Gift Ideas for Birth Fathers
When the conversation turns to adoption, many people think of the adoptive parents and the birth mother. Not often does the birth father come to mind. There is a misconception that birth fathers are not a part of the picture, but that’s not always the case. Much of the time, birth fathers are either unaware of the baby or in mutual agreement with the birth mother to place the baby for adoption.
Whatever his situation, birth fathers deserve to be honored and celebrated similarly to birth mother’s. Father’s Day is a great opportunity for this.
Adoption Choices of Texas understands that all birth fathers are unique, and that Father’s Day may be difficult for many. However, we believe his selfless act should still be recognized in some way. If you know the identity of your child’s birth father, consider sending or giving him a gift. We have created a list of gift ideas for birth fathers to help you get started.
Gift Ideas for Birth Fathers
1) A Picture of Your Child
A very thoughtful gift for birth fathers would be a picture of your child. Perhaps the image is one of the ultrasounds, just after birth or a more updated one you’ve received from your child’s adoptive family. Especially if he is struggling, a picture can help him grieve healthfully, knowing that he made the right decision. That your child together is happy, healthy and safe in their adoptive family.
2) Father’s Day Card
You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to convey a special message. It should not ever be how much you spend, but how much thought did you put into a gift. For instance, you could pick out a Father’s Day card for him Not only are cards easy on the budget, but they also can be a nice way to send a verbal message. You can decide to get one with a thoughtful saying inside, or find a blank one and write your own thoughts into it. Either way, a simple gift like this lets him know you’re thinking about him and that you’re grateful for him.
3) A Handmade Gift
Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge, as some people are harder to shop for than others. If your child’s birth father is one of those, consider putting together a handmade gift. Think about his interests and hobbies. For bookworm birth fathers, you could make a bookmark. Or perhaps cooking or baking one of his favorite things would workJust adding that extra effort of personalizing his gift can make all the difference
A handwritten letter could also work as a homemade gift. This may seem a little outdated with all the technology options today, but going this extra mile could brighten his day. Some birth fathers may enjoy receiving “snail mail.”
4) Gift Cards
There are times when gifts are the most stressful thing, especially when you aren’t close or know what your child’s birth father wants or needs. In cases like this, gift cards are a great idea. Gift cards aren’t as thoughtless or impersonal as you may think, as you can choose one from a location he could benefit from. For instance, if you know of a store or restaurant he likes, get a gift card there so he has the opportunity to treat himself. Get him a gift card to the grocery store, the gas station or to a clothing store to help him meet his basic needs. That, and guessing clothing sizes and styles can be tricky, unless you know him well enough. Or, if he enjoys seeing movies — the movie theater.
The options with gift cards are endless, and are a lot more personal than giving him straight cash.
Birth Fathers and Father’s Day
This coming Father’s Day, don’t forget to remember and celebrate your child’s birth father, whether that’s with him or on your own. He deserves to be acknowledged, even if he’s not an active part of your child’s life. After all, your child would not be here without him.
Whether you are a birth mother or adoptive parent, it’s important to honor the role that your child’s birth father played in the adoption process. Remember that fathers come in all shapes, sizes and from all walks of life. One is not more important than the other. Adoption Choices of Texas celebrates all fathers who walk through our door, and believes that they deserve just as much recognition as our valued birth mothers.
To learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Meet the Author: Courtney Moore. Courtney was born in Huntington Beach, California. She is currently attending college for English with a minor in History. Her love for writing started at the age of 11 when she won a class competition for a personification of candy in a short story. In her junior year of high school, she was an editor for her school’s literary magazine. In her senior year of high school, her then English teacher told her that she should pursue a career as a literary scholar. The main reason she decided to not pursue that path is that her passions lied more in the creation of writings than the review of it.
She currently lives in Las Vegas with her very spoiled cat Abby, who she happily adopted from the local animal shelter. Courtney has been a supporter of animal adoptions her whole life.
Her interest in child adoptions began at the age of 14. It was at that age that she learned of how many children were in the foster system. Her own childhood was very unstable; however, she was able to stay with at least one of her parents for a majority of it. As she got older, her interests in adoptions grew. Her hopes are that, one day, the foster care system is fixed and is treated as it should be.