6 Meaningful Father’s Day Gifts That Fit Different Kids’ Strengths

By Lexi Walters Wright
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If your child has learning and thinking differences, simple holiday gift projects aren’t always so simple. One way you can help is by suggesting a from-the-heart Father’s Day gift that fits your child’s strengths. Here are some ideas to spark her creativity!

Ask Dad out on a father-kid date.

Brainstorm with your child where she’d like to take Dad—just the two of them. Out for ice cream? To the batting cages? Talk about what Dad likes to do, and what might be a treat for him. Encourage your child to create an invitation with an itinerary or help her craft “tickets” for the outing.

Make Dad a playlist.

Have your child choose tunes Dad would love for his workout or his commute. Tech-savvy tweens and teens can use services like iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, or even YouTube to create a playlist. Or if your child wants to make a photo slideshow, Tech Finder has reviews of easy-to-use tools like Fotobabble.

Invite Dad to learn something together.

What would your child like to learn with her father? They could take a bike-repair class together at a local shop. Or watch YouTube videos on how to make the perfect barbecued chicken. (And then hit the grocery store to get what they need for a grilled feast.) Whatever your child chooses, the gift is in the shared experience.

Offer Dad help!

Encourage your child to think about what kind of assistance her father could use. Could she help clean out his closet? Weed the garden? Organize the bookshelf? Have her offer her services with a handmade “coupon.”

Give Dad the gift of grub.

Help your child think about what foods her father loves. Think about snacks like trail mix or party mix and sweets like chocolates or baked goods. Or brainstorm savory food projects, like homemade barbecue sauce or spice rub. Have her look online or in a cookbook for a recipe. Encourage her to help shop for the ingredients and choose the container her good gift will go in.

Decorate one of Dad’s favorite things.

Is Dad a coffee drinker? The guy in charge of weekend pancakes? Give your child permanent markers and let her draw a message or design on a blank mug or serving platter. Are guitar picks or golf balls more Dad’s style? Let her decorate those, instead. (Follow the directions on the markers to seal the color on Dad’s present.)

About the Author

About the Author

Lexi Walters Wright 

is the former Community Manager at Understood (u.org/community). As a writer and editor, she helps parents make more informed choices for their children and for themselves.

Reviewed by

Reviewed by

Bob Cunningham, EdM 

serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.

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