family’s Service, presented by David A. Fryxell would help him find his ancestors’ military records.
- A few years ago on a road trip, my parents and I enjoyed listening to the War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars audio book, edited by Andrew Carroll and read by familiar voices such as Tom Brokaw and Joan Allen.
- If your dad likes to go exploring, Family Tree Shop has travel books such as Georgia’s Lighthouses and Historic Coastal Sites and Oregon Impressions. Just choose the state you want here, then click the subcategory Travel.
- Help make a new dad’s life a little easier—so he’ll have a little time for genealogy—with 50 Tips and Tricks for New Dads by Vincent Iannelli, MD