Father’s Day ideas for family fun: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We all know that the gift of time can be the best Father’s Day gift of all–along with a handmade card, of course. If you’re looking for some family fun ideas, here are a few that can make the family the gift.

Father’s Day Room Service
Download this adorable Father’s Day printable (top), tell him to hang it on his door the night before, and then get the kids to take care of his order in the morning. Be sure to make enough for everyone–it will be more fun if you spread a picnic blanket on the bedroom floor and everyone can eat together.

 

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Tickets to a favorite game
Major league games are a bloody fortune. Instead, consider local minor league and farm teams which could probably use your support. It can actually be more fun for a family (and less chance of your kid ending up covered in some dude’s beer).

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Cooper & Kid Activity Box for Dad
Also recommended in our Father’s Day gifts from the kids, this activity box is packed with enough fun stuff for a day (and more) with dad, whether the weather holds or not.  ($65, Cooper & Kid)

 

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Family Picnic
It almost doesn’t matter what you eat or how fancy your picnic basket is–get everyone out of the house, bring cards or a soccer ball and don’t forget your camera. We happen to love this handmade picnic blanket which could be a great gift, and promise of future picnics.

 

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Movie Night at Home
Make it a little more special with popcorn, Dad’s favorite movie theater candy (Jr. Mints? Sno-Caps?) and if you want to get really authentic, a 140-oz cup of soda. Just kidding on that one. Start with this free home movie ticket printable from Dabbles and Babbles. It might be nice to watch his own favorite childhood movie, maybe even one your kids haven’t seen yet so he can share it with them for the first time.

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Family Art Project
We’re smitten with this paint your own super hero kit at Think Geek. You’ll not only have a fun hour or so with the kids making them, he’ll have some fun little desk or nightstand toys to show for the effort.

 

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Backyard Campout
No need to head to the mountains for a camping weekend. Pitch a tent in the backyard and enjoy a little outdoor family fun with the comforts of home a few steps away. Just don’t forget the piece de resistance: The best s’mores ever. And hey, if sleeping outside doesn’t sound that appealing, try the basement or even your living room.

 

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Mini Golf, Waterparks, or the Local Theme Park
As part of the deal, Dad gets free passes to go on whatever crazy thrill rides he wants while you have to stay back with the kids. It’s only fair, right? Also, he gets to win at mini golf. Maybe.

We love that our sponsor Dove Men+Care has teamed up with wonderful charity Operation Homefront as part of Mission: Care to give one of the greatest gifts to 300 military servicemen this Father’s Day: Their families. When you purchase Dove Men+Care products, you help make that happen. Just watch one of the wonderful reunions on their website

 

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Congrats to the winners of our Father’s Day Gift Pack valued at more than $550! 

Father's Day Gift Guide giveaway | Cool Mom Picks

1. Jack Spade Canvas Messenger Bag 2. MOUTH World’s Greatest Dad Gourmet Basket 3. Complete Game of Thrones Season 1 Blu-Ray Collection 4. Daddy Keychain by Lisa Leonard 5. Dove Men+Care Gift Pack for skin, face, body and hair  6.Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects  7. Native Union Switch Bluetooth Speaker

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76 Comments

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    amorette

    he needs their awesome hydrating shave gel- his stinks and it doesn’t work well!

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Renee Garland

    My son is a new father and would love the Dove body wash, lotions and other wonderful products to keep his skin as soft as his new baby girl.

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Megan C

    My daughter’s tell me my husband would most like Dove Men’s Odor Guard, lol. I think they’re being silly ;)

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Tracy Alverson

    My husband would probably try the deep cleaning face+body bar. What a super generous giveaway, thanks!

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Mike

    The soap makes me smell fabulously manly.

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Courtney

    Never been to the blog before but already a huge fan!
    I know Daddy-to-be would be a big fan of the gift pack and would love the Dove Body bars!

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Sarah

    The 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner by Dove for men is his favorite right now. Thanks for the chance!!!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Theresa J

    My husband would love the Clinical Protection deoderant.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Lauren@Momhomeguide

    The Father’s Day room service idea is really cute!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Alison

    A crazy thrill ride, or mini golf with the boys, of course!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Urvashi D

    I just love the Family Picnic and Movie Night at Home ideas.. Would definitely try them this time.. Have a Family picnic at day and then at dinner time will be the Movie Night at Home ;) Thanks for the fantastic ideas..

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Kellie

    My dad would love the Jack Spade Canvas Messenger Bag !

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Patricia Rodarte

    The moisturizing body wash, most definitely!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    sharon

    The hydrating shave gel is great.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Libby

    The Dad in my house loves the extra fresh bar soap!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Eugenie

    My husband would like the Sensitive Face Wash.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Agatha

    My husband wants the body wash!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Charissa

    The Aqua persiperent sounds great!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    amancia kaushal

    My husband, and daddy of 3, would LOVE item #3 – The Game of Thrones Season 1 Blu-Ray Collection, he is such a huge fan!!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Maureen J

    My husband would love #4 – The Daddy Keychain.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Alice Dishong

    I think the daddy is my hero would be perfect since my husband is military!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Jean L. Holman

    Sensitive Face Wash

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Krista

    My husband uses the Face Lotion Hydrate+ and he really likes it, so I would pick that one. ;-)

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Cassandra

    My hubby uses & loves the Dove body wash!!!!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Desiree

    He would love the MOUTH World’s Greatest Dad Gourmet Basket. He loves to cook, and food in general!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    JennyB

    Dad would like the DOVE + CARE MEN’S face lotion best!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Kim

    He could use the body and face wash combo in Fresh Awake! :-) (I think we all could use it!)

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Kristine R.

    My husband likes the 2 in 1 conditioner.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Abigail

    My husband would use the body bar! Love fresh soap smells!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Jamie

    Hubby(C’s dad) would get great use out of the messenger bag! He travels for work often and it would keep him organized and looking sharp!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Martha

    My husband would love the post shave balm

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Chelsie

    What a cool giveaway! My baby’s daddy loves the Dove Body Bars!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    teresa

    He would love the speaker!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    kim pacetti

    deep cleaning face+body bar is a great product for a great dad. – thanks for an amazing giveaway chance

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Vana

    My dear hubby would love the sensitive face wash.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Cindi

    All of the men in my life have sensitive skin!
    They would love the whole sensitive facial care
    line! Many thanks, Cindi

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Christina C

    The Clinical Protection deodorant!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Erin

    I hate to admit it but the NEW Dove Men+Care Thickening Fortifying Shampoo would be perfect for him — getting a little “light” up on top. And, who doesn’t love a good shampoo & Dove product to boot!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    KarenL

    He would love the “Dad is cool” key chain!!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Aidel.K

    My guy loves the extra fresh body wash & uses it every day.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Trisha

    Definitely the clinical protection deodorant!!!!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Carol Rogero

    He loves the Dove Mens Care Body wash- Aqua.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Tracie

    The Aqua Blast body wash because I really want to smell it and so he stops using my body wash!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Mary

    My dear hubby would like the Dove shampoo!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Nicona

    My husband loves all of the Dove sensitive skin products!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Ross Olson

    The Dove 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner. Thanks!
    Ross Olson

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Ross Olson

    The Dove Lotion or 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner.
    Thanks!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Amie Olson

    The sensitive face wash is what he would like. Thanks!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Arlene

    My husband would love the Dove Men+Care Gift Pack for skin, face, body and hair!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Nena Thornburg

    Definitely the speakers! For sure!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Amanda Alvarado

    My hubby would love the body wash in the deep clean!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Allison K

    The Face Wash looks like something he’d try.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Christina F.

    He’d like the Dove Men + Care body washes best. We never agree on scents, though, so I’m not even going to try to guess which one. :-)

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Joie

    My hubby takes really quick, no fuss showers. If there was anything that would make his shower routine more efficient then he is all for it. That’s why I know he would love the Dove Men+Care
    FORTIFYING 2 IN 1 SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER. It would cut off his shampoo and conditioner time in half because it’s 2 in 1. :)

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Sarah

    My husband would love the sensitive + post shave balm. That product seems made for him!

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    lyndsaycwilson

    He loves the hydrating shave gel- so he could use more!

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Tina

    My Amazing Husband and New Father has sensitive skin. He is very giving and I’m sure I’ll pick up some Dove Men+Care sensitive shave gel!! Hopefully shaving will be less painful for him.

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Beth Ho

    My husband would definitely love all of this stuff, though the messenger bag is what would likely get the most use :-)

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Kellie

    Love the Jack Spade Canvas Messenger Bag!

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Becky

    My husband will like the Bluetooth Speaker the best.

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Sandi G

    Anti Dandruff Fortifying Shampoo would be best for my fantastic husband!

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    amy warren

    I think he would love the Dove® Men+Care® Aqua Impact Body and Face Wash!

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Emily

    I think my husband (and I) would enjoy the antiperspirant/deodorant! Extra Fresh scent seems like it would be a good one to me!

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Ashley Frazier

    My fiancée loves the dove men’s body wash! I recently bought it for him to try and he loved it. Thanks so much for putting sample bottles out to try on other things. That’s how we started buying it! God bless.

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Kristen Gau

    My hubby would probably love the fresh awake body + face wash to help make mornings a little bit nicer.

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Janie

    He would love the awesome project book, because he needs some projects as awesome as he is, and not just my honey-do’s:-)

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Christine

    He would love that messenger bag, it’s perfect!

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Rachel McMahan

    I think the Extra Fresh body wash would be the perfect gift for the dad in my household! :-)

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Monet Tiedemann

    Body and face wash in one? Sounds perfect for my low maintenance hubby.

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    laurie

    We use the extra fresh shampoo and all my boys love it. I may need to pick up the face wash though!

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Christine M

    2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Jamie drury

    My husband is so loving to my two boys & I love the daddy key chain its my favorite pick because our men face so many battles every day it’s a great reminder of who he is to us as a family. Thx for the article guys!

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Rachael sipes

    Mine would definitely go for the face/body wash!

  • Reply June 16, 2013

    Brian E.

    …the new Dove post-shave balm !!!

  • Reply June 16, 2013

    Julie

    I think my dad would love the dove gift pack. I’m sure he’d also love the project book, even though we have more than enough projects already :)

  • Reply June 16, 2013

    Alfreda

    My husband would like the book because he loves doing projects with the kids

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