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Father's Day is just around the corner, and for many dads, that means another tie or pair of socks to add to the collection. But this year, here’s a thought: Get back to basics. After all, the most rewarding part of being a father is knowing that your children love you. Here are a few ideas: Spoil Him When was the last time your dad slept in? One or two extra hours of rest could be the best gift ever. While you’re at it, how about breakfast in bed? Make him his favorite pot of coffee and bring him the paper too! Sounds like the perfect way to start off the day. Make it a Family Affair Father's Day is by nature a family event. Use this opportunity to get everyone in the family together for an enjoyable day. Pack a picnic and go to the beach or a park. Fire up the grill for a family barbecue, or take dad to a sporting event. Tip: family time is no fun when everyone’s on their phones. Try to unplug, at least for a few hours, to give dad ALL your attention. Be Creative Expensive or traditional gifts are really not necessary, but the time and effort you put in to create a personalized tribute will be deeply appreciated. Let your own creative abilities shine and make him something special: bake a cake, prepare his favorite dinner, write a poem or song. Homemade cards are ALWAYS better than those store-bought ones. Celebrate Your Shared Experiences Take a walk down memory lane by looking at old photos of you and your dad… on vacation, at graduation, on the soccer field. You may be surprised at how many things you both have forgotten about, and how much they mean to you. It might even be cool to record his voice as you talk about old times together (there are lots of recording apps for smartphones available). That gives you a meaningful memento that you can keep forever. Ask His Advice About Something Anything. This will give your dad an opportunity to feel fatherly, a very good way to feel on Father's Day! We used to look to dad for advice all the time when we were little ones. Besides, you might get some really good advice while you're at it! Make the Day Joyful The most important aspect of the day is that you are present and attentive. It doesn’t take material presents to make dad happy—it takes showing your love, and reassuring your dad that you appreciate all he's done for you and your family. For many fathers, the most rewarding part of being a father is feeling that your children love you, and the knowledge that each child is on a path to a successful future, no matter what their age. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!