I’m talking about Fathers Day and creating this gift basket as part of a sponsored partnership with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DadsMyHero #CollectiveBias
Father’s Day is about celebrating dads. It’s about giving props to the heroes we grew up with and thanking them for being the light on our path. We can do this different ways – giving gifts, making crafts, spending time with them and so on, but really I think above all else it is important to just take a minute to let the dads out there know just how much we love them and appreciate even the little things they’ve done for us over the years. Once we have kids, it seems like Father’s Day is all about that dad in our lives, but it is SO important to take time out and really give props to the men that we grew up looking up to.
When I was a little girl, my dad was larger than life. He was the all-encompassing Superhero that would take me on adventures, make me laugh, and help me kick the ghosts under my covers away at night. We have always had a special bond, and now that I’m all grown up with kids of my own I feel like he really helped shape who I am today. He taught me the value of hard work, and he has supported me through my adult life by never judging my decisions or trying to shape me into something I’m not. In short, he’s my hero. I know, that sounds totally cheesy, but he deserves some props for being such a great dad. My kids adore him, too.
One of those things you are never prepared for is finding out that one of your parents has cancer. Six months ago those words hit our world like a ton of bricks, and all of a sudden I was faced with the fear that I might lose one of the most important men in my life. My dad, who has always been such a strong person, was diagnosed with colon cancer. This began a whirlwind of doctors, surgeries, treatments, and and a whole new level of uncertainty that I’ve never known before. I knew people whose family members suffered from the big “C” but I never thought I would have one so close to me.
Throughout the whole thing I have been a mess inside but putting on a brave face for my family’s sake, because when I look at him I see his strength and trust that he’s gong to be okay. He has always been so strong, and he’s fought it so hard. His most recent surgery landed him in the ICU afterwards, and to be honest when my stepmom let me know I lost faith for a minute. I mean, holy cow right? The ICU? But he soldiered on and made it through because that’s how he is. From the very beginning his attitude has been “I’m going to beat this”, and when someone you look up to and trust says that you believe them.
This Father’s Day is special to me in a way that it hasn’t been before, because I’m realizing how important it is to let the people you care about know how much you love them when you can. Yes, it’s a cheesy holiday, but it’s one that celebrates dads, and they are truly special. So, I’ve come up with an adorable dad-themed gift basket and super cute printable cards just in case you needed any last minute ideas.
Isn’t it cute? I’d say it is a lot better than a tie or grill tools, right? I got the idea for it when I was picking up some replacement Energizer Headlights on my weekly Target trip. We are an extremely outdoorsy family, so headlights are one of our #1 essentials, and of course Energizer is one of our top choices for quality and price. So when I saw the headlights I thought they would be perfect to build a Father’s Day gift basket around, and if your dad is as adventurous as mine is then I’m sure he will love it! (You can score $4 off one headlight HERE.)
I also picked up a “super” dad t-shirt, an adorable Father’s Day trophy and the basket all for under $5 each and then headed home to build my gift.
After putting it together, I felt like something was missing, so I opened Photoshop and whipped up a quick card graphic that I think ties the whole theme together. I was so happy with that first one that I made two more, so you can have your pick of cards for your own adorably clever basket! Just click on the one you want to use to be taken to the full size image and then print!