Celebrating our First Fathers Day

June 8th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Life

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods.

Travis is an amazing Dad. He helps out with our son as much as he can, he is always trying to think of fun new things we can do together as a family that a 9 month old may actually enjoy, and his patience is never-ending with our son. When baby starts crying for the 3rd time at night Travis is just as calm as though he woke up overlooking an ocean in Hawaii on vacation. Seriously – I don’t get how he can do that.

I wanted to make his first Father’s Day special but he’s so hard to buy for. Especially since I always get the, “don’t get me anything” speech. He is much more appreciative of acts of kindness and spending quality time together, so I tried to think of a few different ways to show him how much I appreciate him.

Baking for him

Travis eats pretty healthy so I’ll be making up a batch of the amazing Oh She Glows glo bars next week.

Glo Bars

I will also make some jalapeno chicken taquitos for dinner and if that was all I did he’d consider it a perfect Fathers Day!

Give him meaningful gifts

Even though he is hard to buy for he always appreciates it when I get him the perfect gift. This past winter he became a bit obsessed with the Northern Lights. Anytime he got an alert on his phone that the aurora activity was high he’d book it to the nearest viewing spots to try and get photos.

While browsing Uncommon Goods I saw this Northern Lights sand art I knew it would be the perfect gift for him.


On the off chance Travis saw this post I went ahead and gave him his gifts early and we are both in love with this. Every time we flip it upside down it takes a few days for all the sand to fall and it always falls in a new pattern. It’s absolutely gorgeous in person. I don’t remember this, but apparently Travis mentioned a few weeks ago it would be cool to have something like this.

It’s hard to get a great photo of the piece since the light always reflects off the glass but here is one from the Uncommon Goods website.
Northern Lights sand art

I also picked him up a cute book to fill out, a beer pretzel kit and some beer pretzel caramels. I may have helped him finish off those caramels already. They have lots of fun gift ideas you can check out hereIMG_2120


Spend quality time together

Next weekend we will spend Father’s Day hiking and having a picnic. Travis loves taking little man outside, and he’s not quite old enough for the traditional father-son fishing dates so we will find a new trail to explore and bring along a lunch.

After we get baby to bed that night we’ll probably snuggle up to watch one of his favorite movies.

When Travis opened his gifts he was going to throw the bag away. I stopped him, and he was surprised I’d keep it since I could only reuse it for Fathers Day again next year (versus generic gift bags that I could use for many occasions.) I told him he’s going to be getting his Fathers Day gifts in this exact same bag for the next 50 years. IMG_2130

What are you doing to celebrate the Dads in your life next weekend?

If you need some fun gift ideas for them be sure to check out Uncommon Goods!


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6 Responses

  • Carla says:

    Uncommon Goods is one of my favorite favorite places for gifts for myself and others. You now have me thinking as well back to our first Father’s Day experience.
    It was in Guatemala. She was not yet officially our daughter. And wouldn’t be (although we didn’t know it then) for another four months. xo

    • Erica House says:

      I’m not too big into shopping for clothes, make-up, etc. so when I’m feeling like shopping I usually start browsing Uncommon Goods for something fun for the house or myself.

  • Love this! My husband is also on the “don’t get me anything” train, and doesn’t feel the need to make a big deal out of Father’s Day…but this is his first one and I’m kind of ignoring him. There’s a little gift planned and probably a special breakfast. I love the Uncommon Goods site!

    • Erica House says:

      Ohh a special breakfast is a good idea too! Travis can blow through a foot tall stack of pancakes. I don’t think most guys want to admit it but Fathers Day is a pretty big deal, especially for the new Dads!

  • It sounds like you’re going to have such a lovely father’s day weekend! I always think experiences trump presents! Father’s Day isn’t until september for us, however, we’ll probably end up sending him off to do something with Jesse – like shooting or car racing :P