Whenever I ask my dad what he wants for Father’s Day (or his birthday or Christmas, for that matter) he says: “Give me a liquorice stick!” Although my dad is really quite fond of liquorice, I’m guessing that what he really wants is to spend a great day with his family – and perhaps to get a little bit of a surprise too. This Father’s Day, I’m going to make sure that’s exactly what happens. I’ve dreamed up three surprises that involve spending a brilliant day with dad. Which would you choose?


Surprise 1 – Whisk dad away on a city break


Dads are pretty good with surprises – think back to your excitement when you saw your first bike under the Christmas tree. This year, make it your turn to give dad an unforgettable surprise he’ll always remember. Just tell dad to keep the weekend free and to pack for a couple of brilliant days and nights out – then produce tickets to fly to a city he really loves, or one he’s always wanted to visit. Book cheap flights to Barcelona, Venice or Munich with Monarch, and you’ll be able to splurge on a great hotel and spending money too.

Best for: dads with itchy feet


Surprise 2 – Give dad the day of his dreams

father & son fishing

You know that dad loves doing little things to help you out. But if he could choose to do anything he wanted this Father’s Day, what do you think it would be? Would dad’s ideal day involve driving a supercar around Silverstone, trying his hand at flying, taking a behind-the-scenes tour of his football club’s stadium, or a fishing trip somewhere special? Experience days make all these things (and more) possible, so they’re an increasingly popular choice for dads who have everything!

Best for: dads who think big


Surprise 2 – Make dad a present he’ll treasure


It may sound corny, but it’s true that dads cherish the unique gifts that only their children can make. If you don’t fancy your craft skills (and your nana’s already got woolly jumpers for dad covered) why not commission a family portrait or get some special family photos framed? Or what about ordering a coffee table book full of photographic memories for dad? Whichever gift you decide on, you know that dad will want to show it off in pride of place.

Best for: proud dads

What are you going to do to treat your dad this Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!


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