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Father’s Day Gifts: The Stay-at-Home Edition

Life’s annual celebrations look a little different this year. But if you give it even a moment’s thought, the reasons to be grateful sure do mount up. And during stressful times, it’s more important than ever—and more beneficial to your health—to focus on them. Are you grateful to have a fab dad in your life? Then celebrate your love for him with a thoughtful Father’s Day gift that’s just right for the moment.  

The Gift of Connection

Social distancing has lots of us looking for new and more engaging ways to stay in touch. Many of us have turned to social media, but by their very nature, they’re public places where you may not want to share your most personal thoughts and images. However, a Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame makes having a direct connection to Dad easy. It’s Wifi-enabled and compatible with your smartphone, so you can share images and videos in real-time. Dad can watch his granddaughter take her first steps or blow out her birthday candles along with you.

The Gift of Comfort

When you give a present to someone, do you ever wonder whether the recipient will really use it? Well, there’s one thing all of us do every day and that’s sleep. Upgrade your dad’s mattress and you can be sure your gift will be appreciated on a nightly basis. The best mattresses will give your dad a decade or more of comfort and support—not to mention the rest he deserves after raising you!

Gifts from the Garden

The world has gone greener since the global pandemic hit. More people are turning to home vegetable gardening as a soothing hobby. Gardening is a great, gentle exercise for people of all ages, and it puts food on the table at a time when fears about food shortages are top of mind. The more fresh veggies your dad puts on his plate, the better he’ll look and feel. From seeds and other supplies to trowels and trimmers, there are dozens of affordable gifts you can give to encourage Dad’s green thumb. 

The Gift of Companionship

Maybe you can’t be with your dad as often as you’d like, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep him company. One feel-good story that’s come out of the global pandemic is that pet shelters around the globe have seen a delightful dip in occupancy. A lovable mutt can brighten anybody’s day, after all! You can also adopt family-friendly dogs like golden retrievers (or less active breeds like bulldogs and Bichon Frises) from dedicated rescue organizations around the country.

Studies have found that pet owners enjoy better health and, statistically, they even live longer. And you want your dad to be around a long time, don’t you? Think of all the Father’s Day gifts you can buy—and how much fun he can have as he uses his Nixplay Frame to share photos and videos of his pup’s antics to you and the rest of the family!

The Gift of Good Health

New stay-at-home guidelines have us all doing more cooking. Nutritionists recommend grilling as one of the healthiest cooking techniques. Whether your dad’s grill skills are legendary or apprentice-level, a new gas grill, charcoal grill, or even a smoker could really up his game. And it can help him ease into socially-distanced outdoor entertaining.

Is he already armed for battle with grilling gear? You could try sending a box of perfectly-aged, organic steaks, or a subscription to a wine club (red wines have heart-healthy benefits!). If he’s missing his pub fries or Friday fish and chips, an air fryer delivered to his doorstep will give him the fried crispness he craves minus the calories and excess cholesterol. 

The Gift of Accomplishment

In homes across America, dads are checking stuff off of their to-do lists at speeds that were previously unheard of. That’s because, strangely, the coronavirus itself has given us one very special gift: the gift of time. And lots of dads are using it to be very productive around the home.

You’ve probably noticed the uptick of home improvement projects on your Instagram or Facebook feeds. Photos of newly painted decks, immaculately organized garages, and shiny refinished floors are popping up everywhere. Mechanical and power tools are a great way to support your DIY dad’s skills and help him tackle the projects he’s been wanting to complete around the house.

The Gift of Getting Away

Summer vacation season has taken a hit, with airline travel restrictions, beach closures, and other health regulations in place. But when you’ve been tethered to home for months, you don’t have to go far to feel like you’re getting a break from your routine. Why not plan a boredom-busting weekend for your dad at a nearby bed-and-breakfast? If your dad loves fishing, find one near a lake. If he’s golfer, find one located near the best course he can get to in a day-trip. 

Susan Doktor is a journalist and business strategist who hails from New York City. She writes, guest- and ghost-blogs on a wide range of topics including health and fitness, parenting, finance, and technology. Follow her on Twitter @branddoktor.

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9 Songs That Beautifully Capture Fatherhood

Want to give your father a heartwarming surprise on Father’s Day? You can curate a playlist for him with his favorite songs, interspersed with songs about the joys of fatherhood. It’ll be the perfect soundtrack for the Father’s Day activities you’ve planned with the rest of the family. Here are some songs you can add!

Just The Two Of Us” by Will Smith

Memorable Lyrics:

 I know I loved you more than life itself
Then to my knees, and I begged the Lord, please
Let me be a good daddy, all he needs
Love, knowledge, discipline too
I pledge my life to you

“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

Memorable Lyrics:

I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you always know
As long as one and one is two
Ooh ooh
There could never be a father
Love his daughter more than I love you

“I Learned From You” by Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus

Memorable Lyrics:

I learned from you that I do not crumble
I learned that strength is something you choose
All of the reasons to keep on believin’
There’s no question, that’s a lesson
I learned from you

Right By You (for Luna)” by John Legend

Memorabe Lyrics:

And even when it all becomes too much
When you’re growing old and feeling out of touch
Ooh, listen to this song and just take care
And know that I will be there

Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle

Memorable Lyrics:

Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every morning
And butterfly kisses at night

“Daddy” by Beyonce

Memorable Lyrics:

No matter what mistakes I make you’re there for me
You cure my disappointments and you heal my pain
You understood my biz and you protected me
I treasure every irreplaceable memory

“Danny’s Song” by Loggins and Messina

Memorable Lyrics:

Pisces, Virgo rising
Is a very good sign
Strong and kind
And the little boy is mine
But, now I see a family
Where once was none

Papa Can You Hear Me?” by Barbra Streisand

Memorable lyrics:

I remember ev’rything you thought me
Ev’ry book I’ve ever read
Can all the words in all the books
Help me to face what lies ahead?

Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross

Memorable lyrics:

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me
And then
Spin me around ’till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure
I was loved

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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8 Gift Ideas for the Dapper Dad

Still wracking your brain for the best Father’s Day gift for your stylish dad? We’re here to help. Here some handy suggestions:

Noise-canceling headphones

Give the busy executive dad a gadget he’ll be able to use a lot. A pair of noise-canceling headphones can be his perfect companion during conference calls, long-haul flights, and lazy afternoons spent listening to his ebooks and podcasts.

Try: Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II, Apple AirPods Pro

A grooming kit

For the dad who always strives to look his best–or who just needs to replace his ancient razor.

Try: Bevel Shave Kit, Kiehl’s Men’s Grooming Essentials

Stylish sunglasses

A handsome pair of sunglasses will always be appreciated by dad. Get him a classic pair that will stand the test of time and will keep him looking sharp during backyard barbecues, grocery runs, and everything in between.

Try: Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic, Oakley Holbrook

Timeless loafers

The ultimate dad shoe. Comfortable, effortlessly stylish, and a certified classic.

Try: Sperry Plushwave Penny Loafer, Tod’s City Gommino Driving Shoes in Suede-Brown 

A Nixplay Frame

Does dad love taking photos? Make sure his snaps are perfectly displayed on the USA’s bestselling digital photo frame. Nixplay’s Father’s Day Sale is ongoing–now’s your chance to get up to 30% off on selected frames!

A bottle of his favorite alcohol

Didn’t manage to buy a gift in time? When all else fails, swing by the liquor store: a bottle of his favorite drink should do the trick. 

Try: The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Aviation Old Tom Gin

A UV sanitizer case

These days, it’s especially important to keep your surroundings and things squeaky-clean. A UV Sanitizer should properly disinfect for dad’s gadgets, gizmos, and other small items.

Try: https://www.casetify.com/protects/uv-sanitizer

A book he’ll love

Delight dad with this easy but thoughtful gift idea: A tome about the things that interest him most. See our other recommendations here.

Try: The American House by Phaidon, The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House by Daniel Mark Epstein

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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5 Best Books About Fatherhood

While much has been said and written about the glory (and the difficulty) of being a mother, it’s important to remember that fathers don’t have it easy, either. These five books capture the core essence of fatherhood–that primordial drive to be a provider, a protector, a supporter, and a friend to your child–in heart-touching ways.

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary

Being a parent isn’t easy–and it’s something that GQ correspondent Drew Magary’s perfectly captured in his collection of relatable stories about the contemporary American parenting experience. The stories, which range from indulging a child’s request to play princess, to watching in resigned helplessness as a kid pees in a public pool, will have the reader alternating between laughing out loud and shaking their head in understanding. 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This American classic, set in the 1930s in the town of Macomb, Alabama, tells the story of lawyer Atticus Finch through his daughter Scout’s eyes. Atticus is given the responsibility of defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. The chances of Tom being acquitted is extremely slim, but Atticus still gives his all to do the right thing–teaching his children (as well as the reader) important life lessons along the way. 

The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House by Daniel Mark Epstein

Nobody’s exempt from parenting woes–not even America’s founding fathers. The Loyal Son digs into the turbulent relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his illegitimate son, William. Ben raised William to be his aide and successor, but the American Revolution created a gaping chasm between the two, who found themselves standing on opposite sides of history. This is one book history buffs shouldn’t miss.

Be Prepared by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden

This book would be a godsend for new dads and soon-to-be fathers. It covers things every dad should know, such as changing diapers and childproofing rooms, plus more interesting topics, such as foods you should never feed your baby. And it’s all wrapped in one delightfully funny, easy-to-read package, complete with illustrations.

Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir by Common

In this book, award-winning musician and actor Common reflects on what it means to live a life guided by love. He touches on personal matters, such as his relationship with his daughter, and progresses to bigger issues, such as the racial and political issues that divide humanity. It will make you reflect on the world around you and how you can help make it better.

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

5 Simple And Thoughtful Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner! While our options for celebrating the holiday are more limited now, it shouldn’t be too difficult to make the day extra special for dad. Here are some ways to make the holiday fun.

1. Prepare his favorite lunch

The saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” certainly applies to dad. Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to serve him a juicy ribeye, cooked to his preferred doneness, or indulge in lobster or sea bass. Serve it with a nice glass of wine (it’s a special day, after all) and his favorite sides. Don’t forget dessert!

2. Watch his favorite movie with him

Since it’s not yet advisable to go to the theaters, bring the movies to dad instead! Set up a cozy movie nook, complete with dim lighting, comfortable seating, and lots of snacks, and stream dad’s favorite flicks. Some of our recommendations: The Godfather trilogy a classic pick, while the Indiana Jones and the Star Wars series are fail-safe options for the father who’s young at heart.

3. Have the young ones create greeting cards for him

Most fathers have a sentimental side, especially when it comes to their children and grandchildren. Tap into this by getting the kids in the family to create colorful greeting cards for him–the more colorful and expressive, the better. Trust us, dad will be treasuring these mementos forever.

If they live far from dad, have the kids take pictures of their creations and show them on a Nixplay Smart Photo Frame. They can also record a short but sweet Father’s Day video greeting, which can be displayed alongside the photographs of the cards. If Dad doesn’t have a Nixplay Frame yet, now’s the perfect time to get him one!

4. Be genuinely interested in his hobbies

Fathers usually feel a sense of pride when their kids or grandkids show interest in their passions–there’s no better feeling than knowing that the young ones take after him! So if your father is into woodworking, Father’s Day is the best time to help him out with his latest project. Does dad have a green thumb? Get him some seeds or a new plant and join him for an afternoon in the garden. You might even learn something new from this!

5. Plan a board game night

If your father is the brainy, competitive type, an evening spent playing board games should be right up his alley. You can go for classics such as Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble, or opt for newer games like Pandemic (a very timely pick) and Spontuneous. Hours of fun, guaranteed–as long as nobody cheats!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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