Mother’s Day is in the rear-view mirror, which means it’s time to focus on dad. While moms (perhaps rightfully) get the lion’s share of attention on their one day out of the year, Father’s Day is typically more of a relaxed affair. There’s rarely a breakfast in bed or basket of treats waiting for dad on June 20th. Often, he can expect a thoughtfully written card and a few words of gratitude.
But this year has been trying for both parents. More time indoors has meant a heavier load of tasks for both parents, as the family attempts to navigate remote learning, online work and the general malaise of a year-long pandemic. In other words: dad probably had a stressful year.
This Father’s Day, in addition to the obligatory card, get the special father in your life something to help them relax. Here are four ideas for soothing, satisfying Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad Who Needs to Relax.
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad Who Needs to Relax
Cedar Incense Cones
The rugged, smoky scent of a cedar incense cone screams “log cabin in the woods with buddies,” but the sweet, lingering aroma can actually be quite calming.
If the dad in your life isn’t much for scented candles and essential oils, but may still benefit from a bit of aromatherapy, these brawny, woodsy incense cones are the perfect compromise.
Reishi mushrooms have been a fixture in Eastern cultures for hundreds (possibly thousands) of years. Traditionally, they were prized for their ability to calm the nerves. Recently, some research has backed these traditionally-held beliefs, proving that reishi may be a powerhouse when it comes to de-stressing.
All dad needs to do is mix reishi powder with hot water to make a tea, then sit back and relax. Its earthy, slightly bitter flavour will appeal to the stalwart black coffee drinker. But it also tastes excellent with sweeteners like maple syrup or cane sugar, and creamy additions like milk or oat milk. If dad's wondering how much reishi should I take to relax? he can consult the link provided.
A Putting Mat
Golf is a potent de-stressor – just ask any avid golfer. But with long, busy days, dad can’t always make it to the green for an early tee time.
For those housebound days when he needs a little me-time to turn off his thoughts and unwind, a putting mat is perfect. Wherever he is, he can roll out the mat, grab his favourite putter, take a deep, long breath and pretend he’s tapping at the 18th hole.
It may sound silly at first, but a pair of linen boxers can be some of the best self-care out there. Sure, they don’t have the relaxing potential of reishi tea or cedar aroma, but they are incredibly flowy and comfortable – perfect for pairing with one of the other gifts on this list.
After an arduous year, to celebrate Father's Day, get the dad in your life a relaxing gift. Try one of the ideas above, or go for all four – he’s worth it!