Sharon Schweitzer: Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide
Father's Day is just days away and you're in luck because Sharon Schweitzer of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide is back with wonderful ways to honor your dad this year. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @WeAreAustin and find us on Facebook at We Are Austin Lifestyle Show.
Sharon Schweitzer's Father's Day Tips for KEYE Viewers
Without him you would not have known how to change a flat tire, or even ride a bike. He's always been there with a helping hand and now with the approach of Father's Day on Sunday, June 19th, take the time to give back to him. Start planning now so you can spoil the amazing man that has guided you through your life.
Give Time: The best things in life aren't things and Father's Day is a time to set aside everything else and devote the day to your dear dad. Plan a special outing with your father on this day. Visit his favorite museum together, plan a brewery tour, take a hike in his favorite national park or even set up canvases in your backyard and paint together. Use Father's Day as a time to create a lasting memory.
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Give Gifts: You want to give him something, but you don't know what or how to do it. Some of you may have better luck and know exactly what to give to Dad. But to you who are uncertain, follow the 3 G's guideline when all else fails: Gardens, Grills and Gadgets.
Gardens: First, what's "Gardens"? We're in an era when men can have an interest in growing flowers, herbs -some form of horticulture, and they can do it without society's critiquing glare. Take advantage of this. Does he primarily plant flowers, maybe he's growing a vegetable and fruit garden, or perhaps he enjoys creating fantastic bonsai or topiary from trimming bushes and trees? Take a look around his garden tools, see if he needs a replacement tool. Do a bit of research to see what he may be missing. The sales associates in garden ware at Home Depot or Lowe's, or a local hardware store like Breed & Co. can give you inside tips and ideas. If he's been pondering about planting a new vegetable or fruit, buy him his favorite. This is important: be sure you buy seeds that are in season, both for flowers and for plants. It's already great fun to plant your own seeds and see them grow, and it'll be better when it's a joint effort as you spend the day gardening with your dad.
Grills: Next, let's look at "Grills." There's a lot going for a griller's favorite pastime. You can look at cutlery, cookware, décor, food, the list is quite long. Investigate his grill and tools, or see if he could use a new grill or tableware. Look into a quality Weber or Broil-mate with a lasting warranty. Don't get him a propane tank. It's dangerous and he won't laugh at the joke. But wood chips or briquettes for grill have been good gifts. Another good investment would be a YETI which is durable against any environment and has a great storage space. Now if he's set to go for the next BBQ cookout, purchase his favorite food for the grill. He'll enjoy heating up the grill and it'll be a pleasant atmosphere for family and friends. Imagine the smoky brisket wafting past every house in the neighborhood, watching your dad playing around with new tools, a new apron - it's a mirthful Kodak moment.
Gadgets: If he isn't part of the first two G's and you still don't know what to get him, he's probably tech savvy. If not, then it's about time to teach him new tricks. Check to see what's new on the market. Maybe a Bluetooth headset or a Fitbit? Perhaps awireless speaker or get him into VR. The technology realm is expansive and ever-growing, so ponder the right item that he will use.
There are many different opportunities to find just the right Fathers' Day gift, even though every dad has his own tastes. Give thanks to the paternal figure that guided you through thick and thin whether he's the figure at home, at work, or at school. He could be an uncle, brother, a stepfather, grandfather, or even a mentor. Make sure he knows how much you respect and appreciate him.
Give Love: A national survey of the average American's major life regrets highlighted that one of the biggest regrets is not spending more time with parents. Don't take the time with your Father for granted and use this day to express how much your father has meant to you over the years. Communicate your gratitude, care and love during this time with him whether it's a phone call, a card or sharing the day together.
Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. She is accredited in intercultural management, is the resident etiquette expert for CBS KEYE We Are Austin, popular on-air contributor, regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor's Business Daily, Fortune, Inc., The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, and numerous other media. She is the best-selling, international award-winning author of Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, named to Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2015.