Dear 100 Hour Board,
What should I get my dad for Father's Day? Here's the thing: the man virtually has no hobbies! I feel like all I've ever given him over the years are things like new socks, car wash gift certificates (lame, I know) and crossword puzzle magazine subscriptions (the one thing I know he enjoys, but has received so many as gifts I've banned it as a possible option.) He's naturally pretty book smart, isn't really social and doesn't like to talk a lot. Difficult to shop for? Extremely. I'll be honest, we're not on lovey dovey father daughter terms like most BYU students who seem to come from ideal Mormon homes. But he is my dad and I feel obligated. Any creative ideas?
Boy, do I sympathize. My dad doesn't fish, grill, play golf or watch sports. Most years, I ask my mom for ideas about what to get him, because she's really good about paying attention when he casually mentions something he might like. So, my first suggestion is to ask your mom if she has any ideas.
However, this year I've decided to do something a bit different. I don't have good ideas for giving my dad anything tangible, but we have a lot of funny family stories about him that have never been written down. For Father's Day, I'm going to write one of them down, and send it to my parents. If I do this every year (and maybe for his birthday, too), I'll eventually gather quite a collection of stories, and they'll be a lot more meaningful than years of socks. Even if you don't have funny stories about your dad, chances are you can still think of things you did together or ways he shows he loves you or what your first memories are of him.